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Updated at 3:38 p.m.:

Brandenburg Bypass is now open in Meade county.  Power lines have been repaired.

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reports power lines are down across Brandenburg Bypass in Meade county due to a vehicle crash.  The road is blocked in both directions at the scene. 

A northbound detour for thru traffic is set up via KY 933, Old  933 and KY 448 back onto the Bypass.  Southbound is detouring using the same routes via KY 448, Old 933, KY 933 back onto the Bypass.  Local access is available along the Bypass between detour points.

Utility crews are on scene.  It's not known how long it will take to clear the scene.

Here is the latest update on road conditions from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

Overnight, KYTC crews plowed all state maintained routes.  With temperatures below zero in some locations, chemical treatments were not an option overnight.  Plowing will continue this morning and we are beginning to lay salt along routes.

Packed snow and refreezing conditions are common this morning.

I-65 South of Elizabethtown - Semi blockages from Wednesday night are now cleared and motorists who were stuck through Hart County were able to make their way north on Thursday evening.  There were several semis which would not start or could not move in the queue.  Other vehicles were able to "snake" through.

Looking for a special way to honor a loved one, charitable organization, or special cause?

You can become a Day Sponsor on WKU Public Radio, and have a message honoring that individual or group read over the air. A staff member will work with you to craft the language of your message, and it will be aired five times on your special day.

It's a great way to surprise and honor someone on their birthday or anniversary, or pay tribute to a community organization.

If you're interested in learning more about our Day Sponsorship program, contact Brian Becker at (270) 745-4749, or brian.becker@wku.edu.

This is WKYU's entry for Best Long Newscast in the 2015 Kentucky AP Broadcaster awards.

This entry features two newscasts anchored by our morning news host Joe Corcoran. The first was aired on Aug. 22, 2014, with the second airing Oct. 13, 2014.

We hope you'll find these newscasts to be great examples of our local morning news presence, combining Joe's conversational delivery with quality audio spanning a wide variety of stories.

Thank you for your consideration of this entry in the Best Long Newscast category.

This is an entry by WKYU in the Best Radio Reporter category for the 2015 Kentucky AP Broadcaster awards.

This entry features stories produced by Lisa Autry. You'll hear reports Lisa produced from the scene of a Muhlenberg County house fire that claimed that lives of a mother and eight of her children.

Also featured is a story Lisa produced on the day a sinkhole opened up beneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, swallowing up eight vintage cars.

Thank you for your consideration of this entry in the Best Radio Reporter category.

This is WKYU's entry for Best Short Newscast in the 2015 Kentucky AP Broadcasters Awards competition.

This entry consists of two local newscasts that aired during All Things Considered, our afternoon news magazine.

We hope you'll make WKU Public Radio's lineup of Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year's programs a part of your holiday tradition!

Thursday, Dec. 24

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (live at 9 am central/10 eastern): Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live stereo music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music.

The Messiah (11 am central/noon eastern): Each year the Cathedral’s annual Messiah performances during the first weekend of December attract an audience of some 6,000 from the greater Washingtonarea. With a team of the finest international soloists, coming from the US and abroad, these performances are perfect for the holiday season.

The Splendid Table's Turkey Confidential 2014 (Thanksgiving Day at 10am C.T./11am E.T.)  Help is on the way for cooks, kitchen helpers and dinner guests on this, the biggest cooking day of the year. Lynne Rossetto Kasper, award-winning host of public radio's national food show The Splendid Table, will be available to answer listener questions throughout the live, two-hour program. More from the show's website.

A Shaker Tradition (Thanksgiving Day at noon C.T./1 p.m. E.T.) Kevin Willis hosts this program of instrumental and vocal arrangements of Shaker hymns and dance tunes. Included are vocal performances by the South Union Shaker Quartet, and instrumental arrangements by musicians William Coulter and Barry Phillips. In addition to the music, the program features comments by Tommy Hines, director of the Shaker Museum at South Union, Kentucky, and an interview with musician Barry Philips.

Before kickoff of the November 15, 2014 matchup between Army and WKU Football, WKU President Gary Ransdell delivered the game ball from 13,500 feet above Houchens-Smith Stadium in a tandem jump with the US Army Golden Knights.

President Ransdell jumped in tandem with SFC Chris Acevedo and SFC Noah Watts provided aerial videography.

Thanks to WKU PBS and the U.S. Army for sharing this behind-the-scenes video with us!

Thank you!

WKU Public Radio's fall fundraising campaign wrapped up Saturday evening with $51,000 in membership support pledged over the phones and online.

We can't thank our supporters enough for their amazing generosity! It was an incredible and humbling week for the entire staff, as we truly saw the impact public radio has on the lives of our listeners.

We realize nobody has to give to public radio. The fact that so many choose to do so says a lot about the connection this station has with its listeners.

We also want to thank the many volunteers who answered phones this week and contributed to the behind-the-scenes efforts.

In the coming days and weeks, enjoy the commercial-free, uninterrupted news, music, and entertainment programs. If you're a member of WKU Public Radio, you made it possible!