Transportation officials say they won’t hit the Nov. 15 target date for re-opening the “Blue Bridge” in downtown Owensboro. But Kevin McClearn with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the extra work this month will reduce the number of traffic disruptions next year.
Crews have been re-painting the bridge and repairing beams, joints and concrete on older sections of the bridge deck. No timeline was announced for re-opening the bridge, but crews are expected to continue working for a “few more weeks”, trying to take advantage of milder weather.
The bridge has been closed since mid-May. When open, an average of 8,500 cross the Blue Bridge each day.
The WKU Hilltoppers travel to Atlanta on Saturday for a matchup with Georgia State at the Georgia Dome. After back-to-back losses, head coach Bobby Petrino says his offense is putting too much pressure on itself to make big plays.
“What I’ve had tried to have them focus on is just relaxing, worrying about your performance and making sure we’re not worrying about the scoreboard or where we’re at in the game,” said Petrino. “It’s just one play at a time and do your job.”
The ‘Toppers come into the game 4-4, Georgia State is winless at 0-8. WKU will be without linebacker Andrew Jackson, who was suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.
The game will be broadcast by the Sun Belt Network Saturday at noon central. The game can be seen in Bowling Green on WKU PBS.
We want to thank everybody who pledged their support to WKU Public Radio Wednesday morning over the phone and online! Thanks to your generosity, we were able to raise about $3,800 and meet the challenge goal given to us by Dr. Charles and Susan Webb of Bowling Green!
Check out the nearby picture that shows the board where we keep track of our daily pledge numbers. As you can see, the morning started off slow, but WKU Public Radio listeners really responded in the final hour of Morning Edition!
The money committed to us Wednesday morning is a big piece of the overall weekly goal of $50,000 that we need to raise by Saturday evening.
Remember: the sooner we get to that goal, the sooner we end this fall fundraiser!
You can call us anytime with your new or renewing membership at 1-800-599-5958, and you can pledge online here.
It's day three of WKU Public Radio's fall membership campaign, and we're asking you to call us with your financial support!
This is a very important week when we raise a lot of the money necessary to pay for the news, interview, music, and entertainment programs we all enjoy when we listen to WKU Public Radio.
We need to raise $50,000 by Saturday evening to stay on place. As soon as we get to that number, we'll stop the fundraiser! That's why every single call of support really matters!
In addition to supporting your local public radio service, everybody who calls us Tuesday is entered to win a free night's stay at the Holiday Inn-University Plaza in Bowling Green. The package includes breakfast for two, and a $50 gift card that could be used for lunch or dinner at three nearby restaurants.
While you don't have to pledge to enter this drawing, we hope you'll become a new or renewing member when you call us at 1-800-599-9598! You can also pledge online.
Sunday is the first day of our 2013 fall membership drive! This is the time of year when we ask you to become a new or renewing supporter of WKU Public Radio.
We're looking to raise $50,000 by Saturday evening, and your role is critical!
How does it work? All it takes is a few minutes on the phone and pledge of your financial support. It's how public radio works. You depend on us to bring you outstanding programs like Weekend Edition, Fresh Air, Barren River Breakdown, and All Things Considered when you tune into WKU Public Radio.
Likewise, we depend on you to help us pay for those programs! When everybody who benefits from listening to WKU Public Radio contributes a bit of their resources, it makes this service possible for you, your family, and your community.
You can sign up as a new or renewing members right now by calling 1-800-599-9598, or by pledging online.
We have a great set of thank-you gifts, including a brand-new WKU Public Radio sweatshirt (sizes S-2XL), the WKU Public Radio baseball cap, and the NPR "Eyemax" coffee mug.
Thanks for your membership support of WKU Public Radio!
WKU Public Radio's fall fundraiser is set to run Oct. 20-26, and we're looking for volunteers to help us out!
Volunteers help answer phones and assist in other ways behind the scenes to make our fundraisers a success. It's another way in which we depend on the support of our loyal listeners to make sure we have the resources necessary to pay for all of the wonderful programs on WKU Public Radio.
If you're interested in volunteering for a shift, send Jean Secrest an email here. Jean will get back with you ASAP with information on which shifts are still unfilled.
A longtime journalist who received his bachelor's degree from Western Kentucky University has been chosen to lead the Lousiville Courier-Journal. The paper announced Neil Budde, will take over as executive editor on Monday. Budde, 57, replaces Bennie Ivory who retired earlier this year after 16 years in charge.
Budde, who has worked as an editor and reporter at the Courier-Journal, has also spent time with the Wall Street Journal's online publication and with the Yahoo! news division.
After his time at WKU, Budde received his MBA from the University of Louisville.
The Western Kentucky University football team travels to Mobile, Alabama this Saturday, hoping to get back into the win column as they begin Sun Belt Conference play. They’ll be facing South Alabama for the first time.
After an impressive 35-26 win over Kentucky to start the season two weeks ago, WKU stumbled in a 52-20 loss to Tennessee. The game featured seven Hilltopper turnovers.
South Alabama is also 1-1 on the season. The Jaguars were edged by Southern Utah in their season opener, 22-21, but then topped Tulane 41-39.
The director of the University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center says electronic cigarettes are “quite harmful”. Dr. Mark Evers was answering questioned posed to him by lawmakers on the Tobacco Settlement Agreement Fund Oversight Committee.
Dr. Evers says current research on e-cigs indicate that they may be “every bit as dangerous” as smoking tobacco. E-cigarettes deliver a vaporized solution that may or may not contain nicotine. Members of the committee say they’re trying to gauge the health impact of e-cigarettes because some local jails provide the devices to inmates at cost.
Part of the funding for the research comes from the 1998 tobacco settlement with 46 states including Kentucky.