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As 2013 comes to a close, WKU Public Radio would like to ask you to consider making an online end-of-year gift.

In this season of giving, you’re no doubt thinking about your family and friends, and all the things you have to be thankful for this year.

That spirit of giving can also extend to organizations that matter to you—the ones that really make a difference in your life. As the year comes to a close and you consider which organizations to support, please consider putting WKU Public Radio on your list.

Your tax-deductible, end-of-year gift will help us bring you the excellent news and information programming, music,  and weekend shows that you rely on hearing whenever you listen to this station.

When you give at certain levels, you can get one of our great thank you gifts, like the WKU Public Radio sweatshirt and baseball hat. Those items would make great holiday gifts for you, or perhaps someone you know who loves WKU Public Radio. You can see all of our gifts here.

The Bowling Green Hot Rods minor league baseball team has a new owner.  The team has been sold to Manhattan Capital Sports Acquisition, a group that also owns the Triple-A team in Reno, Nevada.

Stuart Katzoff leads the new ownership group, which also includes Indiana Pacers Owner Herb Simon and Katzoff’s father.  The Hot Rods will remain in Bowling Green and will still be affiliated with the Tampa Bay Rays.  The team was previously owned by Art Solomon.

“This is an announcement we make with extremely mixed feelings and a heavy heart,” said Solomon.  “The people in this region have been so welcoming to us since we arrived in the fall of 2008, and without them we would not be where we are today.  Stuart Katzoff is an outstanding, successful owner, and I have no doubt that this new era for the Hot Rods will mean great things for downtown Bowling Green and the surrounding region.”

The Class-A Midwest League team began playing at Bowling Green Ballpark in 2009 and has 15 years remaining on its lease with the city. 

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Despite being bowl eligible for a third straight season, the WKU Hilltopper football team was not selected to take part in a bowl this postseason.  WKU finished with an 8-4 record and was considered by bowls in Detroit, Mobile, Ala. and Shreveport, La.  

Athletic Director Todd Stewart says with 79 bowl-eligible teams and 70 spots, someone was going to be left out.

“For me personally, this feels like a loss right now,” said Stewart. “But I think when you have difficulty, I think you need to take a step back and take a look at the big picture. That’s what I’ve tried to do and that’s what I hope our fans do.”

Stewart says he’s especially disappointed for the seniors who have played their final game in a Hilltopper uniform.

Quarterback Brandon Doughty found Willie McNeal in the end zone with 10 seconds remaining in the game lifting WKU to  a 34-31 win over Arkansas State Saturday at L.T. Smith Stadium.  It was the Hilltoppers fourth straight win as they finished the regular season with an 8-4 record and a 4-3 mark in conference play.

Doughty completed 21 of 37 passes for 255 yards in the game and three touchdowns.

"Wow. What a great win for us," said head coach Bobby Petrino. "I’m just really proud of our players. We stuck together and kept competing. We had a number of things that didn’t go our way and certainly could have cashed it in. It just a credit to our seniors"

Western Kentucky is bowl eligible and now awaits word on a possible bowl berth.

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A Saturday afternoon matchup with Arkansas State wraps up Western Kentucky's 2013 regular season. The Hilltoppers have won three straight games heading into Senior Day. Standouts Antonio Andrews and Luis Polanco will be playing their final game at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

"The first year here we were 2-10 and we gradually progressed as time went on and just really learned how to truly play the game and how to continue to have fun as you're learning it," said Andrews.  "And we really got to know each other along the way."

At 7-4 heading into Saturday's game, WKU is bowl eligible for a third straight year. Saturday's game will be broadcast by ESPN3 and kickoff is set for 3 p.m.

A writer, an engineer and a driver are the 2014 inductees into the National Corvette Museum Hall of Fame in Bowling Green.  The museum announced the inductees this week.  

Jerry Burton has written multiple books including “Zora Arkus Duntov: The Legend Behind Corvette” and “Corvette: America’s Sports Car: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”. He was also the founding editor and editorial director of Corvette Quarterly magazine and motorsports editor for AutoWeek.  He’ll be joined in the Hall of Fame by John Heinricy who was both a driver and a Corvette engineer. He won 11 Sports Car Club of America national championships as a driver and oversaw production of the C4 through 1996. Dave MacDonald was one of the drivers of the 1963 Stingray in the “Biography of a Sports Car” national ad campaign. He won 47 of the 110 races in which he competed, but died at the age of 27 after a violent crash at the 1964 Indianapolis 500. 

A ceremony honoring the three inductees is set for Aug. 28, 2014. The celebration will mark the museum’s 20th anniversary. 

A six-month closure of the Ohio River “Blue Bridge” in Ownesboro will come to an end Wednesday at noon.  The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced that’s the time the bridge will open for traffic. 

It’s been closed since May 13th for an extensive painting project at the cost of over $10 million. The painting was completed 11 months ahead of schedule.

Limestone Branch

An early-morning fire Friday at the Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon is under investigation by Kentucky State Police, the ATF and the state fire marshal’s office. 

Trooper Billy Gregory says police got a call about a break-in at the distillery on Veterans Memorial Highway about 6 a.m. EST. When officers arrived, they quickly called the fire department.

“They were able to save the building without a huge loss and there were no injuries,” said Gregory.  “At this time, the investigation has led us to believe that someone forced their way into the building and set the fire.”

Gregory says the distillery was open for business on Friday.  The KSP is asking for anonymous tips in the case.

WKU Public Radio has a wonderful day of special programs set for Thanksgiving Day. Some have become holiday traditions, while others will be heard for the first time.

Here is our complete Thanksgiving Day rundown:

Ties that Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps (Thanksgiving Day at 9 am central, 10 eastern)

Radio producer Dave Isay had an idea that something was missing from the American historical pantheon, and in 2003, he founded StoryCorps to capture the quintessential American voice, telling the invaluable American story. His mission was simple, to give all Americans the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of their lives. Since then, with two airstream trailers traveling across the country, the StoryCorps team has collected over 45,000 stories from 90,000 participants. All are preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

A survey team from the National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down near Huntsville in Butler County on Sunday afternoon.  

The weather service says winds likely reached 105 miles an hour and was about the width of about two football fields.

One minor injury was reported, and one a mobile home had its roof taken off by powerful winds associated with the storm.

The Associated Press reports the National Weather Service also confirmed two tornadoes in Northern Tenneseee, including an EF-1 in Robertson County with winds reaching 90 miles an hour and an EF-0 in Sumner County.

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