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News and Information about the station, programs, and special events.

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.

This I Believe

WKU Public Radio members are being offered a 25% discount on general admission tickets to the "This I Believe: Kentucky" book launch.

This event will be held in Louisville at the Center Building Auditorium on the Spalding University campus on Sunday, November 17 at 2 p.m. Hosted by long-time public radio personality Bob Edwards, this event celebrates the publication of "This I Believe: Kentucky", a new anthology featuring 60 "This I Believe" essays written by current or former Kentuckians.

At the event, which will be taped for later broadcast, Edwards will interview several prominent book contributors, including Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker, Spalding President Tori Murden McClure, and noted writers Sena Jeter Naslund, Silas House, and George Ella Lyon.

The future became a little murkier for a historic church building in downtown Bowling Green on Friday.

In August, the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center posted a $250,000 dollar winning bid for the vacant Taylor’s Chapel A.M.E. Church.   But SKyPAC says a 90-day window to find a donor to finance the restoration of the church building has come and gone without anyone stepping forward.  SKyPAC says it will let the purchase agreement expire and has no plans for the building. 

SKyPAC’s Executive Director and CEO Tom Tomlinson says the organization won’t use operating funds to restore the church building.  

Emil Moffatt

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.

WKU Athletics

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.

WKU Public Radio

Thanks to the tremendous support of our listeners, WKU Public Radio was able to wrap up our annual fall fundraising campaign early Saturday afternoon!

We raised a little over $50,000 in pledges this week that came in over the phone, online, and in the mail!

We promised you we would stop the fundraiser as soon as we hit our goal, and we kept our word at 2:45 p.m.

We can't thank our members enough for their generous support. We mean it when we say we couldn't bring you public radio without the amazing financial contributions we witnessed this week.

From everybody here at WKU Public Radio: THANKS!

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.

Thanks so much for your support!

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.

Thanks!

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