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University of Kentucky

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.

WKU Athletics

It will cost less to tailgate this year at WKU football games.

The university’s athletic department has announced that several parking lots that in previous years carried a $20 parking fee, will now be free on a first-come first-serve basis. 

Those areas include McLean Hall, "The Valley", Bates Runner Hall and the Service Supply Building lawn.

WKU offers 30 tailgating areas within a half-mile of Houchens Industries- L.T. Smith Stadium. Tailgate areas open at 8 a.m. on Saturday game days The Hilltoppers’ home-opener is September 21st against the Morgan State Bears. 

Kentucky State Fair

The Kentucky State Fair finished its 11-day run with a flourish.  The final day of the fair drew 9,000 more fairgoers than the last day in 2012.  That helped push attendance for this year’s fair to 615,648, a slight increase from last year. 

“The response we heard was tremendous,” said Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, the president and CEO of the State Fair board. “We introduced some positive changes to the Fair this year and heard encouraging feedback to build on.”

Changes this year in Louisville included free weekend parking at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and concerts on the field at Old Cardinal Stadium.

WKU Public Radio will feature NPR's live coverage of Wednesday's events in Washington commemorating the 50th anniversary of the famous March on Washington.

You can hear our coverage during Here and Now, from 1-3 central, 2-4 eastern time this afternoon. Included will be President Obama's speech from the event.

You can also listen to the anniversary events through the audio streaming feature here at our website. Just click on the Listen Live button at the top of the page.

This is a very bittersweet week for us here at WKU Public Radio. We're saying good-bye to someone who has been, in many ways, the heart and soul of our operation.

Station Manager Peter Bryant is leaving us to become the program director at Wisconsin Public Radio in Madison. His final day here is Friday.

WKU Public Radio would like to introduce you to our newest news reporter, Emil Moffatt!

Emil joined us this week, and is quickly learning the ropes. He came to Bowling Green after working as a news anchor and feature reporter at WBAP radio in Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX.

Emil will become the full-time local voice during All Things Considered on WKU Public Radio, anchoring our local newscasts and breaks, and producing feature stories that will air during ATC and Morning Edition. He will also contribute to our online and social media efforts.

In addition to his work on the air and online, Emil instantly becomes the go-to expert for baseball knowledge at WKU Public Radio. Before taking the job at WBAP, Emil was the play-by-play broadcaster for the minor-league Ft. Worth Cats baseball team.

Listen out for Emil's voice in the coming days and weeks, and help us welcome him to Kentucky!

U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Bowling Green joined On Point Tuesday to discuss his political philosophy, libertarianism, and the future of the Republican Party.

Paul is considered a key leader of the Tea Party wing of the GOP, and hasn't been shy about mixing it up with other prominent Republicans about issues like federal spending and N.S.A. surveillance.

You can find an audio archive later today of the Senator's On Point appearance here.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has issued the following traffic advisory for Sunday-Wednesday:

Motorists traveling north on Interstate 65 in Hart County should be prepared for delays Sunday through Wednesday.  Contract crews will be working on the bridge over Green River near Mile Point 62, just north of Horse Cave (Exit 58).  This work will require reducing the interstate to one lane on approach to the bridge from 7 a.m. to approximately 6:30 p.m. (central/local time) both days.

While congestion and delays are expected on the interstate, motorists may find using US 31-W North as an alternate route just as time consuming.  Traffic overflow from the interstate combined with local traffic through the cities of Horse Cave and Munfordville will likely lead to lengthy delays during mid and late afternoon.  Additionally, construction to widen the interstate to three lanes continues just south of the Green River bridges.  If traffic queues accumulate from the bridges back to the widening construction zone, motorists in that area should be aware that there is no shoulder space for stopping.

Some early results released from a Vanderbilt University study on the impact of pre-K education show a mixed bag. The findings so far indicate that Tennessee children who make big gains in math, reading, and language by attending pre-kindergarten don’t stay ahead of their peers for long.

But the research also shows those same children can learn other behaviors that benefit them down the road.

The Tennessean reports that Vanderbilt University researchers are counseling patience regarding the unprecedented study, which follows 3,000 Tennessee children from age 4 through third grade, through the year 2015.

One early takeaway from the study: students who attend preschool are promoted from kindergarten to first grade at twice the rate of those who don’t, and have higher first grade attendance. Researchers are wondering whether those kinds of achievements are actually better predictors of long-term academic success, as opposed to focusing solely on a child’s early academic abilities.

Kevin Willis

WKU is preparing for the possibility that state funding for higher education could someday be based--in part--on retention rates. WKU Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Brian Meredith says it's an idea being tried in other parts of the nation.

"States across the country are doing that now, looking at funding models that are taking into account graduation rates, success rates, completion rates, and those sorts of things. We're not quite there yet in Kentucky, but that could be a possibility down the road, so we're trying to get ahead of the game."

Meredith says WKU has increased the academic requirements necessary to gain admission to the school, with the incoming freshman class possessing the highest ACT scores and grade point averages of any first-year class at WKU in ten years.

Meredith says it should be easier to retain and graduate students who come to WKU prepared to take on higher education coursework.

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