A decision could be near concerning the final design revisions to the downtown convention center planned for Owensboro. The Messenger-Inquirer reports two panels that will ultimately approve plans for the new center are meeting Tuesday at Owensboro’s City Hall.
Ener1, an Indianapolis-based company that received millions of dollars in federal stimulus funding, wants a Federal Bankruptcy Court in New York to approve a debt-restructuring plan. The company develops batteries for use in electric vehicles, but has reportedly faced major financial problems in recent months.
Repairs on a closed Ohio River bridge that runs between Louisville and Southern Indiana are about half way done. The Prime contractor handling the repair project says the work will be finished by the start of March.
Workers have been on the job seven days a week, twelve hours per day, to try to complete work on the Sherman Minton Bridge. The Interstate 64 span was closed in September after a crack was found on a steel support beam.
Bowling Green, Ky – When the WKU football team wanted a new series of "old school" looking uniforms, they didn't have to look far for a manufacturer. Russell Athletic is about a 10 minute drive from LT Smith Houchens stadium. The partnership provides Russell with a lab where they can test the latest uniform styles and technology, and it gives WKU the chance to have cutting-edge apparel. Kevin Willis has this story.
Loretto, Ky – Maker's Mark is the highest-selling premium bourbon brand in the world. When you visit the distillery in tiny Loretto, Kentucky, you're struck by the humility of the employees, and their desire to carry on the tradition started in the early 1950s by Bill Samuels Sr. His son, Bill Jr., is stepping down as president of the distillery after 35 years. WKU Public Radio's Kevin Willis visited the distillery to meet Bill and his son, Rob, who is set to become chief operating officer.
Owensboro, Ky – As newspapers throughout the country struggle with the issue of making their online operations profitable, a publisher in Owensboro says papers have to stop giving away their product for free. Bob Morris is group publisher for the company that produces several papers in Kentucky, including the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer. Morris says not charging for online content gives the impression the product has no value. We also hear from Jeff Jobe, a publisher based in Glasgow.
Glasgow, Ky – Many restaurants in the region--and nation--have been trying to survive during a time of decreased consumer spending. One such place is Sorrento Italian restaurant in Glasgow. It opened in May of 2008, right when the full impact of the recession was being felt in consumers' pocketbooks. Sorrento owner Dawn Purvis says to make it in the restaurant business, you have to be willing to do a little bit of everything--even wash dishes. Kevin Willis has our report.
Bowling Green, Ky – A WKU Economics Professor says there's never been a better time than now to mount a defense of capitalism. Dr. Brian Strow was recently named the school's first BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism. He acknowledges that a recent survey shows more than 25% of Americans don't believe capitalism is the best way to organize a society. This is the complete, unedited version of Dr. Strow's recent interview with WKU Public Radio.
Nashville, TN – A one-of-a-kind partnership is taking place between Vanderbilt University and Johnson & Johnson that could change the way pharmaceutical drugs are produced. Normally, universities conduct general research and publish their findings in journals. Now, researchers at Vanderbilt are looking to discover new molecules that will lead to schizophrenia medications. Kevin Willis visited Vanderbilt University to meet the director of the school's drug discovery program.