Updated at 8:47 p.m. ET

Judge Brett Kavanaugh was defiant and visibly angry as he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday afternoon, rebutting earlier emotional testimony from the woman who has accused him of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford.

Audit: Kentucky Was Warned About Broadband Contract

Sep 27, 2018
Wikimedia Commons

In October 2015, state officials in Kentucky signed a contract to install 3,000 miles of fiber optic cable in an effort to bring high-speed internet access to all 120 counties. Today, the project is at least four years behind schedule because of persistent delays that have cost taxpayers a projected $96 million.

But a new report from Republican Auditor Mike Harmon says state officials were warned in writing at least three times about the problems before signing the contract, but ignored them. Harmon said he has sent the report to the Executive Branch Ethics Commission "for further review and possible action."

Owensboro Public Schools

The superintendent of Owensboro Public Schools cautions against reading too much into new statewide test scores released this week.  The state has launched a new system to measure school performance, and Nick Brake says there’s always a dip in scores anytime a new accountability model is rolled out.

“Tradionally, what happens when you change things like this is the scores dip, and everybody points to the crisis in our public schools, and that we have, you know, fewer students doing this. And while there may be some truth to that, at the same time, there’s also just a measurement situation. Anytime you make those changes you’re going to see that dip," Brake said.

Bowling Green International Festival

The Bowling Green International Festival is celebrating its 29th year of promoting cultural diversity.

Organizers says Saturday’s event will feature a record-number of food booths, which will allow festival-goers to sample cuisines from different cultures. Three stages spread across downtown's Circus Square Park will feature music, dance, and cultural demonstrations.

“You see a lot of neat and interesting things as far as cultural demonstrations and dress”, said Hannah Barahona, Vice President of the Festival’s Board of Directors. “You can, of course, try different kinds of food that that you’ve never had before. But at the same time it’s a really good opportunity to show support to our foreign-born residents within our community.”

Updated at 7:50 a.m. ET

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, along with the American public, are hearing, for the first time, on Thursday directly from Christine Blasey Ford, the university professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were both teenagers in high school.

public domain

The number of people who gained insurance because of the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, was the largest in rural areas and small towns across the country. And Kentucky saw one of the biggest gains in health insurance in its small towns and rural areas.

According to a new report out this week from the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University, prior to 2008 about 35 percent of people nationwide didn’t have health insurance; now, only about 16 percent of people don’t have coverage.

Five years after the death of its namesake host, Marian McPartland's "Piano Jazz" radio program will be heard for the final time Saturday night at 8c/9e on WKU Public Radio. 

McPartland last recorded a show in 2010. She died in 2013 at the age of 95. Since then, archives of her show have been broadcast by public radio stations throughout the country. But earlier this year South Carolina Public Radio announced that the person responsible for producing the archived "Piano Jazz" shows was retiring in September and distribution of the show would stop. 

Starting Oct. 6, "Jazz Happening Now" will air an hour earlier at 8c/9e, followed by "Jazz Through the Night", which will now be broadcast from 9 p.m. - 5 a.m. central time Saturday night into Sunday morning. 

flickr creative commons

A new study shows Kentucky’s business tax environment had the greatest improvement in the nation. The state ranked 23rd this year in the 2019 State Business Tax Climate Index published by the Tax Foundation, a 16 spot improvement over last year.

Kentucky went to a single rate individual and corporate income tax, eliminating some business tax credits. The state also expanded the sales tax base and began phasing out inventory tax credits, or taxes on inventory held in the state by businesses. Those changes went  into effect on July 1st. The annual State Business Tax Climate Index shows Kentucky adopted a revenue-positive tax reform, meaning the state should collect more from the changes. Senior policy analyst Jared Walczak said the Commonwealth is moving towards a more competitive tax code.

Christian County Detention Center

The family of a young Scottsville girl murdered nearly three years ago may see the case go to trial next fall. 

A new trial date was set on Tuesday in the capital murder case against Timothy Madden who is charged in the death of seven-year-old Gabbi Doolin. 

Allen Circuit Judge Janet Crocker set a September 4 trial date for Madden who is charged with kidnapping, rape, sodomy, and murder. 

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College

The Hardin County Playhouse has a new home that’s actually one of its previous locations.

During its 48-year history, the Hardin County Playhouse has performed in locations that include Radcliff Park and the old Sears outlet building. Since 2005 the playhouse has been at the Plum Alley Theater at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown, but that lease expired last month.

That gave the Playhouse an opportunity to return to a venue where it was based quite a few years ago - Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

Katrina Eicher is a theater professor at the college and said part of the mission of the school is encourage people from the community to come to campus.


Lost River Sessions LIVE

Sustaining Members

Photo Galleries

Bryan Lemon/WKU

LRS LIVE Replay: Tim Easton and Beth Bombara

Tim Easton and Beth Bombara played Lost River Sessions LIVE on Thursday, marking the beginning of the third season of live shows at the Capitol Arts Center in Bowling Green. Easton, a singer-songwriter from Nashville, has published more than 100 songs and has performed all over the U.S. and in Europe. Bombara, who is from St. Louis, released her latest album in 2017, called Map & No Direction.

Read More

Monday Afternoons at 4:45c/5:45e

Exploring the changing economy of Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia

E-mail Newsletter