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Apple announces $250 million investment in Harrodsburg technology company

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Apple is investing $250 million in a manufacturing and technology company located in Harrodsburg, KY.

The technology giant announced on Tuesday morning that the investment to Corning Inc., which has a research and development center and manufacturing hub in Harrodsburg, would be dedicated to the innovation of scratch-resistant glass made for the iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad.

“Apple and Corning’s rich history dates back more than a decade, and our partnership revolutionized glass and transformed the technology industry with the first iPhone,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “This award underscores Apple and Corning’s shared belief in the vital role that ingenuity plays in creating industry-leading products, and the pride that both companies take in applying American innovation and advanced manufacturing to solve some of the world’s toughest technology challenges.”

Today’s award builds on the $200 million the company received from Apple’s Advanced Manufacturing Fund in May 2017.

Back in 2007, Apple and Corning became product development partners, with the Harrodsburg facility has played a key role in delivering glass solutions for the iPhone to replace the scratch-prone plastic covers. According to the release, some of the most important innovations in glass have happened at the Kentucky plant — glass for every generation of iPhone and Apple Watch, and many generations of iPad, have all been made in the Harrodsburg facility. Since iPhone launched in 2007, Apple has spent nearly $3 billion with Corning on the glass used in iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad.

Apple also confirmed that the glass for the new iPhone 11 set to release this week was also made in Harrodsburg with the Corning’s own Gorilla Glass.

According to the official release, the award will go to “capital investments, new technology, and process development.”

“The Harrodsburg facility serves as Corning’s global glass technology center, working closely with scientists at Sullivan Park in Corning, New York, to develop advanced glass solutions for next-generation technologies,” the release said. “Apple’s investment has helped to ensure the facility’s reputation as a global center of excellence, and supports the nearly 1,000 Corning jobs created by the Apple business. The team of nearly 400 highly skilled employees in Harrodsburg averages 14 years of experience, with Corning consistently rated one of Kentucky’s top places to work. Corning has been a part of the fabric of the Harrodsburg community for more than 65 years and the plant there is Corning’s longest-running US-based manufacturing facility.”


The East Regional Semifinals are set in the 2019 KSR Food Bracket

The East Regional Semifinals are set in the 2019 KSR Food Bracket

After jumping out to a hot start in the 2019 KSR Food Bracket on Wednesday morning, we now have four representatives in the Sweet 16 set following today’s show.

This morning, Cumberland legend “Green Bay” joined Kentucky Sports Radio to help decide who will get out of the Round of 32 in the East region.

The matchups?

  • (1) McDonald’s vs. (9) Hardee’s
  • (5) Fazoli’s vs. (4) Popeye’s
  • (6) Skyline vs. (3) Cracker Barrel
  • (10) Rally’s vs. (2) Waffle House

And unlike yesterday’s clean sweep of favorites coming out on top in the East, we had one upset this morning.

McDonald’s knocked out Hardee’s to keep its status as the No. 1 overall seed alive, who will now take on five-seed Fazoli’s in the next round.

In the bottom of the region, the Sunrise Samplers of Cracker Barrel knocked out Skyline and its delicious presentation of coneys and five-ways.

Two-seed Waffle House also scattered, smothered, and covered its way to the next round, where they will take on three-seed Cracker Barrel for a spot in the Elite Eight.

Take a look at the updated bracket as it stands today:

Tomorrow, Matt Jones and the KSR crew will break down yet another region during their live show at MediVet in Nicholasville.

Go Cats.

Derek Anderson, Nate Northington, and Ralph Hacker inducted into Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame

Derek Anderson, Nate Northington, and Ralph Hacker inducted into Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame

The Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame inducted six new members last night, with three of them being former University of Kentucky legends.

The Wildcats included? Former Kentucky basketball star Derek Anderson, UK football trailblazer Nate Northington, and Kentucky radio legend Ralph Hacker.

The 42nd KSOF class was officially introduced last night, with former Louisville football star Deion Branch, KSU legend William Exum, and U.S. Olympian Willis Augustus Lee.

Here were the former Wildcats last night:

Anderson, a Louisville native, won a national championship at Kentucky in 1996 before playing in the NBA for 11 years, winning a title with the Miami Heat in 2006.

Northington was an all-state high school football player before playing at Kentucky, where he became the first African-American ever to play in an SEC football game.

To round out the UK representatives, Hacker was a long-time radio color analyst and did play-by-play for the University of Kentucky.

Congratulations to the former Wildcats for their impressive achievement!

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Bowling Green eliminated in the Little League World Series

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Bowling Green’s Little League World Series dreams have unfortunately come to an end.

Following the team’s 6-1 loss to New England this afternoon, Bowling Green East has been eliminated from contention.

Bowling Green – who turned into Great Lakes for the LLWS – managed just two hits on the day, while New England ended game with eight total, led by three from Lucas Tanous.

New England’s Owen Pfeffer pitched a complete game, finishing with seven strikeouts, two hits, two walks, and zero earned runs.

As for Great Lakes, Jameson Napper and Luke Idlett made up the team’s two hits on the day.

Kentucky made its 10th LLWS appearance overall and its first since 2016, with the state’s record now moving to 14-20 all time in the event. Bowling Green East made its third trip to Williamsport, with all three of them coming in the past five years alone. Led by manager Rick Kelley, Bowling Green won two games in both 2015 and 2016.

The team had been a perfect 14-0 going into the weekend, including a 3-0 finish at Regionals.

Great Lakes lost on Friday afternoon to Minnesota in the double-elimination event.

The pictures of the gas line explosion in Lincoln County are nuts

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By now, you’ve probably heard about the natural gas pipeline explosion that happened early this morning in Lincoln County. The explosion killed a 58-year-old woman, injured at least five, and destroyed five residences in the Indian Camp Trailer Park in Moreland near the Boyle County line. If you haven’t seen the pictures and videos yet, stop what you’re doing and take a look:

NEW: These pictures are from a hazmat team on scene of the pipeline explosion in Lincoln County. You can see that massive pipeline in the pictures. Pure devastation.

Posted by Dalton Godbey on Thursday, August 1, 2019

This drone footage of the destruction from the Herald-Leader is chilling:

The fire was so intense it even showed up on the National Weather Service’s satellite:

The National Transportation Safety Board has taken over the investigation. Thank goodness more people weren’t hurt.

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Blue Arby’s near Kentucky’s campus closes

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If you’ve ever been around UK’s campus, you’ve seen the Blue Arby’s on Limestone across from campus. Built in 1994, the building has stood as an homage to the Wildcats, bucking the traditional Arby’s red for Kentucky blue…until now.

The Herald-Leader is reporting that the Blue Arby’s has closed, the second location to shutter its doors this year. Don’t worry; there are still nine Arby’s across Lexington, so plenty of places to get your curly fry fix. Given all the changes happening around Kentucky’s campus, it’s not really that surprising, and I don’t think I ever ate there, but looking at the pictures on the Herald-Leader’s website still made me a little sad.

Change happens, right?


See Kentucky’s Top Three Scorers at NBA2Lou Bourbon Signing in Lexington


Three of the best players to ever suit up for the University of Kentucky are collaborating to promote the movement to bring the NBA to Louisville.

Dan Issel, Jack Givens and Kenny Walker — the only three men’s basketball players to ever score more than 2,000 points in a UK uniform — will be signing bourbon bottles Saturday, July 27 at the Liquor Barn in Hamburg from 2:00-5:00 p.m.

The legendary trio is signing bottles of Yellowstone 18 from Limestone Distillery. The 100 proof single barrel bourbon whiskey is a limited release that promotes the NBA2Lou movement. If you can’t attend the event but would love to join the grassroots movement, get involved by becoming an ambassador at