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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.”


KSR Show Thread 9/17: Live from Lyon County

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Tuesday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today’s show is coming to you from three locations: the Lexington and Louisville studios, and Lyon County, where Matt’s posted up on the latest stop of his book tour. Tune in to hear the gang discuss Mark Stoops’ comments from yesterday about playcalling, recap a little basketball recruiting, and look ahead to Mississippi State.

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Today on KSR: Loud Noises


You’ll never believe this: people in Louisville are complaining. This time though, it’s not about TopGolf.

Over the weekend Hometown Rising became the first of three weekend music festivals to perform at Kentucky Fair and Expo Center’s new Highland Festival Grounds. When the country music stars began their sound checks, residents from miles away went on NextDoor to voice their complaints.

The Courier-Journal reached out to a few of the folks who were unhappy about the noise, one of which provided this incredible quote. “Calling something ‘Louder Than Life’ suggests to me that it might be a different style of music and a different volume expectation for us,” she said. “I’m an opera aficionado, so I don’t know any of these music genres.”

The music is just one piece of the loud puzzle that is right in the middle of the city, as this sketch from Doug Profitt illustrates wonderfully.


Organizers of the three weekend festivals have not commented on the complaints. Residents will just have to suck it up for two more weekends.

Before Bourbon & Beyond and Louder than Life kickoff, there’s plenty to talk about in the world of UK sports.


Injury Uncertainty

At Monday’s press conference, Mark Stoops revealed that Phil Hoskins and Taj Dodson are both “questionable” for Saturday’s game in Starkville. Neither appeared on the weekly depth chart. Isaiah Epps still does not have a return date and MJ Devonshire underwent wrist surgery. The freshman cornerback will be in a cast, and if he can manage the pain, he’s available to play.

Stoops Answers Critics

After any loss, questions about play-calling always rear their ugly head. This loss to Florida is no exception. If you didn’t read all of Stoops’ comments, allow me to paraphrase:.

1. The Wildcat run would have been the same run if Sawyer handed the ball off to Rose. The play didn’t work because the offensive line, who had stellar offensive performance for all but a handful of plays the entire game, missed an assignment.

2. Stoops wanted to take the air out of the ball once UK got into field goal range because he was worried about giving Florida too much time to move the ball down the field against his secondary that was on its third string free safety. Brad White’s play-calling efforts were handicapped because Quandre Mosely simply didn’t receive significant reps that week in practice.

What’s Going on with Xavier Peters?

The Florida State transfer was finally ruled eligible by the NCAA last week but did not play against Florida. Stoops did not make any future promises for playing time.

“We’ll see how he progresses, how he picks things up. We need every available body we can get obviously, but we need him to understand and be able to execute our defense, too.”

All of the Podcasts

Moving on from a loss to Florida is never easy. A trio of podcasts is exactly what you need to recover. Austin MacGinnis provides words of wisdom on the KSR Football Podcast, Aaron Torres shares his college football week 3 takes from the west coast and Mrs. Tyler and Fake Barney accompany Florida talk with hi-jinx in a Man Crush Bracket. Subscribe! Subscribe! Subscribe!

Cal Visits Omoruyi

Once John Calipari locked in Terrence Clarke, Kentucky’s head coach turned to point guard and the post. Travis Graf reports Cal will go to New Jersey today to watch Cliff Omoruyi work out. The visit to the top ten center is two days after the Cats visited point guard Cade Cunningham, as the Cats try to squeeze their way in-between Oklahoma State and North Carolina.

Cheeseburger Time

Enes Kanter’s cheat days are on the hot seat. Now Bam Adebayo has the potential to become the biggest burger aficionado among former Wildcats. Adebayo is participating in an eating competition tomorrow against the world famous eater, Takera Kobayashi. God bless Bam.

An Audio/Visual Masterpiece

The Alaska-Fairbanks video team has put Bradley McKee on the hot seat.

The OTT Podcast: Man Crush Bracket

The OTT Podcast: Man Crush Bracket

The OTT Podcast is back to cheer you up after the Florida loss. Tune in as Tyler and Fake Barney tackle a very important question: who is the ultimate man crush? Of course we put a bracket together to find out. Highlights include…

— Barney’s trip to Nashville, which included a chance meeting with Vince Gill

— Tyler’s top secret story about John Mayer

— Keifer Sutherland’s weird ears

— Is Jim Cantore on PEDs?!

— Which James Bond is the coolest?

…and much, much more. You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly on your phone by subscribing to The OTT Podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, or via Android’s Podcast Addict app. Please leave us a review!

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Nine Thoughts on John Calipari’s Season-Opening Comments

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We have now reached mid-September, which means that with every single day that passes, we get a day closer to the start of college basketball season. At this point the season is so close, you can practically hear Jay Bilas complaining about the referees already!

And if there was any sign that we are in fact getting close to tip-off, it came this weekend, when John Calipari had his state of the union address with the media. He hit on a number of different topics that KSR has covered over the last couple days, ranging from this year’s team, to recruiting and his golf trip with Barack Obama.

Now, with Calipari’s preseason availability done for a few weeks, it’s time to reflect.

Here are nine thoughts on what Coach Cal said, and what it means for this season and beyond:


Mychal Mulder signs with the Miami Heat

Former Kentucky guard Mychal Mulder will have a chance to make an NBA roster this fall.

This evening, the Miami Heat announced they would be signing Mulder to a training camp deal after trading for his G League rights earlier in the day.

In Miami, Mulder will be joining his former Kentucky teammate and roommate Bam Adebayo, who voiced his support for the signing not long after it was made official.

Mulder spent last season with the Chicago Bulls’ G League affiliate, the Windy City Bulls, where he averaged 13.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists in 32.9 minutes per contest.

Earlier today, Miami’s G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, reached a trade with Windy City for his rights.

The Heat have signed him to an Exhibit 10 contract, meaning he has a $50,000 guarantee by playing in the G League if he does not make the official Miami roster. He can also agree to a two-way deal with the franchise, which would allow him to split time in Miami and Sioux Falls this season.

Either way, Mulder is going to be making some money this year in the states.

Congratulations to the former Wildcat on the big news.