Education
1:58 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Council on Postsecondary Education Prepares for Next Budget Request

Bob King
Credit Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education is already tailoring its next state budget request to include performance funding for state universities.

The General Assembly did not include the CPE’s request for performance funding in its two-year spending plan that awaits the governor’s signature. CPE President Bob King says the performance funding request was among several suggestions to bring more money to the state’s universities.

“One of those purposes was to create a pot of money that would be distributed to the campuses tied to the proportion of degrees that they produced,” he said. “And there was a premium for students who earned degrees in the STEM field—science, technology, engineering and mathematics—or in health fields because we know that our workforce needs people with those skills quite substantially.”

King says in addition to going over this legislative session’s budget to determine the tuition cap for state universities, the CPE is working on its funding request for the next session.

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Regional
1:49 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Former South Central Kentucky Pharmacy Worker Pleads Guilty in Federal Drug Case

A former Allen County pharmacy employee has admitted to the theft and distribution of prescription painkillers. 

Lynn Harper Denton entered a guilty plea Tuesday in federal court in Bowling Green to two charges in a seven-count indictment. 

Prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky say the 46-year-old Denton stole hydrocodone pills from her employer, Stovall’s Prescription Shop in Scottsville over a five-month period in 2012.  The retail value of the stolen hydrocodone was nearly $30,000. 

Denton admitted selling the pills to co-conspirator Katherine Virginia Rookstool, who is charged with selling the pills Jeffrey Clay Stinson, who sold them on the street.  Stinson pleaded guilty to federal charges and is awaiting sentencing.  Rookstool is scheduled to go on trial next month. 

Denton faces up to 30 years in prison at sentencing, though prosecutors will recommend a term at the lower end of the sentencing range. 

As part of the plea agreement, Denton will forfeit more than $5,700 and two vehicles.  She will also make restitution to her former employer. 

Health
1:24 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Map Of The Developing Human Brain Shows Where Problems Begin

Images of the developing fetal brain show connections among brain regions.
Allen Institute for Brain Science; Bruce Fischl, Martinos Center for Biomedial Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 11:21 am

A high-resolution map of the human brain in utero is providing hints about the origins of brain disorders including schizophrenia and autism.

The map shows where genes are turned on and off throughout the entire brain at about the midpoint of pregnancy, a time when critical structures are taking shape, researchers reported Wednesday in the journal Nature.

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Business
1:05 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

New Todd County Plant to Bring 75 Jobs

A western Kentucky location will become home to a new Custom Cooler Inc. factory that will create 75 jobs with a $5.8 million investment.

Gov. Steve Beshear's office says the company is establishing its second manufacturing facility in Todd County.

Kentucky was chosen over three other states. The company has received preliminary state approval for as much as $1.5 million in tax incentives.

Custom Cooler manufactures custom walk-in coolers, freezers and freezer doors. It was established in California in 2006.

Arts & Culture
10:52 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Everly Brothers 1960 Hit Included in National Recording Registry

Promotional material from the Everly Brothers' 'Homecoming Concerts' in Muhlenberg County
Credit Emil Moffatt

The Library of Congress has unveiled the list of this year’s 25 additions to the National Recording Registry.

Among the recordings – the Everly Brothers 1960 hit “Cathy’s Clown”, which was recorded at the RCA “Studio B” in Nashville.

Earlier this year, Muhlenberg County held a celebration of life for Phil Everly, who died January 3rd.  Everly and his brother Don held a series of charity concerts in their family’s hometown in Western Kentucky in the 1980s and 1990s.    

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Regional
8:50 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Photo Slideshow of Corvettes Extracted from Sinkhole

The meticulous and tedious process of retrieving eight cars swallowed by a sinkhole beneath the National Corvette Museum is nearly complete.  Only two cars remain in the 50-foot sinkhole that opened up on February 12. 

On Tuesday, crews recovered a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder, the most heavily damaged car so far.  Photojournalist Abbey Oldham took these photos of the Spyder after it was removed from the sinkhole and put on display at the museum.

In this photo slideshow, she also shares a close up look at some of the other Corvettes retrieved and on display.

Regional
8:35 am
Wed April 2, 2014

370,000 Kentuckians Sign Up for Health Insurance Through State-Based Exchange

More than 370,000 Kentuckians have signed up for health insurance through the state's health insurance marketplace.

The deadline to sign up for insurance was Monday. Kentucky officials said more than 21,000 people signed up in the final three days. More than half of those enrollments came on Monday.

Of the 370,829 who signed up for health insurance, 293,802 enrolled for the state's Medicaid program and 77,027 purchased discounted private insurance plans.

Those numbers are likely to grow. People who had problems signing up for coverage have until midnight April 11 to enroll. Final enrollment numbers will be available after April 15.

Station Events
8:18 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Check Out WKU Public Radio's New TV Spot

Your local news team, from left to right: Joe Corcoran, Kevin Willis, Lisa Autry, and Emil Moffatt
Credit WKU PBS

You hear our voices on the radio.

Now you can see the faces of the people who bring you local news on WKU Public Radio!

We have a great new promotional spot for TV currently airing in Bowling Green that gives viewers a bit of a behind-the-scenes look at the WKU Public Radio newsroom. Narrated by our local All Things Considered host, Emil Moffatt, the piece describes how we love to tell the stories that impact individuals and communities all across our listening area.

We also want to thank our friends and colleagues at WKU PBS and WKU Marketing for all their hard work in conceiving, planning, videotaping, and editing this piece together. Without them, this project never would have happened!

Regional
7:17 am
Wed April 2, 2014

School Board Declines Action After Superintendent's DUI

The LaRue County School Board has declined to take action against school superintendent Sam Sanders who's accused of driving drunk in a school vehicle.

Board chairman Michael Hornback said at a Tuesday meeting that the panel can't take any action until the case is resolved in court.

Sanders was arrested on Saturday morning. Police said he smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and failed a sobriety test. He refused to take a breath test.

NPR News
2:55 am
Wed April 2, 2014

So You Think You're Smarter Than A CIA Agent

A group of 3,000 ordinary citizens, armed with nothing more than an Internet connection, is often making better forecasts of global events than CIA analysts. Here, a man crosses the CIA logo at its headquarters in Langley, Va.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 12:04 pm

The morning I met Elaine Rich, she was sitting at the kitchen table of her small town home in suburban Maryland trying to estimate refugee flows in Syria.

It wasn't the only question she was considering; there were others:

Will North Korea launch a new multistage missile before May 10, 2014?

Will Russian armed forces enter Kharkiv, Ukraine, by May 10? Rich's answers to these questions would eventually be evaluated by the intelligence community, but she didn't feel much pressure because this wasn't her full-time gig.

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