Lisa Autry en Louisville Resident Replaces Corvette Damaged by Sinkhole <p>Louisville resident Lynda Patterson was devastated when she saw pictures and video of the massive sinkhole that opened beneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green on February 12.&nbsp;</p><p>Her eyes were fixated on the 40<sup>th</sup> Anniversary Corvette sticking tail up from the debris.&nbsp; As the owner of one herself, Patterson told WKU Public Radio that it was like looking at her own car.</p><p>“It’s a different mindset when you own Corvettes," she explained.&nbsp; "I don’t know what happens to you, but you kind of get screwy, and your heart sinks when you see one of these gorgeous automobiles in trouble.”</p><p>Seeing the crushed ruby red Corvette made Patterson want to give the museum her Ruby.</p><p>“Twenty years ago when my husband and I set up our trust, we had it in our trust that we would donate our Ruby to the museum, when the time came, when the last of us was gone," said Patterson.&nbsp; "When I saw it in the hole, and my husband had died about 18 months ago, I thought this is the time, she should go now.”</p><p>The Patterson’s bought the car 22 years ago after immediately falling in love with it in the showroom of a Chevrolet dealership.&nbsp; Fighting back tears, Patterson delivered her Ruby to the museum on Thursday.</p><p>“It was a bittersweet thing to give her up,” expressed Patterson.</p><p>Marketing and Communications Director Katie Frassinelli says the museum is looking forward to taking the car off of display.</p><p>“Lynda definitely wants us to drive it.&nbsp; She wants it used in parades, she wants it taken to schools,” said Frassinelli.&nbsp; “She really wants the car out and about.”</p><p>With the Patterson donation, the National Corvette Museum will eventually have two 40th Anniversary cars.&nbsp; The one pulled from the sinkhole is expected to be restored by General Motors.&nbsp; Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:16:27 +0000 Lisa Autry 46782 at Louisville Resident Replaces Corvette Damaged by Sinkhole Toyota Grant Teaches Rules of the Road to Kentucky High School Students <p>The Kentucky State Police agency is partnering with Toyota to educate high school students about the number one killer of teens: traffic crashes.&nbsp;</p><p>“Alive at 25” is a defensive driving course that will be implemented statewide over the next two years with the help of a $150,000 dollar grant from Toyota operations in Kentucky.&nbsp;</p><p>The program was taken to students at Warren East High School in Bowling Green on Thursday.&nbsp; In the audience was 18-year-old Bradley Pearson who admits to texting while driving.</p><p>“I didn’t see it as that big of a deal, but after today, I know I need to stop," said Pearson.&nbsp; "I text with other people in the car, and if I wreck it affects them just as much as it does me.”</p><p>Sixteen-year-old Patrick Burton considers himself a safe driver, partly because of the impact a distracted driving crash had on his family. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:37:28 +0000 Lisa Autry 46736 at Toyota Grant Teaches Rules of the Road to Kentucky High School Students Electronic Tracking Having No Impact on Meth Production in Warren County <p></p><p>The head of the Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force says a methamphetamine bust this week is a perfect example of why Kentucky needs stronger laws concerning meth’s key ingredient.&nbsp;</p><p>Four Bowling Green residents were arrested this week for “smurfing” pseudoephedrine, which is a meth precursor found in most over-the-counter cold and allergy drugs.&nbsp;</p><p>"They were defeating the electronic tracking by using false identifications and hitting both states, which is exactly what we tried to tell the legislature two years ago, that electronic tracking really doesn't work, explained Tommy Loving, director of the Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force.</p><p>Loving says to really curtail the crime, lawmakers should make pseudoephedrine available by prescription only.&nbsp;</p><p>Kentucky's electronic tracking law has led to a 20% drop in meth labs statewide, but according to Loving, the law has had no effect in Warren County.&nbsp;</p><p>Efforts to require a prescription for pseudoephedrine have failed in recent legislative sessions due to a strong lobby from the pharmaceutical industry.&nbsp;</p><p>Under current Kentucky law, consumers are prevented from purchasing more than seven grams of pseudoephedrine per month without a prescription.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The limit is higher in Tennessee, which Loving says, sends Kentuckians across the state line. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:09:20 +0000 Lisa Autry 46692 at Electronic Tracking Having No Impact on Meth Production in Warren County April is Child Abuse Prevention Month <p></p><p>During the month of April, communities all over Kentucky are placing special emphasis on preventing child abuse.&nbsp; According to the state, more than 23,000 Kentucky children were involved in substantiated reports of abuse or neglect in 2013.&nbsp;</p><p>April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, but Denise Lambrianou works toward that goal daily.&nbsp; She spoke with WKU Public Radio about her work at the Family Enrichment Center in Warren County.</p><p><strong>Describe what you do for a living.</strong></p><p>I am the Adoption Resource Program Coordinator, so what I do is help the state recruit foster and adoptive parents for children who are in out-of-home care.</p><p><strong>Foster children are removed from their birth homes due to abuse or neglect.&nbsp; Explain the difference between the two.</strong></p><p>Abuse can be several different things.&nbsp; It can be physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.&nbsp; Neglect could be not providing sanitary conditions where your child lives, not providing enough food in your home.&nbsp; There's even educational neglect where you don't make your child go to school.&nbsp; There can be medical neglect, but it's a fine line depending on one's religious belief.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>You speak from experience, having adopted four boys from foster care.&nbsp; From what situations did they come?</strong></p><p>My two oldest ones were removed from their home for neglect.&nbsp; They were living in deplorable conditions and there wasn't enough food in the house, so I'm sure they were hungry at times.&nbsp; Our two little ones were infants, so they don't remember much.&nbsp; Our two older ones do because they were eight and four when they came to live with us.</p><p><strong>Have their birth homes had any long-term effects on them?</strong></p><p>I'm sure it does.&nbsp; Our oldest one, he had to grow up much faster than kids his age.&nbsp; He was a caretaker, and for a long time, we had to help him learn how to be a kid.&nbsp; The next youngest one, we're pretty sure he was hungry a few times.&nbsp; There are some little issues with food occasionally when he's afraid there isn't enough food in the house.&nbsp; But I think they've adjusted rather well, but they do remember their past, but hopefully we've been able to help them through that. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:59:45 +0000 Lisa Autry 46634 at April is Child Abuse Prevention Month Kentucky's Public Health Chief Wants E-Cigs in Statewide Smoke-Free Law <p>Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear ceremonially signed a bill into law Monday that prohibits the sale of all types of&nbsp; electronic cigarettes to minors.&nbsp; Kentucky's public health commissioner sees the new law as a step in the right direction, but not enough.</p><p>Dr. Stephanie Mayfield hopes a statewide ban on smoking in public places clears the General Assembly next year and she wants e-cigs to be included.</p><p>"We don't know what's in them.&nbsp; We do know if it's nicotine, that's addictive," says Mayfield.&nbsp; "We know the effects of tobacco and smoke, and we know without it being regulated and exactly what's in it, we don't know what you're breathing and exposing others to."</p><p>Following a speech at WKU last week, Mayfield said a comprehensive smoke-free law would be the Department of Public Health’s chief legislative priority next year.&nbsp;</p><p>This year’s legislation included e-cigarettes, though amendments were added to exempt them.&nbsp;</p><p>E-cig supporters argue that the products allow users to decrease the amount of nicotine to a point where they may eventually quit smoking altogether. They also say the chemicals in e-cigs are safer than traditional cigarettes. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:17:19 +0000 Lisa Autry 46585 at Kentucky's Public Health Chief Wants E-Cigs in Statewide Smoke-Free Law Corvette Sinkhole Recovery Enters Next Phase <p>Now that all of the cars are out, work begins this week toward repairing the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.&nbsp;</p><p>Communications Director Katie Frassinelli says a team will meet Tuesday to discuss how to repair the Skydome, which was the site of the February sinkhole collapse.</p><p>"We've had fans on Facebook or people who have emailed with suggestions from putting in a glass floor, leaving the hole, and making it as good as new," comments Frassinelli.</p><p>Frassinelli says what happens to the Skydome will also come down to price.&nbsp;</p><p>Engineering studies revealed that the area around the sinkhole was solid enough to allow restoration of the Skydome, which is scheduled to be completed by August, in time for the museum's 20th Anniversary celebration. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Lisa Autry 46479 at Corvette Sinkhole Recovery Enters Next Phase Mayor: City Finances Will Suffer Under Jamestown Plant Closure <p>The mayor of Jamestown says state officials have begun reaching out to the 600 Fruit of the Loom workers whose jobs will be lost later this year.&nbsp;</p><p>The apparel company announced last week that it would move operations overseas and layoffs would occur in phases starting in June.&nbsp;</p><p>Mayor Terry Lawless hopes another manufacturer will come to Jamestown.</p><p>"It would thrill me to death that when they leave that the doors open for someone else to be in there and revenue starts picking right up, but we have to be realistic too," acknowledged Lawless.&nbsp; "That probably won't happen right away, but we've got our hopes it will eventually."</p><p>The city of Jamestown receives $200,000 a year in occupational taxes from plant employees. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:11:10 +0000 Lisa Autry 46344 at Mayor: City Finances Will Suffer Under Jamestown Plant Closure Kentucky Health Commissioner Pleased with Insurance Sign-Ups by Young Invincibles <p></p><p>Kentucky’s public health commissioner is encouraged by the number of young adults who enrolled in health insurance on Kynect, the state’s online health exchange.&nbsp;</p><p>Fifty percent of new enrollees were under the age of 35, which Dr. Stephanie Mayfield says should mean cost savings.</p><p>"You would think this would be a healthier population who would be accessing the system for preventive measures and not as many chronic diseases," explained Mayfield.&nbsp; "It's an opportunity to intervene in the still relatively early years and have less of a financial impact on the system."</p><p>Dr. Mayfield spoke Tuesday at WKU about Kentucky’s health challenges.&nbsp;</p><p>The state has several initiatives underway that include reducing the rates of smoking, obesity, and cancer deaths, all by 2019. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:44:11 +0000 Lisa Autry 46343 at Kentucky Health Commissioner Pleased with Insurance Sign-Ups by Young Invincibles Bowling Green UAW to Hold Strike Vote <p>The local chapter of the United Auto Workers Union will vote Tuesday on whether to authorize a strike at the General Motors’ Bowling Green Assembly Plant.</p><p>Local 2164 President Eldon Renaud tells WKU Public Radio that several issues arose under the leadership of former plant manager Dave Tatman, who Renaud says, was forced out.</p><p>"We've been waiting a long time to try to get these quality and safety issues addressed.&nbsp; We have manpower issues, and things have just come to a head," says Renaud.&nbsp; "Our membership voted recently by 100% of the vote to have this (strike) vote taken."</p><p>About 800 union workers will cast ballots.&nbsp; Renaud says he expects workers to approve a strike, but he hopes it doesn’t come to that.&nbsp;</p><p>Plant Spokeswoman Andrea Hales issued the following statement.&nbsp;</p><p>"We pride ourselves in working with our UAW Local 2164 partners to achieve success and build award-winning vehicles. We’re confident that we can work together and have a strong track record of creative problem solving. We’ve built a world-class product at the Bowling Green facility for more than 30 years, with the safety of our employees and quality of the car at the forefront of every decision. We are committed to continue that tradition."</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 22:35:28 +0000 Lisa Autry 46254 at Bowling Green UAW to Hold Strike Vote Western Kentucky Sheriff Travels to Israel for Lessons in Security <p>As sheriff of Daviess County, Keith Cain’s job has taken him a lot of places, but none like where he is now.&nbsp; Cain is in Israel with a delegation of sheriffs from across the country who were invited to meet with Israeli government, military, and law enforcement officials.&nbsp;</p><p>When WKU Public Radio spoke with the sheriff by phone Wednesday, he was 800 meters outside the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by the militant Hamas organization.&nbsp; He spoke from Sderot, a community that less than a month ago, was the site of 63 rocket attacks in a 36-hour period.</p><p>“More than anything that I’ve learned the last three days is the incredible resiliency of the Israeli people.”</p><p>That resiliency, he says, was seen in the face of a single mother he spoke with about the daily rocket attacks.</p><p>“She said all the children suffer from emotional distress.&nbsp; We viewed the playgrounds of kindergarten kids who can no longer play outside.&nbsp; They have to play in fortified bunkers built around their playgrounds,” explained Cain.&nbsp; “In the community we were in today, they have ten to 15 seconds once they are notified of a rocket attack to get to a sheltered area.&nbsp; These youngsters learn this as early as age two.&nbsp; That’s something difficult, I think, for Americans to comprehend.”</p><p>The goal of the trip, Cain said, is to learn from experts in terrorist events such as suicide bombings. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:54:47 +0000 Lisa Autry 46045 at Western Kentucky Sheriff Travels to Israel for Lessons in Security