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Bowling Green Independent School District

Bowling Green High School has named William King as its new principal. 

King had been serving as the Freshman Principal of Bowling Green High for the past five years.  Before that, he spent three years as the school’s Literacy Coach and Curriculum Coordinator and five years as a social studies teacher. 

King is a graduate himself of Bowling Green High.  He holds Bachelor's, Master's and Rank 1 degrees from WKU.

King replaces former principal Gary Fields who was promoted to superintendent of city schools.

The Democratic and Republican candidates for Kentucky lieutenant governor will participate in a forum in Paducah later this year.

The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce said Jenean Hampton, the running mate of Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin, and Sannie Overly, who is running with Democratic nominee Jack Conway, have both confirmed they will participate in the event Oct. 1.

Hampton and Overly are to appear before a chamber luncheon. The chamber said the forum will include opening comments from the candidates, a question-and-answer session with local media and concluding remarks by the candidates. WPSD-TV news anchor Todd Faulkner will be the moderator.

WPSD will broadcast the event live and will stream it live on the station's website.

Attorney: Kentucky Resolves Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Jun 23, 2015

Kentucky's legislative leaders have resolved a sexual harassment lawsuit involving a former Democratic lawmaker and two state workers.

Thomas Clay, the attorney for Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper, said the case has been resolved to the satisfaction of the parties. He declined to elaborate. 

Costner is a former aide to House Majority Whip Johnny Bell. Cooper still works for Bell. The pair filed a sexual harassment lawsuit alleging former Democratic state Rep. John Arnold touched them inappropriately and that the Legislative Research Commission did not do enough to protect them.

Arnold resignd his seat and was  fined $3,000 by the Legislative Branch Ethics Commission. He has appealed the fine.

LRC Public Information

A federal prosecutor told a jury that a former Pike County lawmaker secretly paid tens of thousands of dollars to a state mine inspector.   The trial for Keith Hall began on Monday.  

The 55-year-old Hall, who is accused of bribery, served 14 years as a Democratic state representative from Phelps until a 2014 primary defeat. 

Prosecutors say Hall, who owned coal mines, paid about $46,000 in bribes to mine inspector Kelly Shortridge in 2009 and 2010.  Shortridge has pleaded guilty to soliciting a bribe, saying he agreed to ignore violations at Hall's mines.  Shortridge is expected to testify against Hall. 

Hall's attorney Bryce Caldwell says Hall's payments to Shortridge were for legitimate business deals.  Hall could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

David Boyd, Sockeye Fire Information (Via Alaska Public Media)

Kentucky Division of Forestry firefighters are heading to Alaska to battle a number of wildfires.

The 16 full-time and 5 part-time firefighters will be joined by personnel from several federal agencies - including Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area - forming two 20-person crews.

Division of Forestry public information officer Jennifer Turner says the assignment is for 14 days. She says it was Kentucky’s turn on a rotation of southern states that answer calls for aid from the U.S. Forest Service.

“Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky are up for the rotation to be called in if they need help and they called in yesterday and we’re sending help,” Turner said.

Kentucky’s firefighters are often called to aid other states this time of year. Turner says the commonwealth’s peak fire seasons are February 15-April 30 and October 1-December 15.

“So because of that, our firefighters are down in the summer time and that gives them the opportunity to be able to help out west when it’s their high fire season," Turner said.

WKU

WKU has picked its next Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations.

Marc Archambault will join WKU August 17, and take over the post previously held by Kathryn Costello, who is transitioning into a different position at the school.

Archambault currently serves as head of development and alumni at Utah Valley University, and has previously held positions at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California; Purdue University; and the University of Houston.

Speaking to WKU Public Radio Monday, Archambault  said he’ll be working this summer to meet as many WKU stakeholders as possible.

“One of the first important steps is a listening tour, and collecting as much data as I can while I try to master the financial and budgetary landscape in which I’ll be working.”

Archambault  will also serve as President of the WKU Foundation, and will lead the school’s next capital campaign.

“It is early, of course, and I think at this stage we would really describe it as exploring a future campaign. It’s something President Ransdell and the leadership feel passionate about.”

Archambault holds a bachelor’s degree in physical sciences and English from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, and a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University in Indianapolis.

LRC Public Information

A former Kentucky lawmaker goes on trial in federal court in Pikeville this week.

Jury selection got underway Monday in the trial of Keith Hall of Pike County.  The former democratic state representative is charged with paying bribes to an inspector to ignore violations at coal mines owned by Hall. 

Hall's co-defendant, former state mine inspector Kelly Shortridge, pleaded guilty in earlier this year to taking bribes from Hall. The plea agreement said Shortridge, who worked for the Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement, took about $46,000 in bribes over two years from Hall. 

Hall represented Pike County for 14 years before losing his 2014 re-election bid.

Louisville's Needle Exchange has 57 Visitors in First Week

Jun 22, 2015

Health officials in Louisville say 57 intravenous drug users visited the city's needle exchange program during its first week of operation.

A statement from Louisville's Public Health and Wellness department says the program distributed 1,352 clean syringes, disposed of 189 used syringes and tested 12 people for HIV.

Dr. Sarah Moyer, the city's interim public health and wellness director, said called the response strong and encouraging. She says the needle exchange allows health officials to work toward reducing the number of hepatitis C and HIV cases as well as connecting drug users with needed resources.

Louisville became the first city in the state to offer a needle exchange after legislators passed a law allowing local governments to set up programs in which addicts can swap dirty needles for clean ones.

Abbey Oldham

An amendment championed by Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator would change the way deployed military personnel are counted in the Census.

Rand Paul’s amendment would require the Census to count all deployed servicemen and women at the base or port where they lived before deployment. Currently, those individuals are counted as part of the U.S. overseas population.

Senator Paul, a Republican from Bowling Green, told WKU Public Radio the change would make a big difference to communities around Fort Campbell.

“A lot of things are decided based on how big your community. So if we don’t count the soldiers, and, let’s say Hopkinsville had 49,000 people, but if we did count the soldiers and Hopkinsville had 59,000 people, it would make a big difference in how the government treats the city of Hopkinsville.”

Paul’s amendment, known as the Service Members and Communities Count Act,  was added to the National Defense Authorization Act Thursday. Two years ago, the same amendment was attached to legislation but was ultimately removed before the bill was signed into law.

Pulaski County State Senator Chris Girdler announced last week he wouldn't be running for a second term in Frankfort but now his uncle says he's getting in the race.

60 year old Somerset insurance agent Rick Girdler says he'll be running for the 15th district seat to replace his nephew.

He said he considered a state senate run in 2012 when long-time Senator Vernie McGaha retired but he stepped aside when Chris Girdler decided to run. Rick Girdler had also considered a run for Pulaski County judge-executive in 2014.

The district includes Pulaski, Boyle and Lincoln counties.

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