2:09 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Kentucky Sheriff's Deputy Accused of Dealing in Illegal Steroids

A Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputy was arrested this week on federal drug charges.  FBI Special Agent Virginia MacHenry writes in a criminal complaint that William Allen Rice sold steroids to an undercover informant on three occasions between May and August of this year. 

In one instance, Rice allegedly meets up with the undercover agent while in uniform and driving his Taylor County Sheriff’s Office vehicle.  In another transaction, Rice told the informant he would leave a bottle of steroids for him on the seat of his cruiser parked at his home in Campbellsville.

Rice was arrested Tuesday and released on his own recognizance.  He is due in U.S. District Court in Bowling Green next week for a preliminary hearing.  Court records did not list an attorney for the former deputy.

Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton says Rice has been fired.

1:57 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Lincoln Days To Go On Despite Park's Closure

Credit Lincoln Days

Organizers of an Abraham Lincoln celebration near his central Kentucky birthplace say the government shutdown won't deter the weekend festivities.

The festival in Hodgenville begins Saturday. Coordinator Philip Setters told The News-Enterprise the two-day event would go on despite the closure of the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park.

A post on the event's website Thursday said the shutdown "does not affect Lincoln Days."

The annual event includes food, crafts and a children's scavenger hunt.

Setters said the possible rainy weather would be a more important factor for the event than a continuing shutdown in Washington.

The park, along with all other national parks, closed on Tuesday.

1:23 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Some Kentucky Members of Congress Won't Accept Pay During Shutdown

Many federal employees will go without a paycheck during the government’s partial shutdown, but the 533 members of Congress will continue to be paid.  Congressional pay is protected by the U.S. Constitution, but some lawmakers don’t think it’s fair. 

Kentucky’s Second District Congressman Brett Guthrie, a Republican from Bowling Green, is asking that his pay be withheld, and if the stalemate isn’t resolved by the end of the month, he will decide what to do with the money.

“As thousands of federal employees in Kentucky are not being paid during the shutdown, I have submitted paperwork to the House asking that my pay be suspended during this time,” replied Guthrie.  “Some of my colleagues have instead chosen to donate their salaries to charity. My family has a strong commitment to charitable giving and I prefer to keep these donations private and not linked to politics.”

For Third District Congressman John Yarmuth, a Louisville Democrat, pay isn’t an issue.

“He has donated every cent of his Congressional salary to Louisville charities every year he's been in Congress,” spokesman Stephen George said in an email. 

WKU Public Radio contacted the offices of the rest of Kentucky’s Congressional delegation, but were not able to reach their spokespeople.  Emails were not returned, and recorded phone messages and website statements there would be delays in any correspondence until the government resumes normal operations.

12:17 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

New Power Plant Coming to Western Kentucky

Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities have announced plans to build a new natural gas powered generating plant in western Kentucky and a smaller, solar-powered station.  Spokeswoman Chris Whelan  says the facility planned for Muhlenberg County will be similar to the generating plant being built at the companies’ Cane Run site in Jefferson County.

"It will be 700 megawatts, roughly $700 million to construct, and then we’re also proposing we will build a 10 megawatt solar facility at one of our existing sites," explains Whelan.

Assuming the plants receive regulatory approval, the solar facility will go online in 2016, with the Muhlenberg plant running by 2018.

LG&E and KU are retiring their coal-fired generating stations at Cane Run, Green River in western Kentucky and Tyrone in Woodford County.

Whelan says the new gas-fired plant will create several hundred construction jobs and about 40 permanent jobs.

12:00 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

WKU Looks for 4th Win in Thursday Night Game

Credit WKU Athletics

Just five days after a win over Navy, the WKU Hilltoppers travel to Louisiana tonight for a Thursday night matchup with the University of Louisiana-Monroe.   WKU is now 3-2 on the season.  Head coach Bobby Petrino says the team is looking to build on last week’s win.

“You know, when I watched [the video of] the Navy game of our defense and our special teams, I was impressed at how hard we played, how much we were flying around and how many bodies we got to the football on all the different plays,” said Petrino.  “If we play with that intensity and that speed, I think we’ll be fine.”

Louisiana-Monroe is 2-3 on the season. This will be WKU’s second Sun Belt Conference game of the season.  Kickoff is set for 6:30 CDT/7:30 EDT and the game is being nationally televised on ESPNU.  Click here for a full game preview.

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10:10 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Government Shutdown has Impact on Kentucky National Guard

Thirteen hundred Kentucky National Guard troops have been furloughed as a result of the federal government shutdown.  Major General Ed Tonini says the shutdown has "adversely impacted" the guard.  He believes the furloughed troops should be working and should be paid.

"It affects them personally and their families, and their ability to put food on the table," comments Tonini.  "Beyond that, they are continually training to do the work of the nation and the work of the commonwealth."

Weekend drills have been postponed, and the adjutant general had to cancel a planned trip to Guantanamo Bay to visit Kentucky guardsmen serving there.

6:56 am
Thu October 3, 2013

GM Hands Out Grants, Announces Tours To Restart

Credit WKU Public Radio

Officials from the G.M. Foundation in Detroit were at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant Wednesday to hand out $75,000 in grants to eleven local non-profit agencies. Plant Manager Dave Tatman also announced plant tours will start up again in a couple of weeks after being canceled for nearly a year.

The groups that will share in the grant money include:

*  Barren River Area Safe Space, Inc. (BRASS) for emergency assistance, resources and programs for regional domestic violence and homeless shelter residents.

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6:14 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Elderly Woman Robs BG Bank, Is Caught in Bathroom

Bank robbery suspect Sadie Stella Capps

A 73 year old Bowling Green woman is under arrest for allegedly robbing the First Security Bank on Scottsville Road in the city Wednesday afternoon. Police arrested her in the bathroom of a nearby car dealership.

Police say Sadie Stella Capps allegedly went into the bank around 3:00 and demanded money. She reportedly said she had a weapon but police say a weapon was never seen.

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8:51 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Bilstein Group To Open Production Plant in Bowling Green

Municipal leaders, company executives and area business leaders toast the arrival of The Bilstein Group in Bowling Green
Credit Emil Moffatt

 A German company plans to invest $120 million dollars to bring a production plant to Bowling Green.
The Bilstein Group says the plant will  bring 90 new, full-time jobs to the area.  Governor Steve Beshear was on hand for the announcement Wednesday at Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce headquarters. Beshear, who just returned from a trip to Europe said he met with Bilstein executives on a previous trip. 

The company makes cold-rolled strip steel products for the auto industry.  It will be the Bilstein Group’s second facility in North America.  

“At the end of a long and thorough decision making process," said Bilstein CEO Marc Oehler. "I can say we are absolutely certain that Bowling Green is the perfect spot for our new [facility] being both sufficiently close to our customers and suppliers as well as within reach from Europe and any place in North America.”

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4:28 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Kentucky Lawmakers Take Step Toward LRC Review

Top Kentucky lawmakers have appointed an acting director for the Legislative Research Commission and took the first step toward reviewing the fact-finding and service agency for legislators.  The action comes amid scrutiny of how the LRC handled sexual harassment complaints against a former lawmaker.

House and Senate leaders meeting Wednesday appointed Marcia Seiler as acting LRC director. Seiler is director of the Office of Education Accountability.

Bobby Sherman recently resigned as LRC director. State police are investigating whether any laws were broken when Sherman returned to his office and shredded documents after his resignation.

Two legislative workers have filed a lawsuit accusing former state Rep. John Arnold of sexual harassment.

The lawmakers also agreed to approach the National Conference of State Legislatures about conducting a performance audit of the LRC.