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8:34 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Corvette Stingray Wins Top Award at North American International Auto Show

The Corvette Stingray, manufactured in Bowling Green
Credit Chevrolet

A Bowling Green-built auto continues its streak of awards.

The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, made at the General Motors plant in Warren County, has been named North American Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show.

The Stingray has already won best car of the year honors from Automobile and Autoweek magazines.

The press preview days for the North American International Auto Show kick off with the awards. The announcements came Monday morning at Cobo Center in Detroit.

The truck of the year winner is the Chevrolet Silverado.

The Chevy sweep came after General Motors made the most appearances on this year’s list finalists. Others included the Cadillac CTS and Mazda3. Truck/utility finalists included the Acura MDX and Jeep Cherokee.

Forty-eight automotive journalists vote on winners from the list of finalists.

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Health
8:17 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Abortion Rights Supporters Say Kentucky Bill Would Limit Access to Procedure

Several Democrats in the Kentucky House have filed a bill that would make it a felony for doctors not to consult with patients seeking abortions a day before the procedure.

The bill is one of many filed this year that would limit abortion access.

Derek Selznick, Reproductive Freedom Project Director of the ACLU of Kentucky, says this bill and others would most severely affect women outside of major cities.

“If a woman is from a rural part of the state, that means she’s gonna have to get a hotel. If she works an hourly job, she’s out two days’ wages. All of these are serious impediments that offer really no higher quality of care. All they do is put a higher burden on a woman seeking abortion.”

Selznick says the bill is cobbled together from Republican proposals in the Senate.

Regional
5:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Ten-Digit Dialing Coming Soon to Western Kentucky

In just over two weeks, people living in western Kentucky's 270 area code will be dialing ten digits.  A new area code, 364, is being added to the same geographic region as the current 270 code. 

Spokesman Andrew Melnykovich with the Kentucky Public Service Commission emphasizes that local calls will not become long-distance calls.

"When you make local calls, you don't dial the one in front of it," explains Melnykovich.  "You just dial the ten digits. which is the area code and the seven-digit local number."

Beginning February 1st, it will be mandatory for people in those codes to dial ten digits for local calls.  The PSC added the new area code to meet the need for more telephone numbers in the region. 

The first numbers using the new 364 code may be assigned beginning in March.

Politics
12:27 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

Yonts Expressing Dissatisfaction with TVA's Decision-Making Process

Kentucky state Rep. Brent Yonts (D-Greenville)
Credit Kentucky LRC

Greenville Representative Brent Yonts has sent a letter to the President of the Tennessee Valley Authority voicing his dissatisfaction with the transparency of the company’s decisions. 

Yonts attended a November meeting of TVA board members to give testimony on the then-proposed closure of two units at the Paradise Steam plant in Muhlenberg County.

Yonts says as the meeting proceeded, it quickly became apparent board members only read from prepared motions and neglected to listen to or debate public comments before voting to close the plant.

“I just want to articulate to them that, as a representative in the Kentucky General Assembly, that I’m not happy with the way they treat such an important issue in Kentucky sort of in an isolated vacuum where they’re not sensitive to what the public thinks or the impact on the public which in this case will cause 2,700 jobs unless they’re absorbed into the regional economy," the Greenville Democrat said.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has also questioned the transparency of the TVA board meeting and sent his own letter last month.

Yonts says he’s requested data the board members reviewed as well as minutes from past meetings under the Freedom of Information Act and will decide if further action needs to be taken.

Politics
12:04 pm
Sat January 11, 2014

Miller Seeks to Increase Diversity of Kentucky Legislature

Black women haven’t been represented in the Kentucky legislature since 2000.

Louisville Democrat Ashley Miller wants to  change that.

The 30-year-old nurse practitioner is running for the House  seat held by Republican Julie Raque Adams, who’s running for state Senate.

“In a body that’s supposed to represent the people, we should truly represent the people," Miller said. "And I think the fact that there’s not a minority woman in the House at this moment changes the demographic, changes the perception of things when they come before the floor. So I think that’s important. It is important to have every voice heard.”

Miller has filed her papers with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office,  joined by members of the House Women’s Caucus, which intends to help Miller in her fundraising efforts, and Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson.

Republicans Phil Moffett and Shellie May are also running for the seat , and will face each other in the May primary.

Sports
5:00 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Jeff Brohm Introduced as Next WKU Football Coach, Eyes Conference Championship

Jeff Brohm, who served last season as WKU offensive coordinator, is now the team's new head coach.
Credit WKU Athletics

WKU football is heading into a new conference with its third head coach in as many seasons.  

At a news conference Friday afternoon on campus, Jeff Brohm was introduced as the new Hilltopper head coach. Brohm served last season as WKU’s offensive coordinator under Bobby Petrino, who left this week after 13 months on the Hill to become the coach at Louisville.

Brohm was asked whether he considered going to U of L with Petrino.

“Well, that was obviously always in the discussion, and Coach (Petrino) knew what I wanted," said Brohm, a Louisville native and former star University of Louisville quarterback. "There were some things that came up before this, some opportunities that I had a chance to do."

"We sat down and talked and Coach told me I had a great opportunity to be the (WKU) head football coach if I do things right.”

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Politics
3:13 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

State Senator from Western Kentucky Announces Retirement

Kentucky State Senator Jerry Rhoads, D-Madisonville
Credit Legislative Research Commission

A state senator from western Kentucky plans to make the current legislative session his last.  Jerry Rhoads announced his retirement Friday. 

“Serving the people of the 6th District in the State Senate these past 12 years has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.  I will treasure the many friendships I have made throughout the counties I have represented in my three terms of service in the State Senate," said Rhoads in a written statement.  "After careful reflection, I have decided that with eight young, energetic grandchildren, it is time to step away from the hectic pace and demands of public service in order to spend more time with my family and pursue other life goals.”

Rhoads said he planned to remain active in his Madisonville law practice.

Rhoads’ announcement creates an open seat in Kentucky’s 6th Senate District, which represents Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Ohio and Butler counties. 

Rhoads’ retirement leaves Morgantown Republican State Representative C.B. Embry the only candidate so far to file for the seat. 

The filing deadline is January 28th.

Politics
11:12 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Embattled Kentucky Lawmaker Faces Challenge for Seat

A Republican challenger has emerged to face embattled 6th District State Representative Will Coursey.  

Keith Travis is the Vice President of Development for the  Murray Calloway County Hospital.  He is also a former state board of education chairman and has been named citizen of the year in Marshall County.

Coursey, the incumbent democrat, is facing charges that he retaliated against a state staffer when she complained about Coursey’s inappropriate behavior toward female interns.  Coursey has filed a counter-suit.

Coursey is in his third term and and had no primary or general election challenger in his last bid for re-election.  

Travis says he wants to see more economic growth with less governmental intervention in Kentucky. He plans to file his papers with the Secretary of State on January 15.

Sports
9:40 am
Fri January 10, 2014

WKU to Introduce Brohm as New Head Football Coach Friday Afternoon

Jeff Brohm will be WKU's third head football coach in three seasons.
Credit WKU Athletics

WKU will officially introduce Jeff Brohm as the school's next head football coach at a 3:30 p.m. news conference today at the Jack and Jackie Harbaugh Club at L.T. Smith Stadium.

Brohm, 42, served as WKU offensive coordinator this past season under coach Bobby Petrino, who was named the new head coach at Louisville yesterday.

Brohm played for five teams in the NFL before he began his college coaching career at Louisville. He's also been an assistant at Florida Atlantic, Illinois and UAB.

He becomes the 19th head coach in school history and the third in the last three years.

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Regional
8:51 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Investigators in Bardstown Police Officer Killing Looking into Possible Connections with PA Murder

Kentucky investigators are looking into whether a recent murder in Pennsylvania could be connected with the May, 2013, murder of a Bardstown police officer.

The Courier-Journal reports a Kentucky State Police detective working the murder case of officer Jason Ellis has been in contact with Pennsylvania State Police regarding the shooting death of a man along I-81 in southern Pennsylvania.

Twenty-eight-year-old Timothy Davidson called 9-1-1 early Saturday and said someone in a pickup truck was shooting at him. Police say Davidson was forced into a median and disabled his vehicle before being shot to death.

Bardstown police officer Jason Ellis was gunned down May 25 after he got out of his police cruiser to move debris off a Bluegrass Parkway exit in Nelson County. Investigators have described that shooting as an ambush.

A Kentucky State Police spokesman says the two cases are being compared for any similarities. Over $200,000 in reward money has been offered for information into the Ellis murder.

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