Art lovers across the region are holding their breath and hoping that paintings damaged in a Bowling Green fire can be salvaged. The fire Thursday morning at the Downing Museum at Baker Arboretum led to the evacuation of the world's largest collection of paintings by the late artist and Hart County native Joe Downing.
Art restoration experts will now have to inspect the damaged paintings and recommend what, if anything, can be done to save the pieces that were damaged.
WKU President Gary Ransdell says the fact that over 90 percent of the art in the building was removed before it was damaged is a testament to the staff members on the scene.
"They were actually going into a building that was on fire to get artwork out. It was pretty amazing to see multiple staffs, including WKU staff, coming together to avoid what could have been a tragic, tragic, situation," said Dr. Ransdell."
The WKU President says the Downing Museum art is now being housed at the school's campus.
"All of the artwork has now been transported to the Kentucky Building, and is in storage and is protected. The art that has been damaged by smoke and water is over in the services supply building where the art restoration experts will look them over and determine what needs to be done immediately, and what needs to take place over time.
Kentucky State Police say there is new information in the investigation into the shooting death of Bardstown Police officer Jason Ellis.
An outside K-9 group got involved in the case, according to State Police Trooper Norman Chaffins, and the dog led investigators from the crime scene to a nearby pond. Chaffins says the Louisville Police dive squad is combing the pond for clues.
Chaffins adds, they're not sure what will turn up, but it's just part of the lengthy investigation in which they are leaving no stones unturned.
Officer Ellis was killed in the early morning hours of May 25, while he was cleaning tree limbs from a ramp on the Bluegrass Parkway.
Friday marks the end of an era in Bowling Green as the woman behind Teresa's Restaurant calls it a career.
Teresa Blair-Reno has been in the restaurant business for three-quarters of her life, and has spent the last 16 years as the self-proclaimed "queen bee" at Teresa's.
After decades of hundred-hour work weeks and personal sacrifice she realized she didn't have the same passion for the business.
"I lost a son a few years ago, and just had an awakening that it was time for me to enjoy my family. I just think it's time--time for me to take time for Teresa, and do what I need to do."
Still, Blair-Reno admits she's going to miss the staff and customers who have been like parents and siblings to her.
"I love the people who walk in the door. They've watched me grow up and have helped me grow up. I've been waiting tables since I was 13. And I get pretty emotional because they've helped me raise my family."
"I get pretty emotional because this community has been like a family to me."
In the first 48 hours since a new law took effect, 54 school districts in Kentucky have voted to raise the high school dropout age to 18.
Ninety-six districts need to act in order for the higher age to become mandatory statewide. Already halfway there, Governor Steve Beshear says he's confident the goal will be met by the end of the year.
For those districts that do act early, Beshear says they'll receive $10,000 grants to implement programs for students at risk of dropping out.
"Virtually every student I know who drops out doesn't do so because they just don't want to be there or they're just not smart enough to do the work," suggests Beshear. "They drop out because they're just not interested. We haven't found a way to prick their interest in completing an education."
Senate Bill 97, known as the “Graduate Kentucky” bill, passed this year and phases in an increase in the compulsory school attendance age from 16 to 18, amending the school attendance law created in 1934.
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide the fate of a death row inmate condemned for the kidnapping and killing of a high school honor student in western Kentucky.
The high court on Thursday granted a Kentucky prosecutor's appeal seeking to reinstate the death sentence of 39-year-old Robert Keith Woodall. A jury sentenced Woodall to die for the 1997 death of 16-year-old Sarah Hansen. Hansen vanished on Jan. 25, 1997, after going to a store in Greenville. Her remains were later found in Luzerne Lake.
U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell overturned Woodall's death sentence in 2009, concluding that jurors were improperly instructed before sentencing and Woodall didn't get a chance to object to the dismissal of a black juror.
The case will be heard later this year or in the spring of 2014.