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1:21 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Bowling Green Man Charged with Violating Federal Gun Laws Released on Bond

A Bowling Green man accused of international gun trafficking is no longer in custody.  A federal judge on Friday morning granted bond to Adam Joseph Bunger. 

Adam Bunger is accused of shipping firearms to England, Sweden, and Australia, all countries with stringent gun laws.  He allegedly used a website called Black Market Reloaded to sell the weapons and used aliases to ship them overseas.  The firearms were supposedly disassembled, and the parts hidden in video game consoles.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jo Lawless argued before U.S. District Judge Brent Brennenstuhl that Bunger should remain behind bars, claiming he was a flight risk and a danger to the community.  She added that the government anticipates bringing additional charges.

“We have truly only scratched the surface,” said Lawless.

Not only was Bunger allegedly shipping firearms in illegal in other countries, Lawless said he was stripping the weapons of serial numbers.  She also contended the investigation had turned up evidence of Bunger also trading in marijuana, fake IDs, and stolen credit cards.

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Regional
11:02 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Danville Police Investigate Triple Shooting Near Centre College

Update 12:08 p.m.

A Centre College spokesman says the lockdown has been lifted.  There's no word on whether a suspect has been captured.

Update 11:36 a.m.

The Lexington Herald Leader quotes the Boyle County coroner's office as saying three adults died in the shooting.

Original post:

Centre College's Danville campus is in lockdown.  Centre spokesman Michael Strysick said in a news release that it’s linked to a double homicide near campus. 

The Lexington Herald Leader reports the shooting was at a pawn shop a half-mile from the college, and the shooter was at large. It also says much of Danville, including public schools, are in lockdown.

Staff at the Danville police department would not comment on the case. An e-mail sent to Centre students asked them to seek shelter in a secure building and keep doors locked.

Sports
5:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

WKU Hilltoppers Looking Forward to First Game in Bowling Green, Hope to Notch Second Win

WKU coach Bobby Petrino spoke to members of the media ahead of Saturday's game vs. Morgan State.
Credit Kevin Willis

After starting the season with three games away from home, the WKU football team is gearing up for its first contest at L.T. Smith Stadium.

The Hilltoppers host Morgan State this Saturday night, and hope to get back in the win column after dropping their last two games.

WKU head coach Bobby Petrino says players and staff are excited to finally play in Bowling Green.

"I'm looking forward to the routine for a home game, and what you do, and how you prepare," the first-year Hilltopper coach said. "I'm looking for a crowd that will come out with a lot of energy and excitement. It's always great to play at home. And hopefully that's something that will really help us and give us energy and help in our preparation."

This will be the first time WKU has played Morgan State, which brings an 0-3 record into Saturday's game.

WKU opened the season with a win in Nashville against Kentucky, but then lost at Tennessee and at South Alabama.

You can see WKU's season schedule here.

Regional
4:47 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

WKU Graduate Named Executive Editor at Courier-Journal Newspaper

A longtime journalist who received his bachelor's degree from Western Kentucky University has been chosen to lead the Lousiville Courier-Journal.  The paper announced Neil Budde, will take over as executive editor on Monday.  Budde, 57, replaces Bennie Ivory who retired earlier this year after 16 years in charge.

Budde, who has worked as an editor and reporter at the Courier-Journal, has also spent time with the Wall Street Journal's online publication and with the Yahoo! news division.

After his time at WKU, Budde received his MBA from the University of Louisville.

Regional
2:36 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Bowling Green Man Arrested on Firearms Charges

Adam Joseph Bunger
Credit Warren County Regional Jail

A Bowling Green man charged with using an online black market to ship firearms to foreign buyers is due in federal court Friday for a detention hearing.

Adam Joseph Bunger was arrested this week on federal firearms charges.  He's accused of disassembling weapons, concealing the parts inside electronic devices, and shipping them overseas.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the 33-year-old Bunger pulled off the scheme from June through August. 

ATF Special Agent David S. Hayes wrote in a criminal complaint that Bunger sent firearms to Australia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom by tucking the weapons into Xbox consoles and DVD players.  Hayes said Bunger used a website called Black Market Reloaded to sell the weapons while using the aliases John Smith and Jarvis Smith. 

Bunger made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Bowling Green on Tuesday where he was assigned a public defender and ordered to remain in custody.

Economy
1:58 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

U.S. Census Bureau: Kentucky has Fifth-Highest Poverty Rate in the Nation

Over 823,000 Kentuckians-19.4 percent of the state's population--lived in poverty in 2012.

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show Kentucky with one of the highest poverty rates in the U.S. The figures are part of the  bureau’s latest  American Community Survey which was released Thursday.

Kentucky had the fifth-highest percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012, behind only Mississippi, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Arkansas.  A little more than  823,000 Kentuckians, or 19.4 percent of the state’s population, suffer through poverty. That represents a 0.3 percent increase in the commonwealth’s poverty rate since 2011.

By comparison, Tennessee’s poverty rate stood at 17.9 percent in 2012, an improvement of 0.4 percent over 2011. The poverty rate in Indiana was 15.6 percent, which was also an improvement of 0.4 percent.

There was at least one bit of good news for the Bluegrass State in the latest survey. Kentucky is one of just three states to see a statistically significant increase in the rate of private health insurance coverage from 2010 to 2012.

You can see a report containing the latest American Community Survey data on poverty in the U.S here.

Economy
12:24 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Kentucky Jobless Rate Improves Slightly in August

The state unemployment rate declined slightly in August despite significant job losses in some key labor market sectors.

The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training reported Thursday that the rate fell to 8.4 percent, down from 8.5 percent in July.

State economist Manoj Shanker said the trade, transportation and utilities sector shed 2,100 jobs in August. The financial services sector lost 700 jobs. The government sector fell by 500 positions. The information sector, which includes newspapers, lost another 500 workers. And the mining and logging sector declined by another 100.

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Regional
11:46 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Second Worker Charged with Neglect at Somerset Home for Mentally Disabled

The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office has announced the arrest of a second employee at a home in Somerset for the mentally disabled.                                   

Pulaski County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 21-year-old Cody Burton Wednesday night at his home in Burnside. 

Burton is an employee of Oakwood Manor in Somerset.  His arrest follows Monday’s arrest of 22-year-old Coty King, another Oakwood worker, who’s accused of enticing two patients to hit each other while videotaping the fight on his cell phone. 

Burton is accused of participating in the incident and failing to report it. 

"My office is working hard to help protect our most vulnerable citizens, but all Kentuckians play an important role," General Conway said. "I encourage anyone who suspects abuse of a patient in a nursing home, Medicaid facility or personal care home to immediately report it to our office using our tip line at 1-877-ABUSE TIP."

Oakwood offers care for people with mental and developmental disabilities. It almost closed after a string of citations in 2005 and 2006, but new management took over in 2007 and allegations of abuse and neglect have been rare in recent years.

Regional
10:17 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Two Kentucky State Police Troopers Fired, Could Face Criminal Charges

Two Kentucky State Police troopers have been fired following an investigation involving a teenage girl.  

A KSP spokesman confirmed Troopers Jerry Clanton and Stratford Young were terminated last Friday. The investigation was launched following accusations of inappropriate behavior involving a 15-year-old girl.

Both Clanton and Young were assigned to the Elizabethtown Post. Clanton was named Trooper of the year for the post in a ceremony held in May. 

Meade County officials say a grand jury will determine if any charges will be brought in the case.

Regional
8:15 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Bowling Green Police Searching for Robbery Suspects

The Bowling Green Police are investigating a robbery that took place late Wednesday evening at 1228 Center Street.

An emergency text message alert sent by WKU just before midnight said police were looking for two suspects described as African-American males. Both were wearing bandanas, and at least one allegedly had a small handgun.

The suspects reportedly fled toward Adams Street following the robbery. Bowling Green Police public information officer Ronnie Ward told WKU Public Radio Thursday that one robbery victim suffered a minor injury, but didn't require a trip to the hospital.

The BGPD is asking anyone with information to call them at 270-393-4000.

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