An Iraqi man sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to terrorism charges in Bowling Green has been assigned to a high-security facility in Indiana.
The federal Bureau of Prisons lists 32 year old Waad Ramadan Alwan as an inmate at United States Penitentiary-Terre Haute. The high security facility is about 70 miles west of Indianapolis. A co-defendant, 25 year old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, is serving life in prison at the United States Penitentiary-Big Sandy in Inez, KY.
The WKU women's basketball team fell 84-66 to Auburn Sunday afternoon to finish their season 22-11 and 13-7 in the Sun Belt Conference. It was a 13 win improvement over the 2011-12 season and the largest single season improvement in Conference history.
Sophomore Alexis Govan led WKU with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Sophomore Chastity Gooch had 19 points and 12 boards as she posted her 26th double-double of the season. WKU hit a season high 10 three-point field goals, just the 19th time in school history that WKU had 10 or more three's in one game.
Lawmakers return to the Capitol on Monday with two days remaining to pass legislation intended to shore up Kentucky's pension plans for state and local government retirees.
Restoring solvency to the pension system, which has a $33 billion unfunded liability, has been divisive for the Republican-controlled Senate and the Democratic-led House, which have been working on the issue since the Legislature convened in January.
Rep. Tommy Turner, R-Somerset, said he expects lawmakers to meet until midnight both days.
"The last few days have historically been the busiest," Turner said. "I don't know why, but we always seem to wait until the last days, until time is running out, to get things done."
According to the National Weather Service, rain will continue to overspread the area from the southwest Sunday. This rain may mix with sleet and snow at times across southern Indiana and north central Kentucky, before transitioning to all rain by Sunday afternoon.
By this evening, cooler air will filter in, changing precipitation to snow from northwest to southeast. The highest snow accumulations will be across southern Indiana, with lesser amounts further south and east, ranging from less than one inch in southern Kentucky to four inches in southern Indiana by Monday afternoon.
The Kentucky Lottery Corporation is moving ahead with a new Keno game and online lottery sales, in hopes the games will be profitable.
The lottery board hopes to generate $85 million dollars a year with the new games by 2023.
State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach spearheaded the effort to expand to Keno and online sales as a way to help generate more revenue for the state. He says the implementation will take time, but money should start coming in shortly afterward.
"So you're probably not going to see anything of any significance until 2014. It takes a little while."
State House Democrats have said additional lottery revenues could pay for the state's underfunded pension system. Finding a way to fund pension reforms has been a major cause of disagreement in Frankfort this year.
Two western Kentucky airports will close their air traffic control facilities in April after the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday mandated the shutdowns because of budget cuts.
Pilots flying into and out of Owensboro-Daviess County Airport in Owensboro and Barkley Regional Airport in Paducah will be responsible for keeping proper distance from each other while in the air and for their own safety during takeoffs and landings.
During bad weather, the FAA tower in Memphis, Tenn., will monitor the airspace around Paducah. The FAA tower in Evansville, Ind., about 34 miles away, will monitor Owensboro's airspace in rough weather.
The two control towers were among 149 hit with closure by the FAA, which is being forced to trim $637 million for the rest of the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. Both the Owensboro and Paducah airports host commercial commuter airlines.
Actress and Kentucky native Ashley Judd made a rare public reference to her possible run for the seat held by Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
WXIX-TV said Judd gave the keynote speech Friday at the American Counseling Association's 2013 conference in Cincinnati.
In speaking about her personal experience with depression, she said when she started in counseling she didn't like to be criticized. She added that was ironic since she was, in her words, "about to get $40 million worth of it."
Judd also said her mother, Naomi Judd, can't wait to turn her garage into a campaign headquarters.
Judd is a former Kentucky resident now living outside of Nashville, Tenn.
She has been largely mum about her intentions. Defeating McConnell would be the Democrats' biggest prize of the 2014 election.
Kentucy Governor Steve Beshear has announced he is vetoing a controversial religious freedom bill. Civil rights groups had urged a veto, saying the measure would essentially legalize certain forms of discrimination against gays and lesbians by groups and individuals who could claim they were doing so because of their religious beliefs.
Some church groups from across the state have been urging Beshear to sign the bill, saying it would give stronger legal standing to people who claim their religious rights have been violated.
“Religious freedom is a cornerstone of this great nation, and a right enshrined in both the United States Constitution and the Kentucky Constitution,” Gov. Beshear said in a statement released by his office. “I value and cherish our rights to religious freedom and I appreciate the good intentions of House Bill 279 and the members of the General Assembly who supported this bill to protect our constitutional rights to practice our religion."
An illegal alien living in Kentucky has been sentenced to seven years in prison for a sex trafficking ring that spanned several counties.
Adulfo De Aquaino-Cancino pled guilty last December to federal charges relating to the sex trafficking of minors. According to an affidavit, he recruited and transported females for commercial sexual encounters that he benefited from financially.
In an interview with Kentucky State Police, the 28-year-old illegal immigrant living in Taylor county, admitted he picked up underage girls in Campbellsville and took them to different locations where they would have sex with his friends. The acts occurred in Taylor, Green, Adair, and Barren counties.