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5:00 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Beshear Cuts Ribbon on Bowling Green Plastics Plant

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear presented a gift to Alpla, Inc. CEO Guenther Lehner.
Credit Lisa Autry

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear was in Bowling Green Monday to celebrate the opening of a manufacturing plant.

Austrian-based Alpla began operations in mid-August at its facility in the Kentucky Transpark.  The company invested $22.4 million in the plant and created 72 full-time jobs.

Governor Beshear helped cut the ribbon on the new factory which makes plastic packaging for beverages, cosmetics, and household items.

"Among their customers is Sun Products right here in Bowling Green," explained Beshear.  "You might not know the Aalpla name, but I guarantee you have held in your hand an Alpla-packaged product."

Alpla's Bowling Green plant brings the number of foreign-owned companies in Kentucky to 412.

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Regional
3:43 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

WKU Called One of the Nation's Best Schools for Military Veterans

A statue of a solider is part of the Guthrie Bell Tower on the campus of WKU.
Credit Kevin Willis

WKU is being recognized for its efforts in reaching out to military veterans.

The school was ranked seventh among all four-year schools in the 2014 "Best for Vets" report published by the Military Times. WKU was praised for having the state's only Veterans Upward Bound program, as well as a tuition discount for active duty military.

WKU Military Student Services Director Tonya Archey, a 10 year Navy veteran, says schools have to work to convince some veterans that they can succeed academically after being out of the classroom for many years.

"Speaking for myself, and many of my students, we can tell you that we've been out for a long time and we lack some of the confidence--do I have what it takes to make it through college? Many wonder since they've been out of high school so long, are they going to be really rusty on a lot of the basic stuff."

The "Best for Vets" rankings factored in a school's service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the G.I. Bill, and the presence of programs designed to help active duty and former military personnel.

Sports
2:14 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

WKU Men's Basketball Team Opens Regular Season, Women Take on Vandy

The WKU men’s basketball team opens up its season in unusual fashion Monday evening.

Actually, make that Tuesday morning.

The Hilltoppers are on the road at Wichita State for a game that begins at midnight Tuesday morning. The unorthodox scheduling is a result of WKU’s participation in ESPN’s Tip-Off Marathon, an event the network has billed as “24 hours of hoops.”

The WKU-Wichita State game is being televised on ESPN2.  

The WKU women’s basketball team is also kicking off its regular season, and  looking to win on the road against Vanderbilt for the first time in nearly 15 years. The Lady Hilltoppers play the Commodores tonight at 7 p.m. at Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville.

The WKU women’s team won its season-opener Saturday against Austin Peay.

Health
11:57 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Thousands of Tennesseans Losing Current Health Insurance to Affordable Care Act

About 66,000 people who get individual health plans through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee are being notified that they must pick a new plan due to new federal regulations.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, which is the largest underwriter of individual health plans in the state, and other insurance companies have begun sending out the letters to inform clients who have policies that don't meet new federal regulations.

Roy Vaughn, vice president for Blue Cross in Tennessee, told The Tennessean that letters are going out as policies come up for renewal and the company is pointing out similar plans that meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

Vaughn said the letters are to help people choose a replacement so they don't have a lapse in coverage.

Regional
11:40 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Attorney General to Argue Case Before Kentucky Supreme Court

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway
Credit Kentucky Attorney General's Office

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says he will argue a case over the powers of his office before the state Supreme Court this week.  The Courier-Journal reports justices will consider under what circumstances the office can participate in investigations across the state.

The case stems from two drug trafficking cases in eastern Kentucky in which Court of Appeals panels have ruled that the Attorney General has jurisdiction only when local officials or the governor request it. 

Conway argues in court filings that his office could be stripped of its power to fight different crimes if the rulings stand.  The newspaper reports the case will be the first that Conway has argued since he took office in 2008.

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