WKU Professor Stu Foster talks about his summer in the broadcast booth
The next time you listen to a baseball game on the radio, notice how many times the weather is referenced.
"The weather is certainly one part of trying to convey to the listener the scene of what's happening and the setting for the game and what might turn out to be an important component that affects the way the game turns out,” said Stu Foster, WKU professor, Kentucky state climatologist and part-time color commentator for the Bowling Green Hot Rods.
"Whether it's a clear, deep blue sky that might be a problem for outfielders, whether there's a strong breeze blowing in or out,” said Foster. “We had a game recently where there was a heavy dew that came on the field as the game went on that could've come on to affect the game."
Foster said a few conversations last winter led to the opportunity to sit in on a dozen games as color commentator for the Midwest League affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. He says his weather expertise wasn’t the only part of his “day job” that helped ease his transition into the broadcast booth.
He says in both broadcasting and being a professor, the goal is the same: communicate a message with a large audience.
Bowling Green has seen its second fatal shooting within a week. A man died following a robbery Monday night at Green Haven Apartments on Rock Creek Drive.
Bowling Green Police say 20-year-old Larry Thomas was airlifted to a Nashville hospital where he died. Officer Ronnie Ward says the victim may have been a WKU student.
"Right now I don't know. We're doing a little research into that to figure out if he was a Western student," says Ward. "I understand there was some rumor he may be taking classes, but we're not certain if it was for Western or another school."
Police do not have a suspect or even a description of the shooter at this time.
The Legislative Ethics Commission wants to prohibit campaign contributions from employers of lobbyists and political action committees to lawmakers or legislative candidates when the General Assembly is in session.
The panel is asking lawmakers to approve that change when they convene in January.
The proposal would broaden an existing law that prohibits lobbyists from contributing to legislative campaigns.
If passed, more than 650 companies employing lobbyists would no longer be able to contribute to lawmakers or legislative candidates during sessions, nor would more than 140 state-registered PACs.
Here's a traffic advisory for those traveling to/from the Henderson region:
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to restrict traffic to one lane along the Audubon Parkway in Henderson County starting Tuesday, September 3.
The Henderson County Highway Maintenance Crew will be continuing shoulder and median work along the Audubon between the 0 and 8 mile marker. This work is expected to continue through Friday, September 6th., weather permitting.
Law enforcement groups across the commonwealth are urging residents to do away with their unused and expired prescription medications.
Kentucky now has nearly 150 permanent prescription drug disposal locations throughout the state, housed at police and sheriff's departments. The program is aimed at getting old prescription drugs out of medicine cabinets, where they can be stolen or discovered by children.
Keshawn Simpson ran for a pair of 3-yard touchdowns and Antonio Andrews added his own 3-yard score as Western Kentucky beat Kentucky 35-26 Saturday night making coach Bobby Petrino a winner in his debut.
The Hilltoppers also beat their in-state rival for a second straight year, though they didn't need overtime like they did last year in this win over the Southeastern Conference program. They outgained Kentucky 487-419 in total offense and held the ball for 35 minutes.
The loss ruined Kentucky coach Mark Stoops' debut. Coordinator Neal Brown's Air Raid offense struggled against a Western Kentucky defense returning seven starters from a bowl team that went 7-6 last season in the Sun Belt Conference.
Brandon Doughty was 27 of 34 for 271 yards and a TD, numbers that would have been better except for at least four drops including a would-be touchdown.
A Tennessee woman is suing the U.S. Army for $30 million, saying military authorities did not alert her to an investigation into allegations that a Fort Campbell soldier raped her daughter and videotaped the act.
The soldier, Joshua Cline, has been convicted on state rape charges and federal child pornography charges involving the girl, who was 6 when the abuse was discovered in 2008.
The woman told The Tennessean that the rape and its aftermath has been devastating.
The Army has declined to comment on the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court earlier this month in Nashville.
The lawsuit says Army officials were investigating Cline but didn't notify the mother of the potential danger, and that the girl was then abused by Cline a second time.