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3:55 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

WKU Professor Takes Turn in Baseball Broadcast Booth

Dr. Stuart Foster

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. 

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Politics
3:34 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Christie Picks Date with Wife Over Senator Rand Paul

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-KY, will campaign in New Jersey Friday.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has other plans the day his sometime adversary, Sen. Rand Paul, is to come to the state to endorse the Republican running for U.S. Senate.

Christie is taking wife Mary Pat to Florida for the weekend to celebrate her 50th birthday.

Paul is scheduled to endorse fellow Republican Steve Lonegan at a rally Friday in northern New Jersey. Lonegan is running against Democrat Cory Booker in a special election.

Christie and Paul, both potential 2016 presidential candidates, clashed last month over national security and federal budgets. Christie is considered a moderate, Paul a libertarian.

When Paul suggested the two make up over a beer, Christie said he was too busy running for re-election.

On Tuesday, the governor said the choice between Paul and his wife is "no choice."

Regional
12:52 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

One Dead in Apartment Shooting in Bowling Green

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.

Education
11:25 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Kentucky Education Commissioner Says Early Test Results Promising

This year, Kentucky public schools could post their best results ever in two major categories the state measures for overall student progress.  

State Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is calling the early results promising.

The Kentucky Department of Education implemented its new accountability system in 2012. So this will be the first time Kentucky can measure its results against a previous year.

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Politics
9:13 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Kentucky Ethics Commission Wants to Limit Campaign Gifts

Kentucky lawmakers will be asked in January to offer new guidelines on campaign contributions.

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.

Health
8:36 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Hardin County Woman Appeals Permit Denial for Birthing Center

A nurse midwife has appealed a hearing officer's decision to deny a permit for a proposed alternative birthing center in Elizabethtown.

The News-Enterprise reports Mary Carol Akers filed the appeal in Franklin Circuit Court arguing that the decision to deny the permit was "arbitrary and capricious."

An administrative hearing officer denied the permit in July, months after a hearing that detailed support and opposition for what would have been the first such facility in the state.

Akers said women should be offered a choice while three area hospitals argued that the facility wasn't needed.

Hearing officer Kris M. Carlton ruled that the birthing center's business model and use projections weren't reasonable and that Akers hadn't shown a need for the facility in Elizabethtown.

Regional
11:00 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Lane Restrictions This Week Impacting Traffic on Audubon Parkway in Henderson

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.

Health
6:00 am
Sun September 1, 2013

Kentuckians Urged to Dispose of Unused, Expired Prescription Drugs

Kentucky has 149 permanent prescription drug disposal locations in 97 locations.

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.

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Sports
10:21 pm
Sat August 31, 2013

WKU Opens Season with Convincing Win Over Kentucky in Nashville

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.

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Regional
3:07 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Mother Sues U.S. Army Over Ft. Campbell Soldier Rape Case

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.

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