10:00 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Warren County Circuit Judge Won't Seek Re-election Following Cancer Diagnosis

A Warren County Circuit Court Judge is taking a medical leave after being diagnosed with a reoccurrence of cancer.

Judge Margaret Huddleston says she will start chemotherapy immediately with a goal of returning to the bench by the first of 2014. She will not seek another eight-year term on the bench after her current term is completed.

Judge Huddleston was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 2003. Following ten years of remission, doctors recently determined that the cancer had metastasized in her lungs.

Huddleston has presided over the Warren County Circuit Family Court, Division III, since being appointed to the bench by then-Governor Paul Patton in 1998. She won election to the bench in 1999 and was re-elected in 2007.

9:26 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Representation Questions Arise from Redistricting in Kentucky

Kentucky lawmakers redrew state House and Senate boundaries this summer, but there are questions about who they represent.  The Lexington Herald-Leader reports top lawmakers discussed Wednesday what to tell constituents wondering who represents their districts.

The new boundaries created a problem for legislative staff when constituents ask which lawmaker represents them -- the legislator last elected by the constituent or the lawmaker who lives in the constituent's redrawn district.

Legislative staff members say they need to know how they should list lawmakers and their districts on the legislative website and in the 2014 legislative directories.

Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer proposed that the LRC give constituents the names of lawmakers from newly drawn districts.  But House Speaker Greg Stumbo said constituents expect their lawmakers to be the ones they elected.

8:14 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Indiana, Kentucky Residents Mark Solemn Anniversary of Deadly Nov. 2005 Tornado

Damage from the November 6, 2005 tornado along Highway 654
Credit National Weather Service

Eight years ago this week, an F3 tornado tore through parts of Northwest Kentucky and Southern Indiana.  It claimed two-dozen lives and left hundreds injured. Rick Shanklin with the National Weather Service Paducah office said several factors led to the devastation.

“The main factor was the fact that it moved through at night. We had a major tornado that moved through a metropolitan area and unfortunately when you factor in that it impacted a mobile home park, that’s about the worst scenario that could occur,” said Shanklin.

The November 6, 2005 tornado traveled 41 miles and featured winds that reached an estimated 200 miles per hour. It touched down originally in Smith Mills in Henderson County.

Shanklin and several colleagues attended a gathering at a Red Cross facility in Evansville Wednesday.

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4:39 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Military Official: Kentucky Army Posts Will See Another Round of BRAC

Col. David Thompson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs

As operations in Iraq and Afghanistan come to a conclusion, a top military official in Kentucky says Fort Knox and Fort Campbell, like military installations around the country, might see changes in coming years.  In a speech Wednesday to the Bowling Green Noon Rotary Club, Colonel David Thompson said BRAC is coming again to military installations nationwide.

“It’s gonna come with a vengeance in my view," predicted Thompson.  "As we come out of this war effort, the infrastructure that we have out there is clearly unsupportable.  From a business perspective, you can’t have more structure than you have force.  At some point, the math is not going to work.”

In 2005, the military’s Base Realignment and Closure moved an influx of soldiers to Fort Knox and spurred massive growth in the region.  Thompson, who heads the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs, expects another round of BRAC changes by 2017.  Recently, Fort Knox learned the post would lose its only combat brigade, which Thompson called a harbinger of things to come. 

Col. Thompson believes Fort Knox and Fort Campbell are both well positioned in the event of another BRAC.  However, he said Kentucky needs to work to increase the value of its two installations before then.

2:36 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Banker Rules Out Bid for Kentucky Governor

A prominent Kentucky banker mentioned as a potential candidate for governor in 2015 says he's backing someone else.  Stanford banker Jess Correll says he's urging former Louisville councilman Hal Heiner to enter the Republican primary.

Correll says the former Louisville mayoral candidate reflects Kentucky's conservative values and would lead the state in a new direction.  Heiner said Wednesday he's giving the race "careful consideration" but doesn't have a timetable for deciding whether to run for governor.

Correll's support for Heiner comes the same week Republican Phil Moffett ruled out another run for governor in 2015.  Moffett, the runner-up in the 2011 GOP gubernatorial primary, is running for a legislative seat next year.  Moffett says state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer would be the front-runner if he enters the GOP primary for governor.

12:51 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Judge Delays Trial Concerning Sexual Harrassment Charges Against Former Kentucky Lawmaker

The first hearing in the sexual harassment lawsuit against former state Rep. John Arnold and elements of Kentucky state government revolved Wednesday around determining which parties should be accused. 

The hearing resulted in a delay in the trial until later this month

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate heard a motion to dismiss filed in October by Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, who argued that the state is "legally indistinguishable" from the Legislative Research Commission, which is also a defendant in the suit brought by female LRC employees who allege Arnold sexually harassed and assaulted them. 

In their lawsuit, filed Oct. 1, Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper named the state and the LRC as defendants.

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11:01 am
Wed November 6, 2013

WKU Prof: Same-Sex Marriage Legalization has Little Impact on State Income Tax Receipts

The Supreme Court declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional in June.

The debate over same-sex marriage is one that has heated up this year, with the Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which blocked the federal government from recognizing gay marriage. Seven states in 2013 saw same sex marriage legalized through court order, laws passed by state legislatures, or through popular vote.

WKU Economics Professor Susane Leguizamon has conducted  some research about an aspect of same sex marriage that most people probably haven't thought about: namely, what would the impact of nationwide gay marriage be on federal and state income tax receipts?

The research conducted by Prof. Leguizamon and her two co-authors finds 23 state would see a new fiscal benefit from same sex marriage legalization, while 21 would see a decline. Seven states wouldn't be impacted in this way since they don't have income taxes.

You can request a copy of the research by emailing Prof. Leguizamon here.

Here are some excerpts from our conversation with Prof. Leguizamon:

How would same-sex marriage legalization impact the income tax revenues of the three states in our listening area: Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana?

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10:03 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Kaelin Says No to Sixth Term

First District Warren County Magistrate James "Doc" Kaelin announced Wednesday morning that he does not plan on running for another term after his current one ends next year.

The Bowling Green Daily News reports Kaelin is in his 20th year of service in county government. He told the newspaper he's proud of the fiscal court's role in the growth that Warren County has seen during that time and added, "I just feel it's the time."

Wednesday is the first day for candidates to file to run for office in 2014.

6:12 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Kentucky State Trooper Involved in Vehicle Crash

A Kentucky State Trooper from Bowling Green is being investigated to determine if his driving caused a crash in Warren County Tuesday afternoon.

In a printed release, State Police say Trooper Tomie Walters responded to US 31W and the intersection of Morris Duff Road just after 1:30 regarding an injury collision.

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5:46 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Elizabethtown Tops List of Military Boom Towns

Credit Ft. Knox

Elizabethtown, in the shadow of Fort Knox, has been named the number one military boom town in America.

Military spending provides a major boost to the economies of communities like Elizabethtown, which ranks number one in the nation when it comes to population growth, per-capita personal income and gross domestic product.

Other cities in the top five of the list include Clarksville, TN, the home of Fort Campbell.