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10:44 am
Mon April 29, 2013

SKYCTC Presidential Finalists Visit Bowling Green Campus

Four finalists vying for the presidency of Southern Kentucky Community and Technical College will visit the Bowling Green campus this week for interviews and public forums. 

Southern Kentucky Community and Technical College Provost Phillip Neal is the only in-house candidate. Dr. Lynn Moore from Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon is Vice President for Administrative Services and Student Development. Dr. George Sehi is Executive Director of University Relations from the Warren and Butler County, Ohio Educational Service Centers, and Dr. Ralph Sony is the publisher and editor of the North Carolina Community College Journal. 

Current Southern Kentucky Community and Technical College President Nathan Hodges is retiring after eight years at the helm. Under his leadership, the school change its named from Bowling Green Technical College to reflect an expansion of the school’s offerings and reach. 

Hodges’ successor will be named by July first.

Politics
8:50 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Group Will Highlight Negative Comments About the ACA

A new political group will hit the airwaves just after the Kentucky Derby to oppose the federal healthcare law.

The Kentucky Opportunity Coalition will run ads attacking the Affordable Care Act. They've declined to release the spot early, but have hinted that it will feature various voices calling the law a train wreck.

The KOC is run by three area women, Kristen Webb and  Bridget Bush of Louisville and Karen Sellers of Paintsville. The group is being advised by Scott Jennings, a longtime ally of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell. Jennings is also running a separate Super PAC aimed at helping re-elect McConnell. 

Even though the Affordable Care Act has been upheld by the Supreme Court as constitutional, it still faces opposition from Republicans who hope to repeal it.

Education
6:16 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Behavior Assessment Team Formed at Henderson Community College

Officials at Henderson Community College want to increase campus safety.

The college's dean of student affairs Patty Mitchell said a new team's purpose is to identify any person on campus who is exhibiting threatening behavior toward themselves or others. Mitchell says school employees will be trained in how to determine whether behavior is threatening. She said those who witness such behavior will report it to the behavior assessment team, which will then deal with it in a manner appropriate for the situation.

Officials say shootings do happen at community colleges, noting a deadly one at Hazard Community College in January.

Regional
1:41 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Trial Starts Monday for Barren County Sheriff, Others Accused of Using Excessive Force

Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton, a deputy sheriff, and a detective go on trial Monday on charges of civil rights violations and lying to federal investigators.  The case stems from a 2010 arrest in which the three officers were accused of using excessive force. 

Jury selection begins Monday at 9:00am in U.S. District Court in Bowling Green for Sheriff Chris Eaton, Deputy Aaron Bennett, and Barren-Edmonson County Drug Task Force Detective Eric Guffey. 

According to the federal indictment, a 13-year old girl was at a Glasgow church on the night of February 24, 2010, when she looked out the window and saw suspect Billy Randall Stinnett struggling with the local sheriff and several deputies. 

In testimony to the FBI, the girl and four other teenagers present say they saw Eaton and the deputies beating Stinnett to the point where they thought he was being murdered. 

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Road Closure
1:21 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Part of I-69 Closed Sunday Afternoon Due To Accident

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the Princeton Fire Department reports a semi-truck overturned on I-69/Former WKY PKWY at the 74.2 mile marker Southbound between the Princeton and Eddyville Exits. 

I-69 will be closed for at least an hour at this site to allow removal of the truck. The detour will be via KY 91 and US 62 which parallels I-69 in this area.

The crash has damaged the right of way and thrown mud on the driving surface, so there will likely be an extended cleanup effort which will require a lane restriction through the afternoon at this site.

Health
2:06 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Federal Governnment Halts HIV Clinical Trial that Included Vanderbilt University

A federal HIV vaccine trial that Vanderbilt University  is being halted because of poor results. The nation’s most advanced clinical trial was stopped this week when an independent review discovered that more people who got a vaccine tested positive for HIV than those who received a placebo.

The trial involved 19 cities and had enrolled individuals marketed to people considered at high risk for contracting the virus.

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Regional
12:04 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Final Report Details Events Leading Up to Deadly Act of Road Rage in Warren County

Brandon Bradshaw was shot on Feb. 28 and died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville Mar. 2.

A newly-released report answers a lot of questions about a deadly shooting by an off-duty Warren County bailiff. 

After filing an Open Records request, WKU Public Radio has received the complete investigative report on the shooting that occurred February 28 on the 31W-Bypass in Bowling Green. 

The nearly 200-page report appears to substantiate the self-defense claim by Tommy Brown, the off-duty court security officer who fired three shots at 27-year-old Brandon Bradshaw. 

Brown told investigators that Bradshaw had cut him off in traffic when he rolled down his window and said “Man, you almost hit me,” to which Bradshaw replied, "almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades,” then raised his middle finger and used profanity. 

The two men then jockeyed back and forth in traffic before Bradshaw asked Brown to pull into a parking lot. 

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Arts & Culture
9:40 am
Fri April 26, 2013

George Jones, Country Superstar, has Died at 81

George Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic He Stopped Loving Her Today, has died. He was 81.

Publicist Kirt Webster says Jones died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after being hospitalized with fever and irregular blood pressure.

Known for his clenched, precise baritone, Jones had No. 1 songs in five separate decades, 1950s to 1990s, and was idolized not just by fellow country singers, but by Frank Sinatra, Pete Townshend, Elvis Costello, James Taylor and countless others.

In a career that lasted more than 50 years, Possum recorded more than 150 albums and became the champion and symbol of traditional country music, a well-lined link to his hero, Hank Williams.

Regional
4:01 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Kentucky Supreme Court Rules Students Must be Told Rights Before Questioning

Students must be informed of their legal rights - including the right to remain silent - before being questioned by school administrators working with police or school resource officers, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled Thursday in throwing out an incriminating statement in a drug case.

The ruling, issued by a deeply divided court, sets a bright-line rule for school officials pursuing both disciplinary action and possible criminal charges on school grounds.

The case centers on the arrest of a Nelson County student identified in court records only as N.C., who was charged with a drug offense after sharing prescription hydrocodone with a classmate at school.

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Regional
3:53 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Richie Farmer Pleads Not Guilty to Federal Charges

Richie Farmer

Kentucky sports hero turned politician Richie Farmer pleaded not guilty Thursday to criminal charges related to his management of the Department of Agriculture.

The basketball icon whose jersey hangs from the rafters of the University of Kentucky's Rupp Arena was charged in an indictment earlier this week with four counts of misappropriating government property and money and one count of soliciting property in exchange for a government grant.

Farmer appeared Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Robert Wier in U.S. District Court in Lexington with his attorney, Guthrie True.

True entered the plea for Farmer, who answered only "yes" and "yes, sir" in response to questions from Wier.

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