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11:28 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Same-Sex Couple Seeks Right to Divorce in Kentucky

A same-sex couple who married in Massachusetts is seeking a divorce in Kentucky.  The case has presented a dilemma since Kentucky does not recognize gay marriage.

Judges and divorce lawyers told The Courier Journal that the case filed in Jefferson Family Court involving Alysha Romero and Rebecca Sue Romero is the first of its kind in the state.

Alysha Romero's lawyer, Louis Waterman, said the women should be allowed to part ways in Kentucky instead of having to move back to Massachusetts for divorce proceedings.  But both opponents and supporters of gay marriage say the court's only choice will be to dismiss the petition because Kentucky law bans gay marriage and the recognition of such marriages.

Waterman says he'll appeal if the case is dismissed.

Health
9:43 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Kentucky Children Rank High in Number of Negative Experiences Early in Life

A report says Kentucky has among the highest percentages of children who have had three or more adverse experiences in their homes.

Those experiences include divorce, an incarcerated parent or substance abuse in their homes. And research suggests that those experiences can negatively affect children for years.

The Kids Count: First Eight Years report released Monday says 10 percent of Kentucky kids have experienced three or more of those factors.

That’s ties Montana for the highest percentage in the U.S.

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Regional
8:46 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Give a Gift Campaign Promotes Kentucky-Made Crafts

With the holidays approaching, the Kentucky Arts Council is launching its annual online campaign to promote Kentucky retailers and homemade crafts.

The Give a Gift from Kentucky campaign provides information about special events, promotions and discounts from artists and retailers. It's geared toward consumers who are interested in shopping locally and buying handmade items for the holidays.

Artists in the arts council's Kentucky Crafted program and Architectural Artists Directory are participating in special events and presenting work in their studios, galleries and showrooms during holiday open houses, exhibits and tours.

Shoppers interested in purchasing Kentucky-made items can visit more than 30 businesses designated as Kentucky Crafted Retailers.

You can learn more about the program here.

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Health
5:00 am
Mon November 4, 2013

American Cancer Society Needs Bowling Green Study Participants

The American Cancer Society is looking to enroll 300 people from the Bowling Green area in a study.  People between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are eligible to enroll. 

"You fill out an initial survey when you sign up to be part of the lifestyle survey and then you get a survey every year," says Angie Geron, Community Representative for the American Cancer Society.  "It asks you about your daily habits like how long you sit and stand, how much you weigh, how many hours a night you sleep, all those things we take for granted that we don't think influence our life." 

American Cancer Society prevention studies began in the 1950s and have led to discoveries such as the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, and the role obesity plays in the risk of several cancers. 

"It's a way we can fight back for our loved ones that have been diagnosed," states Geron.  "It's a way we can do something to impact the future as far as cancer research is concerned."

Enrollment for this latest study begins November 20.  You can learn more information by clicking here.

Sports
8:11 am
Sun November 3, 2013

WKU Wins Big in Atlanta over Georgia State

Antonio Andrews rushed for 110 yards, Brandon Doughty had 206 yards passing and Keshawn Simpson ran for four touchdowns to help Western Kentucky and coach Bobby Petrino beat Georgia State 44-28 on Saturday.

Petrino made his first appearance at the Georgia Dome since abruptly resigning 13 games into his only season as Atlanta Falcons coach six years ago.

The announced crowd of 5,377 barely acknowledged Petrino in pre-game introductions. Over 69,000 fans were at his last game in Atlanta, a 34-14 Monday night loss to the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 10, 2007.

Petrino shocked the Falcons with his sudden departure for Arkansas the following day. He went 34-17 with the Razorbacks, but was fired in April 2012 after acknowledging an extramarital affair.

Western Kentucky (5-4, 2/3 Sun Belt Conference) snapped a two-game losing streak. Ronnie Bell had two touchdown passes for Georgia State (0-9, 0-4).

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