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Regional
3:15 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

South Central Kentucky Caretaker Arrested for Patient Neglect

Danielle West
Credit Kentucky Attorney General's Office

A woman is under arrest for neglecting a developmentally disabled patient in her care.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway's office says 24-year-old Danielle West, of Science Hill, Kentucky was arrested at her home Friday morning.

West worked as a caretaker for London-based Independent Opportunities, which oversees small group homes where people needing individualized medical attention live. West is accused of pouring breathing treatment medication, which was intended for a patient suffering from COPD, down a sink rather than administering it to the patient.

Another Independent Opportunities employee noticed West's actions and notified company officials who conducted an internal investigation and contacted law enforcement.

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Education
11:05 am
Fri October 25, 2013

WKU Regents Approve New Foreign Language Degrees

Credit Kevin Willis

Western Kentucky University is expanding its degree offerings in international languages.  The Board of Regents held its quarterly meeting today and approved majors and minors in Chinese and Arabic. 

WKU Provost Dr. Gordon Emslie says many of the students who will graduate from the programs will help meet the increasing need for foreign language professionals. 

"There's the obvious interpreter career, but more and more, the federal government is very interested in graduates who are fluent, conversationally fluent, in these other languages," explains Emslie.

According to the Modern Language Association, nationwide enrollment in Arabic has increased faster than any other language while Chinese is the second-fastest growing language. 

The new programs at WKU will begin in the spring.

Agriculture
3:02 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Promotes Fresh Food on Wheels

Bowling Green's new mobile farmer's market will begin making stops in under-served areas in April.
Credit Lisa Autry

Kentucky's Agriculture Commissioner says Bowling Green’s new traveling farmer’s market is a concept he hopes will catch on statewide. 

Starting next spring, a retro-fitted bus will travel to areas where the low-income have limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables.  The mobile market will also accept forms ofgovernment assistance. 

Commissioner James Comer checked out the market this week during a stop in Bowling Green.

“Low income and elderly people have issues finding fresh food," said Comer.  "There are food deserts all across Kentucky in both cities and rural communities, and a food desert by definition is a place where you have to travel a long distance to get fresh produce.”

Comer said having more mobile farmer’s markets might be a step toward reversing some of the state’s chronic health problems. 

Regional
1:23 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Tennessee Sets January Execution Date Using New Method

Tennessee is set to have its first execution in nearly five years in January and the first using a new single-drug method.

State Department of Correction spokeswoman Dorinda Carter told The Associated Press on Thursday that 55-year-old Billy R. Irick is scheduled to be executed on Jan. 15.

According to the state Supreme Court clerk's office, the order for the execution was filed Tuesday.  Irick has been on death row since 1986 for the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl.

Tennessee announced last month that it's switching from a three-drug lethal injection method to using only the sedative pentobarbital to put an inmate to death.

The last inmate executed by lethal injection in the state was Cecil Johnson, on Dec. 2, 2009.

There are 79 inmates on Tennessee's death row, including one woman.

Regional
12:48 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

"Person of Interest" Sought in Possible Connection to Bourbon Heist

Pappy Van Winkle is one of the most sought-after bourbons in the world.

Police are searching for a man who tried to sell a large quantity of a famous bourbon to a Hardin County liquor store. The man—who was caught on surveillance tape—is wanted in questioning over a recent heist of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon.

Police in Franklin County started investigating last week when 65 cases of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon and nine cases of rye turned up missing at the Buffalo Trace Distillery, where the whiskey is bottled and aged. Pappy Van Winkle is routinely one of the most expensive whiskeys in the world, having gaining a cult-like status largely because there’s so little of it to go around each year.

The Courier-Journal reports that Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said the man who tried to sell the Pappy Van Winkle to the Hardin County liquor store appeared to be between the ages of 50 and 60, and was wearing what looked like a Bardstown High School pullover. Melton described the man as a “person of interest” and said authorities believe he drove a late model Ford F-150 that appeared to be green with a tan trim.

You can find a link to the surveillance video here.

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