WKU is being recognized for its efforts in reaching out to military veterans.
The school was ranked seventh among all four-year schools in the 2014 "Best for Vets" report published by the Military Times. WKU was praised for having the state's only Veterans Upward Bound program, as well as a tuition discount for active duty military.
WKU Military Student Services Director Tonya Archey, a 10 year Navy veteran, says schools have to work to convince some veterans that they can succeed academically after being out of the classroom for many years.
"Speaking for myself, and many of my students, we can tell you that we've been out for a long time and we lack some of the confidence--do I have what it takes to make it through college? Many wonder since they've been out of high school so long, are they going to be really rusty on a lot of the basic stuff."
The "Best for Vets" rankings factored in a school's service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the G.I. Bill, and the presence of programs designed to help active duty and former military personnel.
The WKU men’s basketball team opens up its season in unusual fashion Monday evening.
Actually, make that Tuesday morning.
The Hilltoppers are on the road at Wichita State for a game that begins at midnight Tuesday morning. The unorthodox scheduling is a result of WKU’s participation in ESPN’s Tip-Off Marathon, an event the network has billed as “24 hours of hoops.”
The WKU-Wichita State game is being televised on ESPN2.
The WKU women’s basketball team is also kicking off its regular season, and looking to win on the road against Vanderbilt for the first time in nearly 15 years. The Lady Hilltoppers play the Commodores tonight at 7 p.m. at Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville.
The WKU women’s team won its season-opener Saturday against Austin Peay.
About 66,000 people who get individual health plans through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee are being notified that they must pick a new plan due to new federal regulations.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, which is the largest underwriter of individual health plans in the state, and other insurance companies have begun sending out the letters to inform clients who have policies that don't meet new federal regulations.
Roy Vaughn, vice president for Blue Cross in Tennessee, told The Tennessean that letters are going out as policies come up for renewal and the company is pointing out similar plans that meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
Vaughn said the letters are to help people choose a replacement so they don't have a lapse in coverage.
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says he will argue a case over the powers of his office before the state Supreme Court this week. The Courier-Journal reports justices will consider under what circumstances the office can participate in investigations across the state.
The case stems from two drug trafficking cases in eastern Kentucky in which Court of Appeals panels have ruled that the Attorney General has jurisdiction only when local officials or the governor request it.
Conway argues in court filings that his office could be stripped of its power to fight different crimes if the rulings stand. The newspaper reports the case will be the first that Conway has argued since he took office in 2008.
Some 15,000 Kentuckians have an important deadline approaching. December 18th will be the last day to take the current version of the GED test. People who have passed part, but not all of the high school equivalency exam must complete all portions of it before a new test is rolled out in January and their previous scores are wiped out.
Reecie Stagnolia is Vice President of Adult Education at the Council on Postsecondary Education. He says this will be the last chance to take the test using pencil and paper.
“As we look at the age demographics of the population who take the test, we think most individuals use technology in some form or fashion in their daily lives, and those skills will be adaptable to where they will be prepared to take the test using a computer," remarks Stagnolia.
This will be the first upgrade to the GED test since 2002. The new version will allow test-takers to get their scores the same day, but the cost will double from $60 to $120.
Monday is Veteran's Day, and all across our region and nation, people are taking part in parades and ceremonies honoring those who have served in the military.
With U.S. personnel still fighting in Afghanistan, and following eight years of fighting in Iraq that formally ended in 2011, we thought we would introduce you to a young veteran from our region who is now helping other veterans create new lives after leaving the active service.
Kent Johnson joined the U.S. Marines in 2004 after graduating from high school in Columbia, Tennessee. As a member of a Marine Corp Infantry Unit, Kent served two tours in the Middle East, including a combat deployment to a town outside of Fallujah, Iraq. He got out of the service in 2008.
Here are some excerpts from our interview with Kent:
What was life like for you after you got out of the Marines?
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has bagged an award from the powerful National Rifle Association, giving him bragging rights for his re-election bid next year in a state where hunting is a tradition. The Republican's opponents are defending their own gun-rights stands in the campaign cross-fire.
Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes points to her NRA membership and says she'd welcome McConnell to shoot with her at a gun range.
McConnell didn't respond to a reporter's question Friday asking if he'd take Grimes up on her offer.
The future became a little murkier for a historic church building in downtown Bowling Green on Friday.
In August, the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center posted a $250,000 dollar winning bid for the vacant Taylor’s Chapel A.M.E. Church. But SKyPAC says a 90-day window to find a donor to finance the restoration of the church building has come and gone without anyone stepping forward. SKyPAC says it will let the purchase agreement expire and has no plans for the building.
SKyPAC’s Executive Director and CEO Tom Tomlinson says the organization won’t use operating funds to restore the church building.
Kentucky’s minority and low-income college students continue to graduate at lower rates than their peers.
In its upcoming annual accountability report, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education is expected to show that while college graduation rates increased between 2011 and 2012, a significant gap in those rates persisted for underrepresented minority and low-income students.
Other highlights of the report include an uptick in college readiness, a decline in GED attainment and “lost ground” in the areas of college funding and affordability.
The council will release a finalized version of the report “in the near future.”
A group representing nearly all of Kentucky's school districts is planning a study that could show lawmakers that school funding needs to be restored.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the Council for Better Education is raising money for the $130,000 study, which could begin Dec. 1.
Council president Tom Shelton says the study would design an equitable and adequate funding system to allow all students to become college- and career-ready.
The SEEK program, the primary source of money for school districts, has remained flat while schools have seen increases in the number of students and average daily attendance figures. That caused the amount of funding per student to slip from $3,866 in 2009 to $3,827 this year.
Flexible focus funds -- which include textbooks, preschool and staff development -- also have dropped.