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Rick Toomey, National Park Service

Cave surveys over the winter have found a steep decline in the three most common species of bats in Tennessee.

Surveyors found fewer little brown bats, northern long-eared bats and tricolored bats due to the fungal disease white-nose syndrome.

Tennessee Cave Program for the Nature Conservancy Director Cory Holliday said caves that used to shelter thousands of hibernating little brown bats now appear to have none.

Biologists say the impacts of the disease appear to be similar to those already seen in northeastern states, where entire bat populations have been wiped out.

Police say a University of Kentucky student has been fatally shot in an altercation near campus.

The Fayette County Coroner's Office told media the victim, 22-year-old Jonathan W. Krueger of Toledo, Ohio, died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Lexington police say they responded to a report of shots fired around 2 a.m. Friday and found Krueger in the street. They say they think the shooting resulted from an attempted robbery.

Another man who was with Krueger told officers a minivan pulled up and confronted them. He said he was able to escape and found two men outside a nearby home who called police.

Officers say no arrest has been made, but they have a person of interest in the case.

Krueger was the photo editor at the school's newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel.

Photo by WKU Public Radio photojournalist Abbey Oldham

Kelley Paul says she'll use her background as a political consultant to provide behind-the-scenes support to husband Rand's 2016 Republican presidential bid.

She said in an interview in South Carolina on Thursday she doesn't plan to have a front office at campaign headquarters but to help her husband with speechwriting and getting his message out.

Kelley Paul sat down with The Associated Press in Charleston during her first solo campaign swing to early-voting South Carolina. She's also promoting her recent book.

The mother of three has long supported Rand Paul's political operation in significant if not always visible ways. But in recent months she's been thrust into a far more public role.

Rand Paul, a Kentucky senator, announced his candidacy last week.

Boundary Oak Distillery

A craft distillery that began production last year in central Kentucky is expanding to a second location in Hardin County.

Boundary Oak Distillery says it will set up another production still in a building offered by the city of Radcliff.

Boundary Oak owner and master distiller Brent Goodin plans to use the new site for production and storage and as a visitors' center.

Goodin has resumed his family's whiskey-making tradition that dates to the late 1700s in Kentucky.

His distillery makes bourbon, moonshine and other spirits. He began production last spring at a distillery on the family farm outside Elizabethtown.

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Kentucky has opened a special enrollment period through April 30th for the state-based health insurance exchange kynect, so Kentuckians can avoid possible tax penalties.  

 If you don't have coverage in 2015 you’ll pay the higher of these two amounts: two percent of your household income or 325 dollars per adult.

Governor Beshear says the percentage of uninsured Kentuckians dropped from 20.4 percent in 2013 to 9.8 percent last year. He says that moved Kentucky from 40th to 11th best in the country.  

For more information log on to kynect.ky.gov. 

Abbey Oldham/WKU Public Radio

Franklin County authorities had hoped to announce a resolution in the Pappy Van Winkle theft case on Tuesday but it's still not closed.  
 
Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton says he is going to delay any announcements until next week, because of new developments that came to light, and continues working that and the Wild Turkey case, where five barrels of Wild Turkey were found at the home of 45-year old Gilbert Curtsinger.  
 
65-cases of Pappy Van Winkle were stolen from Buffalo Trace distillery two years ago. Melton won't say if the two thefts are related.  

 Sheriff Melton says the case involves significantly more stolen bourbon than previously thought and will eventually result in multiple indictments. He says investigators uncovered a new "major development" yesterday that will delay presenting the case to the grand jury in Frankfort.

Abbey Oldham

Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul made no mention of the unarmed black man killed by a white police officer during a campaign stop just miles from where the shooting happened.

Paul often says that U.S. criminal justice isn't equally applied, a statement he repeated at his rally Thursday. But since launching his White House bid Tuesday, the Kentucky senator has sidestepped questions about the high-profile South Carolina case.

North Charleston police officer Michael Slager initially claimed he shot Scott in self-defense. Slager was later fired and charged with murder after a bystander's video showed him firing his weapon repeatedly as Scott fled.

U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford did not shy away from the case, telling Paul supporters it proves the senator is right about the importance of civil liberties.

In fact, Sen. Rand Paul's first days as a presidential candidate have not gone as planned.

The first-term Kentucky senator is no stranger to attention. But in opening his campaign, he betrayed a hot temperament that, by his own admission, needs some control.

After defensive and dodging press interviews about abortion, Iran and his shifting views on some issues, he's acknowledged he'll have to get better at holding his tongue and temper.

Paul skipped encounters with the media altogether after his rally in South Carolina on Thursday.

In his first 24 hours as a contender, Paul lectured an NBC reporter about how to ask a question and grew testy in an Associated Press interview when asked about abortion policy.

Some parts of the air show are being limited at Thunder Over Louisville this year because of the height of the new tower being built as part of the Ohio River Bridge Project.

Aimee Boyd of the Kentucky Derby Festival told The Courier-Journal that the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will be in the April 18 show but won't be able to perform the full aerobatic show.

Organizers say the Federal Aviation Administration has limited movement of some of the largest and fastest aircraft. Boyd says the restrictions apply to the kinds of planes used by the Thunderbirds and The Blue Angels, the Navy's flight demonstration squadron.

The Thunderbirds last performed at Thunder in 1997.

Boyd says the festival will work with the FAA in the future to find ways for the planes to perform their full aerobatic show.

Not all Derby Day events will take place in Louisville on the first Saturday in May.

The 79th annual Governor's Derby Celebration in downtown Frankfort is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 2.

The governor's office says visitors can expect the traditional fare of past Derby Celebrations, such as a farmers' market, arts and crafts, specialty vendors, children's activities and live music.

This year's celebration will also include the Derby Dash, with races for children ages 2 to 12.

Many downtown Frankfort restaurants and stores will be open with unique and traditional Derby offerings during the celebration.  Visitors will also be able to tour the Capital City Museum, the Thomas D. Clark History Center, the Old State Capitol and the Old Governor's Mansion -- all located downtown.

Jonathan Meador, Kentucky Public Radio

Kentucky lieutenant governor candidate Sannie Overly is scheduled to give a deposition this month in a sexual harassment case against a former lawmaker and is asking that her testimony be sealed.

The Democratic state representative from Paris is scheduled to be deposed April 13 by attorney Thomas Clay. Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate scheduled a hearing for Wednesday to consider sealing the deposition.

Clay told the Lexington Herald-Leader he wants to ask Overly about any sexual harassment she might have experienced in the legislature.

Clay represents two women who have filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against former state Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis. Arnold has denied any wrongdoing.

Overly did not return a phone call seeking comment Tuesday.

She is the running mate of Jack Conway, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor in May's primary.

Kentucky's hemp production is taking deeper root as pilot projects expand in the second year of testing its potential.

Adam Watson, the state Agriculture Department's hemp program coordinator, says spring planting season is expected to include at least several hundred acres of hemp. Statewide hemp plantings totaled about three dozen acres last year.

He says more than 100 farmers and processors --mostly growers -- are expected to participate in the next round of pilot projects.

Last year's tiny production turned into the state's first legal hemp crop in generations. Growing hemp without a federal permit was banned in 1970 due to its classification as a controlled substance related to marijuana.

Hemp got a limited reprieve with the federal farm bill, which allows hemp research projects in states such as Kentucky.

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