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10:41 am
Wed December 19, 2012

WKU Student Who Jumped Out of Dorm Window Dies

Officials at Western Kentucky University say a student who jumped from a sixth-floor window of a residence hall has died.

WKU officials told WBKO-TV that 19-year-old Benjamin Gogins of Illinois died Tuesday at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.

The freshman jumped from the window at Pearce Ford Tower early Saturday morning. Emergency crews found him still breathing and he was flown to Vanderbilt.

Campus police are investigating, but have found no evidence that drugs or alcohol were involved. 

WKU says the dorm has quarter-inch thick-tempered glass windows and a safety mechanism that only allows them to open three inches. However, police say the glass was broken in the window that the student jumped from.

10:53 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Kentucky Congressman, Once a Holdout on Gun Control, Takes a Stance

The last remaining Democrat in Kentucky's congressional delegation says he's willing to take on the gun lobby pushing for legislation aimed at reducing gun violence in a country grieving over the massacre in a Connecticut school.

An emotion-choked U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth apologized Monday for being mostly silent about gun violence. 

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10:33 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Kentucky PSC Chooses Overlay for New Area Code

Kentucky regulators say a new area code for the western part of the state will overlap the existing 270 area code.

The Public Service Commission said Monday the "overlay" option for the new 364 area code is the least disruptive for customers and imposes the least cost on businesses.  This is the first time two area codes will mingle in the same area in Kentucky. 

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12:18 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Report: Shooting at Conn. Elementary School Leaves at Least 27 Dead, Including 18 Children

A shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Friday left 27 people dead, including 18 children, an official said.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way. Another official, speaking on condition of anonymity for the same reason, said the gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown was killed and apparently had two guns.

Stephen Delgiadice said his 8-year-old daughter heard two big bangs and teachers told her to get in a corner. His daughter was fine.

"It's alarming, especially in Newtown, Connecticut, which we always thought was the safest place in America," he said.

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2:47 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

McConnell, Paul Call for Disaster Declaration

The 2012 drought had led to very low water levels on the Mississippi River.

U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are urging Gov. Steve Beshear to seek a federal disaster declaration because of the potential economic consequences of a drought that has led to low water levels on the Mississippi River.

Beshear said Friday he appreciates their concern and that he's closely monitoring the situation.

McConnell and Paul said in a letter to Beshear on Thursday that commercial traffic on the river could "come to a complete halt in coming days" unless the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers takes action to increase the water flow.

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2:41 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

International Partners Training at Ft. Campbell

In the middle of the Fort Campbell Army post, a simulated version of a military operations center in Afghanistan has sprung up under a maze of tents that is bustling with a mix of international and American military forces.

The 101st Airborne Division's headquarters is preparing to take over control of NATO troops in eastern Afghanistan this winter, but the division will face new and different challenges compared to its last deployment during the troop surge in 2010 and 2011.

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9:38 am
Fri December 7, 2012

UK Apologies for Mass Email Containing Personal Info

The University of Kentucky is apologizing after an employee accident sent a mass email with personal information about some students. WKYT-TV reports the email was sent on Wednesday to 600 students and listed the names of students with disabilities and their accommodations.

UK released a statement on Thursday saying the mistake was "realized immediately" and efforts were made to recall the email.

7:58 am
Fri December 7, 2012

County Health Clinics in Tennessee Offering Free Flu Vaccines

Tennessee's county health department clinics are now offering free flu vaccines to people of all ages until supplies are depleted.

The state Health Department reports that seasonal influenza is now widespread in Tennessee.

The Department urges all Tennesseans to get vaccinated now to help protect themselves and those around them from the virus.

The Health Department operates clinics in 89 of Tennessee's 95 counties.

Because vaccine supplies vary from county to county, residents are urged to contact their local county health departments for more information.

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7:54 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Diocese of Owensboro Celebrating 75th Jubilee

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Owensboro is celebrating its 75th Jubilee with several free events.

The celebration Saturday begins with a Mass at the Owensboro Sportcenter, then moves to the RiverPark Center for concerts, food, children's activities and tours of the International Bluegrass Museum.

The Messenger-Inquirer reports the newly renovated St. Stephens Cathedral in Owensboro will be open for tours for much of the day.

Thirty-two western Kentucky counties make up the diocese, which was formed in 1937 by Pope Pius XI. It is home to 79 churches.

5:41 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Kentucky's Tax Reform Panel Offers Ideas for Millions in Savings

After a nearly year-long review, Kentucky's Commission on Tax Reform has approved recommendations that could generate nearly $700 million a year.

Some $500 million of that would come from individual income taxes. Another $200 million would be generated by expanding the state's sales tax to household utilities and several services that have traditionally been exempt.

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