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Images on Packs Upheld
10:52 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Appeals Court Upholds Tobacco Law

A Federal Appeals Court has upheld a law that requires new, bigger graphic warning labels on cigarette packs. The Associated Press reports that the ruling relates to one of two suits by tobacco companies against the Federal rules that would require them to place large images on cigarette packs, depicting health ravages of smoking. The suit that prompted today's decision was filed in Kentucky.

IRS Inquiries Questioned
2:11 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Twelve Senators Question IRS Policies Toward Tea Party Groups

U-S Senator Lamar Alexander

Two US Senators from Kentucky and two from Tennessee are among twelve GOP lawmakers who are questioning whether the Obama Administration is using the Internal Revenue Service to target Tea Party related non-profit organizations.  The twelve members of the US Senate have sent a letter to the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. 

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McConnell Says Senate Should Have Input
5:45 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

McConnell Files Bill to Address Prison Worker Controversy

U-S Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has filed legislation that would require the Director of the Bureau of Prisons to be appointed by the President with the consent of the Senate.

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Governor Comments on Damage
6:11 pm
Sat March 3, 2012

Governor Beshear Says Storm Damage is Unlike Anything He's Ever Seen

After touring some storm damaged areas of Kentucky Saturday, Governor Steve Beshear stressed the extent of the damage he had witnessed. In a statement issued by the Governor's Office, he said the devastation is "unlike anything I have ever seen." State officials now say 21 deaths in Kentucky are blamed on Friday's violent storms.

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Developing: Storm Aftermath
9:11 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Deadly Storms Rip Thru Region

A massive outbreak of severe weather Friday led to widespread thunderstorms and multiple tornadoes, resulting in dozens of deaths across Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear declared a statewide emergency to facilitate local authorities' access to state resources. 

The outbreak also caused problems in states to the south, including Alabama and Tennessee where dozens of houses were damaged. It comes two days after an earlier round of storms killed 13 people in the Midwest and South.

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Storm Update
4:41 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Deadly Storms Rip Through Region

Update: A massive outbreak of severe weather Friday led to widespread thunderstorms and multiple tornadoes, resulting in dozens of deaths across Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear declared a statewide emergency to facilitate local authorities' access to state resources. 

The outbreak was also causing problems in states to the south, including Alabama and Tennessee where dozens of houses were damaged. It comes two days after an earlier round of storms killed 13 people in the Midwest and South.

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Sports
3:21 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

With Playoff Expansion, Baseball Goes Wilder

Manager Fredi Gonzalez was the face of frustration when his Atlanta Braves collapsed last year and missed the playoffs on the last day of the season. If this season's rules had applied, he might've been smiling: The Braves and the Boston Red Sox would've made the postseason.
Patrick Smith Getty Images

Major League Baseball expanded its playoff format to 10 teams Friday, adding a second wild-card in each league.

The decision establishes a new one-game, wild-card round in each league between the teams with the best records who are not division winners, meaning a third-place team could win the World Series.

This is the only change in baseball's playoff structure since the 1995 season, when wild-card teams were first added.

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Sentencing Date Changed
8:38 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Sentencing Rescheduled for Iraqi Man who Pleaded Guilty to Terrorism Charges

Federal Courthouse in Bowling Green
WKU Public Media

The Associated Press is reporting that sentencing for Waad Ramadan Alwan has been moved from April 3rd to October 2nd. US District Judge Thomas B. Russell ordered the new date after prosecutors and defense attorneys requested a delay. In December, Alwan pleaded guilty to 23 terrorism-related charges. He is one of two Iraqi nationals who were arrested in Bowling Green, Kentucky in May of 2011.

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Regional
8:55 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

At Least 12 Killed in Severe Weather Outbreak

The Associated Press now says at least 12 people were killed by the storms that moved through our region Wednesday. At least 10 tornadoes touched down in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee.  According to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, there were three fatalities in his state. According to the AP, six people died in Harrisburg, Ill. More than 100 people are said to have been injured.

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Tornado Confirmed
3:20 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Weather Service Says an EF2 Tornado Added to Damage

The Associated Press is reporting that a National Weather Service team has determined at least one of the strong storms that raced through Kentucky Wednesday was an EF2 tornado, with winds up to 125 miles per hour.

Officials say waves of strong storms damaged dozens of homes and businesses in north central Kentucky, but left only one person injured.

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