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A liberal group is taking aim at a Kentucky judge who is on President Trump’s short list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees.

The group Demand Justice is behind a digital ad portraying federal appeals court judge Amul Thapar as a far right jurist who wrote a 2016 ruling that threw out a prohibition against judges making political contributions.

The Herald-Leader reports it’s one of five ads the activist group is releasing against judges who appeared on an official Supreme Court short list issued by the White House last fall.

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Western Kentucky University is mourning the loss of its men’s golf coach.

Phillip Hatchett was killed early Sunday morning after being struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle with other cyclists on U.S. 68 in Logan County.

Hatchett was 55 years old.

Investigators in the Logan County Sheriff's Office have reported that 27-year-old Robert Stokes of Elkton, in Todd County, was driving west about 7:30 a.m. Sunday when he came upon the bicyclists in the emergency lane, also headed westbound.

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The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that part of Kentucky’s death law in unconstitutional.

The decision stems from a case involving a man convicted of murdering a Muhlenberg County teenager 20 years ago.

Robert Keith Woodall was sentenced to death after pleading guilty to viciously attacking 16-year-old Sarah Hansen, raping her, and then dumping her body in a freezing lake where she drowned.

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The longest-serving professor at Western Kentucky University has passed away.

Mary Ellen Miller taught English at the school for 54 years. She died over the weekend in Bowling Green at the age of 83.

She had been recuperating at Greenwood Rehabilitation Center after suffering a fall.

A post on the WKU English Department’s Facebook page said Miller’s death “is an enormous loss for the English Department, WKU, our region, and the arts community”.

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2nd District U.S. House Race

Kentucky Democrats have chosen a former self-employed musician who lives in Grayson County to face Republican U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie in the November general election.

Hank Linderman took 30 percent of the vote in a four-way Democratic primary.

He won by about 700 votes over the second-place primary finisher, Brian Pedigo of Glasgow.

Guthrie didn’t face a GOP primary challenge.

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Western Kentucky University has named a new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  Dr. Terry Ballman will begin August 1, succeeding David Lee, who is retiring. 

Ballman is currently Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at California State University in San Bernardino. 

“I was drawn to the mission of WKU as a student-centered applied research university that prepares students of all backgrounds to succeed in a global society,” Dr. Ballman said in a news release. “After visiting WKU’s beautiful campus, and meeting with dedicated faculty, staff and students, I was even more intrigued with the opportunity to serve.”

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The president of the Student Government Association at Western Kentucky University says she’s lost confidence in the school’s administrators. 

After months of distress, Andi Dahmer is going public with allegations that some fellow SGA members have harassed and threatened her safety, and claims the university has done little to remedy the threats. 

The College Heights Herald first reported that Dahmer has been the target of harassment since the fall semester.  Dahmer says she’s done nothing to warrant the treatment, but thinks her political views may have contributed to the tensions.

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Kentucky’s Second District Congressman is holding what his office is calling “Conversations with Constituents” in three parts of our listening area this week.

Republican Brett Guthrie will be in Radcliff Monday, April, at the Colvin Community Center.

He’ll be in Danville Tuesday afternoon at the Boyle County Public Library, and at the Western Kentucky University campus in Owensboro Wednesday

All of the events begin at 3 p.m. local time.

Guthrie’s office says the gatherings will be unscripted, and will allow local citizens to address the Bowling Green Congressman about any issue they feel is important.

Motorists planning to travel south on Interstate 65 are being warned to expect extremely heavy traffic this weekend.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Office in Elizabethtown says slow driving conditions havebeen experienced in recent years heading into the week when many schools are out on spring break.

Friday afternoon and early evening are expected to see the heaviest traffic volume, although Saturday and Sunday will likely be much more congested than what’s usually experienced on the weekend.

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The Western Kentucky University men’s basketball team dropped a back-and-forth game with Utah Tuesday night in the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament.

Utah beat the Hilltoppers 69-64 in New York City’s Madison Square Garden.  

WKU finishes the season with a record of 27-11. That’s the most wins for the team since the 2007-2008 season.

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Western Kentucky University's Lady Hilltopper basketball team has a new head coach.

Assistant coach Greg Collins was promoted to the top spot Tuesday following the departure of Michelle Clark-Heard, who is the new head coach at the University of Cincinnati.

Collins has been an assistant at WKU for the past six seasons.

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The Western Kentucky University men’s basketball team is on to the National Invitational Tournament quarterfinal round after winning consecutive NIT games for the first time since 1948.

The Hilltoppers won at Southern California Monday night, beating the Trojans 79-75 in Los Angeles. Senior forward Justin Johnson led WKU with 23 points and six rebounds.

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A mobile home fire has claimed the lives of a father and son in Union County.

Charles Shockley, 68, and his son, Jesse Shockley, 41, died Tuesday morning at their home in Uniontown.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but authorities say so far nothing indicates arson or anything suspicious.

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The Western Kentucky University women’s basketball team will find out Monday night who, when, and where it will play in the NCAA tournament.

The Lady Hilltoppers earned an automatic bid to the Big Dance after winning the Conference USA tournament championship Saturday.

Fans are invited to attend an NCAA Selection Show Watch Party with the team Monday at 5:30 pm at the Mister B’s location on Scottsville Road.

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The Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce is asking Daviess County residents to weigh in on what they think is the best route for a new Interstate-69 bridge between Henderson and Evansville.

The chamber is conducting an online survey featuring the three options under consideration for the new bridge.

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