The WKU-Owensboro campus is closing Friday at 9:30 am due to the winter weather moving through the region. A decision about Saturday classes will be made later in the day.
The latest on WKU campus closings can be found here and at www.wku.edu.
The WKU Symphony has re-scheduled Friday night's Holiday Pops concert to next Friday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 pm in Van Meter Auditorium. The Symphony will honor all tickets that were purchased for this evening's performance.
A wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet, and snow is set to make its way across the WKU Public Radio listening area Friday.
Temperatures are expected to dip below the freezing point Friday afternoon, something that could potentially cause dangerous driving conditions throughout the region.
The northwestern Kentucky and southern Indiana portions of our listening area are under a winter storm warning until 6 pm Friday evening. The National Weather Service predicts ice accumulations will range from one-tenth to one-quarter inch in those regions.
The central and southern Kentucky counties in our region are under a winter weather advisory until 1 am eastern time Saturday. The transition to freezing rain Friday could create ice accumulations from one-tenth to one-quarter inch.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet issued the following advisory Friday morning:
"We have sleet hitting Union and Henderson counties at this hour. Crews in those counties are spreading salt and calcium choloride. Roadways are partially covered and slushy where they have been treated through the night.
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association says it’s monitoring the weather situation related to the six football championship games being played Friday and Saturday at LT Smith Stadium in Bowling Green.
A cold front is expected to hit the area Friday, with snow, sleet, and ice possible.
At this point, the KHSAA says its schedule remains the same, with game being played at 11 am, 3 pm, and 7 pm central time each day.
However, the group says a final determination will be made Friday morning concerning the evening game and the three Saturday contests.
Here is the current schedule for the six title games (all times central):
Friday, Dec. 6
11:00 am: Mayfield (13-1) vs. Williamsburg (11-2) in Class 1A championship
3:00 pm: Wayne County (13-0) vs. Belfry (13-1) in Class 3A championship
7:00 pm: Meade County (12-2) vs. Scott County (14-0) in Class 5A championship
Saturday, Dec. 7
11:00 am: DeSales (13-1) vs. Newport Catholic Central (10-4) in Class 2A championship
3:00 pm: Collins (12-2) vs. Ft. Thomas Highlands (13-1) in Class 4A championship
7:00 pm: Bowling Green (13-0) vs. Pulaski County (14-0) in Class 5A championship
The Federal Election Commission says the re-election campaign of Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell accepted “apparent excessive contributions” from a dozen individuals and seven political action committees. The claims were made in a preliminary review of the campaign’s disclosure report covering the months of July, August, and September.
The Courier-Journal reports the FEC has told the McConnell campaign that the contributions in question appear to exceed the legal limits.
Under campaign finance law, an individual can give up to $2,600 per election, meaning a person could actually give $5,200 to campaign, with half designated for the primary, and the other half going to the general election.
In each of the dozen cases involving individuals cited by the FEC, the contributors gave the McConnell campaign multiple donations dating back as far as 2009. The most recent donations made last quarter pushed those contributors over the legal limit.
Some of the political action committees cited by the FEC as having made excessive donations include those run by the American Health Care Association, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, and Clear Channel.
You can read the FEC letter sent to the McConnell re-election campaign here.
WKU and area school systems are teaming up to combine athletics and academics. The Lady Hilltoppers game against Georgia State on Jan. 8 will be attended by more than 2,100 students in grades K through 8 from Bowling Green Independent Schools, and schools in Glasgow and Logan County.
The effort is the third "Spread the Red Education Game" to be held at WKU.
Teachers in the schools are using historical statistics and biographical information on the WKU players as learning tools by incorporating them into history, reading, math, and geography lessons. Bowling Green Superintendent Joe Tinius says another benefit of the effort is getting young children on a college campus.
"Whenever we bring students to campus, we will always have many of them talk about how they had never been there before, and that they didn't know that a particular building was in Bowling Green. And that's a little hard for some of us to understand, and comprehend," Tinius said. "But I think as an educator it makes me realize that we need to take advantage of every opportunity to get our kids on campus."
An upcoming special election for state representative in the Daviess County region is causing confusion partly due to recent legislative redistricting.
Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce President Amy Jackson told the Messenger-Inquirer that many people aren't sure whether they can vote in the Dec. 10 election. The chamber is heading up a drive encouraging people to cast ballots.
The Daviess County Clerk's office recently drew new borders in 17 of the 20 local districts and sent out cards to affected voters, but Jackson says there's still confusion about who can vote.
Voters will chose between Republican Suzanne Miles of Owensboro and Democrat Kim Humphrey of Morganfield. They are running to fill the 7th district House seat, formerly held by Democrat John Arnold of Sturgis, who stepped down after being accused of sexual harassment.
The seat covers Union and parts of Daviess and Henderson counties.
All lanes of I-65 have been reopened following the Tuesday morning crash in Hart County involving a semi.
Transportation and law enforcement officials have collectively decided to expedite cleanup from this morning’s semi crash at Mile Point 74.5 on Interstate 65 in Hart County by concentrating cleanup efforts on the northbound driving lanes and coming back after the Thanksgiving Weekend to cleanup the semi trailer and cargo.
With wet pavement and spilled diesel, the main focus at this time is removing the tractor portion of the semi and making sure the roadway is cleaned properly. Threatening winter weather conditions also contributed to the decision.
After the emergency phase of the cleanup is complete, the southbound (left) shoulder will be closed and a caution tape perimeter will be placed around the semi trailer. These measures will remain in place until cleanup resumes on Monday, December 2nd. Message boards will be activated near the crash site to alert motorists of the cleanup area.
Currently, traffic is backed up approximately 6 miles southbound and 8 miles northbound. One lane of northbound traffic is utilizing the right shoulder, as cleanup permits, to get around crash debris. The left southbound lane remains closed.
A Warren County group dedicated to providing safe environments for all children hopes more families will consider adoption.
November is adoption awareness month, and the Family Enrichment Center is hoping to shine the spotlight on kids of all ages who are looking for what's known as "forever homes." The group's Board of Directors Chair, Jennifer Brinkley, says a new adoption resource center in Bowling Green is aimed at helping interested parties navigate the often complicated adoption process.
"There are over 120 children in our region who are currently waiting to be adopted," Brinkley told WKU Public Radio. "So it's an important resource when people don't know how to go about the process."
"The Family Enrichment Center, through that adoption resources center, can really help those families."
Brinkley says she often advises families interested in adoption to consider children other than newborns. She says there are many older children-including teenagers-who are eligible for adoption.
An estimated 7,000 Kentucky children are currently in foster care, residential homes, or detention facilities.