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The award-winning news team at WKU Public Radio consists of Dan Modlin, Kevin Willis, Lisa Autry, and Joe Corcoran.

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Regional
8:51 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Investigators in Bardstown Police Officer Killing Looking into Possible Connections with PA Murder

Kentucky investigators are looking into whether a recent murder in Pennsylvania could be connected with the May, 2013, murder of a Bardstown police officer.

The Courier-Journal reports a Kentucky State Police detective working the murder case of officer Jason Ellis has been in contact with Pennsylvania State Police regarding the shooting death of a man along I-81 in southern Pennsylvania.

Twenty-eight-year-old Timothy Davidson called 9-1-1 early Saturday and said someone in a pickup truck was shooting at him. Police say Davidson was forced into a median and disabled his vehicle before being shot to death.

Bardstown police officer Jason Ellis was gunned down May 25 after he got out of his police cruiser to move debris off a Bluegrass Parkway exit in Nelson County. Investigators have described that shooting as an ambush.

A Kentucky State Police spokesman says the two cases are being compared for any similarities. Over $200,000 in reward money has been offered for information into the Ellis murder.

Regional
11:35 am
Thu January 9, 2014

WKU Public Radio Temporarily Off Air in Henderson, Owensboro, and Evansville Region

Update at 2:31 p.m.:

WKU Public Radio's 89.5 FM signal is back on the air in the region of Owensboro, Henderson, and Evansville at half-power. Our site engineer is continuing efforts to get the signal fully restored.

The signal went completely off the air this morning following a transmitter failure.

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Sports
10:11 am
Thu January 9, 2014

WKU Athletic Director Thanks Petrino for Year as Hilltopper Coach

WKU Athletic Director Todd Stewart has issued a statement regarding football coach Bobby Petrino's decision to leave the school for the University of Louisville head coaching position.

Petrino was officially introduced Thursday morning as the new Cardinals head coach, his second stint at U of L. Petrino led the Cardinals from 2003-2006 and gained a reputation as one of the nation's most creative offensive innovators.

Here is the statement released Thursday by WKU Athletic Director Todd Stewart:

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Regional
7:12 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Roadway Deaths Drop in Kentucky, Tennessee

Transportation officials say 635 people died on Kentucky roadways last year, but that number is dramatically down from the year before.  Not since 1949 – some 64 years ago – have Kentucky roads been so safe.  It’s a drastic turnaround from 2012 when the state saw nearly 750 deaths on the roads.

Kentucky’s Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock says he’s encouraged by the reduction in fatalities but still “firmly believes that one fatality is too many”.  

Hancock says troopers will continue to focus on encouraging seat belt use and reducing drunk driving, the two leading causes of traffic fatalities.  In Tennessee, meantime, roadway fatalities fell by more than two percent last year.

Regional
2:25 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Work Progresses on Widening I-65 from Horse Cave to Munfordville

Work to widen Interstate 65 from four lanes to six continues in Hart County. 

A news release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says that beginning Wednesday evening, crews will be setting up a temporary barrier wall on southbound lanes. There will be temporary lane closures at night, but no lane closures will be allowed during the day from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. 

Once the wall is in place there should not be a need of temporary lane closures until the next shift in October.

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Politics
11:25 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Kentucky Lawmaker Accidentally Discharges Handgun in Capitol Annex

Rep. Leslie Combs (D-Pikeville)
Credit Kentucky LRC

Rep. Leslie Combs has confirmed that her handgun accidentally fired in her office Tuesday at the Capitol Annex in Frankfort.

No one was injured in the incident. Combs says she was unloading the gun when it went off, and was following proper safety procedures at the time of the incident.

The Courier-Journal quoted Combs, a Pikeville Democrat, as saying she was "going through the process as I have been trained to do. I had it pointed in the proper direction."

Sports
8:32 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Report: WKU Athletic Director Spoke with Brohm About Potential Head Coach Opening

WKU offensive coordinator and former Louisville quarterback Jeff Brohm

A published report says WKU athletic director Todd Stewart has met with the football team’s offensive coordinator in case current head coach Bobby Petrino leaves the school.

USA Today says it received the information from an anonymous source.

The report says Stewart met with offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm Tuesday, the same day Petrino interviewed for the head coaching job at the University of Louisville.

Petrino went 8-and-4 in his first season at WKU and coached at U of L from 2003-to-2006.

Phone calls and an email sent by WKU Public Radio to the WKU office of Athletics Media Relations have gone unanswered.

Sports
7:43 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Report: WKU's Bobby Petrino Has Interviewed for Louisville Coaching Position

Bobby Petrino recently finished his first season as head coach at WKU.

ESPN is reporting that WKU football coach Bobby Petrino interviewed Tuesday for the head coaching vacancy at the University of Louisville.

Petrino, who previously coached at U of L and led the Cardinals to a BCS bowl game victory, recently concluded his first season at WKU.

The Louisville spot opened up when head coach Charlie Strong left the Cards for the head coaching job at the University of Texas.

Regional
1:07 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Report: Noah's Ark Theme Park Planned for Kentucky Faces Bond Crunch

An artist's rendering of the Ark Encounter theme park, planned for northern Kentucky
Credit Answers In Genesis

A Noah’s Ark biblical theme park planned for northern Kentucky could collapse without more bond buyers. Bloomberg News reports about $29 million in unrated municipal bonds need to be purchased by February 6 in order to make the park a reality.

An email sent to supporters by the head of the Christian non-profit group Answers in Genesis said that construction funding will fall short unless the proceeds are found.

The same group behind the northern Kentucky Creation Museum is hoping to build the Ark Encounter theme park, complete with a 510-foot wooden ark.

Bloomberg says industrial-development bonds are considered the riskiest municipal debt because they lead to the highest proportion of defaults in the municipal market.

Regional
11:56 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Offers Advice for Weathering the Cold Blast

Wind chills have plunged well below zero across Kentucky as a blast of arctic air forced schools to cancel classes Monday.

Temperatures dropped into the low single digits across the state early Monday, and wind chills plummeted to 19 below at Louisville and minus-14 in Lexington and Bowling Green. 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews report highways were generally in better condition than expected Monday morning as wind overnight helped to dry pavement surfaces.  Still, motorists are urged to use extreme caution due to the threat of black ice forming where moisture remains on the pavement.

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