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Regional
11:49 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Energy Providers Urge Customers to Conserve as Cold Temps Continue

Temperatures in Kentucky aren't expected to rise above the freezing mark until Saturday, according to the National Weather Service

Bowling Green Municipal Utilities and the Tennessee Valley Authority are asking customers – both businesses and residential – to assist in conserving power today.  Temperatures are expected to remain frigid through Friday, further taxing the electric grid. Shelley Lowe with BGMU says homeowners can take easy steps to save energy.

“It can be simple things like at home, not running your appliances. If you can wait a few days – that would be great; lowering your thermostat to 60 degrees and reducing the usage of lights and unplugging things that aren’t in use,” said Lowe.

Lowe says this “emergency load curtailment” request may be lifted on Friday as temperatures gradually warm. The National Weather Service predicts highs in the mid-20s by Friday and upper 30s by Saturday.

Politics
9:31 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Bevin Gets Endorsement and Pledge of Financial Support from FreedomWorks

A national conservative organization is endorsing the Tea Party challenger in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race.

FreedomWorks says it will invest as much as $500,000 to help Matt Bevin defeat Senator Mitch McConnell in this year’s Republican primary. FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe was quoted by the Courier-Journal as saying his group believes Bevin is “an exceptional candidate” who has support from grassroots conservative activists across the commonwealth.

FreedomWorks champions candidates who say they want smaller government, and has earned a reputation for not being afraid to challenge established GOP lawmakers.

Bevin, a Louisville businessman and Tea Party activist, has attacked McConnell as a Washington insider who has betrayed conservatives by repeatedly voting to increase the debt ceiling.

McConnell has said he is confident he will win the GOP primary, and has a huge fundraising advantage over Bevin.

Regional
2:24 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

I-65 Re-opened in Southern Indiana

Update, 2:24 CST: Indiana's Transportation Department says all lanes of I-65 have been re-opened, but caution is still advised.

Original post:

The winter weather is causing havoc on I-65 north of Kentucky:

The Indiana Department of Transportation and Indiana State Police have closed Interstate 65—both northbound and southbound lanes—between Exit 16 at Memphis and Exit 76 at Taylorsville.  Ice, snow and a number of crashes along this section of I-65 have necessitate the roadway’s complete closure until issues can be resolved.

Regional
11:56 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Winter Weather Closes Mammoth Cave National Park

Park staff are in the process of closing down all services and roads in Mammoth Cave National Park because of the winter storm.

The Green River Ferry is closed, cave tours have been suspended, park roads are closed. The Mammoth Cave Hotel and park offices are also closed.

For park road information, you can call 270-758-2165.

For ferry information, you can call 270-758-2166.

Regional
8:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Winter Weather Impacting Listening Area Tuesday

Snow was falling Tuesday morning on the campus of WKU.
Credit WKU Public Radio

Update at 8:02 a.m.:

Snow is falling over a large portion of Kentucky and threatens to make the morning commute slow and messy.

Kentucky Department of Transportation officials said salt trucks were out treating roadways, but noted that arctic air and continuing snow on Tuesday could still make for slick conditions.

Several school districts in the state canceled classes.

South-central Kentucky regions should see around an inch of snow with temperatures falling into the lower teens Tuesday night.

Some parts of western Kentucky may see an inch or two of snow with scattered flurries elsewhere and single-digit temperatures.

The forecast calls for up to 5 inches of snow in parts of northern Kentucky, and lows of around zero to 5 degrees.

Central Kentucky is expecting between 1-4 inches of snow with lows around 10.

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