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Abbey Oldham, WKU Public Radio

Senator Mitch McConnell is planning to block the nomination of a Kentucky judge to a seat on a U.S. Appeals Court.

McConnell’s office issued a statement Friday saying he had no plans to move forward on President Obama’s nomination of Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Lisabeth Tabor Hughes to the Sixth U.S Circuit Court of Appeals.

Watch: President Obama's Interview with NPR's Nina Totenberg

The statement said President Obama hadn’t consulted with McConnell before announcing the nomination Thursday night.

"Leader McConnell tried to work with the White House to fill this vacancy, including submitting a qualified Kentuckian for consideration. Rather than work with him to fill this vacancy, they submitted Justice Hughes without even notifying Leader McConnell. He will not support action on this nomination," spokesman Robert Steurer said in the statement.

McConnell is also refusing to hold hearings on the President’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland.

Kentucky State Police are on the scene of a shooting at the McDonalds in Russellville on North Main Street. According to a news release, a man shot a female and left the scene on foot.

The female pulled across the street where she was treated and then transported to a local hospital.

The alleged shoot, who has not been identified, encountered officers from the Russellville Police Department Officers who shot and killed the suspect near the intersection of Armory Drive.

A man who was inside the Russellville Donut Shop was struck by gunfire and was flown to a Nashville hospital for treatment.

No Russellville police officers were injured during the incident. 

WKU's Lady Hilltopper basketball team received an at-large bid into the Women's National Invitation Tournament Monday night. They'll host the Dayton Flyers Thursday at E.A. Diddle Arena.

In ten previous WNIT appearances, the Lady Toppers stand at 13-12. They reached the tournament semifinals in 2006 and 2007. Their last WNIT appearance was in coach Michelle Clark Heard's first season in 2012-13.

WKU enters the postseason with a 24-6 overall record and are tied with Long Beach State and Wright State for the most wins among teams that accepted an at-large bid for the tournament.

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Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says his chamber’s version of the state budget will likely include no cuts to higher education in the current fiscal year. 

Speaker Stumbo said Friday that he could almost assure there will be no cuts this fiscal year to any universities in the House budget.  The Courier-Journal reports the Democratic leader made the comment shortly before lawmakers went into session.  Stumbo went on to say that the goal of his chamber would be to restore all proposed cuts to higher education and public school programs. 

Republican Governor Matt Bevin’s proposed budget would make 4.5 percent cuts to universities this year and reduce state funding by nine percent in the next two years.  Bevin argued the cuts are necessary to help make up a shortfall in the state pension system. 

House lawmakers will vote on their version of the budget early next week.  Governor Bevin has said that he will not sign any budget that includes more debt.

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Police have captured an inmate from the Warren County Jail who escaped Monday afternoon. 

Twenty-three-year-old Anthony Embry of Morgantown walked away from a work detail on Church Avenue in Bowling Green. 

Embry was found on Morgantown Road just before 10 a.m. Wednesday. According to the Warren County Sheriff’s Department, Embry had in his possession a firearm and a machete at the time of his arrest and additional charges will be filed. 

Embry was already being held on several charges, including Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Probation Violation.

A second inmate, Bates Cole who escaped with Embry, was caught Monday night. 

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Update: The Kentucky State Police said missing Simpson County teenager Julia Bingham has been located.

A statement issued to the media Saturday morning said the 17 year old was home Friday night.

Original story:

Kentucky State Police are looking for a missing juvenile from Simpson County.

J. Tyler Franklin, WFPL

At least two protesters at presidential candidate Donald Trump’s rally in Louisville Tuesday have filed police reports that allege they were attacked by Trump supporters.

Henry Brousseau, 17, says he was punched in the stomach by a Trump supporter at the event in the Kentucky International Convention Center.

The Courier-Journal reports Brousseau and a small group of other protesters unfurled banners and chanted “Black Lives Matter” about 15 minutes into Trump’s speech. Brousseau told police Trump supporters pulled at the banners and that a woman punched him in the stomach until he dropped the sign he was holding.

Brousseau filed a complaint with Louisville Metro Police, and told officers he had photos of the woman who punched him.

The paper reported Thursday afternoon that a second protester, Molly Shah, also filed a complaint with police alleging she was attacked Tuesday.

Abbey Oldham, WKU Public Radio

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is actively working behind the scenes to prepare for the possibility of Donald Trump being the Republican presidential nominee.

An article published by The New York Times has the following details:

*McConnell has "laid out a plan that would have (GOP) lawmakers break with Mr. Trump explicitly in a general election." Sources told the Times McConnell said Republicans would drop a Trump general election bid "like a hot rock."

*McConnell is still hopeful Florida Senator Marco Rubio will win the Republican presidential nomination.

*McConnell has assured Republican Senators facing re-election that he will support them if they feel like they need to "run negative ads about Mr. Trump to create space between him."

*The Times article says McConnell "has raised the possibility of treating Mr. Trump's loss as a given and describing a Republican Senate to voters as a necessary check on a President Hillary Clinton."

*McConnell and other Republican Senators are becoming frustrated with Ohio Gov. John Kaisch's refusal to exit the race.

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Police in Allen County are investigating a murder at a nursing home. 

Thirty-five-year-old Robert Reynolds, who had his name legally changed to The Reverend, lived at the Scottsville Manor nursing home where he allegedly killed 71-year-old Gary Glueck Thursday afternoon.  Strangulation was determined as his cause of death. 

Scottsville Police Detective John Rose told the Bowling Green Daily News that the two residents had been in a verbal altercation prior to the killing.  The Reverend is being held in the Allen County Detention Center. 

As the small town deals with its fourth murder in as many months, a local church has arranged a community prayer service for Friday tonight.

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce says citizens need to understand of  scope of the state’s public pension crisis. 

Governor Matt Bevin's proposed budget makes a down payment on what could be a 20 to 30-year effort. 

The $36 billion shortfall in Kentucky’s public pension plans is more than three-and-a-half times the total general fund tax money the state collected last year. 

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Dave Adkisson says it will take decades to fix the problem after years of neglect, but the effort must start in the current legislative session.  He adds that the drain on state coffers poses a threat to essential services.

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A bill filed in the Kentucky Senate would offer legal protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

The measure is called  the Kentucky Competitive Workforce Act, and would add the LGBT community to those covered under the state’s Civil Rights Act.

The Courier-Journal reports the bill’s six Senate sponsors are all from either Louisville or Lexington, and include five Democrats and one Republican.

Similar legislation has been filed in the Kentucky House.

Read What's In Senate Bill 176, the Kentucky Competitive Workforce Act

The effort has the support of nearly 200 Kentucky employers who have formed the Kentucky Competitive Workforce Coalition. It includes large companies, such as Brown-Forman, as well as small, locally owned businesses.

A “Fairness Rally” in support of the legislation is being held at the state capitol rotunda in Frankfort Wednesday afternoon.

The Senate bill's chief sponsor is Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville.

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The top Kentucky House Republican says GOP-backed legislation to ban labor unions from requiring employees to join them is unlikely to get a House vote this year.

House GOP Leader Jeff Hoover said Friday that right-to-work legislation isn't among the top priorities for House Republicans. Senate Republicans have identified it as one of their main priorities.

Hoover's announcement comes two days after a U.S. District Judge in Kentucky ruled that local right-to-work ordinances passed by 12 counties in the commonwealth are illegal.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo says right-to-work legislation doesn't have "a snowball's chance" of passing the Democratic-controlled House.

But House Republicans have been using procedural motions to try to force House votes on some bills. Hoover is downplaying the chances of such maneuvering for the right-to-work bill.

Hoover says he plans to keep pushing for an eventual House vote on legislation to put Planned Parenthood clinics last in line for family planning funds.

Abbey Oldham, WKU Public Radio

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is suspending his presidential campaign.

The Bowling Green Republican released a statement to the media Wednesday morning announcing the move.

"Although, today I will suspend my campaign for President, the fight is far from over," Paul said in his statement. "I will continue to carry the torch for Liberty in the United States Senate and I look forward to earning the privilege to represent the people of Kentucky for another term."

The decision comes two days after Paul finished a distant fifth in the Iowa GOP Caucus.

The Republican Party of Kentucky is holding a presidential caucus March 5 so that Paul could run for both the White House and another U.S. Senate term at the same time.

Paul's move to quit the presidential race means he can concentrate on his Senate re-election effort. He faces two little-known Republican primary challengers. Seven Democrats are running for the seat, including Lexington Mayor Jim Gray.

This is a compilation of newscast anchoring by WKYU's Joe Corcoran. It features newscasts aired on May 27 and September 30, 2015.

Thank you for considering this submission in the category of Best Radio Anchor for the 2016 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters competition.

This is WKYU's submission in the category of Best Radio Reporter for the 2016 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters competition.

It features work reported and produced by Rhonda Miller. This compilation includes a feature piece Rhonda produced about the first same-sex wedding performed in Bowling Green following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage.

It also includes spot news Rhonda produced on a variety of topics, including the impacts climate change could have on our region, efforts in Kentucky to get the DNA from rape kits tested in a more timely fashion, and a local homeless shelter facing a budget crunch as the cold weather season approached.

Thank you for considering this entry in the category of Best Radio Reporter.

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