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Business
9:08 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Distilleries In Elizabethtown, Franklin and Hopkinsville Join Growing Distillers' Association

There are now 27 members of the Kentucky Distillers Association, the most since the group was re-established in the early 1930s.
Credit Abbey Oldham/WKU Public Radio

Seven distilleries have joined the Kentucky Distillers' Association and the president of the organization says the KDA is poised for even more growth next year. 

Boundary Oak Distillery in Elizabethtown, Casey Jones Distillery in Hopkinsville and Dueling Ground Distillery in Franklin are among the craft distilleries that joined the organization on Monday. 

Bluegrass Distillers in Lexington, Kentucky Peerless Stilling Co of Louisville, the Gentleman Distillery in Paris and Three Boys Farm Distillery in Frankfort also became members of the KDA.

The group is now composed of 27 members, the most since the 1930s when the group was re-established after Prohibition.  President Eric Gregory says the number of distilleries in the KDA could rise to 40 by next year. 

Regional
1:58 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Special Kentucky Postmarks Capture Holiday Spirit

Nazareth, KY and Partridge, KY are two post offices that feature special holiday postmarks designed for Christmas cards
Credit USPS

Kentuckians looking to add a little extra flare to their Christmas cards this year can do so by adding one of the state’s special regional postmarks. 

David Walton with the U.S. Postal Service says the postmarks will be stamped at various post offices throughout the commonwealth.
 
“These offices happen to have names that sort of go with the holidays,” said Walton. “For example, we have ‘Bethlehem Station’, there’s Nazareth, Kentucky; we’ve even gotten Partridge, Kentucky and its station’s name is ‘Partridge in a Pear Tree Station’.  There are nine of them and they all have very unique designs, and we’re hoping that customers will take advantage of them.”

Other locations include Elkhorn City, Elkton, Miracle, Pine Knot, Pine Top and Pineville.

Those interested can address and place postage stamps on their cards, bundle them in a larger envelope and mail them to the chosen post office. The larger envelop needs to be postmarked by December 15th to make sure they’re delivered in time for Christmas.

Sports
3:17 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

WKU Wins at Previously Unbeaten Marshall, 67-66 in Overtime

WKU quarterback Brandon Doughty threw eight touchdown passes Friday, as the Hilltoppers won at previously undefeated Marshall.

Trailing by 10 points in the fourth quarter, the Thundering Herd rallied to tie the score with less than a minute in regulation.

After the game went into overtime, Marshall scored a touchdown on the team's opening possession. WKU responded with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Doughty to Jared Dangerfield, and then won the game on a successful two-point conversion. On the game's final play, Doughty rolled to his right and found Willie McNeal in the endzone for the winning score.

Hilltopper running back Leon Allen carried the ball 33 times for 237 yards and a touchdown, and Doughty completed 34 of 50 passes for 491 yards, in addition to his eight touchdowns.

WKU finishes its regular season with a 7-5 record, and now awaits to hear if the team will be invited to a postseason bowl game.

Regional
4:34 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Glasgow Hospital Found Guilty in Child Birth Negligence Case

Credit T.J. Samson

Following a week-long trial, a Barren County jury took just over an hour to find T. J. Samson Hospital guilty of negligence Tuesday night.

The hospital was ordered to pay $18.3 million to the family of a baby born with severe brain injuries at the hospital in 2011. The doctor handling the birth of Tristan Hamilton was cleared of all charges.

The Glasgow Daily Times reports the baby was born with a form of cerebral palsy as well as other health issues.

The jurors agreed T. J. Samason failed in its duty to properly care for Tristan and his mother Brittney Hamilton.

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Education
5:58 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Tentative Agreement Reached in Warren County-Bowling Green City Schools Fight

A tentative agreement concerning school choice was reached early Tuesday morning following six hours of mediation between Warren County and Bowling Green Independent schools.

The two groups have been fighting since the spring of 2013 over the number of county students allowed to attend city schools.

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Regional
1:16 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Traffic Alert: I-65 NB Will Be Down To One Lane Monday Afternoon, Overnight

Delays are expected on Northbound I-65 Monday afternoon, evening and early Tuesday morning as crews repair potholes.

The Kentucky Transportation says Northbound I-65 will be down to one lane Monday afternoon through early Tuesday morning for re-surfacing.  The lane closure will take place between the Hart County rest area to just north of Munfordville (mile markers 59-65).

Southbound traffic is not expected to be affected. The re-surfacing is needed to repair potholes.

The Transportation Cabinet says repairs should be complete by 6 a.m. EST Tuesday.

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Sports
6:10 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Key Victories Highlight Busy Weekend For WKU Sports Teams

Credit WKU

The WKU volleyball team captured the Conference USA championship and the football team became bowl eligible this weekend. 

WKU volleyball beat Rice 3-2 to win the conference tournament championship on Sunday and now advances to the NCAA tournament. The team will find out when it will play next during the tournament selection show Nov. 30. 

The football team powered past UT-San Antonio 45-7 on Saturday at L.T. Smith Stadium.  With the win, the Toppers became bowl eligible for a fourth straight season.

Also, the women's basketball team appeared in the finals of the preseason Women's National Invite Tournament, but fell to Mississippi State 88-77 on Sunday afternoon in Starkville, Miss.

Regional
4:12 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Bowling Green Jury Convicts Store Manager of Arson

A week-long trial in Bowling Green has ended with an arson conviction.  Fifty-seven-year-old Debra Kessinger was charged with setting fire to the Dollar General Store in Horse Cave where she was the manager. 

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Kentucky, a federal jury  deliberated just over two hours Friday before finding Kessinger guilty of setting the fire in 2011. 

According to testimony during the trial, the Smiths Grove woman deliberately set the fire in the store’s breakroom to conceal information about the missing inventory and money.  The day of the fire, the store was to begin an audit process that would have exposed Kessinger, who was the manager at the time. 

She faces between five and 20 years in prison at sentencing scheduled for March.

Regional
11:12 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Stanford, Kentucky Mayor-Elect Dies Suddenly

T.J. Hill was elected mayor of Stanford, Ky. earlier this month, but died suddenly Thursday at his home.
Credit Lincoln County Democratic Party

T.J. Hill, a longtime police officer in Stanford who was set to become mayor of the Lincoln County town in January, was found dead at his home Thursday.  The cause of death remains under investigation, but police tell the Advocate-Messenger foul play is not suspected.

Hill defeated incumbent Bill Miracle earlier this month. He was set to take the oath of office Jan. 1

An autopsy is scheduled to take place Friday in Frankfort.

Politics
2:34 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

KTRS Officials Ask Kentucky Lawmakers to Boost Sagging Pension Plan

Leaders of the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System are again asking state lawmakers to shore up the underfunded pension plan when the legislature convenes in January.  KTRS has just 51 percent of the money it’s expected to need for future payouts.

"It's not a risk, it's an absolute certainty," cautioned KTRS General Counsel Beau Barnes.  "If we don't start getting some additional funding for the pension fund, the funding level is going to start declining and it's going to get much harder to fix."

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports state lawmakers are being asked to consider issuing 30-year bonds worth $1.9 billion and $3.3 billion. 

Lawmakers rejected a similar proposal from KTRS in the last legislative session, arguing the state couldn’t afford the additional debt service.  

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