The WKU men’s basketball team will burn the midnight oil during their season opener. The school announced Monday that the Hilltoppers will take on Wichita State at midnight on November 12, as part of ESPN 2’s Tip-Off Marathon.
ESPN is airing more than a dozen games in over 24 hours of basketball to kick off the new season.
Both WKU and Wichita State are coming off of NCAA tournament appearances, with the Shockers making last season’s Final Four. The Hilltoppers went 20-and-16, and won the Sun Belt Conference tournament.
You can see the 2013-14 WKU men's basketball schedule here.
Contract crews will begin repairs along concrete sections of Northbound Interstate 65 in Hardin County on Sunday night, requiring closure of two lanes.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet issued an advisory stating that only one lane will be available for northbound travel from mile point 101 (just south of KY 313/Joe Prather Highway) to mile point 103 (Rolling Fork River Bridge).
Work will take place from Sunday night through Thursday morning. Lengthy delays are possible during this time, especially mid and late day. Motorists should watch for stopped and slow moving traffic ahead. Those who seek an alternate route may wish to use the following:
Exit 93 (Bluegrass Parkway), to exit 10 (KY 52 – Boston), to US 62, to KY 61 and rejoin I-65 in Lebanon Junction at the 105 interchange.
Work will not take place and all lanes will be open from Thursday afternoon through Sunday afternoon to better accommodate higher traffic volumes.
Northbound work will take approximately two weeks to complete, depending on weather conditions. Once northbound work is complete, contract crews will switch repair operations to southbound lanes.
The budget outlooks in both Kentucky and Tennessee are healthier than they were this time last year. Kentucky Budget Director Jane Driskell announced Friday that the state’s general fund receipts for the first month of the fiscal year were up two-percent over July of last year.
Tennessee, meanwhile, has ended its budget year with a $42 million budget surplus, fueled partly by a nine-percent increase in the Volunteer State’s corporate tax receipts. Governor Bill Haslam’s office hasn’t said yet what he plans to do with the extra money.
All lanes of I-65 North in the Horse Cave area have been reopened following a single vehicle crash Friday morning.
The Kentucky Department of Highways has issued a traffic advisory Thursday morning impacting motorists heading north on I-65:
A single vehicle crash on I-65 NB at MP 58 (just north of the KY 218 Horse Cave Exit) has the right lane closed at this time. This location is very close to the end of the construction zone Northbound. The lane closure will be in effect for approximately 2 to 3 hours while the passenger car is removed. No injuries were reported in association with this crash.
Motorists are encouraged to slow down and be cautious when traveling through this area of I-65.