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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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Health
10:28 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Grant Aims to Help Kentucky Combat Risk Factors Related to Obesity, Heart Disease, Stroke

A new federal grant is designed to help Kentucky reduce the major risk factors leading to obesity and chronic disease.  

The goal of the five-year, $1.7 million Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant is to promote improved physical activity and nutrition, reduce obesity, and prevent and control diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Kentucky could use the help. According to the 2012 edition of America’s Health Rankings from United Health Foundation, the commonwealth is at or near the bottom of nearly every major health indicator, ranking the 44th least healthy state overall.

Kentucky has the highest smoking rate in the U.S. and has the most preventable hospitalizations of any state in the country.

Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Stephanie Mayfield says part of the grant focus will be on partnering with schools to help children make better health decisions.

Regional
10:25 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Campbellsville University Cancels Monday Night Classes

There will be no night classes Monday at Campbellsville University.

Campbellsville University's classes will be on snow schedule Tuesday with offices opening at 9 a.m.

For the snow schedule, click here.

Offices will close at 4 p.m. Monday.

Regional
8:35 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Visitation and Funeral Arrangements Set for Judge Huddleston

Margaret Mary Ryan Huddleston
Credit Jo-Anne Ryan

Funeral arrangements have been announced for Margaret Mary Ryan Huddleston, the Warren County Circuit Family Court Judge who passed away Friday after a battle with cancer.

A funeral mass for Judge Huddleston will begin at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Bowling Green with burial to follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at the J. C. Kirby & Son Lovers Lane Chapel.

Visitation will  continue on Wednesday in the Pentecost Room at Holy Spirit Catholic Church from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Margaret Ryan Huddleston Scholarship Fund, c/o Independence Bank, 1950 Scottsville Road, Bowling Green, KY 42104 or to the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of South Central KY, Inc., P.O. Box 867, Bowling Green, KY 42102.

Regional
6:04 am
Mon January 6, 2014

WKU Campuses in Glasgow, Owensboro and Hardin County Closed Monday

WKU campuses in Elizabethtown/Fort Knox, Owensboro and Glasgow are closed Monday, January 6.

The main campus in Bowling Green will open on schedule today. Everyone is urged to use their best judgment and to communicate with their supervisor or professor if they feel it is unsafe to travel.

Regional
6:38 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Winter Weather Causes School Closures Throughout Kentucky

Wintry weather has closed many schools in the WKU Public Radio listening area for Monday:

Adair County

Allen County

Barren County

Bowling Green City Schools

Butler County

Campbellsville Independent

Caverna Independent

Christian County

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