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Regional
3:52 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Contractor Begins Work on Next Phase of I-65 Lane Widening

The widening of Interstate 65 to three lanes in each direction continues to move northward.

The next phase of the I-65 widening is between mile points 58 and 65, pushing north from Horse Cave and covering  the Munfordville interchange. Work crews will close the outside lanes heading north and south this week in preparation of the paving of temporary lanes where shoulders currently exist.

Scotty’s Contracting—which has a nearly $64 million contract for the project—will install temporary barrier wall and begin work in the median.

Closures will take place each day through Thursday between 6 am and 5pm central, with traffic delays possible during peak afternoon hours.

Motorists are also cautioned that a speed limit reduction to 55 miles per hour will be in place through the new work zone.

Regional
11:13 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Ft. Knox Soldiers Welcomed Back Home After Serving in Afghanistan

Nearly 300 Ft. Knox soldiers are home for the holidays after serving a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan.

The soldiers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division were honored during a ceremony Sunday night at the Hardin County Army post. The 285 troops had been operating in the roughly 7,000–square-mile Zabul Province in southern Afghanistan, assisting Afghan security forces, government representatives, and police forces.

The unit will continue to send soldiers home through next May, with the majority of the brigade home before March.

Sports
12:46 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

WKU Men's Basketball Team Taking on Defending National Champs Saturday

The WKU men’s basketball team may be done with finals week, but the Hilltoppers face another tough test this weekend.

WKU travels to the KFC YUM! Center Saturday to take on the defending national champion Louisville Cardinals. The Hilltoppers bring a 5-3 record into the matchup with the sixth-ranked Cardinals, and will have two new faces on the court.

Guards Chris Harrison-Docks and Trency Jackson are eligible to play for the first time this season after sitting out the first semester because of NCAA transfer rules. Harrison-Docks is a Louisville native who transferred to WKU after originally attending Butler.

Jackson made his way to Bowling Green after attending Texas Tech and a Florida junior college.

You can read more on the matchup and learn more about the Hilltoppers and Cardinals here.

The WKU-Louisville game begins at 11 a.m. central, and is being televised on ESPN2.

Politics
3:10 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Rand Paul's Father Says Son "Probably" Running for President in '16

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)

Someone close to Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator is predicting the Bowling Green Republican will run for President in 2016.

The statement comes from Ron Paul, the former Texas Congressman and father of Senator Rand Paul.

Speaking on CNN Monday, Ron Paul said he thought his son “probably” will run for the White House. Senator Rand Paul has been the subject of much speculation about a possible presidential bid, and has told several interviewers that he is actively considering such a run.

However, following a speech last Friday in Detroit, the freshman Senator said his wife, Kelly, is opposed to him running for president. Paul said his thoughts about being in the spotlight shift from week to week, adding “Sometimes you have a good week. The next week they pound you to death. You know, the haters and the hacks go after you.”

Paul recently faced criticism for using material in some of his speeches and newspaper editorials that were lifted—without attribution—from other sources. Paul said much of the negative attention was coming from, what he called, “haters”.

Regional
6:51 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Two More Arrests Made in Armed Robbery at WKU Residence Hall

WKU police have made two additional arrests in connection with a recent armed robbery at a residence hall.

The school announced Monday that WKU Police arrested 22-year-old Orlando Mouncil of Radcliff, and 19-year-old Corey Stevens of Elizabethtown. Both are WKU students and are charged with first-degree robbery following an incident Friday afternoon at Hugh Poland Hall.

Two other students were arrested Friday. Eighteen-year-old Cedric Arnold of Worthville, and 21-year old Christopher Wilson of Old Hickory, Tennessee were charged with first-degree robbery.

Wilson was also charged with marijuana possession.

A statement released by the university says an investigation is continuing in conjunction with the Warren County Commonwealth's Attorney.

Regional
4:45 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Winter Weather Closings and Cancellations

Update - 4:45 p.m.

Christmas at Shakertown events at South Union Shaker Village WILL take place as scheduled Friday night and Saturday.

WKU Bowling Green cancelling classes after 3:00pm today.  Campus will remain open.

WKU Glasgow campus closing today at 3:00pm.

Auburn Christmas parade canceled.

Mammoth Cave National Park has closed cave tours, the visitor center, Mammoth Cave Hotel, Green River Ferry and some park roads. 

WKU Owensboro campus closed Saturday.

WKU Elizabethtown/Ft. Knox will close at 1:00pm ET today and will be closed Saturday.

Abraham Lincoln birthplace will be closing today at 10:00 a.m. (ET).

The Bowling Green Christmas Parade scheduled for Saturday has been postponed until Sunday, Dec.15 at 2:00pm. 

The Bowling Green Junior Woman's Club has postponed the Coats for Kids distribution day that was scheduled for Saturday morning. The new date for the Coats for Kids Community Distribution will be Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Hot Rods Stadium from 9am to 12pm.

Christmas in Kentucky at the KY Museum is canceled. 

The Team Penning event scheduled for the WKU Expo Center Saturday has been canceled.

This is not a comprehensive list of closings and cancellations, only those of which WKU Public Radio has been made aware.  Check back for further announcements. 

Regional
2:15 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Bowling Green Police Investigating Robbery Report at WKU

Bowling Green and WKU police are investigating a robbery that took place Friday afternoon at a residence hall.

WKU issued a text alert saying four individuals committed a robbery at Poland Hall on the WKU campus. At least one suspect was allegedly armed with a knife.

The suspects were described as a four black males, with one wearing a red hoodie, and one in a red t-shirt and gym shorts.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Bowling Green Police Department at 270-393-2473.

A previous text alert sent by WKU regarding another robbery in Bowling Green was retracted. A later update said that alert was sent in error.

Sports
10:05 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Kentucky High School Football Championships Impacted by Winter Weather

LT Smith Stadium was nearly empty just before Friday's 1A title game between Mayfield and Williamsburg.
Credit Kevin Willis

Update at 5:45 p.m.:

Class 3A Final, Belfry 3, Wayne County 0.  Mayfield defeated Williamsburg 42-0 in Friday's 1A championship game.

Original post:

The Kentucky High School Athletics Association has announced changes to this weekend's high school football championship games. One of the games affected is the 5A matchup between Bowling Green and Pulaski County.

Here is the new schedule: (all times Central Time):

Saturday, 12/7, 11 am - Class 2A- DeSales vs. Newport Central Catholic (as scheduled)

Saturday, 12/7, 2 pm - Class 4A- Collins vs. Highlands

Saturday, 12/7, 5 pm - Class 6A- Meade County vs. Scott County

Sunday, 12/8, 2 pm - Class 5A- Bowling Green vs. Pulaski County

Education
8:58 am
Fri December 6, 2013

WKU-Owensboro Campus Closing Early Friday

The WKU-Owensboro campus is closing Friday at 9:30 am due to the winter weather moving through the region. A decision about Saturday classes will be made later in the day.

The latest on WKU campus closings can be found here and at www.wku.edu.

The WKU Symphony has re-scheduled Friday night's Holiday Pops concert to next Friday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 pm in Van Meter Auditorium. The Symphony will honor all tickets that were purchased for this evening's performance.

Regional
8:08 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Caution Urged as Winter Storm Spreads Across Kentucky

A wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet, and snow is set to make its way across the WKU Public Radio listening area Friday.

Temperatures are expected to dip below the freezing point Friday afternoon, something that could potentially cause dangerous driving conditions throughout the region.

The northwestern Kentucky and southern Indiana portions of our listening area are under a winter storm warning until 6 pm Friday evening. The National Weather Service predicts ice accumulations will range from one-tenth to one-quarter inch in those regions.

The central and southern Kentucky counties in our region are under a winter weather advisory until 1 am eastern time Saturday. The transition to freezing rain Friday could create ice accumulations from one-tenth to one-quarter inch.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet issued the following advisory Friday morning:

"We have sleet hitting Union and Henderson counties at this hour.  Crews in those counties are spreading salt and calcium choloride.  Roadways are partially covered and slushy where they have been treated through the night.

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