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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A previous text alert sent by WKU regarding another robbery in Bowling Green was retracted.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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Sports
12:00 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Six Kentucky High School Football Champions Set to Be Crowned in Bowling Green

WKU's L.T. Smith Stadium is hosting Kentucky's high school championship games.
Credit WKU

WKU's L.T. Smith Stadium is the scene for Kentucky's six high school football championships that will be decided Friday and Saturday.

Here is the schedule (all times central):

Friday, Dec. 6

11:00 am: Mayfield (13-1) vs. Williamsburg (11-2) in Class 1A championship

3:00 pm: Wayne County (13-0) vs. Belfry (13-1) in Class 3A championship

7:00 pm: Meade County (12-2) vs. Scott County (14-0) in Class 5A championship

Saturday, Dec. 7

11:00 am: DeSales (13-1) vs. Newport Catholic Central (10-4) in Class 2A championship

3:00 pm: Collins (12-2) vs. Ft. Thomas Highlands (13-1) in Class 4A championship

7:00 pm: Bowling Green (13-0) vs. Pulaski County (14-0) in Class 5A championship

Sports
10:54 am
Thu December 5, 2013

KHSAA: Football Finals Schedule Unchanged, For Now

LT Smith Stadium is hosting the 2013 Kentucky high school football finals.
Credit WKU

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association says it’s monitoring the weather situation related to the six football championship games being played Friday and Saturday at LT Smith Stadium in Bowling Green.

A cold front is expected to hit the area Friday, with snow, sleet, and ice possible.

At this point, the KHSAA says its schedule remains the same, with game being played at 11 am, 3 pm, and 7 pm central time each day.

However, the group says a final determination will be made Friday morning concerning the evening game and the three Saturday contests.

Here is the current schedule for the six title games (all times central):

Friday, Dec. 6

11:00 am: Mayfield (13-1) vs. Williamsburg (11-2) in Class 1A championship

3:00 pm: Wayne County (13-0) vs. Belfry (13-1) in Class 3A championship

7:00 pm: Meade County (12-2) vs. Scott County (14-0) in Class 5A championship

Saturday, Dec. 7

11:00 am: DeSales (13-1) vs. Newport Catholic Central (10-4) in Class 2A championship

3:00 pm: Collins (12-2) vs. Ft. Thomas Highlands (13-1) in Class 4A championship

7:00 pm: Bowling Green (13-0) vs. Pulaski County (14-0) in Class 5A championship

Politics
10:12 am
Thu December 5, 2013

FEC Says 19 Contributors Made Excessive Donations to McConnell Re-Election Campaign

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

The Federal Election Commission says the re-election campaign of Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell accepted “apparent excessive contributions” from a dozen individuals and seven political action committees. The claims were made in a preliminary review of the campaign’s disclosure report covering the months of July, August, and September.

The Courier-Journal reports the FEC has told the McConnell campaign that the contributions in question appear to exceed the legal limits.

Under campaign finance law, an individual can give up to $2,600 per election, meaning a person could actually give $5,200 to campaign, with half designated for the primary, and the other half going to the general election.

In each of the dozen cases involving individuals cited by the FEC, the contributors gave the McConnell campaign multiple donations dating back as far as 2009. The most recent donations made last quarter pushed those contributors over the legal limit.

Some of the political action committees cited by the FEC as having made excessive donations include those run by the American Health Care Association, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, and Clear Channel.

You can read the FEC letter sent to the McConnell re-election campaign here.

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Sports
12:03 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

John Hardin High School Big Man Named Kentucky's Top High School Football Player

John Hardin High School senior Matt Elam

John Hardin High School defensive tackle Matt Elam received news this week that he is the winner of the Paul Hornung Award, given annually to the top high school football player in the commonwealth.

The 6-foot-6 inch, 360-pound Elam is ranked the number seven overall prospect in the nation by one recruiting service, and has narrowed his college choices to Alabama, Notre Dame, and Kentucky.

He’s recovering from a partially dislocated patella suffered during the high school playoffs, which caused him to miss John Hardin’s 5-A semifinal loss to Bowling Green last Friday.

Elam will receive the Hornung Award Dec. 17 at a ceremony in Louisville.

Education and Athletics
11:40 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Over 2,100 School Children to Attend WKU's "Spread the Red Education Game" in January

Area school children attended Tuesday's news conference about the Jan. 8 "Spread the Red Education Game."
Credit Kevin Willis

WKU and area school systems are teaming up to combine athletics and academics. The Lady Hilltoppers  game against Georgia State on Jan. 8 will be attended by more than 2,100 students in grades K through 8 from Bowling Green Independent Schools, and schools in Glasgow and Logan County.

The effort is the third "Spread the Red Education Game" to be held at WKU.

Teachers in the schools are using historical statistics and biographical information on the WKU players as learning tools by incorporating them into history, reading, math, and geography lessons. Bowling Green Superintendent Joe Tinius says another benefit of the effort is getting young children on a college campus.

"Whenever we bring students to campus, we will always have many of them talk about how they had never been there before, and that they didn't know that a particular building was in Bowling Green. And that's a little hard for some of us to understand, and comprehend," Tinius said. "But I think as an educator it makes me realize that we need to take advantage of every opportunity to get our kids on campus."

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Politics
1:27 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Special Election in Daviess, Henderson, Union Counties Causing Confusion

An upcoming special election for state representative in the Daviess County region is causing confusion partly due to recent legislative redistricting.

Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce President Amy Jackson told the Messenger-Inquirer  that many people aren't sure whether they can vote in the Dec. 10 election. The chamber is heading up a drive encouraging people to cast ballots.

The Daviess County Clerk's office recently drew new borders in 17 of the 20 local districts and sent out cards to affected voters, but Jackson says there's still confusion about who can vote.

Voters will chose between Republican Suzanne Miles of Owensboro and Democrat Kim Humphrey of Morganfield. They are running to fill the 7th district House seat, formerly held by Democrat John Arnold of Sturgis, who stepped down after being accused of sexual harassment.

The seat covers Union and parts of Daviess and Henderson counties.

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