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Education
2:20 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

WKU's Ransdell to Speak to Forum on Student Debt in St. Louis

The president of WKU is on the list of speakers at a forum on rising student debt being held by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

WKU President Gary Ransdell is in Missouri Monday for the event titled “Generation Debt: The Promise, Perils, and Future of Student Loans”.

According to a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the average student debt per follower grew from $16,000 in 2005, to $25,000 in 2012. The College Board found that an estimated 66 percent of seniors graduating in 2011 had student loan debt.

Economic and education analysts are increasingly worried that the growing debts faced by college graduates will impair the upward mobility of young Americans.

Monday’s forum on student debt is being webcast live from St. Louis, beginning at 12:30 pm central. You can see that webcast here.

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Sports
12:10 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

WKU Men's Basketball Team Signs Three Recruits, Including Forward from Hazard

The next WKU men’s basketball recruiting class features players from three different parts of the country.

WKU head basketball coach Ray Harper announced today that the school has received national letters of intent from Justin Johnson of Hazard, Kentucky; Derrick Clayton from Castro Valley, California; and Avery Patterson of Decatur, Georgia.

Johnson  is a 6'7" forward who averaged over 16 points and 10 rebounds a game as a junior at Perry County Central High School last season. 

Clayton is a 6'5" guard who scored 17 points a game as a junior in California.

Patterson is from the same high school in Georgia that produced current Hilltopper Niger Snipes. Coach Harper says he believes the 6'1" guard can compete for playing time as a freshman next season.

Sports
10:14 am
Thu November 14, 2013

WKU's Andrews Semifinalist for Award Honoring Nation's Best Running Back

WKU senior running back Antonio Andrews
Credit WKU Athletics

WKU senior Antonio Andrews has been named a semifinalist for the 2013 Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation’s best college running back.

Andrews leads the nation in all-purpose yardage with nearly 2,200 yards and ranks second nationally in total rushing yards.

Andrews is one of ten semifinalists being considered for the award. Members of the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will next cast their votes for three finalists, who will be named November 25.

The winner of the award will be announced December 12.

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Politics
3:55 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Hal Rogers: No Government Shutdown in January

Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky)

Another high-ranking Kentucky Republican lawmaker is predicting that there won’t be a government shutdown in January.

In an interview in his Washington office, Somerset Republican Congressman Hal Rogers told the Courier-Journal “if we don’t do something, there will be a shutdown, but we’re going to do everything possible to avoid it.”

Kentucky’s Fifth District Representative joins Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in calling on Congress to make sure there is not a repeat of the shutdown that closed the federal government for 16 days in October. The shutdown ended when a stopgap spending plan was passed that funds the government until January 15.

Congressman Rogers and his Democratic counterpart are asking a special budget conference group to send them overall government spending numbers by Thanksgiving, in order to expedite the process of creating a new spending plan.

Regional
12:31 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Opening Date Set for Owensboro's Blue Bridge

Owensboro's "Blue" Bridge, seen before the recent paint job began

Commuters in the Daviess County region will be able to cross the Ohio River “Blue” bridge over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced that the bridge will reopen November 27, the day before Thanksgiving.

The Blue Bridge has been closed to traffic since May while it received a fresh coat of paint. Some work will continue on the Indiana side of the bridge after it reopens, but the contractor is confident the painting will be completed in the next two weeks.

The 4,600-foot bridge connects Owensboro to southern Indiana and is used by an average of 8,500 vehicles a day.

Sports
8:16 am
Tue November 12, 2013

WKU Men's Basketball Drops Opener to Wichita St., WKU Women Lose at Vandy

The WKU men's basketball team dropped its season opener against Wichita State early Tuesday morning, as the teams played at midnight as part of ESPN's college basketball Tip-Off Marathon.

The Shockers, coming off a Final Four season, beat the Hilltoppers 66-49 in Wichita in front of a crowd of 10,506.

T.J. Price and Aleksej Rostov led the Hilltoppers with 12 points each. Fred VanVleet scored 17 points for Wichita State, which also had three others score in double figures.

WKU begins a three-game stretch at E.A. Diddle Saturday night against East Tennessee State.

WKU Women Lose, Too

The Vanderbilt women's team put together a big second-half run in beating the WKU Lady Toppers 85-60 Monday night in Nashville.

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Regional
3:43 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

WKU Called One of the Nation's Best Schools for Military Veterans

A statue of a solider is part of the Guthrie Bell Tower on the campus of WKU.
Credit Kevin Willis

WKU is being recognized for its efforts in reaching out to military veterans.

The school was ranked seventh among all four-year schools in the 2014 "Best for Vets" report published by the Military Times. WKU was praised for having the state's only Veterans Upward Bound program, as well as a tuition discount for active duty military.

WKU Military Student Services Director Tonya Archey, a 10 year Navy veteran, says schools have to work to convince some veterans that they can succeed academically after being out of the classroom for many years.

"Speaking for myself, and many of my students, we can tell you that we've been out for a long time and we lack some of the confidence--do I have what it takes to make it through college? Many wonder since they've been out of high school so long, are they going to be really rusty on a lot of the basic stuff."

The "Best for Vets" rankings factored in a school's service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the G.I. Bill, and the presence of programs designed to help active duty and former military personnel.

Sports
2:14 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

WKU Men's Basketball Team Opens Regular Season, Women Take on Vandy

The WKU men’s basketball team opens up its season in unusual fashion Monday evening.

Actually, make that Tuesday morning.

The Hilltoppers are on the road at Wichita State for a game that begins at midnight Tuesday morning. The unorthodox scheduling is a result of WKU’s participation in ESPN’s Tip-Off Marathon, an event the network has billed as “24 hours of hoops.”

The WKU-Wichita State game is being televised on ESPN2.  

The WKU women’s basketball team is also kicking off its regular season, and  looking to win on the road against Vanderbilt for the first time in nearly 15 years. The Lady Hilltoppers play the Commodores tonight at 7 p.m. at Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville.

The WKU women’s team won its season-opener Saturday against Austin Peay.

Regional
10:00 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Warren County Circuit Judge Won't Seek Re-election Following Cancer Diagnosis

A Warren County Circuit Court Judge is taking a medical leave after being diagnosed with a reoccurrence of cancer.

Judge Margaret Huddleston says she will start chemotherapy immediately with a goal of returning to the bench by the first of 2014. She will not seek another eight-year term on the bench after her current term is completed.

Judge Huddleston was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 2003. Following ten years of remission, doctors recently determined that the cancer had metastasized in her lungs.

Huddleston has presided over the Warren County Circuit Family Court, Division III, since being appointed to the bench by then-Governor Paul Patton in 1998. She won election to the bench in 1999 and was re-elected in 2007.

Politics
10:03 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Kaelin Says No to Sixth Term

First District Warren County Magistrate James "Doc" Kaelin announced Wednesday morning that he does not plan on running for another term after his current one ends next year.

The Bowling Green Daily News reports Kaelin is in his 20th year of service in county government. He told the newspaper he's proud of the fiscal court's role in the growth that Warren County has seen during that time and added, "I just feel it's the time."

Wednesday is the first day for candidates to file to run for office in 2014.

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