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Regional
5:00 am
Sun October 6, 2013

I-65 Lane Closures in Hart County This Week

Overnight Lane closures on I-65 near Exit 58 in Hart County continue this week

Work is being done under the KY 218 bridge at Exit 58. The closures will last through Thursday, Oct. 10.

Closures will be from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.  Details are listed below in this advisory from the Kentucky Department of Transportation:

Monday, Oct. 7

The northbound right lane will be closed from mile marker 56 to 58 on I-65 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 8

The northbound right lane will be closed from mile marker 56 to 58 on I-65 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 9

The southbound right lane will be closed from mile marker 58 to 57 on I-65 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 10

The southbound right lane will be closed from mile marker 58 to 57 on I-65 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Motorists are advised to slow down as they approach the area of Exit 58. Closure dates and times are subject to change.

Sports
10:15 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Hilltoppers Win Third Straight

  The WKU Hilltoppers improved to 4-2 on the season after defeating Louisiana-Monroe 31-10 on Thursday night in Monroe, La.    

WKU senior running back Antonio Andrews rushed for 155 and a touchdown. It was Andrews' ninth rushing touchdown of the season, ranking him first in the nation. 

The Hilltoppers are now 1-1 in conference play and will return home on Tuesday, October 15th for a matchup with Louisiana-Lafayette at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. 

Sports
12:00 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

WKU Looks for 4th Win in Thursday Night Game

Credit WKU Athletics

Just five days after a win over Navy, the WKU Hilltoppers travel to Louisiana tonight for a Thursday night matchup with the University of Louisiana-Monroe.   WKU is now 3-2 on the season.  Head coach Bobby Petrino says the team is looking to build on last week’s win.

“You know, when I watched [the video of] the Navy game of our defense and our special teams, I was impressed at how hard we played, how much we were flying around and how many bodies we got to the football on all the different plays,” said Petrino.  “If we play with that intensity and that speed, I think we’ll be fine.”

Louisiana-Monroe is 2-3 on the season. This will be WKU’s second Sun Belt Conference game of the season.  Kickoff is set for 6:30 CDT/7:30 EDT and the game is being nationally televised on ESPNU.  Click here for a full game preview.

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Sports
3:54 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Hilltoppers Welcome Navy Saturday Afternoon

Credit WKU Athletics

The WKU Hilltoppers football team is looking for its second straight win on Saturday afternoon when it plays host to Navy.

WKU head coach Bobby Petrino says the Hilltopper defense will have its hands full facing Navy's triple-option offense.

"When we looked at our schedule and saw Army and Navy on it, we started practicing for it way back in spring ball," said Petrino.

The Midshipmen comes in with a 2-0 record, WKU is 2-2 after a win over Morgan State last Saturday.

Game time is at 1 p.m. Saturday at Houchens-L.T. Smith Stadium. Click here for an expanded preview

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Education
10:23 am
Fri September 27, 2013

New Testing Data: Kentucky Schools Show Improvement Over Last Year

According to new data on state assessments, Kentucky students are making progress in basic subjects like reading and math.  In the second year of the Unbridled Learning testing system, overall student performance showed improvement from 2012. 

“The statewide data clearly show we are making progress, though slower than we would like,” said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday in a news release. “We’ve raised expectations and aligned them with what students need to be successful; we are moving in the right direction toward the goal of providing a world-class education for every Kentucky student and ensuring all children graduate college/career-ready,” he said.

Here are some of the  scores within the WKU Public Radio listening area.

Bowling Green city schools rank Proficient with an overall district total of 60.0 out of 100 while Warren County schools are classified as Needing Improvement with a total score of 58.3

The Elizabethtown Independent school district gets the top ranking of Distinguished at 64.3 as the overall score while Hardin County schools come in at Proficient with a total ranking of 58.4. 

Somerset Independent has an overall score 61.2, making the district Proficient while Pulaski County schools receive the top score of Distinguished at 64.9. 

Another Distinguished school system is Daviess County with a district score of 63.9, while Owensboro city schools are ranked as Needing Improvement with a total ranking of 54.1. 

You can see how every school system in the state fares, as well as scores for individual schools by clicking here.

Regional
12:43 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Both Lanes of I-65 South at Hart County Now Open Following Crash

Update at 3:34 p.m.:

Cleanup from this morning’s crash on southbound Interstate 65 at Exit 58 is complete.  All lanes are open and the 14 feet width restriction is lifted.  It will take an hour or so for the 6-8 miles of queue to clear and for traffic flow to return to normal.

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Agriculture
2:01 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Conway: Growing Hemp Still a Violation of Federal Law

Industrial hemp is legal in many countries, including Canada and parts of Europe and Asia.

Attorney General Jack Conway is advising Kentucky leaders that industrial hemp farming remains illegal in the commonwealth.

Conway issued an advisory letter on Wednesday to Gov. Steve Beshear, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and others to clarify current law related to hemp. The letter appears to deflate hopes of hemp farming proponents who have said they'd like to begin planting next year.

Kentucky lawmakers have passed legislation that would allow farmers to grow the crop if the federal government ever lifts a longstanding ban. But Attorney General Conway said that ban remains firmly in place.

The state agriculture department recently issued a news release saying it was instructed by the Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission to begin drawing up regulations for hemp farming in the commonwealth. That came on the heels of comments by Justice Department officials that the federal government had no intention of prosecuting hemp farmers.

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Business
10:51 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Churchill Downs Inc. Loses Challenge to Texas Gambling Law

Spectators gathered at Churchill Downs Saturday near the famous twin spires.
Credit Kevin Willis

A federal judge in Texas has ruled against Churchill Down Incorporated in a challenge over online gambling laws.

The Louisville-based company was hoping the judge would throw out a Texas law that bans internet gambling offered by the racetrack’s website.

The Courier-Journal reports the Texas  Racing Commission has recently started to enforce a law requiring that all gambling on horse racing be done in person at the racetrack. The law was later revised by Texas authorities to explicitly outlaw online wagering.

Churchill claimed the “in person” part of the law was a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s interstate commerce clause. But the Texas judge rejected that argument, saying that Churchill Downs and other racetracks can reach gamblers in the Lonestar State through simulcasting—something that is permitted under Texas law.

Churchill started Twinspires.com in 2007 in order to take bets online and over the phone.

Politics
12:34 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Democrat Marksberry Plans Independent Run for U.S. Senate in Kentucky

Ed Marksberry plans to switch his party affiliation from Democrat to Independent as his campaign moves forward for U.S. Senate.

One of the Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate in Kentucky next year plans to change his party registration to run as an Independent. 

Ed Marksberry will hold a press conference in Louisville this afternoon to announce his bid as an Independent and why he’s decided to the leave the Democratic party. 

In order to appear on the ballot, Marksberry must collect at least 5,000 signatures to submit to the Kentucky Board of Elections by August 2014.

The Owensboro contractor, who lost a 2010 Congressional bid, told cable TV's Pure Politics that he’s also decided to drop his lawsuit against the Kentucky Democratic Party.  Marksberry claimed the state party was unfairly and illegally promoting the campaign of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the presumed Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate. 

As of now, the winner of the Democratic primary will face either Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell or Tea Party activist Matt Bevin.

Regional
3:34 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Owensboro Air Show Friday Activities Cancelled

The Owensboro Convention and Visitors Bureau released this statement Friday afternoon:

"Today’s activities at the Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport for this weekend’s Owensboro Air Show have been canceled due to weather. Saturday’s activities will go on as scheduled.

“Safety of the performers is our first priority. Tomorrow’s weather looks fantastic, and there’s no question that the air show will go on as planned starting promptly at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow on our beautiful riverfront," stated Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne.

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