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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.

Regional
8:15 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Bowling Green Police Searching for Robbery Suspects

The Bowling Green Police are investigating a robbery that took place late Wednesday evening at 1228 Center Street.

An emergency text message alert sent by WKU just before midnight said police were looking for two suspects described as African-American males. Both were wearing bandanas, and at least one allegedly had a small handgun.

The suspects reportedly fled toward Adams Street following the robbery. Bowling Green Police public information officer Ronnie Ward told WKU Public Radio Thursday that one robbery victim suffered a minor injury, but didn't require a trip to the hospital.

The BGPD is asking anyone with information to call them at 270-393-4000.

Regional
10:09 am
Wed September 18, 2013

I-65 Traffic Advisory for Hardin County

Wednesday night, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet contract crews will close I-65 South to reinstall the truss and signs knocked down at the Exit 91 approach back in March of this year.

The work schedule is as follows:

1.) 9:00pm / right lane closure

2.) 10:00pm - 10:15pm / rolling road block traveling S/B to set the truss upright on the left shoulder

3) 11:00pm - 11:15/ rolling road block to set the truss over the interstate

*** Lane Closure Should be picked up and traffic back to full flow on the southbound side of the  interstate by 12:00 or 12:30am.

*** Northbound should not be affected.

Environment
2:32 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Kentucky Lawmaker Wants "Brighter Line" on How Companies Can Use Eminent Domain

This sign was seen at an informational meeting in Frankfort about the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline.
Credit Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio

The chairman of the Kentucky House Judiciary Committee says he is pre-filing legislation that seeks to make clear that Kentuckians are free from the unregulated use of eminent domain.

Hopkinsville Democrat John Tilley says the issue should be clarified in light of the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline. The proposed natural gas liquids pipeline would stretch from Pennsylvania to Louisiana, and cut through an estimated 13 Kentucky counties, including Breckinridge, Hardin, Larue, Meade, and Nelson.

Some landowners in counties along the proposed pipeline route have expressed concerns that the company would seek to use eminent domain laws to seize their land.

Rep. Tilley said in a news release issued by his office that the bill he has pre-filed will “strive to maintain the proper balance between those rights and economic development when it comes to safely transporting fossil fuels.”

"I believe the state needs to paint a brighter line on how pipelines like this are built and where they can be located."

The bill would put the Public Service Commission in the role of gatekeeper if those constructing pipelines can’t reach agreement with private landowners.

Regional
10:04 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Bowling Green Man Arrested for Rock Creek Murder

Bowling Green murder suspect Dominique L. Wortham

Update 5:45 p.m.

The Daily News reports a second person will be charged in connection with the murder of Larry Thomas.  Paducah police reportedly arrested 19-year-old Adriana Mason Friday afternoon.  Mason is currently in the McCracken County jail.

Original post:

Bowling Green police say 21-year-old Dominique Wortham has confessed to the September 2 murder of WKU student Larry Thomas at Thomas' apartment on Rock Creek Drive.

The Bowling Green Daily News reported that Wortham was arrested Thursday night and charged with murder.

He reportedly told police he shot the 20-year-old Thomas during the course of a robbery. Thomas was airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital following the shooting where he later died.

Politics
1:34 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Harry Reid Plans Fundraiser for Kentucky Senate Candidate Grimes

Credit Lisa Autry

Washington’s top Democrat is reportedly coming to the aid of Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. 

C-N-2 Politics reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will hold a fundraising luncheon for Grimes in Las Vegas on October 11th.  The event is being organized by Seachlight Leadership Fund, the political action committee that Reid founded in 1997. 

When asked to confirm the fundraiser and whether Grimes will attend,  her Press Secretary Charly Norton told WKU Public Radio the campaign would not comment on their fundraising schedule. 

The Kentucky Republican Party criticized the fundraiser and highlighted Reid’s past statement that “coal makes us sick.” 

Grimes is the presumed Democratic nominee who will challenge Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in a race to be decided next November.  McConnell must first win a primary contest against Tea Party candidate Matt Bevin.

Health
3:08 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Beshear Says Most Uninsured Kentuckians Will Qualify for Subsidies for Exchange-Based Plans

Governor Beshear says most of Kentucky’s uninsured residents would qualify for discounts on health insurance purchased on the state’s new health exchange. Speaking Tuesday in Frankfort, said at least 80 percent of the commonwealth’s uninsured would get some kind of financial assistance to help them get insurance coverage.

The new health exchange was put into motion following the passage of the federal Affordable Care Act. It serves as an online marketplace where consumers can choose state-approved insurance plans and compare coverage and costs.

Enrollment in the Kentucky exchange begins October 1.

Government officials have said an estimated 332,000 uninsured Kentuckians would be eligible to receive coverage through the new exchange. The Courier-Journal reports Beshear said Tuesday that a family of four earning $70,000 a year could buy a health plan for a little over $400 a month.

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Special Programs
2:43 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

WKU Public Radio Airing NPR's Live Coverage of President Obama's Address to Nation

President Obama addresses the nation Tuesday evening.

President Obama is set to address the nation Tuesday evening about the ongoing conflict in Syria, and his efforts to get Congress to authorize a U.S. military strike following the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons.

WKU Public Radio will air NPR's live coverage of the President's speech, starting at 8 p.m central/ 9 eastern time.

You can also access our coverage through our online webstreaming, by clicking on the "Listen Live" button at the top of the page.

In other Syria-related news Tuesday:

NPR: Breakthrough? Syria Hints it Might Give Up Chemical Weapons

WKU Public Radio: Mitch McConnell to Vote "No" on U.S. Strike Against Syria

NY Times: U.S. and Allies to Work Through U.N. Path on Syria Chemical Weapons

Politics
9:35 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Sen. McConnell Will Vote Against Military Strike on Syria

Speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate Tuesday morning, Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell announced he will not support the President's call for a U.S. military strike on Syria.

The Louisville Republican said President Obama has not put forth a "credible strategy" regarding Syria. McConnell added that he doesn't think a "limited strike would resolve the civil war in Syria or remove Assad from power."

The Senate Minority Leader said while the chemical weapons attacks in Syria were horrible they did not pose a direct security threat to the U.S. or its allies.

Up until Tuesday, the leading Senate Republican had not committed to a position on the President's call for force against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. His fellow Kentucky Republican, Rand Paul of Bowling Green, has been an outspoken opponent of U.S. intervention.

McConnell expressed concern during his Senate floor speech about the possible unintended consequence  of chemical weapons falling into the hands of Islamic extremists should the U.S. conduct the type of limited surgical military strike being proposed.

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