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Regional
8:21 am
Sun March 24, 2013

Accumulating Snow Possible Sunday Night Through Monday Morning

Credit National Weather Service

According to the National Weather Service, rain will continue to overspread the area from the southwest Sunday. This rain may mix with sleet and snow at times across southern Indiana and north central Kentucky, before transitioning to all rain by Sunday afternoon.

By this evening, cooler air will filter in, changing precipitation to snow from northwest to southeast. The highest snow accumulations will be across southern Indiana, with lesser amounts further south and east, ranging from less than one inch in southern Kentucky to four inches in southern Indiana by Monday afternoon.

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Politics
12:59 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Beshear Vetoes Religious Freedom Bill; Sponsor Promises Override

Kentucy Governor Steve Beshear has announced he is vetoing a controversial religious freedom bill. Civil rights groups had urged a veto, saying the measure would essentially legalize certain forms of discrimination against gays and lesbians by groups and individuals who could claim they were doing so because of their religious beliefs.

Some church groups from across the state have been urging Beshear to sign the bill, saying it would give stronger legal standing to people who claim their religious rights have been violated.

“Religious freedom is a cornerstone of this great nation, and a right enshrined in both the United States Constitution and the Kentucky Constitution,” Gov. Beshear said in a statement released by his office.  “I value and cherish our rights to religious freedom and I appreciate the good intentions of House Bill 279 and the members of the General Assembly who supported this bill to protect our constitutional rights to practice our religion."

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Regional
1:37 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

More than Three Weeks After Shooting, Still No Word on Results of Brandon Bradshaw Investigation

It’s been nearly three-and-a-half weeks since a Bowling Green man was shot by an off-duty Warren County court security officer. Many people in the Bowling Green-Warren County area are waiting with intense interest to hear the findings of a Kentucky State Police investigation into the death of 27-year-old Brandon Bradshaw, who died Feb. 26, four days after being shot by Tommy Brown in a parking lot along the U.S. 31-W Bypass in Bowling Green.

The KSP investigation has been handed over to Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Cohron, who says he’s still waiting to receive a few more documents before announcing how his office will proceed.

No charges have been filed against Brown. His attorney, Alan Simpson, says Brown acted in self-defense when he shot Bradshaw.

Earlier this week, about forty family members and friends of Bradshaw protested in front of the Warren County Justice Center, demanding answers in the case. Members of the group say they plan a similar protest next Wednesday, the day grand juries meet in Warren County.

Politics
10:22 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Paul to Headline Iowa GOP Lincoln Day Dinner, Further Fueling White House Speculation

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul speaking at last year's RNC.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is scheduled to headline the Iowa Republican party’s Lincoln Day Dinner in May. While members of Congress often take part in speaking engagements in other states, Sen. Paul’s appearance in Iowa is making news because the event always creates buzz about the upcoming presidential race.

The Hawkeye State has been a traditional launching pad for presidential candidates from both parties, given that the Iowa caucuses serve as the country’s first major electoral event in the presidential nominating process.

Paul, a Bowling Green Republican, has admitted he is considering a run for the White House in 2016, and attracted a lot of popular press in conservative circles when he launched a 13-hour filibuster earlier this month against the nomination of John Brennan to be C.I.A. chief.

Earlier this week, Paul told the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that the country needs to find a way to give legal status to undocumented immigrants working in the U.S. While stopping short of saying there should be a pathway to citizenship for such workers, Paul’s latest statements were much more moderate than his previous positions on immigration.

Sports
10:38 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Game Preview: WKU Big Underdog vs Kansas

WKU senior guard Jamal Crook
Credit WKU Athletics

No #16 seed has ever beaten a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The WKU Hilltoppers are looking to make history Friday night when they take on the Kansas Jayhawks in Kansas City, Mo.

The Hilltoppers are 20 point underdogs heading into their opening game.

It's the second straight NCAA tournament appearance for WKU.

Here's a preview of the Hilltopper-Jayhawks game, courtesy of Kentuckysports.co.

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Regional
8:05 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Update: Southbound I-65 Lanes in Barren County Now Open, all Northbound Lanes to Open Soon

Update at 9:18 a.m.:

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has just said that the southbound lanes of I-65 are now open in Barren County at the scene of a morning accident. Two lanes are open in the northbound direction.

All northbound lanes will be open within the next 15-30 minutes.
 

Original post:

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has issued a traffic advisory following an accident Monday morning on I-65 in Barren County:

A crash involving a tractor trailer with a load of lumber has pushed traffic down to one lane in each direction on Interstate 65 just north of Exit 48 at Park City.

The duration of this crash is 3-4 hours.

Traffic may be closed periodically in order to remove debris from the roadway. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes.

A suggested alternate route to avoid sitting in lengthy delays is the use of the Western Kentucky Parkway and the William H. Natcher Parkway.

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Politics
6:56 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Rand Paul Wins CPAC Presidential Straw Poll

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

Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference, narrowly beating fellow Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.

According to Politico, Paul received 25 percent of the vote at CPAC Saturday, with Rubio taking 23 percent of the nearly 3,000 ballots cast.

Former Pennsylvania Senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum was third.

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Politics
2:45 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Kentucky Election Board Clears Williams of Illegal Coordinaton

Former Kentucky Senate President David Williams and a political action committee have been cleared of any wrongdoing related to Williams' failed gubernatorial bid in 2011.

The Kentucky Registry of Election Finance cleared Williams and the Restoring America PAC of illegal coordination. The Courier-Journal reports the state Democratic Party filed a complaint after Restoring America was forced by a judge to reveal that Williams' then-father-in-law, Terry Stephens, was the only source of the group's $1.3 million in startup funds.

The registry did find that the PAC violated reporting rules when it did not reveal upfront who the primary funding source was and that it had spent large sums of money on polling and other services.

Regional
8:24 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Bus Carrying Students from Kentucky Wesleyan Crashes in Tennessee

No life-threatening injuries are reported following a bus crash in Tennessee involving students from an Owensboro college. Members of the Kentucky Wesleyan Singers and Chamber Singers were aboard the charter bus that went over a small hill beside a road in Signal Mountain, Tennessee, late Sunday night.

A Chattanooga TV station reports 22 people were taken to hospitals.

A Kentucky Wesleyan College spokeswoman told WKU Public Radio the rest of the group’s week-long tour has been cancelled following the accident. The singers began their tour with stops in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, Nashville and Signal Mountain, Tennessee. They were on their way to sing in Atlanta when the bus accident occurred.

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Regional
1:59 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Six Wisconsin Family Members Die in I-65 Wreck in Hardin County

Kentucky State Police were investigating whether distracted driving caused a tractor-trailer to plow into an SUV carrying eight people on Saturday, killing six and possibly triggering a serious crash on the opposite side of the highway.

The truck driver is "telling us that he saw the vehicle that was in front of him and he hit the brakes and he didn't hit them in time," Master Trooper Norman Chaffins said. " ... There was a reason for that and we're trying to figure out what the reason was."

The late-morning crash was followed 15 minutes later by a multi-vehicle crash on the opposite side of Interstate 65 that injured three people. The site was just 15 miles from where 11 people died in 2010 when a tractor-trailer crossed the median and hit a van carrying a Mennonite family. Ten people in the van were killed along with the truck driver and the National Transportation Safety Board determined the truck driver was distracted by his cell phone.

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