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The women will face the 5th seeded Longhorns in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Division One Women's Basketball Championships Friday, March 20 at 4:00 CT at the Haas Pavilion at Cal in Berkley, CA.

The Lady Toppers ( 30-4 overall, 16-2 Conference USA ) were seeded 12th in the Albany Regional in this week's tournament after claiming the Conference USA regular season championship and tournament title. This will be their 18th NCAA tournament appearance.

WKU and Texas have met twice in the NCAA tournament; in 1985 and 1986.

The game will be nationally televised on ESPN2.

An injury collision on I-65 northbound, at mile marker 73 in Hart County, has traffic backed up in both directions Tuesday afternoon.

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

Kentucky State Police Post 3 is currently on scene of an injury collision at the 73 MM on I-65 Northbound where both lanes are at a standstill and backing up.  Information will be released when it becomes available and the scene is cleared and the roadway reopens.

Update at 4:02 pm:

All lanes of I-65 in Hardin County have been reopened following an early morning accident involving a semi.

However, heavy traffic volume along the interstate and 31-W, where vehicles were being rerouted, is expected for at least the next hour.

Original post:

I-65 Northbound is closed Tuesday morning at mile point 79 in Hardin County following an accident.

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

Interstate 65 northbound is closed beginning at Exit 76 (Upton) where traffic is being detoured off to US 31-W and back on at Exit 81 (Sonora).

A double-trailer semi is being recovered after running off the right side of the road. The semi came to rest in standing water and soft ground is prohibiting recovery vehicles from using right of way.

Additional rain is also complicating recovery efforts.

Update at 5:10 pm:

Here's an update on work to clear Kentucky's roadways following the latest snowfall and ice, from the state transportation office:

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) crews are nearly finished with clearing state routes of the snow and ice left by a winter storm that swept the Commonwealth with some record snowfall totals and frigid temperatures.

Work in most of the 12 Department of Highway districts is expected to conclude in early evening.

On Interstate 65, scene of a pair of miles-long backups that began Wednesday night, a crew today repaired a barrier “crash cushion” that was struck by a tractor-trailer in Hart County. The work required temporary closure of the southbound lanes at Exit 65, near Munfordville. The highway is now open, but southbound traffic volume is reported as heavy.

In western Kentucky, crews today were able to clear a long line of tractor-trailers on I-24, though recurring crashes plagued travelers throughout the day. Incidents included a multiple-vehicle pileup involving a commercial truck this afternoon in the eastbound lanes in Lyon County.

“Our road crews have been working in very difficult circumstances, contending not only with extreme weather but also with repeated highway crashes that lead to new traffic backups,” KYTC Secretary Mike Hancock said.

Motorists traveling tonight and over the weekend should slow down.  The rash of crashes overnight underscores the importance of adjusting one’s speed to road surface conditions.

With temperatures below zero across the Commonwealth, the focus will be on plowing with limited chemical treatment until there is some warming.

A video update is now posted on the District 4 Facebook Page from I-65 backup in Hart County.  Since shooting the video a minor crash has also happened southbound at Mile Point 67 which is also contributing to congestion.

Link: http://www.facebook.com/kytcd4

WKU offices in Bowling Green will open at 10 a.m. Friday. Classes Friday remain canceled and campuses in Glasgow, Owensboro and Elizabethtown/Ft. Knox remain closed Friday. Saturday classes in Bowling Green will proceed as scheduled.

Bowling Green and Warren County public schools will remain closed Friday because of the inclement weather.

There will be no night classes Thursday on the main campus of Campbellsville University and at any CU location.

Thursday night's Concert Band performance at Campbellsville University has been canceled.

National Weather Service

Update at 9:26 a.m.:

All WKU classes on all campuses have been canceled for both Thursday and Friday. 

Update at 9:15 a.m.

Interstate 65 is impassable at this time through Hart, LaRue and Hardin Counties due to snow and stranded vehicles.  Kentucky National Guard members are mobilized and responding.   An emergency number is now setup for stranded motorists to request assistance:  (270) 765-5978.

Travelers who require immediate attention (only) will be taken to Prichard Community Center in Elizabethtown.

Crashes that occurred at the onset of winter precipitation Wednesday night created long traffic backup segments between Munfordville (Exit 65) and Lebanon Junction (Exit 105).  KYTC crews were unable to get to these areas in a timely manner and snows have accumulated around stopped vehicles.  With blocked access to the remainder of this stretch of interstate, in between areas have not been plowed and are impassable.

Two people are reported dead after authorities say their vehicle drove into the rain-swollen Green River at Mammoth Cave National Park.

The vehicle was reportedly trying to load onto the ferry from the river's south side just after two o'clock Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency responders from surrounding counties, including the dive teams from Barren and Warren Counties, located the vehicle two hours later about fifty feet downstream from the ferry in 16 feet of water.

Divers attached a tow truck cable to the vehicle to pull it to shore.  The vehicle was brought out of the water at 7:45 p.m. last night. Two adult occupants were found dead inside.

The Green River Ferry will open on a delayed schedule Wednesday morning.

More than $2 million in liens have been filed against Hitcents Park Plaza in downtown Bowling Green. 

The Daily News reports the liens were filed Friday against Mills Family Realty for money unpaid to construct the commercial wrap of the parking garage.  The liens were filed on behalf of Alliance Corporation of Glasgow and D&M Electric in Bowling Green. 

Mills Family Realty owns and operates Mariah’s and 6-4-3 restaurants, which has posted signs reading “closed until further notice.”  Three other restaurants in the commercial development closed last year. 

Meanwhile, negotiations are underway for the owners of the Bowling Green Ballpark to take over development and operations of the wrap.

Kentucky State Police

A settlement has been reached in a civil lawsuit against a Kentucky State Police trooper who caused a fatal collision in Barren County. 

A jury trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday. 

Trooper Jonathan Biven was behind the wheel of his KSP cruiser when he crossed the center line on U.S. 31-W near Park City in September 2011.  He struck a car driven by 33-year-old Nurcan Ceylan of Greensburg who died from her injuries.  A passenger in the car, Samuel Parker, filed a lawsuit against Biven. 

Attorneys for both parties did not return phone calls to WKU Public Radio, but in an email to the Glasgow Daily Times, confirmed a settlement had been reached. 

Driver inattention was determined as the cause of the crash.  Trooper Biven has said he was reaching for a soft drink when his cruiser veered into the other lane of traffic. 

Biven served several years as the public information officer for the  Bowling Green post state police post.  He was recently named commander of Trooper Island, a KSP camp for at-risk youth.