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Road Closure
1:21 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Part of I-69 Closed Sunday Afternoon Due To Accident

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the Princeton Fire Department reports a semi-truck overturned on I-69/Former WKY PKWY at the 74.2 mile marker Southbound between the Princeton and Eddyville Exits. 

I-69 will be closed for at least an hour at this site to allow removal of the truck. The detour will be via KY 91 and US 62 which parallels I-69 in this area.

The crash has damaged the right of way and thrown mud on the driving surface, so there will likely be an extended cleanup effort which will require a lane restriction through the afternoon at this site.

Health
2:06 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Federal Governnment Halts HIV Clinical Trial that Included Vanderbilt University

A federal HIV vaccine trial that Vanderbilt University  is being halted because of poor results. The nation’s most advanced clinical trial was stopped this week when an independent review discovered that more people who got a vaccine tested positive for HIV than those who received a placebo.

The trial involved 19 cities and had enrolled individuals marketed to people considered at high risk for contracting the virus.

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Regional
12:04 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Final Report Details Events Leading Up to Deadly Act of Road Rage in Warren County

Brandon Bradshaw was shot on Feb. 28 and died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville Mar. 2.

A newly-released report answers a lot of questions about a deadly shooting by an off-duty Warren County bailiff. 

After filing an Open Records request, WKU Public Radio has received the complete investigative report on the shooting that occurred February 28 on the 31W-Bypass in Bowling Green. 

The nearly 200-page report appears to substantiate the self-defense claim by Tommy Brown, the off-duty court security officer who fired three shots at 27-year-old Brandon Bradshaw. 

Brown told investigators that Bradshaw had cut him off in traffic when he rolled down his window and said “Man, you almost hit me,” to which Bradshaw replied, "almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades,” then raised his middle finger and used profanity. 

The two men then jockeyed back and forth in traffic before Bradshaw asked Brown to pull into a parking lot. 

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Politics
3:50 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Conway: "Good Chance" I Run for Governor in 2015

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says there is “a good chance” he will run for governor in 2015. Conway has often been mentioned as a possible Democratic candidate to take over the governor’s mansion from two-term incumbent Steve Beshear.

In an interview this week with the editorial board of The Courier-Journal, the 43-year-old Conway also repeated his previous statements that he won’t challenge U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell next year.

Conway, who is finishing his second term as Attorney General, said he won’t “defer to anybody” when making a decision whether or not to run for governor. Other Democrats who have expressed interest in the gubernatorial contest are former state Auditor Crit Luallen, current auditor Adam Edelen, Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, and former Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo.

On the GOP side, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and Second District Congressman Brett Guthrie have often been mentioned as possible candidates.

Regional
2:16 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Kentucky Transportation Official Facing DUI, Other Charges

A spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Highways in Bowling Green is facing DUI and other charges following an accident Wednesday night, the Daily News reported. 

According to state police, a car driven by 47-year-old Kiersten Jaggers of Smiths Grove veered off of Fairview Boiling Springs Road and hit a mobile home.  It’s occupants were not hurt but were displaced because of damage to the home. 

Jaggers told police she had been drinking at a bar on Old Louisville Road.  According to court records, police found what appeared to be an open container of alcohol and 20 Valium pills inside the car. 

Jaggers posted bond Thursday from the Warren County Regional Jail.  Online jail records show Jaggers was arrested for DUI in 2005 and 2011.  She was also charged in 2006 with alcohol intoxication in a public place.

Politics
9:27 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Farmer to Face Federal Indictment Thursday

Former Agriculture Secretary Richie Farmer

The arraignment for former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer is now scheduled for Thursday afternoon in Lexington. Farmer’s arraignment had originally been set for next Tuesday, but was moved up because of a scheduling conflict with Farmer’s lawyer, Guthrie True.

Earlier this week the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Farmer had been indicted on four counts of theft from a program involving federal funds and one count of soliciting a bribe.

The charges against Farmer include allegations that he took guns, watches, and knives bought as gifts from a convention in 2008.

Each of the five counts against the former UK basketball star carries a penalty of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000. Any sentence following a conviction would be imposed by a judge under federal court sentencing guidelines.

Sports
12:49 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Former Cardinal Bingham Named Assistant Basketball Coach at WKU

The newest member of WKU’s women’s basketball coaching staff is no stranger to head coach Michelle Clark-Heard. Candyce Bingham was a member of Louisville’s 2009 national finalist team, and played her junior and senior seasons when Clark-Heard was a U of L assistant coach.

Bingham helped lead the Cardinals to a 34-5 record and a national championship game appearance her senior season at Louisville, and was a graduate assistant at Louisville this past season. In a news release, Clark-Heard said Bingham would bring “great energy and enthusiasm” to the WKU women’s basketball coaching staff.

Politics
9:46 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Richie Farmer Indicted by Federal Grand Jury, Faces Up to 50 Years in Prison

Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer has been indicted by a federal grand jury on four counts of misusing and misappropriating funds from the Department of Agriculture. Farmer also faces a charge of soliciting property in exchange for influencing department actions.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Lexington made the announcement this morning. The charges against Farmer include allegations that he took guns, watches, and knives bought as gifts from a convention in 2008.

Each of the five counts against the former UK basketball star carries a penalty of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000. Any sentence following a conviction would be imposed by a judge under federal court sentencing guidelines.

U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey says Farmer will be arraigned on April 30.

Allegations of spending and hiring abuses during Farmer’s tenure as Agriculture Commissioner prompted his successor, James Comer, to ask for an audit of Farmer’s time at the department. The report released by state auditor Adam Edelen found what he called “a toxic culture of entitlement and self-dealing at the Kentucky taxpayers’ expense.”

Regional
1:13 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Ft. Knox Gaining 150 Soldiers from Germany

Ft. Knox will gain 150 new soldiers this fall. The 42nd Clearance Company is scheduled to relocate from Bamberg, Germany, to Ft. Knox by October.

The unit's primary missions are to conduct route reconnaissance minesweeping operations, and minefield clearance operations.

The 150 soldiers from the 42nd Clearance Company are expected to be accompanied by an estimated 200 family members.

Severe Weather Impactr
5:25 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Scattered Strong To Severe Thunderstorms Possible Tuesday Evening

Credit National Weather Service

According to the National Weather Service, scattered thunderstorms are expected Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning, with the strongest storms expected along the Ohio River. Some storms may produce quarter sized hail and isolated damaging wind gusts.

Very warm temperatures are expected Wednesday and Thursday, and another round of severe weather is possible Thursday night.

More from the National Weather Service.

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