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Politics
8:32 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Politico: McConnell's Reelection Effort Taking No Chances, Raising Big Dollars Early

A Politico profile of Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell's reelection campaign describes the effort as using a "scorched earth" policy against any potential challengers.

McConnell has already aired $200,000 in TV and radio ads and has approached state Republican lawmakers in the state in an effort to "lock down" support in his party. The U.S. Senate Minority Leader could potentially face a primary challenge from the right, in addition to a potentially well-funded Democratic opponent in the general election.

With actress Ashley Judd announcing this week that she will not challenge McConnell, many political observers will now renew their focus on the possible Senate candidacy of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Regional
4:24 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

KSP Investigating Death of Woman Found in Barren County

Troopers from the Kentucky State Police Bowling Green post are investigating the death of a woman found dead Thursday morning in Barren County.

The unidentified woman was located in a wood line off of Brock Road.

KSP was contacted Thursday morning about the body.

Politics
5:05 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Ashley Judd Says She's Not Running For U.S. Senate

Actress Ashley Judd announced on Twitter Wednesday that she will not run for U.S. Senate in 2014. She had been rumored to be considering a run against Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell.

In a series of posts, the Kentucky native and current Tennessee resident said "After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities & energy at this time need to be focused on my family. Regretfully, I am currently unable to consider a campaign for the Senate."

"I have spoken to so many Kentuckians over these last few months who expressed their desire for a fighter for the people & new leader. While that won't be me at this time, I will continue to work... as hard as I can to ensure the needs of Kentucky families are met by returning this Senate seat to whom it rightfully belongs: the people & their needs, dreams, and great potential. Thanks for even considering me as that person & know how much I love our Commonwealth."

It's likely that with Judd's announcement there will be increased attention on Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, a potential Senate challenger many establishment Democrats favored over Judd in the first place.

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.

More from the National Weather Service.

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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