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Regional
10:03 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Suspect Sought in Shooting Death at Ft. Knox

A civilian employee died following a Wednesday shooting incident in the parking lot outside the U.S. Army Human Resources Command headquarters at Ft. Knox.

The victim, who was an employee of the Human Resources Command, was taken by ambulance to Ireland Army Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating a personal incident and not a random act of violence," said Chris Grey, spokesperson for the independent Army investigative agency.

The name of the deceased is being withheld until 24 hours after family notification.

A news release from public affairs officers at Ft. Knox states that police are interested in speaking with an individual who is described as follows: A 5-foot, 9-inch African-American male with black hair and brown eyes.  It is believed he may be using a black Yamaha motorcycle for transportation.

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Regional
8:47 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Traffic Advisory: Crash Closes Northbound I-65 in Hart County

Update at 9:10am:  An earlier advisory from the Transportation Cabinet stated the truck was hauling lumber.  Additional information determined it was a load of steel.  The crash occurred in the construction zone, creating issues with removing material due to barrier wall constricting boundaries of the roadway.

The towing company is on the scene and working to remove the truck from the northbound lanes.

Motorists continue to be detoured off I-65 at Cave City and back on the interstate at Horse Cave. 

Crews on site anticipate having the area cleared and open to traffic in 2-3 hours. 

Detour traffic is slow moving and traffic is currently backed up about six miles.

Original post:

A tractor trailer hauling a load of lumber crashed Wednesday morning on northbound I-65 in southern Hart county at mile marker 55.  The load is scattered across both lanes and has shut down the northbound direction.

Motorists are being detoured off I-65 at Cave City and back onto the interstate at Horse Cave. 

The interstate is expected to remain closed for two to four hours.

A release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says motorists should anticipate slow moving traffic while traveling in the detour.

Sports
12:37 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

WKU to Join Conference USA in All Sports in 2014

(left to right) WKU President Gary Ransdell, Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky, and WKU Athletic Director Todd Stewart at Monday's announcement
Credit Kevin Willis

Citing increased exposure and football bowl game opportunities, WKU President Gary Ransdell and Athletic Director Todd Stewart announced Monday that the school will join Conference USA on July 1, 2014.

Following a unanimous vote by the WKU Board of Regents late Monday morning, WKU officials and the Conference USA commissioner held a news conference a short time later announcing the pact.

C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky said WKU brings a lot to the conference.

“We want to provide an opportunity to the next generation of great universities, and (WKU) certainly fits that profile. I think they’re a growing university connected to some large markets like Nashville and Louisville, and frankly I think they have a tradition of excellence,” said Banowsky.

WKU will play one more season in the Sun Belt, a conference WKU joined in 1982.

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Sports
9:22 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

Reports: WKU to Join Conference USA in 2014

Multiple media reports say WKU has received, and will accept, an invitation to join Conference USA. The Bowling Green Daily News and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel report an announcement from WKU could come as soon as Monday regarding the change in athletic conference affiliation.

ESPN reports WKU will replace Tulsa in C-USA. Last week Tulsa announced it was leaving the conference to join the soon-to-be-renamed Big East.

Sources tell the network the top candidates to replace WKU in the Sun Belt are James Madison and Liberty.

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.

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