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Update at 3:05 pm:

The Kentucky House will not reconvene until Monday, Feb. 23, at 4 pm. A statement from House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the combination of snowy road conditions and extreme temperatures made travel to Frankfort too dangerous for the remainder of the week.

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Due to additional snowfall and concerns about hazardous road conditions, the Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives will not convene Wednesday.

Wednesday's legislative committee meetings have also been canceled.

As of now, both chambers are scheduled to convene on Thursday, February 19, with the Senate going into session at 2 p.m. and the House at 4 p.m.

A published report says Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is eyeing April 7 as the date he will announce whether or not he’s running for president.

The story in The New York Times quoted anonymous sources close to the Bowling Green Republican as saying only family doubts regarding a run could keep Paul from entering the race.  If Paul officially enters the GOP primary field at such an early date, it would give him 10 months to raise money and hire staff ahead of the Iowa caucuses.

The report says Paul would most likely declare his White House bid in Kentucky, followed by a tour of states with early nominating contests, such as Iowa, New Hampsire, and South Carolina.

Paul has already announced plans to run for re-election to the Senate in 2016. Kentucky law prohibits a candidate from appearing on the same ballot for two different offices. Paul is actively lobbying the state Republican Party to hold a presidential caucus in 2016 instead of the usual primary vote, which would allow him to simultaneously run for his Senate seat and president.

Update at 12:22 pm: 

There will be no day classes (those 5 p.m. and earlier) tomorrow Tuesday, Feb. 17 at Campbellsville University.

Dr. Frank Cheatham, senior vice president for academic affairs, said a decision on night classes for tomorrow will be announced later.

Staff members are to travel to work at their own discretion tomorrow.

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All WKU campuses will be closed Monday in anticipation of the winter storm.  Essential personnel should report as scheduled.

A WKU graduate believed to have been held as a prisoner of war longer than any other Kentuckian has died at the age of 85.

The Courier-Journal reports Col. Dewey Lee Smith of Louisville passed away this week while on vacation in Alabama.

Smith served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. The plane he was flying was shot down June 2, 1967, over North Vietnam.  Smith was captured and held as a P.O.W. for nearly six years until his release on March 4, 1973.

He was awarded the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Purple Heart.

Smith was commissioned a second lieutenant through the WKU Air Force ROTC program in 1953, and joined active duty later that year. He also played on the WKU football team.

Under President Obama’s budget plan issued Monday, eastern Kentucky and other parts of Appalachia affected by the loss of coal jobs could be thrown a lifeline. 

The federal budget proposal contains $1 billion for redevelopment projects aimed at improving the economy of coal communities.  The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the White House budget also proposes spending $20 million to help laid-off miners find new work.  An additional $25 million is set aside for the Appalachian Regional Commission to help entrepreneurs in distressed coal areas.  The budget would infuse money into the under-funded United Mine Workers of America health and pension plans.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is ditching a plan to create a state-run news site.

Pence told state agencies Thursday he was backing off plans to launch a website that was to be called Just IN.

The Indianapolis Star obtained planning documents this week about the proposed website.

The plan was to have Indiana’s governmental press secretaries write so-called “stories” and have the state-run “news service” compete with independent news agencies across the region.

The plan came under fire, with critics saying it amounted to passing off pro-government propaganda as news.

Indiana journalists objected to the idea of taxpayer dollars being used to support pro-Pence stories.

In a memo to staff Thursday, Pence said he had made the decision to pull the plug on the Just IN website idea.

This is WKYU's entry in the category of Best Continuing Coverage for the 2015 Kentucky AP Broadcaster Awards.

This entry contains stories produced by reporter Lisa Autry, who covered a deadly Muhlenberg County house fire that claimed the lives of nine family members on Jan. 30, 2014. A mother and eight of her children died in the fire.

Lisa traveled to the scene of the fire and gathered information for reports she filed with the station in time for our local midday newscasts. She also produced reports featuring audio from fire investigators and neighbors of the victims.

You'll also hear reports Lisa produced following a memorial service in honor of those who died.

Thank you for your consideration of this entry in the Best Continuing Coverage category.

This is an entry by WKYU in the category of Best Radio Reporter for the 2015 Kentucky AP Broadcaster Awards.

The entry features reporting done by Emil Moffatt. The first story details efforts at Mammoth Cave National Park aimed at preventing a fungus from destroying the local bat population.

Emil's second story explains how the Bowling Green Regional Airport plans to continue its goal of attracting commercial air service, despite a recent funding setback.

Thank you for your consideration of this entry!

This is an entry by WKYU in the category of Best Radio Anchor for the 2015 Kentucky AP Broadcaster Awards.

This entry contains three local newscasts anchored by Emil Moffatt, our afternoon news host. We hope you'll find these to be great examples of Emil's conversational delivery, combined with well-written local news and quality audio from across our region.

Thank you for considering this entry in the Best Radio Anchor category.

Matt Bevin to Run for Governor

Jan 27, 2015

Louisville businessman and Tea Party activist Matt Bevin is running for Kentucky Governor.

Bevin made the announcement Tuesday in Louisville. Bevin challenged U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell during last year's GOP Senate primary, winning 35 percent of the vote.

Bevin's Lieutenant Governor running mate will be Jenean Hampton of Bowling Green. She ran unsuccessfully against Democratic Rep. Jody Richards  last year for the state's 20th District House seat.

Bevin joins a crowded GOP gubernatorial primary including Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner, and former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott.

Attorney General Jack Conway and former Congressional candidates Geoff Young have filed to run for the Democratic nomination.

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