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A Fort Campbell soldier credited with saving the lives of two fellow soldiers during an attack in Afghanistan while wounded has been presented with the nation's second highest military honor. Sgt. Felipe Pereira of the 101st Airborne Division was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by Gen. Ray Odierno, Army chief of staff, during a ceremony Thursday at the installation on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line.

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch for tonight that includes the Somerset and Campbellsville areas, along with other eastern parts of our coverage area.  

Temperatures in the watch area could fall to (or below) freezing late tonight through early Wednesday morning. Similar conditions are forecast for late Wednesday into Thursday morning.

More from the National Weather Service.

We're happy to report that translator station W277AA (103.3 FM) is back on the air following major repairs.  This affected reception for many listeners in the Somerset area for several days.  Thanks for your patience while this work was completed, and thanks to Chief Engineer Don Eastman and site engineer Mike Graham for all their work.

WKU Public Radio is celebrating National Poetry Month with a poetry contest, co-sponsored by the Law Firm of Harned, Bachert & McGehee, PSC.

Area high school students are invited to enter by writing a poem inspired by one of two pieces of classical music we'll feature this month.  You can hear the excerpts on the air (Sundays at 8pm C.T./9pm E.T. in April) and here.

Winning poems will be published in our program guide Choice, and posted here. Winners will be announced in May.

 

The National Weather Service says a line of storms that moved through the Louisville area Friday afternoon produced an F1 tornado and knocked out power to about twelve thousand homes and businesses. Some homes were damaged, as well. The tornado struck about 13 miles southeast of downtown Louisville, and was on the ground for 2.5 miles.

Update at 2pm C.T. Thursday: translator station W277AA (103.3 FM) is back on the air following major repairs.  Thanks for your patience, and thanks to Chief Engineer Don Eastman and site engineer Mike Graham for all their work.

On March 14th the WDCL transmitter suffered a major equipment failure.  Following temporary repairs the signal was restored, but some key pieces of equipment had to be replaced. 

 

 

A Tennessee Amber Alert has been issued for three month-old Ada Mae Raleigh.  Ada is a white female with blonde hair and blue eyes.  She is twenty inches tall and weighs eight pounds.  Ada was removed from a residence located in Sevier County by a white female approximately five feet eight inches tall with waist-length blond hair, wearing dress clothes and black knee-high boots.  

Accumulating snow is possible through early Monday morning across southern Indiana and north-central Kentucky, including the Elizabethtown and Somerset areas. After an initial mix of rain and snow across southern Indiana, snow is expected to overspread north-central Kentucky and the Bluegrass region during the early morning hours. Accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are possible.

More from the National Weather Service.

 

 

 

 

Given the potential of unusually severe weather this afternoon, the WKU Main and South Campuses will close at 12:30 p.m. today.  The Glasgow campus will close at 1 p.m. Central, and the Elizabethtown/Radcliff/Fort Knox campuses at 1 p.m. Eastern. We are awaiting a possible announcement from the Director of the Owensboro campus. 

According to the National Weather Service, a significant severe weather outbreak is possible across much of central Kentucky and possibly south-central Indiana this afternoon and evening.

Much of our region is under a tornado watch today.  Two waves of storms are expected, bringing a threat of severe storms and tornadoes. Some areas are already experiencing severe weather.

According to the National Weather Service, strengthening low pressure will move into Indiana today. Scattered strong to severe storms are expected to accompany the resulting cold front.

Portions of our coverage area are expected to receive a mix of rain and snow Sunday. Snow accumulation is possible--up to four inches in the Eastern parts of our coverage area. More from the National Weather Service.

KYTC Snow and Ice Team members will monitor the winter weather.  Highway crews will be on-call to respond should the winter precipitation become more organized and accumulate to a point it adversely impacts driving conditions.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory.  A pair of weather systems is bringing a wintry mix to the region. Light snow (accumulating one to two inches) and falling temperatures will cause potentially hazardous driving conditions across southern Indiana, central Kentucky, and parts of northern Tennessee Friday night and early Saturday.

 

According to a Coast Guard press release, a salvage plan was approved on Friday to remove both the M/V Delta Mariner ship from the damaged Eggner's Ferry Bridge, and the section of the bridge that remains on the nose of the ship. 

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