Bowling Green Republican Rand Paul says he wants to block the President’s nomination of David Barron for the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals because of Barron’s legal memos related to drones. During his time as a U.S. Justice Department lawyer, Barron reportedly authored at least two classified opinions giving the go-ahead to use drones to kill the U.S.-born extremist Anwar al-Awlaki in 2011 in Yemen.
Survey crews from the National Weather Service spent Thursday fanned out across Kentucky checking out damage from Wednesday's severe storms.
In Christian County, five miles northeast of Hopkinsville, the NWS says it found evident of 125 mile per hour winds in an EF-2 tornado that formed just after 4:30 Wednesday afternoon. No one was injured by the fierce winds damaged at least six homes, two banrs and knocked over several trees.
Several minutes later, meteorologists say the area experience downburst winds.
Meantime in Bullitt County three hours earlier, a weaker, EF-0 tornado with winds topping out at 80 miles an hour did minor structural damage to homes southeast of Shepherdsville.
Update: 7:09 p.m. The Tornado Watch has been extended through 8 p.m. central/9 p.m. eastern. Bowling Green and Somerset are now under a Flash Flood Watch.
Update: 5:50 p.m.
The National Weather Service in Paducah says a line of strong storms in Muhlenberg and Todd counties is expected to move out around 6:30 p.m. or so. Also, a Flood Advisory has been issued for the greater Owensboro area.
Update 4:44 p.m.
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Muhlenberg and Todd Counties until 5:30 p.m. CDT. Forecasters say the storm could contain 60 mph winds and quarter-sized hail.
Update 4:38 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for parts of Allen, Barren, Green, Hart, Metcalfe and Monroe counties until 7 p.m. CDT tonight.
The possibility of strong to severe storms, possibly even tornadoes exists for Wednesday afternoon and evening for much of Kentucky. The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch until 7 p.m. central/8 p.m. eastern. The watch means atmospheric conditions could produce a tornado.
Showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue throughout the night and into Thursday morning. Rain chances are forecast to taper off as we head toward the weekend.
Next year’s girls high school basketball state championship will be the last one played at WKU’s Diddle Arena for at least two years. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has voted to award the girls’ basketball championship to Northern Kentucky University for 2016 and 2017. The girls tournament had been held at WKU every year since 2001.
The Bowling Green Convention and Visitor's Bureau says an estimated 39,000 visitors came to town during the course of the 2013 tournament.
Bowling Green also lost out on the state high school softball tournament which will remain in Owensboro through 2018.
A new poll shows Kentucky’s incumbent U.S. Senator coasting to victory against his Republican primary challenger.
But that same poll shows a dead-heat between Sen. Mitch McConnell and presumptive Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.
The NBC News-Marist poll shows Senator McConnell with a lead of 57-25 percent over his primary challenger, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin. Things are much tighter for the fall general election, however, with the poll showing McConnell with just a 46-45 percent lead over Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Sen. McConnell faces low approval numbers in the new poll, with 46 percent of registered voters saying they disapprove of the job he’s doing, while 41 percent say they approve.
Far fewer voters have formed an opinion about Secretary Grimes, with 27 percent of those surveyed saying they’re unsure, and another 10 percent who say they’ve never heard of her.
The Archdiocese of Louisville says it has opened an investigation into sexual abuse allegations against a Marion County priest. The Courier-Journal reports a May 8th letter written by Archbishop Joseph Kurtz says the church is looking into complaints against the Rev. Joseph Hemmerle. Hemmerle, who is the pastor of two Marion County parishes, has been placed on leave.
Kurtz says the archdiocese has reported the allegations to the commonwealth’s attorney in Meade County where the alleged abuse took place in the 1970s.
Two members of Kentucky’s Washington delegation are marking the 50th anniversary of the date congress formally recognized bourbon whiskey as a distinct American product. The Courier-Journal reports Representatives John Yarmuth, a Democrat and Andy Barr a Republican, have introduced a resolution recognizing the importance of bourbon to the Bluegrass State.
Bourbon was a $2 billion dollar industry in 2010. Ninety-five percent of the world’s bourbon comes from Kentucky and the industry employs some 9,000 Kentuckians.
Governor Beshear is leading a Kentucky trade mission to the United Kingdom this Sunday.
The Kentucky Export Initiative trade mission will make stops in London and Manchester. Bilateral trade between the Bluegrass State and the U.K. was near $3 billion dollars in 2013, and the U.K. is the commonwealth’s third-largest trade destination, behind only Canada and Mexico.
Kentucky exports more horses to the U.K. than any other state, and ranks in the top five in exporting aerospace products, distilled spirts, printed materials, and charcoal to the country.
During the five day trip, Governor Beshear will be joined by representatives from 11 Kentucky companies, including Bluegrass Dairy of Glasgow; Oscarware Incorporated of Bonnieville; and Whitaker Tools of Campbellsville.
Kentucky exporters have been on a roll lately. Last year the commonwealth exported $25.3 billion in products, the third straight record year for exports.