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Regional
11:49 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Energy Providers Urge Customers to Conserve as Cold Temps Continue

Temperatures in Kentucky aren't expected to rise above the freezing mark until Saturday, according to the National Weather Service

Bowling Green Municipal Utilities and the Tennessee Valley Authority are asking customers – both businesses and residential – to assist in conserving power today.  Temperatures are expected to remain frigid through Friday, further taxing the electric grid. Shelley Lowe with BGMU says homeowners can take easy steps to save energy.

“It can be simple things like at home, not running your appliances. If you can wait a few days – that would be great; lowering your thermostat to 60 degrees and reducing the usage of lights and unplugging things that aren’t in use,” said Lowe.

Lowe says this “emergency load curtailment” request may be lifted on Friday as temperatures gradually warm. The National Weather Service predicts highs in the mid-20s by Friday and upper 30s by Saturday.

Politics
9:31 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Bevin Gets Endorsement and Pledge of Financial Support from FreedomWorks

A national conservative organization is endorsing the Tea Party challenger in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race.

FreedomWorks says it will invest as much as $500,000 to help Matt Bevin defeat Senator Mitch McConnell in this year’s Republican primary. FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe was quoted by the Courier-Journal as saying his group believes Bevin is “an exceptional candidate” who has support from grassroots conservative activists across the commonwealth.

FreedomWorks champions candidates who say they want smaller government, and has earned a reputation for not being afraid to challenge established GOP lawmakers.

Bevin, a Louisville businessman and Tea Party activist, has attacked McConnell as a Washington insider who has betrayed conservatives by repeatedly voting to increase the debt ceiling.

McConnell has said he is confident he will win the GOP primary, and has a huge fundraising advantage over Bevin.

Regional
2:24 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

I-65 Re-opened in Southern Indiana

Update, 2:24 CST: Indiana's Transportation Department says all lanes of I-65 have been re-opened, but caution is still advised.

Original post:

The winter weather is causing havoc on I-65 north of Kentucky:

The Indiana Department of Transportation and Indiana State Police have closed Interstate 65—both northbound and southbound lanes—between Exit 16 at Memphis and Exit 76 at Taylorsville.  Ice, snow and a number of crashes along this section of I-65 have necessitate the roadway’s complete closure until issues can be resolved.

Regional
11:56 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Winter Weather Closes Mammoth Cave National Park

Park staff are in the process of closing down all services and roads in Mammoth Cave National Park because of the winter storm.

The Green River Ferry is closed, cave tours have been suspended, park roads are closed. The Mammoth Cave Hotel and park offices are also closed.

For park road information, you can call 270-758-2165.

For ferry information, you can call 270-758-2166.

Regional
8:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Winter Weather Impacting Listening Area Tuesday

Snow was falling Tuesday morning on the campus of WKU.
Credit WKU Public Radio

Update at 8:02 a.m.:

Snow is falling over a large portion of Kentucky and threatens to make the morning commute slow and messy.

Kentucky Department of Transportation officials said salt trucks were out treating roadways, but noted that arctic air and continuing snow on Tuesday could still make for slick conditions.

Several school districts in the state canceled classes.

South-central Kentucky regions should see around an inch of snow with temperatures falling into the lower teens Tuesday night.

Some parts of western Kentucky may see an inch or two of snow with scattered flurries elsewhere and single-digit temperatures.

The forecast calls for up to 5 inches of snow in parts of northern Kentucky, and lows of around zero to 5 degrees.

Central Kentucky is expecting between 1-4 inches of snow with lows around 10.

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Health
2:26 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Tennessee Lawmakers Consider Relaxed Rules on Insulin Injections at School

Legislation being debated by the Tennessee General Assembly would allow non-medical personnel to give insulin injections to diabetic school children. 

The Tennessean newspaper reports the American Diabetes Association is lobbying state lawmakers for a measure that would allow teachers and coaches to administer the shots because not every school has a nurse. 

In some cases, parents have to leave work and go to their child’s school to give the medicine.  But the Tennessee Association of School Nurses cautions there is little room for error when giving insulin shots, and too much could send a child into a diabetic coma. 

Similar laws, allowing school employees other than nurses, have passed in other states.

Health & Safety
1:57 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Bill Would Strengthen Kentucky's Booster Seat Law

Child-safety advocates are asking Kentucky lawmakers to strengthen the state’s booster seat law and bring it in line with national guidelines.

A 2008 law passed by state lawmakers requires that children be in a booster seat until they reach the age of 7 or a height of 50 inches. National standards go further, however, with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration recommending that children be kept in booster seats until they reach the age of eight or a height of 57 inches.

The Herald-Leader reports that a bill filed in the General Assembly would bring the commonwealth in line with neighboring states. House bill 199 would require boosters  for children younger than nine who are 40 to 57 inches in height.

Advocates say the need for change is supported by research. A study done by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia found that using a booster seat for children ages 4 to 8 reduced the risk of injury during a car wreck by 59 percent.

Politics
10:27 am
Sat January 18, 2014

Stumbo: Heroin Bill has "Good" Shot of Passing Kentucky House

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo (left) speaks with Rep. Jeff Hoover at the state capitol.
Credit Kentucky LRC

The Speaker of the Kentucky House is signaling that a bill designed to fight heroin stands a good chance of passing his chamber this year.

Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo was quoted by the Courier-Journal as saying the odds of the bill passing the House are “pretty good”, given that lawmakers have shown a bipartisan ability to back legislation battling illegal drugs. A bill sponsored by Senate Republican Katie Stine seeks to increase the punishment of those convicted of selling high-volumes of drugs while increasing access to substance abuse treatment centers for addicts.

Stine’s bill passed the full Senate on Thursday and is now being considered by the House.

The northern Kentucky lawmaker says her part of the state has seen its treatment centers and law enforcement agencies swamped by a major surge in heroin abuse.

The Courier-Journal reports defense attorneys are objecting to a part of the bill that would help prosecutors convict some drug dealers of homicide when the sale of illegal drugs results in overdose deaths.

Regional
4:39 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Bowling Green Makes Forbes List of Top Places to Retire

Forbes Magazine has named Bowling Green as one of the Top 25 places to retire in 2014. 

The magazine calls the Bowling Green economy “decent” and says the cost of living is six percent below the national average. 

Forbes also highlights the town’s warm climate and low crime rate.

Regional
4:10 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Driver Flees Franklin Police, Dies After Vehicle Overturns on I-65

A woman who fled police officers is dead after her car went off the northbound lanes of I-65 in Warren County and overturned.

Police have not released the identity of the driver pending notification of next of kin.

Franklin Police officers first made contact with the woman Friday after they received a call from a local Wendy’s saying that the vehicle the woman was driving had been parked in the back of the restaurant for over a week. Officers say the woman was uncooperative when confronted, ignored their commands, and drove off.

Despite efforts to stop the car, the driver made it on to I-65 north. Officers with Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement tried to stop the driver on the interstate. According to officers, the driver lost control of her vehicle near mile marker 19, went off the road, and overturned. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Warren County Coroner’s Office.  

The investigation into the incident is being conducted by the KSP.

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