Mary Carol Akers looks in the trunk of her car before she leaves for work to make sure she has all the necessary tools for her job.
"You can see the oxygen tank, medications. I've got catheter kits and IVs, anything mother and baby might need," she says.
Akers makes a lot of house calls. She is a certified midwife serving Hardin and surrounding counties in central Kentucky. The retired Army lieutenant colonel has delivered babies at military hospitals throughout the world, and over the course of her career, she estimates she has delivered six thousand babies.
In the car with Akers on her way to a house call, she explains why some women choose not to give birth at a hospital.
"I think that one of the things about birth centers and midwifery is high touch and low tech, and high touch and low tech require a lot more work than putting them on the monitor and going to the desk to watch it from there," explains Akers. "I've also seen women go to the hospital with a birth plan in mind and be bullied out of it."
A Michigan trucking company involved in a crash that left six people dead on Interstate 65 in Central Kentucky over the weekend had a satisfactory rating from the federal agency that oversees long-haul carriers.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration based its ranking of Highway Star Inc. on a 24-month span when the company fell below the national average of vehicle problems.
A tractor-trailer driven by Ibrahim Fetic, 47, of Troy, Mich., hit an SUV carrying a family back to Wisconsin from a vacation in Florida on Saturday. Fetic and two children in the SUV survived the crash.
The wreck set off a four-vehicle collision on the other side of the interstate. Police said Gregg Lohman, 36, the drummer for country music singer Kellie Pickler, remained hospitalized Monday.
The drummer for country music star Kellie Pickler has been identified as one of the people hospitalized in two crashes along Interstate 65 in southern Hardin County.
Pickler's manager, Larry Fitzgerald, said Gregg Lohman suffered serious injuries in the wreck Saturday.
University of Louisville Hospital spokesman David McArthur said Lohman remained there in serious condition Sunday.
State troopers have said a collision between a tractor-trailer and an SUV headed north started a fire that slowed traffic on both sides of the interstate Saturday. Troopers have said the wrecks on the southbound lane were likely caused by people slowing to look at the initial crash.
A certified nurse midwife in central Kentucky has applied to open the first alternative birthing center in the state.
Mary Carol Akers told The News Enterprise that she thinks women in Kentucky should have more birthing options and has applied to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family for a certificate of need in order to build and operate the Visitation Birth and Family Wellness Center in Elizabethtown.
The certificate is required to safeguard against having too many health care facilities.
Cabinet spokeswoman Beth Fisher says there are no other alternative birthing centers licensed in the state.
"I want you to know that women deserve another option," Akers said.
Starting this fall, WKU’s Elizabethtown campus will offer a Masters of Business Administration. Students will be able to choose from three tracks: the full-time, online, or professional MBA.
The Professional MBA was created to meet the scheduling needs of busy adults by meeting on alternate Saturdays for two years. The program is open to professionals, business owners, and managers with five years of experience.
WKU’s PMBA program recently placed in the top 5 percent nationally on the standardized exit exam for graduates of MBA programs.
“This top ranking proves that we have an excellent faculty, an applied curriculum, and a cohort program that works,” said Bob Hatfield, associate dean of WKU's Gordon Ford College of Business.
A Radcliff man has been indicted for complicity to commit trafficking in medical marijuana that investigators believe was being shipped to Kentucky from Colorado and California.
The Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force arrested 35 year old Henry Butler last month at his home. He was indicted by a grand jury last week. According to court documents, the U.S. Postal Service seized about $14,000 in cash that Butler was mailing to California.
Hardin County Schools and WKU are partnering to create an Early College and Career Center. The partnership announced Thursday also includes Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and the Central Kentucky Community Foundation.
The result will be a new building where Hardin County school students can take courses in several career pathways, including engineering, manufacturing, automotive technology, media arts, and health sciences.
Hardin County Schools Superintendent Nanette Johnston told WKU Public Radio the center will offer students a new way to prepare for either the workforce or postsecondary education.
"We have to get out of this mindset that if you don't go to college you have to go to a vocational school. This is not a vocational school like you and I might be familiar with," said Johnston.
WKU faculty will teach classes at the Early College and Career Center during the day and college courses in the evenings once the high school students go home.
Miss Hardin County, Jenna Walters, was crowned Miss Kentucky County Fair 2013 at a Saturday night pageant at the Galt House in Louisville. She beat out 90 other young women, aged 16 to 21 who were all winners of Kentucky county fairs and festivals during the past year. Walters' title brings with it $1,000.
The first runner-up was Miss Hart County Meighan Shumate, followed by Miss Southern Kentucky Fair Lacey Graham. The event was part of the Kentucky Association of Fairs and Horse Shows' 2013 Convention and Trade Show. The contestants were interviewed on Friday, while the swimsuit and evening gown portions of the pageant were held Saturday night.