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A former Hardin County Schools superintendent and chairwoman of the Western Kentucky University Board of Regents has passed away.

Lois Gray was 81. She died Tuesday in Florida.

She served as the superintendent of Hardin County Schools from 1992 to 2002.

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

A Kentucky high school where two students were killed in a shooting last month has begun using metal detectors as an added security precaution.

West Kentucky Star cites a statement from the Marshall County school district that says staff would begin using metal detector wands on Tuesday to check students as they pass through one of four entrances into the building.

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A day before he was scheduled to go on trial, a former Bowling Green physician has admitted to illegally prescribing pain killers.

Fred Gott will avoid what was expected to be a month-long trial in federal court.  The 66-year-old former heart doctor pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Bowling Green. 

Gott was charged in a federal indictment that alleged health care fraud and unlawful distribution of controlled substances.

According to prosecutors, Gott transitioned his practice from cardiology to pain management, which he wasn’t qualified to do. He was charged with prescribing controlled substances, including Fentanyl and Methadone, without a legitimate medical purpose between 2006 and 2013.

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

A week after the Marshall County High School shooting, media outlets are grappling with the question of whether to identity the juvenile suspect. 

Kentucky’s largest newspaper released the 15-year-old’s name in a story earlier this week. 

Amanda Crawford teaches media ethics at Western Kentucky University.  She says while the teen’s identity has been widely disseminated online, journalists are held to a higher standard for publicizing such information.

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Most of us this time of year take for granted a warm home or hot meal, but sometimes the most basic necessities are out of reach for some.  Winter can be a dangerous time for the homeless, when frostbite can take hold in minutes amid numbing wind chills. 

When cold temperatures become a matter of life and death, homeless shelters fill up quickly, but some area churches in Bowling Green are filling the gap.

Evansville Creates Animal Abuse Registry to Help Shelters

Jan 29, 2018
WKU Public Radio

The city of Evansville has created an animal abuse registry to help animal shelters screen people seeking to adopt pets.

The new database lists the person's name, case number and the judgment against them in animal abuse or neglect cases. The information includes the charges, sentence and any stipulations of their sentence or probation.

City Councilwoman Missy Mosby pushed for the registry. She says the information will help animal shelters screen potential adopters to make sure animals aren't given to people with a criminal history of abusing or neglecting animals.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

She wore black Converse shoes and Louisville Cardinals sweatshirts and loved classic rock. He played on the high school baseball team and enjoyed history and the outdoors. They were 15. They were Bailey Nicole Holt and Preston Ryan Cope. They started school together and they ended school together. They were killed in a shooting spree at Marshall County High School on Tuesday, January 23.

Police say a 15-year-old student opened fire in the commons area as school began for the day. A total of 16 were shot and others were injured. Bailey Holt died in the school and Preston Cope died after being transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin asked families and friends of the victims of the Marshall County High School shooting gather on the stage of a local art center as he declared Sunday, January 28, 2018 'A Day of Prayer for Marshall County.'

Bevin offered words of encouragement and faith and called for prayer, while criticizing those who 'mock' the sentiment of "thoughts and prayers."

Police say a 15-year-old male student of Marshall County High School entered the school and fired a handgun, killing two - Bailey Holt and Preston Cope - and injuring 18 others. Police have not identified the shooter, but say he was nonviolently apprehended and that prosecutors are looking The shooting has drawn international attention and shaken rural Marshall County to the core.

Kentucky Shooting Suspect Ordered Held in Juvenile Court

Jan 25, 2018
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The 15-year-old accused in a school shooting that killed two students and left 18 others bleeding and broken appeared Thursday before a juvenile court judge who found probable cause to detain him on preliminary charges of murder and assault.

Assistant Marshall County Attorney Jason Darnall said he can't comment on what happens inside juvenile court, where the teenager's identity and details of the crime remain cloaked in secrecy. But he reiterated that the state wants to try the teenager as an adult.

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

A criminologist in Kentucky says it’s hard to know if the suspected teen shooter at Marshall County High School fits the profile of a typical mass murderer. 

The identity of the 15-year-old gunman still hasn’t been released two days after he allegedly killed two students and injured 18 others.  Dr. Daniel Phillips teaches sociology and criminal justice at Campbellsville University. 

"Being young like 15 to 25, being male, that's the profile of a lot of people who do violence throughout our country," Phillips told WKU Public Radio.  'Do I think there's a way you could go into a school and pick out a person who might do this? Probably not.'"

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A Kentucky man who allegedly tackled his neighbor, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, in a dispute over their adjacent yards has been charged with assaulting a member of Congress resulting in personal injury, a felony under federal law.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana announced the charge brought against Bowling Green, Ky., resident Rene A. Boucher.

The 59-year old Boucher has agreed to plead guilty to the federal charge.

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A complaint is being filed with the Kentucky NAACP following an act of racism against two Western Kentucky University students. 

Two students who live at The Crown apartment complex say they were victims of a hate crime this week. 

The African-American females say they found feces smeared on the doors and windows of their apartment unit and a note that contained a racial slur followed by the words “make America great again.”

Owensboro Health

A program to train more primary care physicians in Owensboro is among 70 programs Governor Matt Bevin has tapped for elimination due to budget constraints, but architects of the project say it will move forward. 

In a budget address to the Kentucky legislature Tuesday, Governor Bevin proposed eliminating state funds for a three-year family medical residency program, which is a partnership between Owensboro Health and the University of Louisville. 

While still in the planning phase, Owensboro Health Marketing and Public Relations Director Brian Hamby said the health system isn't worried about the future of the project.

Kentucky Attorney General's Office

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says a new unit in his office is focused solely on investigating and prosecuting sexual assault cold cases. 

A backlog of more than 3,000 untested rape kits has nearly been cleared.  According to www.kentuckybacklog.com, 3,173 kits have been tested, and as of November 28, 2017, 415 DNA profiles had been submitted to a national database that produced 174 links to convicted felons.

Attention is now shifting to bringing closure to victims, some of whom have waited decades. 

In a news conference Tuesday, Beshear said the cold case team consists of a victims advocate, investigator, and prosecutor.

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WKU campuses in Bowling Green and Owensboro are open and on their normal schedule Wednesday.

WKU campuses in Elizabethtown, Fort Knox, and Glasgow are closed.

Somerset Community College is also closed.

Classes are canceled at Campbellsville University’s main campus and its centers in Somerset, Harrodsburg, Casey County and Hodgenville. Staff will report at 10am.

Day classes are canceled at Lindsey Wilson College’s main campus, and non-essential staff are on a three-hour delay.

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