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Brescia University

Brescia University is working to determine what caused a fire on campus Wednesday night.  Flames were reported from the Moore Center around 7:00 p.m.

The building sustained minimal damage. 

"We are grateful for the service of the local first responders and for the thoughts and prayers from the Brescia University family," said Kayla Altman, Director of Public Relations and Marketing.  "We were very fortunate!"

The Moore Center is currently undergoing a renovation and expansion.  The fire isn’t expected to affect the construction timeline.

Trump's Picks for TVA Board Could Reshape Federal Agency

Jan 3, 2017

Within the next five months, President-elect Donald Trump could appoint a majority of the board for the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation's largest government-owned utility.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports three Democratic members of the board, including Chairman Joe Ritch, are leaving the board Tuesday after the Republican-controlled Senate failed last year to confirm President Barack Obama's reappointment of the three directors.

Combined with two additional board vacancies this year, Trump could appoint a majority of the nine-member board as soon as May 18.

Trump has pledged to reform how government works and repeatedly said he would revive America's coal industry by changing some regulations on fossil fuels.

TVA serves more than 9 million people in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey to Step Down

Jan 3, 2017
Office of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky

U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey says he is resigning effective Jan. 13. 

The top prosecutor for the Eastern District of Kentucky is stepping down before Republican President-Elect Donald Trump takes office this month. U.S. attorneys are political appointees who customarily step down when a person of another political party becomes president.

Harvey, who has served in the position since 2010, said in a statement on Tuesday that it has been a "distinct honor" to serve in the position. The statement said the office has become a national leader in federal prosecution of drug-overdose cases under Harvey's leadership in addition to securing multiple public-corruption convictions including those of former Agriculture Commissioner Ritchie Farmer and former Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer.

On Jan. 14, first assistant United States Attorney Carlton S. Shier IV will become acting United States attorney.

Louisville VA Medical Center

Veterans living in and around Hardin County are being asked to voice their support for a VA hospital in Radcliff.  A public meeting will be held Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Colvin Community Center in Radcliff.

Radcliff Mayor and retired Army Colonel Mike Weaver argues that Hardin County would be the most easily accessible location for a new veterans medical center.  The city has offered to donate 50 acres of land for the project that would replace the aging Robley Rex VA Medical Center in Louisville.

Currently, the only approved site for the hospital is near Brownsboro Road and the Watterson Expressway in Louisville.  Weaver says the proposed Jefferson County site brings traffic and parking challenges just like the current facility.

"I'm a veteran myself and I've been using the VA medical care system for over 20 years.  I know how difficult it is to get from where I live to the VA hospital where it currently is," Weaver told WKU Public Radio.  "For instance, I have an appointment tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.  Because of traffic, I plan to leave the house at 6:00 a.m. for a 45 minute drive just so I can be on time."

A VA spokesperson said last week that plans are proceeding for the Louisville site and no other locations are being considered. 

The public comment period runs until January 11.  The VA will review the comments before issuing a final version of an impact study.

Two Fort Campbell Soldiers Charged with Homicide

Dec 27, 2016
Ft. Campbell

Two Fort Campbell soldiers have been charged with criminal homicide.

Media report that police in Clarksville, Tennessee say they arrested 20-year-old Marqus Bryant and 24-year-old Robert Gough on Saturday after finding 25-year-old Joseph Gordon dead in the parking lot of an apartment complex. Officials said both suspects are based at Fort Campbell, a sprawling Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee line.

Police say the investigation is continuing and anyone with information should call Detective Eric Ewing at 931-648-0656.

It wasn't clear whether the suspects had attorneys. No further information was immediately available.

WFPL News

Two Amish men are suing the city of Auburn, Kentucky, in Logan County, saying a city ordinance is placing a substantial burden on their freedom of religion.

The ordinance, passed in 2014, requires all horses within the city of Auburn to be outfitted with equine diapers to catch their waste.

The plaintiffs are members of the Old Order Swartzentruber Amish religion, widely considered the most conservative Amish order, and affixing diapers to their horses is not permitted by the Swartzentruber church.

KSP

A Kentucky man has been convicted of reckless homicide in the death of his former girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter, whose body was disposed of in a well.

Barren County Circuit Court jurors also found Anthony Barbour guilty Thursday of tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse. Barbour had been charged with murder.

Defense attorney Ken Garrett focused in his closing argument on shifting the blame from his client toward Kelsey Wallace, the mother of Laynee Mae Wallace, who died in May 2015.

Barbour testified Wednesday, giving a different story than he initially told police because, he said, he had been covering for Wallace. He testified that when he returned home after being gone a few hours, Laynee was already dead and her mother said it was an accident.

Evansville Rescue Mission

As bitterly cold temperatures move across our region, a shelter in Evansville, Indiana is giving out some life-saving equipment to the homeless.

It may look like a jacket, but the unique garment doubles as a sleeping bag that protects against severe cold.

Warren County Regional Jail

An employee of Bowling Green city schools has resigned following allegations of sexual assault involving a teenage boy.  Houston Bunton is charged with sexual abuse and sodomy. 

The 24-year-old was a teacher’s aide and the assistant girls basketball coach at Bowling Green High School.  The alleged misconduct involved a 15-year-old boy who was a student at the school.  The student told police he was sexually assaulted at Bunton’s house over Thanksgiving weekend. 

According to the arrest citation, Bunton admitted to police that he inappropriately touched the boy.

A refugee from Iraq and former Bowling Green resident convicted of terror-related offenses will stay in jail.

The Bowling Green Daily News reports 29-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi asked to have his life sentence vacated, claiming his court-appointed lawyer, James Earhart, did not represent him effectively. A federal judge ruled Hammadi's request should be dismissed.

Hammadi has been in jail since 2011 on charges that he attempted to provide money and weapons to terrorists in Iraq while he was living in Bowling Green.

Ohio River Bridges Project

Tolling on the two new Ohio River bridges and the Kennedy Bridge is set to begin Dec. 30, officials with the bridges project announced on Tuesday.

The tolled bridges include both the new Abraham Lincoln Bridge and the East End Bridge, as well as the renovated Kennedy. Tolls will run from $2 to $12 for drivers.

Regulators Allow Big Rivers to Sell Power to Nine Cities

Dec 13, 2016
Big Rivers Electric Corp.

Big Rivers Electric Corp. could potentially provide wholesale electric power to as many as nine Kentucky cities under a contract approved by the state's Public Service Commission.

The PSC said in its order Monday that the contract will help Big Rivers utilize excess generating capacity.

WKU

Plans for a sports medicine complex at Western Kentucky University have been scrapped, at least for now. 

After issuing a request for proposals in September, WKU has determined that no proposal met all the requirements of the RFP.  Therefore, and the university was unable to award a contract and is closing the current RFP process.

WKU agreed to bid the project after Western Kentucky Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates filed a formal protest against the way the university created the 99 year, $22 million deal with the Bowling Green Medical Center.  WKONA's protest claimed the deal was done in secret, without a competitive process. 

"The animosity in our medical community in Bowling Green just becomes so toxic, and the hatred is very disturbing to me," WKU President Gary Ransdell told WKU Public Radio.

WKU issued an RFP for a medical provider to construct the complex, lease the campus health clinic, and provide orthopaedic services to student athletes.  With the bidding process closed, the university plans to pursue other options to build a sports medicine facility through private support or other means.

Lisa Autry

The trial of a Scottsville man charged in the brutal murder of a young girl is still more than a year away. 

Timothy Madden returned to court Friday afternoon for a pre-trial hearing.  Allen Circuit Judge Janet Crocker set a March 31 deadline for attorneys to request a change of venue.  After the hearing, Madden's attorney Travis Lock said he would ask for the trial to be moved to another county.

"Can Tim Madden get a fair trial in Allen County, Kentucky?  I think that's very questionable," Lock stated.  "I think it's going to be tough to impanel a jury in any contiguous county.  I'm not sure where this case should be tried.  I'm sure that's something the court will address in due time."

Madden is facing the death penalty for allegedly kidnapping, raping, sodomizing, and murdering seven-year-old Gabbi Doolin last November. 

The case will not be ready for trial until late next year.  Judge Crocker said she would not set the trial date near the anniversary of Doolin’s death or the holidays.  Therefore, the death penalty case is expected to be tried in January 2018.

A former Franklin doctor whose prescribing practices resulted in patient deaths will have to wait a while longer to learn his punishment. 

Roy Reynolds returned to federal court in Bowling Green Wednesday for sentencing after pleading guilty earlier this year to illegally prescribing pain and anti-anxiety medicine. 

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Kentucky, two patients under Reynolds’ care died from drug overdoses.  One was a 46-year-old man with a history of illegal drug use and psychiatric issues.  Two days prior to his death, Dr. Reynolds prescribed him 180 Oxycodone pills and 90 Xanax tablets. 

Dr. Reynolds is also accused in the death of a 41-year-old man with a history of doctor shopping and drug and alcohol abuse.  An autopsy of his body showed Hydrocodone at 30 times the therapeutic concentration.

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