Fort Campbell

The Army says two pilots were killed when their helicopter crashed near Fort Campbell in rural Tennessee.

A news release from the Army's 101st Airborne Division says the two crewmembers were flying a two-seat AH-64D Apache during a routine training mission when the helicopter went down around 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency Director Jerry Buchanan told The Tennessean the helicopter was found in a river bottom and was on fire when first responders arrived.

The Army news release says the cause of the crash hasn't been determined and is being investigated. The names of the pilots haven't been released, pending notification of next of kin.

Lisa Autry

A Scottsville man charged with killing a seven-year-old girl last month will return to court later this month for a preliminary hearing. 

Timothy Madden’s hearing in Allen District Court Wednesday was postponed after his attorney, Travis Lock, requested more time to review a new report on DNA evidence.  A judge re-scheduled the hearing for December 14, although a grand jury could indict Madden in the meantime. 

The 38-year-old Madden is charged with raping and murdering Gabriella Doolin who disappeared November 14 while watching a football game with her family at Allen County-Scottsville High School.  Lock said he has subpoenaed surveillance video from "local establishments."

"Obviously any time there are audio or video recordings that are made in close proximity to the time of the alleged crime, then those recordings are going to be critical pieces of evidence, one way or the other," Lock told WKU Public Radio.

In a related case, Madden’s son Bradley also remains in jail.  He pleaded not guilty Wednesday to terroristic threatening and intimidating a participant in the legal process.  He allegedly made obscene comments and threats to police regarding his father’s arrest. 

A group of central Kentucky residents is planning a tribute for veterans at a center under construction near Fort Knox.

Clint Meshew, Gary Broadway, Jerry Howard and Greg Barnes formed a nonprofit to raise money and create a tribute outside the Radcliff Veterans Center, which is expected to open next year.

Two displays on either side of the center's administrative building are planned. One will depict an elderly veteran with a shadow background of him as a soldier. The other will depict the family of a soldier welcoming him home.

Howard said the tribute is meant to show veterans that they are honored and respected.

The center is expected to begin accepting veterans in March 2016. Barnes said they hope to unveil the tribute later in the year.

Those who are homeless in the Bowling Green area have the promise of more warm places to sleep with the re-opening of Room in the Inn this month.  

The program that coordinates area churches to offer overnight lodging to the homeless is in its second season in Bowling Green.

Room in the Inn is sponsored by the housing and Homeless Coalition of South Central Kentucky.

Rodney Goodman is a member of the coalition.    

“Sometimes during those coldest months of the year, it’s just difficult for people to find shelter, and we just wanted to make sure there was enough shelter in the area that nobody had to go at risk of life to sleep at night," said Goodman. "And our congregations are a great resource for that, because they have these buildings and they have a compassionate heart.”

People who need a place to sleep sign up at a local church in the afternoon. Then they’re picked up and driven to the host church for the night. 

“If you’re going to be a guest at Room in the Inn, you would come out to State Street United Methodist Church to a place where we have signups there at the church,"said Goodman. "And you’d come there between 3 and 4. Then you’d come back to be picked up around 5 o’clock and you’d be taken to one of our host congregations.”

Room in the Inn currently has 18 churches participating. Each night, two host churches can house up to 24 men, women and children.

The Kentucky fire marshal's office is offering some tips to prevent home fires while making Thanksgiving dinner.

The office says the National Fire Protection Association reports Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

State Fire Marshal William Swope and the national organization have this advice:

—Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.

—Stay home when cooking a turkey, and check it frequently.

—Keep children away from the stove, make sure they stay away from hot foods and liquids and keep knives out of children's reach.

—Make sure electric cords aren't dangling, keep matches and lighters high in a locked cabinet and don't leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.

—Make sure smoke alarms are working.

Simpson County Jail

The son of an Allen County man charged with killing a young girl is now behind bars himself. 

Bradley Madden is the son of Timothy Madden who is charged with raping and killing seven-year-old Gabriella Doolin of Scottsville. 

Since his father’s arrest, Madden has allegedly sent the Scottsville Police Department several messages on Facebook.  Police accuse Madden of making obscene comments and threats toward officers, including the statement “I am coming for you.” 

The 20-year-old Madden is charged with terroristic threatening and intimidating a participant in the legal process. 

Bradley Madden is being held in the Simpson County jail. His father remains in the Barren County Detention Center under $1 million bond.

Vicky Carson-Mammoth Cave National Park

The search continues for a missing Bowling Green man whose car was found abandoned last week at Mammoth Cave National Park. 

The family of Randy Rascoe reported him missing to Bowling Green Police in May.  Last Thursday, he car was found in the parking lot of the visitor’s center at Mammoth Cave.  Park Spokeswoman Vicky Carson says Rascoe knew the area well.

"The family said he comes to the park every fall, but he would come out pretty often to walk the trails," Carson stated.  "He was an outdoorsman.  He and one of his brothers would go fishing and camping together."

The foot search has expanded to an aerial search.  The Civil Air Patrol has been asked to conduct a fly-over of the park. 

His family says Rascoe was traveling and had not communicated with them in several months.

Anyone with information that could help find Rascoe is asked to call the Park Watch telephone line at (888) 219-1599.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is being sued over his decision to block Syrian refugees from resettling in the state.

The lawsuit was filed Monday night by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana on behalf of Indianapolis-based nonprofit Exodus Refugee Immigration. It accuses Pence of violating the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act by accepting refugees from other countries but not those from Syria.

The lawsuit comes about a week after Pence objected to plans for refugees to arrive in Indiana following the deadly attacks in Paris. A family that fled war-torn Syria was diverted from Indianapolis to Connecticut on Nov. 18 when Pence ordered state agencies to halt resettlement activities.

Gov. Bill Haslam says fears about terrorists settling in Tennessee while posing as refugees from the fighting in Syria have reached new heights following the attacks in Paris.

In the Republican governor's words: "People in Tennessee are scared — maybe as scared as anything I've seen."

Haslam last week called on the federal government to halt the settlement of Syrian refugees in Tennessee unless state agencies can become involved in the vetting process. But the governor said there's been no indication so far that President Barack Obama's administration has any interest in giving states a role in background checks.

Haslam said conversations with the White House and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have allayed some of his concerns about the vetting process that can take two years to complete.

Lisa Autry

The accused killer of a seven-year-old Allen County girl was in court Monday for arraignment. 

A judge entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Timothy Madden, also of Scottsville.  He is charged with kidnapping, rape, sodomy, and murder. 

Gabriella Doolin’s body was found in a creek November 14 and the cause of death was determined to be strangulation and drowning. 

Madden’s defense attorney Travis Lock of Bowling Green said it was too early in the process to comment on any evidence in the case.

"What we do know is that we have the best system of justice on plant Earth and one of the reasons we have such a wonderful justice system is that every human being accused of a criminal offense has the right to due process no matter how heinous that crime may be," Lock told WKU Public Radio.

A police citation said Madden’s DNA matched evidence recovered from Gabbi's body.  Lock said it appears Madden and the Doolin family knew each other. 

The 38-year-old Madden will return to court December 2 for a preliminary hearing.  He is being held in the Barren County Detention Center on $1 million bond.

Barren County Detention Center

A Scottsville man accused of killing a young girl will make his first court appearance Monday. 

Thirty-eight-year-old Timothy Madden will be arraigned in Allen District Court on charges of kidnapping, rape, sodomy, and murder. 

Seven-year-old Gariella Doolin, also of Scottsville, was found dead in a creek behind Allen County-Scottsville High School on November 14.  An arrest warrant said the child died from strangulation and drowning. 

Madden is being held in the Barren County Detention Center on $1 million bond.

Lisa Autry

An Allen County man is under arrest for the murder of a young girl who went missing last weekend in Scottsville. 

Thirty-eight-year-old Timothy Madden was arrested Friday in the death of seven-year-old Gabriella Doolin.  Her parents had reported her missing at a youth football game at Allen County-Scottsville High School last Saturday night.  Within a half-hour, her body was found in a creek behind the school. 

During a news conference Friday at the Kentucky State Police post in Bowling Green, Trooper BJ Eaton read the list of charges against Madden.

"Mr. Madden has been charged with kidnapping, rape-1st degree, sodomy-1st degree, and murder," Eaton stated.

Police offered little information and took no questions, citing the ongoing investigation.  Madden will be held in the Barren County jail.

Kentucky State Police have made an arrest in the death of seven-year-old Gabriella Doolin of Scottsville.  According to a KSP news release, 38-year-old Timothy Madden, also of Scottsville, was taken into custody Friday.

WKU Public Radio will have further updates on the air and online throughout the afternoon.

Darius Barati, WKU PBS

Both sophomores Natalie Webb of Louisville and Kaitlin Weyman of Alexandria say they're glad to be alive following the terrorist attacks that killed 129 people.

The two are spending this semester studying abroad at Harlaxton College in England about an hour north of London. They took a quick sight-seeing trip to Paris the weekend of the attacks.

Even though they were in the middle of the city that night, Webb told WKU Public Radio they didn't realize how serious the attacks were until they got back to their hotel room.  The hardest part of the ordeal was not knowing what was going to happen next. "There were three of us in the room and we were all crying at one point, we were panicking because we didn't know if we were going to be next," she said, "We didn't know if it was over, if it was still happening. We had no way to know where it was because information was so spotty."

And Webb says the rest of the weekend was just as stressful. "We were worried about people on the street. I was terrified to be in a restaurant, in a public place. It affected how we saw things."

Both young women were able to fly out of Paris and back to London safely Sunday morning. They say the got to Charles de Gaulle Airport six hours early to make sure they'd make it on time.

The funeral has been held for a 7-year-old girl whose body was found shortly after she went missing from a football game.

Multiple media outlets report Gabriella Doolin's funeral was held Thursday at Scottsville Baptist Church.

Authorities say Doolin was killed Saturday. Her mother had reported her missing about 25 minutes before her body was discovered in a creek in a wooded area behind Allen County-Scottsville High School. They were at the school attending a youth football game.

An autopsy conducted Sunday ruled the girl's death a homicide.

Kentucky State Police Trooper B.J. Eaton said the Bowling Green post's entire detective staff is investigating the slaying. The cause of death hasn't been released.

On Sunday, hundreds of people attended a candlelight vigil in downtown Scottsville to show support for Gabriella's family.

Lisa Autry

Four students from France are currently studying at WKU.  They're now forced to cope with last week's deadly terrorist attacks thousands of miles away from their homeland.  WKU Public Radio spoke with Aymeric LeCorno and Solene Laupretre about their family and friends back home and how their country is coping.

How did you learn of the attacks?

Aymeric:  I was actually playing soccer with some friends and didn't have my phone with me.  I got back home and had a bunch of friends texting me asking me how I was doing.  I said good, but I don't know what you're talking about.  They told me I should turn on the TV and check the news.  I tried to call my brothers and parents.  I have a brother living in Paris.  Not being at home when it happened was tough.  Even today like four days after the incident I still can't figure out why this happened in Paris.  I just have a lot of questions.

Solene:  I was at home doing homework and I saw in the newspaper online and on Facebook that something had happened back home.

So the two of you had heard about the attacks long before you made contact with loved ones back in France?

Aymeric:  Yes.  Thanks to social media, information goes pretty quickly throughout the world.

What has it been like being so far away from your native country during this time of tragedy and national mourning?

Aymeric: I wish I could be at home right now because it's so hard to feel what my French compatriots feel right now because I'm so far away.  I really appreciate the support of my American friends, but I'm glad I get to go home in a month to see my family and friends.