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A Bowling Green group is again seeking expanded protections for the LGBT community.

The Bowling Green Fairness Coalition Tuesday night delivered the signatures of over 1,000 residents asking the city commission to amend the local civil rights ordinance. The group wants to outlaw discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

Bowling Green landlord Don Langley was one of three speakers to address the commission on behalf of expanding the city's Fairness Ordinance, which currently bans discrimination based on factors such as race, ethnicity, age, and disability. Langley says his experiences with LGBT renters led him to believe that discriminating against them is wrong.

“They pay their rent on time, they work hard, they have jobs, and they’re tax paying citizens," Langley said after he addressed the commission. "I think they should be treated fairly.”

This is the third time the Fairness Coalition has asked the Bowling Green City Commission to vote on an expanded civil rights ordinance. So far, it hasn’t come up for a vote.

Kentucky is trying to increase support for homeless military veterans.

The state is offering housing vouchers for homeless veterans in 87 counties, including Warren, Pulaski, Daviess, and Hardin.

Leslie Talley is with Community Action of Southern Kentucky, an agency helping veterans in the region apply for the vouchers.

She says the voucher program is run by the Kentucky Housing Corporation.

Tuesday will be the first day back at school for Allen County students following the murder of a seven-year-old classmate over the weekend and school administrators are trying to put concerned parents at ease.

A few parents have said they will not send their children back to school out of fear for their safety.  Gabriella Doolin, a 2nd grader, was found dead in a creek Saturday night behind Allen County-Scottsville High School. 

Her killer has not been found, but Allen County Schools Superintendent Randall Jackson promises a safe and nurturing environment as students return to class.

"I think it will be good for children to get back to the learning environment, but also to be with their friends and teachers as they have questions about the horrible tragedy," Jackson told WKU Public Radio. 

Aside from school resource officers who regularly patrol the schools, the sheriff’s office will provide additional manpower.  Grief counselors from Allen County and neighboring districts will be there to meet the emotional needs of students.

Hundreds of people gathered in Scottsville’s square Sunday evening for a silent candlelight vigil for Gabriella Doolin.

Kentucky State Police say the death of that 7-year-old girl whose body was found in an Allen County creek is being handled as a homicide.

In a statement, state police said Gabriella Doolin was reported missing around 7:40 p.m. Saturday by her mother while they were at a football game at Allen County-Scottsville High School.

Authorities say police found Doolin's body at 8:05 p.m. in a creek in a wooded area behind the high school.

The Kentucky Housing Corp. says several hundred veterans remain homeless in Kentucky, and it is offering vouchers for housing in many counties.

The agency says it wants to make sure all veterans know about the program known as Veterans Emerging Through Transition and don't assume they aren't eligible before contacting a participating agency. Preference is given to qualified veterans regardless of discharge status.

Officials say the process moves quickly once paperwork is finished, with veterans placed in housing in a few months.

The housing agency says it will continue the program until all 100 set-aside vouchers are used.

Meanwhile, the federal government has announced that the city of Louisville has become the first in the state to eradicate veteran homelessness.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development regional administrator Ed Jennings told a crowd gathered in downtown Louisville for a Veterans Day parade that the city housed more than 400 veterans in the last year.

Mayor Greg Fischer was the first in Kentucky to sign up for President Barack Obama's call to end homelessness among veterans.

A Henderson County man is headed to prison for human trafficking. 

According to the plea agreement, then-31-year-old Jathar Williams made contact with a then-15 year girl through a social networking site in March of 2014.

Williams arranged to meet the girl and her 17-year-old female friend.  Williams picked them up in Evansville, Indiana, and drove them to his residence in Henderson, where he said the girls could earn between $700 and $800 a day performing commercial sex acts. 

Williams admitted to driving the two underage females to the Sugar Creek Inn in Henderson. There, he arranged for men to come to the hotel to engage in sex acts with the two females in exchange for money.

"Prosecution of those who exploit the young and vulnerable in our community is a top priority of this Office,” stated John Kuhn, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. “We know that every instance of human trafficking forces the victims into a crucible of suffering.  We also know this crime is occurring far more than it’s being reported."

Williams was sentenced this week  in federal court to ten years in prison.

Fort Campbell Sending 500 to Iraq, Kuwait Next Year

Nov 9, 2015

The military says about 500 soldiers from the 101st Airborne headquarters at Fort Campbell are deploying to the Middle East to support military actions against the Islamic State group.

The post says the soldiers will leave early next year for a nine-month rotation in Iraq and Kuwait, where they will replace troops from the 82nd Airborne Division headquarters.

The military says the soldiers will provide command and control of coalition troops and training, advising and assisting Iraqi Security Forces.

Kentuckians who heat their homes with natural gas will see lower prices this heating season than they did last winter. 

The Public Service Commission reports natural gas prices are down more than a third from this time a year ago.  PSC Spokesman Andrew Melnykovych says supply has kept pace demand.

"There's been a lot of development of new domestic natural gas sources in the United States, so we're in a situation now where there's actually an over-supply of gas in many parts of the country," Melnykovych told WKU Public Radio.

On average, consumers can expect their gas bill to be about 20 percent smaller this month compared to last November. 

Kentuckians may also get a financial break from the weather.  The long-term outlook for this winter is for temperatures to be normal or a bit warmer than usual.

Authorities say a central Kentucky police officer who was shot in the head while searching for a robbery suspect has died.

In a statement, Kentucky State Police Trooper Robert Purdy says 33-year-old Richmond Police Officer Daniel Ellis died early Friday at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Ellis had remained in the hospital after suffering life-threatening injuries following the shooting Wednesday morning.

Ellis and another officer went to a Richmond apartment, where police say the suspect, 34-year-old Raleigh Sizemore Jr., opened fire on Ellis. The second officer returned fire and struck Sizemore. He was treated at the hospital and released to police custody.

Sizemore was charged with attempted murder of a police officer and unlawful imprisonment first degree.

Two others in the apartment during the shootout were also arrested.

Kentucky State Police are investigating an incident of road rage that resulted in a shooting this morning on I-65. 

The Bowling Green KSP post received a call from someone who claimed he was shot at on northbound I-65 near mile marker 27 in Warren County. 

"The caller stated that he accidentally cut this other vehicle off in traffic," said Trooper BJ Eaton.  "A road rage incident occurred thereafter for a short distance."

The caller’s vehicle was struck by a bullet in the passenger side rear door, though none of the five occupants were injured. 

The shooter then got off the interstate at the next exit and has not been found.  He was described as a black male with a scar on his cheek and was driving a newer model silver or gray Ford SUV.

A Bowling Green man wanted on drug and escape charges, and for dragging a Bowling Green city officer in his vehicle during an attempted arrest, was captured with two other men Sunday afternoon.

A.C. Barnes and two other men were found in an apartment on McIntosh Street just off Campbell Lane in the city.

Police received a tip Barnes was in the apartment building.

They began negotiating with him to surrender just after 3:00 p.m. using a public address system. After a little more than an hour, the BGPD’s Critical Response Team ignited a so-called “flash-bang” explosive to disorient the men and they stormed the building.  

There were no injuries reported during the capture.

Police had been looking for Barnes since his October 13th attempted arrest on outstanding drug charges. That’s when Barnes fled in his vehicle dragging the city police officer with his for a short distance. Police fired at least two shots at him then.

Barnes had a large bandage on his back at the time of Sunday’s arrest but it’s not known if that was due to the gunshots.

The week-long manhunt along the Kentucky-Tennessee border for an escaped felon ended violently Friday morning in a police shoot-out.

62 year old Floyd Ray Cook was killed by Kentucky State Police in a wooded area about seven miles south of Burkesville just before 12:30 a.m. No police officers were wounded.

He'd been on the run since shooting an Algood, TN police officer last Saturday and then firing at a Kentucky State trooper who tried to stop him.

The beginning of the end was Thursday afternoon when Cook was spotted in Cumberland County. As many as 50 local and state police responded to the area and were able to close in on him, even using heat seeking technology from police helicopters overnight.

KSP trooper Billy Gregory told WKU Public Radio that they're sorry the manhunt had to end the way it did, since they always try to find a peaceful resolution, but at least a "dangerous criminal is off the streets."

Gregory said they may never know how or where Cook survived the past week while eluding police.

Cumberland County schools were closed down for student safety all week while the manhunt was underway.

A lawsuit to determine whether Kentucky counties are allowed to pass local right-to-work laws is due for a ruling from a federal judge in the coming weeks.

Supporters of such laws expect a swell of counties to pass local right-to-work policies if the ruling comes in their favor.  Jim Waters, president of conservative think tank the Bluegrass Institute, says 50 counties have requested a copy of a model right-to-work law.

“There’s just too many opportunities for counties, especially along the borders with right-to-work states like Tennessee and Indiana," adds Waters.  "There’s too many opportunities that are being lost."

In December, Warren County passed a right-to-work law, which prohibits unions from forcing workers to pay union dues as a condition of employment in a unionized company. Another 11 counties passed similar laws.

Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway issued an opinion against Warren County’s policy, saying that local governments lacked the authority to pass right-to-work legislation. Supporters argue that the policies are valid because Kentucky’s “home rule” law allows counties to pass their own economic policies.

The national park system is turning 100 next year and the national parks in Kentucky are making plans to celebrate. 

Park leaders discussed some of their plans for 2016 in Bowling Green Tuesday during the Kentucky Travel Industry Association conference. 

Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent Sarah Craighead says one of the goals of the centennial celebration is to connect with the next generation of park visitors.

"The national park service over the last 100 years has grown and changed, but what we have realized is that the visitors tend to be of a pretty limited demographic," Craighead told WKU Public Radio.

The parks have a number of ways they’re planning to celebrate, including special exhibits and reduced price admissions. 

Kentucky is home to five national parks, including Mammoth Cave, the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace, Cumberland Gap, Fort Donelson, and Big South Fork.

Federal auditors say Kentucky officials had trouble making sure everyone purchasing discounted health insurance plans on Kynect met all of the federal requirements.

An audit from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General said Kentucky's health insurance exchange was generally effective in determining a person's eligibility. But officials did not always properly verify some applicants' identity or their eligibility for minimum essential coverage.

The findings do not mean state officials allowed ineligible people to purchase qualified health plans because the state had other methods of catching the problems.

Kentucky officials agreed with the auditor's findings and said they had fixed the problems. The system could have an influx of new shoppers as Kynect's largest insurer, the Kentucky Health Cooperative, announced last week it was going out of business.

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