1:42 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Couple Pleads Guilty To Stealing From Monks

Credit Abbey of Gethsemani

The former accountant for a Bardstown abbey has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1 million from the monastery.

Josh E. Hutchins entered the plea to charges of theft and unlawful access to a computer Friday morning in Nelson Circuit Court. His wife, Carrie Lee Hutchins, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft count.

 Multiple media outlets reported that Hutchins agreed to a 20-year prison sentence. Carrie Hutchins will get a 12-month sentence, conditionally discharged after two years.

 The Hutchinses must make restitution of $600,000 to the Abbey of Gethsemani and forfeit $42,000 seized from their bank account as well as their home, two vehicles, two widescreen TVs, six watches and exercise equipment.

 Judge Charles Simms set sentencing for Dec. 17.

12:31 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Bowling Green House Fire Claims Life of WKU Student

Update: 3:43 p.m.
WKU has confirmed the victim of this morning's house fire, Tyler English, was a sophomore student from Louisville.

Original Post:

One person died Friday morning in a house fire near downtown Bowling Green.

"We got the call at 5:12 a.m. and when we arrived there was heavy smoke showing," says BGFD Public Information Officer Marlee Boenig.

The Warren County Coroner’s Office confirms the victim was 20-year-old Tyler English.  A second person was taken to the hospital with injuries. 

The property on East Main Street was an older home divided into three apartments.  Most of the damage occurred on the second floor of the home. 

Investigators are on the scene working to determine the origin and cause of the fire.

11:46 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Health Care a Key Piece of Kentucky Senate Campaign

Rate filings indicate some of the 85,000 people who bought private health insurance plans through Kentucky's exchange could have to pay more for those plans in 2015.

But state officials warned the complex math and federal subsidies involved in setting health insurance premiums on the exchange make it impossible to say how the rates will impact people.

Rates for the Kentucky Health Cooperative could increase an average of 20 percent next year while rates for Humana will increase an average of 12.8 percent. Rates for Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield will decrease by an average of 4.3 percent.

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell has vowed to repeal the health law, while Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes says she wants to fix it.

5:44 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Rivals Gear Up For Next Round of Tennessee Whiskey War

The debate over the definition of Tennessee Whiskey is likely to resume in 2015

State lawmakers are gearing up for the next round of a fight between global liquor giants over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey.

Louisville-based Brown-Forman, which owns Jack Daniel's, supports the law requiring Tennessee whiskey to be made from 51 percent corn, aged in new charred oak barrels, filtered through maple charcoal and bottled at a minimum of 80 proof. George Dickel, which is owned by British liquor conglomerate Diageo, opposes those rules as too restrictive.

A state Senate committee that would take up any challenges to the law next session on Thursday heard from representatives of Jack Daniels and George Dickel, as well as from the owners of a growing number of craft distilleries in the state who have been caught in the middle of the debate.

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12:36 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Paul To Campaign For McConnell On Monday

Sen. Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul will campaign with Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell on the day before Kentucky's pivotal Senate election.

Paul will join McConnell on seven campaign stops Monday at airports across the state. McConnell will begin the day in Louisville before ending in Bowling Green, Paul's hometown. McConnell is facing Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in one of the country's most watched Senate races.

 Paul has been campaigning in competitive elections across the country as he attempts to boost his profile ahead of a possible run for president in 2016.

Grimes campaigned with former President Bill Clinton on Thursday and is scheduled to appear with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday.

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7:27 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Appeals Court to Take Up Denied Medal of Honor Case

A federal appeals court is taking up a case brought by the widow of a World War II veteran from southern Kentucky seeking to require the U.S. Army to review an application to award her husband the Medal of Honor.

Lyda P. Conner of Albany has waged a 17 year campaign to have the Army look again at the service record of the late Lt. Garlin Murl Conner. She wants the court to overturn a ruling that she waited too long to present new evidence to the Army Board for Correction of Military Records.

Garlin Conner was a member of the 3rd Infantry Division. He was wounded seven times and was awarded four Silver Stars.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has set arguments for December 5.

2:22 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Public Utility Commission Finds Power Lines Involved in Firefighter Death Were Properly Maintained

One Campbellsville firefighter died and another was seriously injured after helping to film an Ice Bucket Challenge video Aug. 21, 2014.
Credit Kentucky Public Service Commission Report

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has released details into its investigation of the Ice Bucket Challenge mishap this summer that left a Campbellsville fire dead.

The Public Service Commission concluded that Kentucky Utilities’ power lines were in compliance with code. The incident happened August 21 after the filming of a video with the Campbellsville University marching band.

“While Commission Staff acknowledges the tragic loss of life in this incident, the Commission’s authority is limited to determining whether the jurisdictional utility (here, KU) violated any of the aforementioned statutes...Commission Staff’s review of KU’s seven day summary report found no indications of compliance issues or probable violations related to any of the aforementioned statutes…” the report read.

The investigation says the aerial ladder basket was raised after the filming was complete and two firefighters in the basket came too close to power lines overhead. Forty-one-year-old Captain Tony Grider eventually died from his injuries. Simon Quinn, 22, was also hospitalized but survived.  

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12:42 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

WKU Baseball, Bowling Green Hot Rods To Meet In Exhibition Game

WKU's baseball team will play an April 7 exhibition game against the minor league Bowling Green Hot Rods

The WKU Hilltoppers baseball team will face the minor league Bowling Green Hot Rods in an exhibition game next spring. 

The university’s athletic department and the Midwest League club made the joint announcement Wednesday morning.  The game will be played April 7th at Bowling Green Ballpark.

WKU Athletic Director Todd Stewart says, during his time in college athletics, he’s never been a part of an exhibition game against a professional team.

“I think this is truly unique,” said Stewart. “Because we’re both obviously based in Bowling Green. Fans will be familiar with the players of both teams and the timing of the game, as I said before, is really good. The question was asked ‘do we continue to do this in the future?’ I certainly hope so. I think this is just the beginning of something that people can mark on their calendars."

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11:50 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Elizabethtown's Ring Road Completion Gets a Boost

The long awaited final extension of the bypass around Elizabethtown got a big step toward completion Wednesday morning when Governor Beshear presented a $4.5 million check to the city for pre-construction funding.

The money represents estimates in the 2014 Highway Plan for right-of-way acquisition and utilities work for the final Ring Road segment.

The concept of a Ring Road bypass goes back to planning studies in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The project first appeared in the Kentucky Highway Plan in 1998 and has been built in stages,initially as a two-lane road but since widened to five lanes and now providing access to commercial and industrial business sites.

It currently runs from U.S. 31W, around the western side of Elizabethtown to connect with the Western Kentucky Parkway. The final extension will connect with I-65.

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5:38 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

More Than 35,000 Kentuckians Have Voted Absentee

The polls don't open until Tuesday, but more than 35,000 people have already voted in Kentucky.

The State Board of Elections said 22,390 people have voted absentee at their county clerk's office as of Monday morning. That's about 4,500 more people than at this time in 2010, the last time a U.S. Senate seat was on the ballot.

Another 12,716 people have voted absentee by mail. Tuesday was the deadline to request mail-in absentee ballots. To be counted, the county clerk must receive all ballots by 6 p.m. local time on Nov. 4.

 Kentucky's high profile U.S. Senate race between Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes is likely increasing turnout in absentee voting.

 State officials could not say how many people have voted from each party.

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