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9:26 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Judge: Tennessee Government Agency Must Provide Public Records on Child Deaths

A Tennessee judge has ruled that the state’s Department of Children’s Services must make public more information about the deaths of young people known to the agency.

A group of Tennessee media outlets, led by The Tennessean newspaper, filed suit against the Department of Children’s Services, alleging the department violated the law by refusing to provide records concerning children who died after being brought to the agency’s attention. At first, the DCS said it would make more records available, but then cited state and federal confidentiality laws as a reason to withhold the documents.

Two high-ranking Tennessee Republicans, House Speaker Beth Harwell and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, recently announced they would seek legislative hearings into DCS practices.

The media outlets seek records related to 31 Tennessee children who died in the first half of 2012, as well as the cases of 206 young people involved in fatal or near-fatal incidents dating back to 2009.

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Regional
1:53 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Court Rules Indiana's Ban on Sex Offenders Using Facebook Unconstitutional

An Indiana law that bans registered sex offenders from using Facebook and other social networking sites that can be accessed by children is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The 7th U.S. Circuit of Appeals in Chicago overturned a federal judge’s decision upholding the law, saying the state was justified in trying to protect children but that the “blanket ban” went too far by restricting free speech.

The 2008 law “broadly prohibits substantial protected speech rather than specifically targeting the evil of improper communications to minors,” the judges wrote.

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9:31 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Ft. Campbell Resuming Monthly Memorial Services for Fallen Soldiers

Fort Campbell is resuming its monthly memorial ceremony for 101st Airborne Division soldiers who have died as thousands of troops from the post on the Tennessee-Kentucky are currently serving in Afghanistan.

This month's Eagle Remembrance Ceremony on Wednesday will honor Pfc. Shane G. Wilson of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team and Spc. Patricia Horne of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade. Both died in 2012.

Wilson, a 20-year-old infantry rifleman from Kuna, Idaho, died Oct. 18 in Khost province, Afghanistan. Horne, a 20-year-old human resource specialist of Greenwood, Miss., died Aug. 24 in a non-combat-related incident in Bagram, Afghanistan.

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9:10 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Daviess County Making List of Homes Without Water Line Connections

Officials in Daviess County have begun making a list of every household without water.

Daviess Judge-Executive Al Mattingly told the Messenger-Inquirer that the move is aimed at making the county the first in the state to have every home connected to water lines.

He said funding is available from the state to help pay for the extensions, and the county hopes to partner with rural water districts and homeowners to get lines extended.

Community Services Director Nate Pagan says he is making a list of homes that aren't connected and is asking those who want service to contact him at 270-685-8424, or npagan@daviessky.org.

The Messenger-Inquirer reports the 2012 General Assembly approved $160,000 in coal severance funds for extending waterlines to homes in Daviess County that are currently reliant on well weather.

Regional
6:55 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Frigid Temperatures Hit Listening Area

The coldest temperatures in two years have hit south central Kentucky, Indiana and parts of Tennessee and forecasters say they could stay for a couple of days.

Temperatures early Tuesday morning were in the low teens and a wind chill factor made them feel like low single digits.

Meteorologist Ted Funk with the National Weather Service says the area hasn't seen temperatures this low since February 10, 2011. There's also a chance of what Funk calls "wintry precipitation" later this week with a mixture of rain and snow.

Regional
12:00 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

The Impact of Meth on Our Region

This entry for Best Series/Documentary contains four stories that aired during 2012 that detail the toll meth is having on our region in general, and the Glasgow-Barren County area in particular.

The first story you'll hear features the accounts of law enforcement officials who describe what it's like to encounter those who are high on meth. Virtually all of those I spoke to for my reports said meth addicts are the most dangerous and violent suspects they encounter--people who are willing to do anything to escape arrest, regardless of who is put in harm's way.

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Regional
12:00 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Some Kentucky Seniors Losing Prescriptions to Theft

This story is an entry in the category of Best Enterprise/Investigative report for the 2013 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters competition for radio.

This report by Dan Modlin, which aired on November 30, 2012, highlights a disturbing trend in prescription abuse in Kentucky: the theft of medications from senior citizens.

This report includes interview comments from a Kentucky man who says he was has been beaten by a relative so that a doctor will prescribe pain medication. Once that happens, the man's relative steals it from him.

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Regional
8:08 am
Sat January 19, 2013

Second Bank Robbery Hits Bowling Green This Month

Service One Credit Union surveillance photo

Bowling Green police are investigating after an unidentified man robbed Service One Credit Union on the 31-W Bypass in the city Friday afternoon and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police say the man waited in line behind at least one other customer. When he got to the teller window, he implied he had a gun, demanded money and walked out of the credit union with the cash just before 3 p.m.

He was last seen on foot running south on the bypass.

The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-40s, unshaven and wearing a gray pullover hooded sweatshirt, a blue knit cap and black sunglasses. Police say they do not have any suspects at this time.

This is the second bank robbery this month in Bowling Green. The First Security Bank on Chestnut Street was robbed January 3rd. No arrest has been made in that case.

Regional
8:31 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Gov. Beshear Urges Kentuckians to Volunteer MLK Jr. Weekend

Martin Luther King Jr.

Kentuckians are being urged to find volunteer opportunities this weekend to honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.

Gov. Steve Beshear says whether it's a community effort or a smaller project, any volunteer work can make a difference. He says that participating in the National Day of Service on Saturday will honor King's life and works and will help build strong communities in Kentucky.

Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson says Kentuckians repeatedly show their desire to offer helping hands to others in need.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed on Monday. This year, the presidential inauguration coincides with the King holiday, and President Barack Obama is also urging Americans to volunteer.

Regional
7:15 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Rep. Rogers Moves to Preserve Pulaski County Civil War Site

U.S. Representative Hal Rogers has reintroduced legislation to preserve a Civil War site in southern Kentucky. The bill seeks to recognize the Mill Springs Battlefield site in Pulaski and Wayne counties.

The battle on January 19, 1862, was the second largest in Kentucky. The fight resulted in a Union victory and blazed the trail for Union troops to move from Kentucky into Tennessee.

The measure calls for a National Park Service study on incorporating the battlefield into the national park system. Currently the battlefield is being preserved through private sources. The Mill Springs Battlefield Association has led efforts to preserve the battlefield. More than 50,000 Civil War enthusiasts have visited the 500 acre site.

Other co-sponsors of the bill are Kentucky congressmen John Yarmuth, Brett Guthrie and Andy Barr.

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