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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A federal appeals court is hearing arguments Thursday from Coventry Cares over a ruling requiring continuation of its contract with Appalachian Regional Healthcare so Medicaid patients in eastern Kentucky would have time to decide whether to change their managed care organization.
The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals hearing is being held in Cincinnati.
A federal judge in Lexington ruled last summer that Coventry was required to continue its contract with ARH through Nov. 1. About 25,000 eastern Kentucky Medicaid patients were affected by the ruling.
New details are emerging from Tuesday's deadly shooting at an eastern Kentucky community college.
A gunman fired into a vehicle, killing a man and a woman and wounding a 12-year-old girl late Tuesday, and police have charged a 21-year-old with murder and attempted murder in the incident, blaming it on a domestic dispute.
The violence in a college parking lot locked down the campus for more than an hour as police searched the two buildings of Hazard Community and Technical College in Hazard, in southeast Kentucky. The campus was closed Wednesday.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet lists the following routes closed due to water over the road:
KY 403/Woodbury Loop closed between MM 4-5.
Reed's Ferry (KY 269) and the Rochester Ferry (KY 369) closed due to high water. Both ferries are located in western Butler County.
KY 655/Segal Road was closed between MM 3-4. It is now open.
KY 1153/Beechland Road closed between MM 4-5.
KY 678/Stringtown Road was closed between MM 8-9. It is now open.
Motorists should never attempt to drive through high water. The fast currents of flooding water can easily carry a vehicle off the road. Motorists who encounter a flooded highway should report it to local law enforcement.
Statewide traffic and weather information is available at www.511.ky.gov.