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5:43 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

High Wind Advisory in Effect for Region Through Early Friday

A wind advisory is in effect across our coverage area through early Friday morning, with some wind gusts expected to reach 40-45 mph.  

Those with loose outdoor objects including Christmas decorations, etc. should take precautions to secure them before Thursday. Drivers should exercise caution, especially when driving high-profile vehicles.

Much colder air will move into the area as the system passes, and may change rain to snow showers in the eastern parts of our coverage area.  High temperatures on Friday will only reach the upper 30s.

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Breaking
10:41 am
Wed December 19, 2012

WKU Student Who Jumped Out of Dorm Window Dies

Officials at Western Kentucky University say a student who jumped from a sixth-floor window of a residence hall has died.

WKU officials told WBKO-TV that 19-year-old Benjamin Gogins of Illinois died Tuesday at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.

The freshman jumped from the window at Pearce Ford Tower early Saturday morning. Emergency crews found him still breathing and he was flown to Vanderbilt.

Campus police are investigating, but have found no evidence that drugs or alcohol were involved. 

WKU says the dorm has quarter-inch thick-tempered glass windows and a safety mechanism that only allows them to open three inches. However, police say the glass was broken in the window that the student jumped from.

Embezzlement Case
12:48 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Financial Advisor from Barren County Sentenced to Six Years

A financial advisor from south central Kentucky  has been sentenced to six years in prison for embezzling more than two million dollars from his clients. 36 year old Jonathon Neal Leber of Glasgow had pled guilty in September to charges of defrauding clients in Kentucky and southern Indiana of approximately 2.4 million dollars. 

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Regional
9:37 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Felon from Maine Sentenced in Kentucky Underage Sex Case

A convicted felon from Maine will spend 30 years in prison for kidnapping a minor from her home in Owensboro with intentions of having sex with the girl.  A federal judge on Monday sentenced 46-year-old Archie Whalen on a charge of transporting a minor across state lines with the intent of engaging in sexual activity. 

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Regional
8:46 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Ft. Campbell Aviation Brigade Claims Progress in Afghanistan

Soldiers with Ft. Campbell's 101st Airborne Division

The commander of an aviation brigade from Fort Campbell that is currently deployed said the Afghan security forces are becoming more capable both on the ground and in the air.

Col. Paul Bontrager, commander of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, briefed the media by teleconference on Monday on the brigade's first 100 days of its Afghanistan deployment.

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Strong Storms Possible
11:41 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Severe Thunderstorm Watch In Effect

Unseasonably strong storms are possible Monday afternoon and evening.  A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for parts of our coverage area until 8pm E.T. 

Showers will continue off and on through the day as a low pressure system moves along the Ohio River. Thunderstorms will be possible as well, mainly in the afternoon. Some storms have the potential to become strong with hail and gusty winds. 

More from the National Weather Service.

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Regional
10:53 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Kentucky Congressman, Once a Holdout on Gun Control, Takes a Stance

The last remaining Democrat in Kentucky's congressional delegation says he's willing to take on the gun lobby pushing for legislation aimed at reducing gun violence in a country grieving over the massacre in a Connecticut school.

An emotion-choked U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth apologized Monday for being mostly silent about gun violence. 

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Regional
10:33 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Kentucky PSC Chooses Overlay for New Area Code

Kentucky regulators say a new area code for the western part of the state will overlap the existing 270 area code.

The Public Service Commission said Monday the "overlay" option for the new 364 area code is the least disruptive for customers and imposes the least cost on businesses.  This is the first time two area codes will mingle in the same area in Kentucky. 

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WKU
6:27 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

WKU Student Jumps from Dormitory

At approximately 1 a.m. Saturday, a male student at Western Kentucky University jumped from the sixth floor of Pearce-Ford Tower (PFT).  According to WKU Public Affairs, he was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he is in critical condition. The family has been notified.

WKU Police are investigating. No evidence of alcohol or drugs was found in the initial police search of the room. 

PFT has quarter inch thicktempered glass windows. There is a window stop that only allows the window to open three inches. A police search of the room found the window stop to be in place and that the window was properly closed. The glass to the window was broken.

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Regional
4:56 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Interstate 69 is Official With New Signs and Mile Points in Lyon, Hopkins & Trigg Counties

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reports that a contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet switched the new 38-mile section of Interstate 69 in Lyon, Caldwell, and Hopkins Counties to new mile points and new signage Friday.   Old mile markers for the former Western Kentucky Parkway have been removed or covered.

The change also reoriented the east-west direction of the former Parkway to north-south for Interstate 69 from the Interstate 24 Interchange near Eddyville to the Breathitt-Pennyrile Parkway Interchange near Madisonville.

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