4:15 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Grimes: Don't Send U.S. Troops Back To Iraq

Alison Lundergan Grimes

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes says she would not support sending U.S. troops back to Iraq.

Islamic militants once linked to al-Qaida have taken Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, and have vowed to advance on Baghdad. In a statement released Friday to The Associated Press, Grimes called the situation very dangerous and concerning. But she said ultimately the fight is up to the people of Iraq. Grimes said the United States should play a supportive role by providing useful intelligence.

Grimes is challenging Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in one of the country's most closely watched Senate races. Democrats are trying to keep control of the Senate in the midterm elections. Republicans need to pick up six seats to take a majority and control both houses of Congress.

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2:03 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Tenn. Democratic Senate Candidate To Spend $400K on Ads

Gordon Ball
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U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball says he is pouring up to $400,000 of his own money into a statewide television advertising campaign to bolster his bid for the Democratic nomination.

Ball, a Knoxville attorney, told reporters in Nashville on Friday that he will emphasize his moderate political leanings, which he said stand in contrast with what he called the more liberal position of his chief rival Terry Adams.

Ball, who estimated his net worth as between $10 million and $20 million, said he plans to self-fund much of his Senate campaign.

Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander is running for a third term this year. His chief campaign adviser, Tom Ingram, is shrugging off any Tennessee implications of the surprise GOP primary defeat this week of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia.

Summer Camp
1:04 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Photo Gallery: Chef Camp

Toula Burdette, 9, of Bowling Green, helps Renaldo Teitira, 8, of Bowling Green, tie his apron during Chef Camp at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College in Bowling Green on Friday, June 13, 2014.
Abbey Oldham

Kids ranging from 8-13 had a chance to learn kitchen basics from area professional chefs recently at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College. They gained skills in kitchen hygiene, food preparation, serving and cleaning, as well as patience, teamwork, and cooperation.

With guidance from chefs, campers prepared dishes like quesadillas and crunchy cinammon coated ice cream balls. They served each other and washed dishes in their personalized chef hats.

Photojournalist Abbey Oldham took these images at the Chef Camp on Friday, June 13, 2014.

9:44 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Sinkhole Improves Corvette Museum's Business

Credit National Corvette Museum

For years, just enough classic car lovers and curious travelers wandered through the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green to keep the doors open. Now, after a massive sinkhole swallowed eight classic Corvettes, attendance has skyrocketed with visitors as eager to peer into the chasm as they are to see the cars, if not more so.

Museum spokeswoman Katie Frasinelli says the response has been bigger than anyone imagined.

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8:17 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Photo Gallery: Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green

Vintage cars are lined up outside the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green for the public reception for the National Holley Hot Rods Reunion on Thursday, June 12, 2014.
Abbey Oldham

Hundreds of vintage car owners from all over the country visited the Sloan Convention center to display, sell, buy, and check out vintage cars during the public reception of the Holley National Hot Rod Reunion on Thursday, June 12, 2014.

The reunion lasts will continue the rest of the weekend at Beech Bend. 

WKU Public Radio photojournalist Abbey Oldham created this photo slideshow featuring the vintage cars.

5:16 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Beshear: Budget Shortfall Won't Affect Education

Gov. Steve Beshear

Recent state revenue receipts show that Kentucky’s real income is falling short of projections and will lead to a multi-million dollar budget shortfall.

State Budget Director Jane Driskell says the state will have to raise revenues by about 12 percent to make up for a nearly $28 million hole that could grow larger if revenues continue to underperform.

But Gov. Steve Beshear, who championed a restoration of education funding during this year’s General Assembly, says if spending cuts need to be juggled to make up for the shortfall, education spending should not be disrupted.

“I can assure you this: The investments that we are making in the next two years in things like education of our kids are not going to be touched," said Beshear.  "We’re not going to interfere with what great steps we have taken to move education forward in Kentucky.”

Beshear says his administration is unsure just how big the shortfall will be, but promised that the budget will ultimately be balanced.

2:50 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Kentucky Reaches Settlement With Tobacco Companies

Tobacco companies have agreed to give Kentucky more than $110 million to settle a 10-year legal battle over the state's share of the tobacco master settlement agreement.

In 1998, U.S. tobacco companies agreed to pay $229 billion to 52 states and territories over many years to compensate for the costs of treating smoking-related illnesses. Kentucky had to tax tobacco companies that did not participate in the agreement.

The big tobacco companies accused Kentucky of not collecting all of those taxes. As a result, they withheld some of Kentucky's annual payments. State officials and tobacco companies have been fighting over those disputed payments since 2003.

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway said the money will go to pay for a range of agricultural and public health programs.

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2:10 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Bowling Green’s Gary To Lead WKU Women’s Golf Program

Adam Gary
Credit WKU Athletics

Professional golfer Adam Gary has been named the new head coach for WKU’s Women’s Golf team, it was announced Thursday.

Gary was on the US Pro Golf Tour from 2003-2005 and on the Egolf Professional Tour from 2006-2009. The Bowling Green-native currently runs his own golf academy and has served as director of Golf for Kenny Perry’s Country Creek course in Franklin.

Gary graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2003 where he played collegiate golf.

1:46 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Kentucky VFW Welcoming First Female Commander

Martha Cassity will make a bit of history this weekend when she takes the reins of the Kentucky Veterans of Foreign Wars.  She'll become the first female commander of the state VFW in its 77-year history.

She will lead the 17,000 member organization for the next year and hopes her leadership will help open doors for more female veterans of foreign wars to lead. 

"When they did finally agree to let females in, they weren't real happy with us, and I hope this changes a lot of their minds," says Cassity.

Her priority as commander will be to assist homeless veterans and their families across Kentucky. 

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6:36 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Kentucky LRC Document Shredding Probe Reopened

Kentucky State Police have reopened an investigation into documents that were shredded by former Legislative Research Commission Director Bobby Sherman.

The Courier-Journal reports police made the decision after the newspaper reported last week that investigators seized Sherman's computer during the probe but never examined its contents. Police said in May that they had finished the investigation and found no evidence that any laws were violate

State police spokesman Sgt. Michael Webb told the newspaper that reopening the case and examining the computer files "will either reinforce that there's nothing on the computer, or it will find something of importance." The documents were shredded last September, two days after Sherman resigned.

His departure came after his office investigated sexual harassment complaints against a former state lawmaker.