10:52 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Edwards Named Interim KCTCS chancellor

Longtime educator and administrator George Edwards will assume the role of interim chancellor for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System starting next month.

As the system-level chief academic officer, the chancellor provides leadership for academic affairs, workforce development, distance learning initiatives and professional development.

KCTCS President-elect Jay Box announced Edwards' selection as interim chancellor on Monday.

Edwards retired recently from Big Sandy Community and Technical College, where he served as president for 14 years. Edwards has 35 years of teaching and administrative experience at four community colleges in Kentucky and Virginia.

Edwards begins his interim stint as chancellor on Jan. 26.

KCTCS officials hope to name a new chancellor by April 1.

Box served as chancellor for five years and begins his new role as president on Jan. 16.

2:39 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Bowling Green City Commission To Consider Water Rate Hike

Water and sewer rates could go up in Bowling Green as early as February

Water and sewer rates in the city of Bowling Green could be going up as early as February 1st.  Bowling Green Municipal Utilities’ proposal to raise rates will be presented to the City Commission on Tuesday. 

Commissioner and BGMU board member Rick Williams tells the Daily News,  the extra revenue will go to improve aging infrastructure.  Under the proposal, rates would also go up on July 1 of 2016, 2017 and 2018.

12:27 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Gov. Haslam Reaches Medicaid Deal in Tennessee

Gov. Bill Haslam

Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday that he has reached a deal with federal officials to expand Medicaid in Tennessee after months of discussions.

The Republican's administration is touting it as an alternative deal with federal officials. The program, dubbed Insure Tennessee, would provide coverage for the state's uninsured without creating new taxes for Tennesseans.

Haslam announced at a news conference at the state Capitol that the state would offer a voucher to purchase insurance in the private market, according to statement from the governor's office and a news conference.

Health care advocates had heavily criticized the Republican governor for refusing last year to agree to $1.4 billion in federal funds to cover about 180,000 uninsured Tennesseans under the terms the money was offered.

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5:57 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Documentary Features Kentucky Bourbon Tales

A new documentary being aired in Kentucky will introduce viewers to the colorful characters who craft bourbon.

The documentary draws from oral history interviews conducted by the University of Kentucky's Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History.

The program is called "Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family Business." It features the stories of master distillers and bourbon barons from such distilleries as Wild Turkey, Heaven Hill, Brown-Forman, Woodford Reserve, Maker's Mark, Four Roses, Jim Beam and Bulleit.

It also explains the science and art behind the bourbon-making process and details how the state's signature spirit has become a global phenomenon.

The program will first air Tuesday night on KET and again on the night of Sunday, Dec. 21 on KET2. The program will air several more times this month.

4:52 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Shoplifting Suspect Shot by Bowling Green Police

More charges have been filed against an Illinois man who was shot by Bowling Green police Saturday night while reportedly trying to shoplift a rifle.

Police were called to Cabela's Sporting Goods just before 8:00 Saturday night for a man who had taken an unloaded rifle off a shelf in the store, placed it inside his pants and went into the restroom. The man, later identified as 33 year old Elliott Cummings of Naperville, Illinois, then exited the store with the weapon still in his pants.

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3:27 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Agency Warns of Low Air Quality In Evansville Through Sunday

It’s a health alert more often seen in the summer, but the Environmental Protection Agency in Evansville has issued an air quality alert through Sunday. 

The executive director of the city agency tells the Courier & Press that the air this weekend could be unhealthy for those with respiratory problems – especially children, teenagers or older adults.

The alert is being blamed on a high pressure system and stagnant air.

10:05 am
Fri December 12, 2014

New Stanford Council To Appoint Mayor

Stanford Mayor-elect T.J. Hill died suddenly last month just weeks after the Nov. 4th election
Credit Lincoln County Democratic Party

When Stanford's newly elected city council members take office on Jan. 1, one of their first missions will be to appoint a mayor.

Mayor-elect T.J. Hill died a couple of weeks after the Nov. 4 election.

Chris Johnson with the Kentucky League of Cities told The Advocate-Messenger that it will be up to the council to appoint someone to serve until a special election can be held in November.

Johnson said if the council can't decide on someone by Jan. 30, it would fall to the governor to make the selection.

Council members have said they intend to begin meeting in early January to make the decision.

5:37 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Noah's Ark Builders May Fight Kentucky Tax Break Rejection

Ken Ham
Credit Answers in Genesis

A Christian group building a massive wooden ark in Kentucky inspired by the biblical account of Noah is considering going to court to fight the state's rejection of the project's tax incentives.

President Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis says the loss of the tourism tax rebate would be costly for the Ark Encounter theme park project, but it will continue. Ham says in a statement that two public interest law firms would represent the group if legal action is taken. He says no decision has been made yet.

Kentucky's tourism secretary said Wednesday that the project isn't eligible for tax incentives because employees would be screened on the basis of religion.

Ham says federal and state laws support the group's intention to base hiring on applicants' religious preferences.

3:54 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Doughty Earns Sammy Baugh Award as College Football's Top Passer

Brandon Doughty (pictured center) was named the 2014 Sammy Baugh Award winner, one day after winning Conference USA MVP honors.
Credit WKU Athletics

WKU quarterback Brandon Doughty has collected another piece of hardware. 

The Touchdown Club of Columbus has named Doughty as the winner of the Sammy Baugh Award, given annually to the nation’s top passer.  Doughty will be presented with the award February 7th.  

It was announced Wednesday Doughty will return to WKU next year after the NCAA granted him a sixth year of eligibility. 

He was also named the Conference USA MVP on Wednesday.

3:13 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Stivers Looks for Bipartisanship on Anti-Heroin Bill

Credit Kentucky LRC

Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers says he hopes bills to combat heroin abuse and encourage investments by telecommunications companies can win bipartisan support in next year's General Assembly session.

But Stivers says Senate Republicans will also push more contentious proposals to rein in regulations and prohibit mandatory participation in a workplace union. He acknowledged such proposals would face strong resistance in the Democratic-led Kentucky House.

Senate Republican leaders spoke with reporters Thursday during a Senate GOP retreat in Owensboro.

Lawmakers will be in session for 30 days next year, but Stivers says they can take on big issues during the abbreviated session.

Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer says next year's governor's campaign won't affect Senate action. But he says Senate Republicans will promote an agenda that a GOP governor could embrace.