2:14 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Beshear Asks Supreme Court To Rule On Same Sex Marriage Ban

Gov. Steve Beshear

In what some are calling an unusual move, Gov. Steve Beshear has filed a petition requesting the U.S. Supreme Court decide whether states can reject same-sex marriage.

It comes after a federal appeals court upheld Kentucky’s and several other states’ same-sex marriage bans.

Beshear says the nation’s highest court should decide whether states like Kentucky can prohibit same-sex marriage, and settle the question of whether Kentucky must recognize gay marriages performed out-of-state.

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12:45 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Tennessee Awarded $17.5 Million To Expand Pre-School Services

Tennessee is one of 13 states around the nation that’s receiving a federal grant to expand preschool services. 

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Wednesday that Tennessee will get $17 ½ million and will help serve as a model for expanding access to pre-school to low and moderate income families.  

Five other states are also receiving grants for pre-school development. The grants total $226 million.

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11:10 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Star Quarterback To Return For WKU Next Season

Brandon Doughty will return to the Hill in 2015 for another season with WKU after the NCAA granted him a sixth year of eligibility on Wednesday.
Credit WKU Athletics

 Update: 12:31 p.m.

Brandon Doughty has been named the Most Valuable Player by Conference USA. The league's 13 coaches voted Doughty as the top performer.

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The NCAA has granted WKU quarterback Brandon Doughty a sixth year of eligibility, it was announced Wednesday. 

Doughty’s 2011 and 2012 seasons were marred by injury, but since returning to health Doughty has etched his name in the school record books, breaking WKU single-season passing records in both 2013 and 2014.  He also holds the school’s career touchdown record. He also holds the Conference USA single-game passing record

“My time at WKU has been very special and I am looking forward to the opportunity to come back for my sixth year to build on what we’ve started this season,” Doughty said. “Having to deal with injuries for two seasons was really tough and I never would have made it through without my faith in God and the support from my coaches, teammates and the athletic department staff.”

Doughty and his Hilltopper teammates begin full preparations Thursday for their Bahamas Bowl appearance December 24th.  The team takes on Central Michigan at 11 a.m. central that day.

7:37 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Some Post Offices Have Sunday Hours This Month

Several Kentucky post offices will be open on two Sundays in December to help holiday customers avoid long lines and take care of shipping.

The four Kentucky locations will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday and Dec. 21. The locations are 5300 Scottsville Road, Bowling Green; 3525 Lansdowne Drive, Lexington; 7400 Jefferson Blvd., Louisville; and 4600 Shelbyville Road, Louisville.

Two southern Indiana facilities are also open during the same hours: 757 E. Lewis & Clark Parkway, Clarksville; and 802 S. Green River Road, Evansville.

The U.S. Postal Service says next Monday is expected to be the busiest mailing day of the season for cards, letters and packages. Officials expect more than 607 million pieces of mail to be processed nationwide that day.

Dec. 17 will be the busiest delivery day for cards and letters, while the following day will have the most packages delivered.

7:16 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Recent Kentucky Homebuyers Warned of Scam

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says recent homebuyers in the state are being targeted by solicitations that try to sell them copies of their property deeds for excessive fees.

The Kentucky Real Estate Commission and Kentucky County Clerks Association are joining Conway in warning homebuyers to be on the lookout for the official-looking mailings being sent by "Record Transfer Services."

Conway said Tuesday the direct-mail solicitations ask homebuyers to pay an $83 document fee to obtain copies of their current deeds. He says the mailings are confusing and misleading. Conway says property deeds and other public records are available at local county clerk's offices for a nominal fee.

Conway says the mailing -- which is titled as a "Recorded Deed Notice" -- attempts to look official.

3:45 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Ark Park Creators Counter Criticism Through Billboards

An artist's rendering of the Ark Encounter theme park, planned for northern Kentucky.
Credit Answers in Genesis

The group trying to build a Noah’s Ark theme part in northern Kentucky has launched a billboard campaign to counter criticism over tax incentives and religious discrimination.   has this report.

The Courier-Journal reports that Answers in Genesis is putting up 16 billboards in Louisville, Lexington, Frankfort, and in northern Kentucky that will direct people to the group’s website for more information about the project.  Answers in Genesis says it hopes to dispel myths about the use of tax dollars and future hiring. 

Over the summer, the state gave preliminary approval of tax incentives totaling $18 million.  Final approval is on hold until Answers in Genesis can assure state officials it will not discriminate in hiring on the basis of religion. 

3:17 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Senior Volunteers Being Sought to Help Southern Kentucky Organizations

Community Action of Southern Kentucky is headquartered in Bowling Green.
Credit C.A.S.K.

Southern Kentucky volunteers over the age of 55 are being sought out to help with a number of service-related organizations in the region.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program—or  RSVP—assists efforts such as food pantries, blood drives, and school mentoring campaigns in Allen, Barren, Logan, Simpson, and Warren counties. Kathy Trulock oversees the program, and says another way senior volunteers help is by getting people signed up for health coverage through the state’s benefit exchange, known as kynect.

“A lot of people don’t know they’re eligible for that. So we have that program here at our agency, and we need people to educate folks who qualify, and how they can sign up.”

RSVP volunteer coordinator Holly Vincent says the group has been critical in assisting a Thursday night soup kitchen in Bowling Green that serves 200-300 people a week. She says those involved in the effort often choose to assist agencies that reach out to other senior citizens.

But Vincent adds many older volunteers also want to help younger Kentuckians.

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4:32 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Logan County Deputy Causes Head-On Crash

Deputy Brandon Harvey and 72 year old Darrell Boatwright of Dunmor are both hospitalized after Harvey crashed his cruiser head-on into Boatwright's car in Logan County on Monday.

State police say Deputy Harvey was traveling north on US 431 near the intersection of Peach Blossom Road. Just after the intersection, a FedEx van was stopped in the road attempting to turn into a residence. The van was stopped due to oncoming traffic.

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4:06 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Companies Seeking to Hire Veterans Holding Jobs Fair at Ft. Knox

Credit Ft. Knox

Veterans and their dependents are being encouraged to attend a military jobs fair at Fort Knox Thursday. The Hardin County military post is hosting about 70 organizations that are looking to hire veterans and their spouses.

Jake Hutchings is director of the group, which is overseeing the event. He says veterans should be prepared to explain how their military service can translate into success at a corporate workforce.

“How do you take that 15-year, 20-year career—or even a five-year career with a deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan--and compartmentalize that down to two minutes of, ‘hey, this is what I’ve done in the service, these are the skills I’ve learned, and this is the value I bring to your organization’? So if there’s a veteran out there listening, that’s the first place to start.”

Hutchings says many civilian employers have come to appreciate the leadership and technical skills many veterans possess. Hutchings is himself a veteran, and says employers are seeking out veterans out of respect, not pity.

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3:13 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Western Kentucky County Could See Coal Jobs Cut in Half

A western Kentucky county could lose half of its coal-mining workforce in the next couple of months. 

Coal mining employs about 1,200 people in Union County, but that could change, according to a layoff notice issued by Patriot Coal Corporation. 

The company is warning that up to 670 workers could be laid off in February at the Highland mine on the Union-Henderson County border and at the Dodge Hill complex.

Union County Judge-executive Jody Jenkins says, unfortunately, the news is familiar.

"For the last 60 years, I guess, coal mining has been the life blood of this community, Jenkins told WKU Public Radio.  "Historically, we've had mine closures and layoffs, but it doesn't make it any easier."

Union County's unemployment rate in October was 4.8%.  The statewide rate was 6.2%.

Patriot emerged from bankruptcy reorganization a year ago and had earlier closed its mines in Henderson County.  In a news release, the company said low natural gas prices and tougher EPA regulations continue to drive down coal prices, resulting in operating losses at many mines.