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12:31 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Service Set at Fort Campbell on Gander Anniversary

Michelle Leibold and her sister Amy Lawrence take a moment to honor the memory of their father, Major Michael R. Lawrence. He was among the 258 Fort Campbell soldiers who died when their plane crashed in Newfoundland in 1985
Credit U.S. Army

Nearly 29 years ago, 248 soldiers from Fort Campbell's 101st Airborne Division died when their plane crashed as they were returning home from a peacekeeping mission in Sinai, Egypt.

Members of the soldiers' unit will again hold a memorial service for the soldiers this week.

The ceremony is set for 10:30 a.m. CST Friday at the Gander Memorial on Screaming Eagles Boulevard at the post. It is being held by the 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

The flight crashed at Gander International Airport in Newfoundland on Dec. 12, 1985, also killing eight crew members.

Regional
7:54 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

Vest Offers Extra Protection For Christian County K-9 Officer

Deputy Sean Head with the Christian County Sheriff's office is pictured with K-9 officer "Timo", who was selected to receive a special protective vest.
Credit Christian County Sheriff's Office

One of the K-9 officers working with the Christian County Sheriff’s department is now wearing a high-dollar piece of protective equipment. 

Timo is a seven-year-old Dutch Shepard who’s now sporting a $3,500 bulletproof, stab-resistant vest.  Deputy Sean Head has been Timo’s handler for the last year.

“It’s no different from me going to a call and having no vest on – I kind of feel bare,” said Deputy Head. “It does give me added protection knowing that if I have to place him in danger like that, he has protection as well as I would.”

The vest came from a company called Vested Interest, which received $335,000 in donations to produce the protective gear.  Several law enforcement agencies around the country were selected to receive the special vests. 

Head says he’s trying to encourage other K-9 handlers to apply as well.

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Regional
2:47 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Mail on Sundays? Yes, in Bowling Green and Evansville

The U.S. Postal Service will open certain post office locations on two Sundays in December in both Bowling Green and Evansville.

The U.S. Postal Service says it will open post office locations in Bowling Green and Evansville on two Sundays this holiday season to reduce wait times and allow customers to get a jump on holiday shipping. 

The Bowling Green General Mail Facility on Scottsville Road along with the Lawndale Station on S. Green River Road in Evansville will open on December 14th and 21st.  The facilities will be open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. those days.

The Postal Service says 607 million pieces of mail will be processed on Dec. 15th, making it the busiest day of the season. 

Regional
2:40 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

I-65 South in Hardin County Reduced to One Lane

 Updated at 2:40 p.m.: 

Traffic is backed up from Mile Point 82 to about the 91 interchange at Elizabethtown.  The paving crew is still working and the right lane is expected to remain closed for another 2-3 hours.  Heavy rain is moving into Central Kentucky over the next few hours.  Motorist should use extreme caution in the work area.  Motorists and especially trucks are urged to consider exit 91 Western Kentucky Parkway to Natcher Parkway to rejoin I65 in Bowling Green to proceed south on I65.

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet issued the following traffic advisory Friday morning for those traveling on I-65 in the Hardin County region:

Interstate 65 southbound near Mile Point 82 in Hardin County is reduced to one lane.

The right lane is blocked until base failure repairs can be completed. Keep left.

There are three repair locations between exit 86 at Glendale and exit 81 at Sonora.

Signage is posted well ahead of the work area. Use exit 86 to US 31W south as an alternate route to rejoin I65 at exit 81.

Weather conditions are less than ideal for pavement work. Surfaces are more slippery and visibilities are reduced because of rain, fog and traffic spray.

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Regional
2:44 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Bowling Green Attorney Confirmed as Federal Judge

Greg Stivers has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a federal district judge. He has practiced civil law in Bowling Green since 1985.
Credit Kerrick Bachert Stivers, Attorneys at Law

A Bowling Green attorney has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the newest federal judge in the Western District of Kentucky. 

Greg Stivers, a close friend and supporter of Republican Senator Rand Paul, was nominated by President Obama over the summer.  The Senate confirmation was unanimous. 

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky issued a statement congratulating Stivers.

“Greg is an experienced and respected civil practitioner who has represented Kentuckians diligently for nearly 30 years, and he is well qualified to serve on the federal bench," McConnell said. 

Stivers is a partner in the Bowling Green law firm of Kerrick, Bachert, and Stivers.  He specializes in business and employment law and has represented the city of Bowling Green and WKU. 

Stivers will fill the vacancy created when Judge Thomas Russell took senior status.  Federal district judges are appointed for life and paid $199,000 annually.

Regional
1:39 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Effort Underway to Expand Alcohol Sales at WKU

A student governing body at WKU is working to amend the university's alcohol policy.

The Student Government Association and its executive committee have approved a resolution to expand alcohol sales to on-campus restaurants and at some catered events.  William Berry is an SGA senator-at-large.  He co-authored the resolution and argues more than half of the student population at WKU is of legal drinking age. 

Berry says it’s also a safety issue because students drink off campus and return to their dorms intoxicated.

"I surveyed a pool of around 200 students, and the research I found was that 74% of students have themselves or know of someone who has driven home while under the influence of alcohol," Berry explained.

WKU already allows alcohol sales at sporting events and during tailgating. 

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Regional
5:14 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Conservation Fund Grants Aid Kentucky Projects

Recreational and tourism projects in communities around Kentucky are getting a boost from 17 Land and Water Conservation Fund grants announced totaling almost $700,000.

Gov. Steve Beshear said in a news release from his office Wednesday that the projects will provide safe places for residents to be active, be involved in sports and live healthy lifestyles.

The grant program is for development and maintenance of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities, such as campgrounds, sports and playfields, swimming and fishing areas, boating facilities and trails.

Counties where projects were approved for grants are Barren, Clark, Clay, Fleming, Franklin, Grayson, Green, Hancock, Hopkins, McCracken, Muhlenberg, Powell, Robertson, Wayne, Webster and Wolfe. Two projects are in Webster County.

Regional
5:24 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

GM: Restoration on Two Damaged Corvettes To Start Next Month

The 1 millionth Corvette went on display earlier this year at the National Corvette Museum after it was pulled from the sinkhole
Credit National Corvette Museum

General Motors Co. says work will begin in January to restore two prized Chevrolet Corvettes extracted from a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green

GM has received two of the classic vehicles that were among eight gobbled up by a 40-foot-wide by 60-foot deep hole in February at the museum. Among them is the 1 millionth Corvette, a 1992 model, which had significant damage.

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Regional
4:51 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Lawyer for Man Accused of Killing Somerset Lawyer Considering Insanity Defense

Clinton Inabnitt is accused in the fatal shooting of Somerset defense attorney Mark Stanziano in June, 2014
Credit Pulaski County Detention Center

The attorney for the Somerset man accused in the fatal shooting of defense attorney Mark Stanziano this summer may be formulating an insanity defense in the case.  The lawyer for 40-year-old Clinton Inabnitt has filed notice of a potential insanity defense. 

The Herald-Leader reports a psychiatrist testified at a hearing Tuesday that Inabnitt is schizophrenic, delusional and refuses to take his medication.  On June 27, prosecutors say Inabnitt shot Stanziano multiple times outside his office in downtown Somerset.  

The judge in the case ordered Inabnitt to be given anti-psychotic medication -- forcibly if needed --  and says he’ll re-evaluate the case in 60 days.

Regional
3:45 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Number of Flu Cases Increasing in Kentucky

With the holiday season often comes an increase in the number of flu cases across Kentucky.  Over the last week state officials report rates of the flu virus jumped from 'sporadic' to a 'regional' designation. 

State Epidemiologist Kraig Humbaugh says getting a flu shot remains the primary recommendation.  "Each flu season unfortunately, thousands of Americans die from flu or flu-related complications and the flu shot is folks best protection against influenza," said Humbaugh.

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