Bowling Green, Kentucky – Reports of critical blood shortages in other parts of the country have brought the nation's blood banks together to strongly encourage immediate donation by eligible donors. The American Red Cross was joined by America's Blood Centers and the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) in asking generous people to step up. The area Red Cross schedules up to 18 blood drives a day across its 84-county region.
Frankfort, Kentucky – The state Medicaid program will make more than $250 million in cuts to deal with increasing enrollment and growing costs. The Medicaid program is facing a $450 million deficit next year. The number of people on Medicaid this year is expected to exceed projections by 41,000 individuals. Governor Patton noted that the state has been addressing problems with the Medicaid budget for nearly two years. He appointed a Medicaid Steering Committee in 2001 to start dealing with the problem.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – The city of Bowling Green is placing national championship signs along seven corridors into the city. The red and white signs recognize Western Kentucky University's 1AA football champions. Ransdell spoke at the sign unveiling ceremony. There will a special celebration ceremony for the national champions in Diddle Arena on January 18.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – The Bowling Green City Commission has approved the second reading of an ordinance outlining the city's urban renewal plan. With the vote, the implementation of the historic Bowling Green Revitalization Project becomes effective immediately.
Under the plan, land will be acquired in part to establish Bowling Green Circus Square, a business and housing and park development; to expand existing medical facilities and the riverfront project; and provide for a housing complex for the elderly.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – The United States Senate has passed a resolution honoring the Western Kentucky University football team for winning the NCAA Division 1-AA Football Championship. The resolution was sponsored by Senator Jim Bunning, and was approved unanimously on January 9th. The US House had passed a similar resolution, sponsored by Congressman Ron Lewis, earlier this week.
Bowling Green, KY – The American Football Coaches Association announced Tuesday at the conclusion of its 2003 convention that Western Kentucky University head coach Jack Harbaugh was selected National I-AA Coach of the Year in a vote of his peers.
Harbaugh wins the award for the first time after leading the Hilltoppers to their first NCAA Division I-AA national championship with a 34-14 victory over top-seeded McNeese State Dec. 20 in Chattanooga.
Owensboro, Kentucky – Lindsey Wilson College has received a $400,000 grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation of Louisville. College President William Luckey Jr. says the Brown Foundation has been a major partner of Lindsey Wilson for more than twenty-five years. The latest grant will be used to assist in the school's science program.
Lexington, Ky – After spending 42-years in education and public broadcasting, the Executive Director and C.E.O of Kentucky Educational Television is stepping down. Virginia G. Fox plans to retire on December 31, 2002. Fox has been honored with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Lifetime Achievement Award. Fox is only the third person to be recognized with the award by the C.P.B .
Columbia, Kentucky – The search for an Adair County teenager accused of murdering his parents is being extended to other states. Kentucky State Police believe 16-year-old Blake Walker is in Texas, but did not specify a location in the state.
The bodies of his parents, 55-year-old Barbara Peterson and 54-year-old Brian Walker were found by police Monday at the family's home in Knifley. Broadcast reports say investigators may be using credit card information to track Blake Walker.