A father and daughter who were injured in a tragic house fire that killed nine other family members returned home Saturday to a community parade.
Chad and 11 year old Kylie Watson arrived in Greenville to signs, balloons and cheers from well-wishers. The parade ended at Calvary Baptist Church in Central City, where there was a celebration for their return.
Kylie and her father were injured on January 30 when some type of combustible material fell against a baseboard heater in a bedroom. the blaze killed La Rae "Nikki" Watson and eight of her children aged 4 to 15.
A snake handling minister who appeared on the National Geographic television reality show "Snake Salvation" has died after being bitten by a snake at a weekend church service.
Jamie Coots was handling a rattlesnake at his Full Gospel Tabernacle In Jesus Name church in Middlesboro in Bell County when he was bitten on the hand Saturday night according to another preacher, Cody Winn. Police said an ambulance arrived at the church Saturday evening but emergency workers were told Coots had gone home. Authorities say Coots refused initial medical treatment and when emergency workers returned later that night, the pastor was dead from the venomous bite.
His son, Cody Coots, said his dad had been bitten at least eight times before, losing a finger to a poisonous bite once, but had never had such a severe reaction.
One-fourth of the judicial workforce in Kentucky falls under the federal poverty guidelines for a family of four.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton calls the broken salary structure the most pressing issue in the state’s judicial system.
Minton is asking for funding to in the next two-year state budget to bring salaries more in line with wages in the private sector and the Executive and Legislative branches of state government.
He says that a judicial brain drain is occurring in Kentucky.
"We find that our best qualified people are snatched away from us rather quickly. I also find that the greatest competitor that the judicial branch has are the other two branches of government because they pay better for the same type of job."
Minton says the situation has been worsened by years of frozen raises and the judicial branch furlough of 2012.
Kentucky State Rep. Bam Carney is praising the actions of emergency first responders for their handling of a natural gas explosion in Adair County that injured two people.
In a speech delivered on the House floor, Carney thanked firefighters and EMT workers for their efforts in responding to a Columbia Gulf gas line explosion that rocked the town of Knifely , which is in Carney’s district.
“One home that was damaged was actually my aunt’s, so it’s right there, and you know, when it hits family -- it’s always important to us but when it hits family it’s a little different. But I want to publicly thank all those folks who, by all accounts, have done an outstanding job: Columbia Gulf, first responders,” said Carney. “You know, again, sometimes we take all those folks for granted 'til when we need them, so again I want to publicly thank them for what they’re doing in my community.”
Investigators have yet to determine the cause of the explosion.
Eleven-year-old Kylie Watson and father 36-year-old Chad Watson were treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville for lung damage and burns following the Jan. 30 fire at their home in Muhlenberg County.
A Kentucky man who was injured in a fire that killed his wife and eight of his children has been released from the hospital. The man's daughter -- his only surviving child-- remains hospitalized.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center officials say 11-year-old Kylie Watson is still listed in stable condition. Vanderbilt spokeswoman Paula Jones said the girl's father, 36-year-old Chad Watson, was discharged on Thursday.
The two had been hospitalized since Jan. 30 after a fire swept through their home in the community of Depoy near Greenville, Ky. Police say the fire started when a combustible material fell against an electric heater in a bedroom overnight.
The blaze killed La Rae "Nikki" Watson and eight children ages 4 to 15.
General Motors says it will oversee the restoration process for the eight sports cars that fell into a giant sinkhole Wednesday morning at the Corvette Museum. Bowling Green Corvette plant manager Jeff LaMarche says they won’t know the exact condition of the cars until they’re recovered.
“We know that these cars represent significant milestones – not just in our history in Chevrolet and General Motors but also in the automotive history. And nobody really has a better understanding of their significance and what it takes to properly restore these than the engineers and designers at Chevrolet where they were developed," said LaMarche.
The lead engineer for the reconstruction project says it will take 2-3 weeks to stabilize the ground around the sinkhole. After that, he says it will take 4-6 days to remove the cars. Museum officials say repairs will start Friday and they hope to have everything complete by August when the museum celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Matt Bevin thinks he is the only Republican who can beat Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in this year’s U.S. Senate election in Kentucky.
Bevin is challenging Incumbent Mitch McConnell in the GOP primary. At a meet-and-greet in Bowling Green Thursday, Bevin claimed McConnell can’t win a general election.
“There’s a fatigue for Mitch McConnell. After 30 years, there are many people who won’t vote for him again and that gives Alison Grimes the ability to essentially beat him by default," suggested Bevin. "It’s not as if those Republicans that voted for him in the past will vote for her, but what I think will happen is that they just won’t vote again.”
A Bluegrass poll conducted this month showed Bevin trailing Grimes only five percentage points in a potential November match-up. The same poll gave McConnell a 26-point lead over Bevin in the primary.
An interview with WKU's new Diplomat in Residence, Michael McClellan
Michael McClellan was born just outside of Bowling Green, but his career path has taken him to the far corners of the earth as a senior foreign service officer for the State Department and U.S. Information Agency.
Earlier this month, McClellan retired from the State department after 30 years and is settling into a new position, a little closer to home as the only “Diplomat in Residence” at a public university in Kentucky.
His current job at Western Kentucky University involves explaining foreign cultures to American college students , but for three decades it was just the opposite.
“My job was to communicate American culture, American foreign policy and American policy positions on every possible topic there is and to help people abroad understand why we hold such positions, why we develop those positions, how are system works and what constitutes American culture,” said McClellan when he stopped by the WKU Public Radio studios this week. “This is particularly challenging in today’s world because America is without a doubt the most diverse country in the world.”