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2:23 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Crews Prepare to Remove Sixth Corvette from Museum Sinkhole

The National Corvette Museum posted this picture Monday which shows crews are uncovering the Spyder and exposing more of the 1.5 millionth Corvette.
Credit National Corvette Museum

The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green is getting closer to pulling out the three remaining cars from a massive sinkhole. 

Marketing and Communications Director Katie Frassinelli says a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder will be retrieved next, possibly in the next couple of days. 

Workers spent last week vacuuming dirt out of the sinkhole that opened up beneath the museum February 12.  Eight Corvettes on display in the Skydome fell into the 50-foot-deep hole. 

Besides the Spyder, the 2009 1.5 millionth car and a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z-06 are still inside the sinkhole. 

As they are retrieved, the cars are being placed on display at the museum before they are sent to Michigan for restoration.

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2:02 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Kentucky Legislature Sends E-Cigarette Bill to Governor's Desk

Anyone younger than 18 would be barred from buying electronic cigarettes in Kentucky under a bill the state Legislature has approved.

The Senate gave the bill final approval on Monday. It will become law unless Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear vetoes it.

Teenagers under 18 are already banned from buying tobacco products in Kentucky. This bill updates that ban to include electronic cigarettes.

Electronic cigarettes resemble traditional cigarettes, except they are battery powered and the person inhales a vapor instead of smoke.

The ban would prohibit anyone under 18 from buying, possessing or using electronic cigarettes.

Regional
12:24 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Power Restored to WKU Fine Arts Center

Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center
Credit WKU

Crews have restored power to the Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center at WKU and the building will re-open at 1 p.m. Monday.  The university says classes will resume Tuesday morning at 8 a.m.

The building lost power Wednesday night, leading to the cancelation of classes Thursday, Friday and Monday.

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Regional
8:52 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Kentucky School Superintendent Charged with DUI

Larue County Public Schools Superintendent Sam Sanders
Credit Larue County Board of Education

A central Kentucky school superintendent has been charged with DUI after being arrested while driving a board of education vehicle.

Hodgenville Police Chief Steve Johnson told WAVE-TV in Louisville officers arrested LaRue County school chief Sam Sanders early Saturday morning for a DUI in a car registered to LaRue Board of Education.

Johnson says Sanders was taken to LaRue County Detention Center and released shortly after he was brought there.

Sanders is charged with DUI first offense and speeding in excess of 15 over the speed limit.

Jail records did not list an attorney for Sanders.

Regional
5:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Final Sign-Up Day is Here for Kentucky's Health Exchange

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear visits the Kynect call center in Lexington.

Today marks an important deadline for the thousands of Kentuckians still without health insurance.  It’s the last day until November to sign up for Medicaid or private insurance on the state’s health exchange known as Kynect. 

Gwenda Bond in the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services says there will be some exceptions for qualifying events.

"If people lose their health insurance coverage for some reason, a job loss or change, a marriage or divorce, then they'll be able to sign up and apply for subsidies," says Gwenda Bond in the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.  "In addition to that, people will be able to sign up for Medicaid after the 31st."

Small businesses may also enroll in coverage at any time. 

Over the weekend, the state increased personnel and extended hours at the Kynect call center to accommodate a last-minute surge of enrollments. 

As of Friday afternoon, more than 350,000 Kentuckians had enrolled in coverage on the health exchange.

Regional
5:15 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Bill Requiring Parental Notification of Teen Traffic Tickets Wins Final Approval

Kentucky lawmakers have given final approval to a bill requiring parents to be in court when their teenage children are accused of traffic violations.

The Senate passed the bill on a 38-0 vote Friday, sending it to Gov. Steve Beshear. The bill previously passed the House.

Supporters say the bill stems from the death of a Kentucky teenager who died in a traffic crash while speeding.

They say the same teen was stopped for speeding previously, but his case went through the courts without his parents' knowledge.

The bill seeks to ensure parents know when their children are accused of traffic violations. It would apply to cases involving youngsters under age 18. In most cases, their parents or guardians would have to attend their court proceedings.

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2:42 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Kentucky Beefs Up Technology, Manpower Ahead of Health Insurance Deadline

Workers field calls about Kynect at a call center in Lexington.
Credit Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Kentucky is taking measures to handle an expected last-minute surge in applications for health insurance ahead of Monday’s deadline. 

The state has added phone operators at the Lexington call center and increased server power on Kynect, the state’s health exchange. 

"We've been seeing a tremendous increase in the number of people applying and approved each day," says Gwenda Bond in the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.  "We've been seeing about 3,100 each day and I suspect that's even higher this week."

According to the state, 350,386 uninsured Kentuckians have enrolled in Medicaid or private coverage as of Friday afternoon.

With a few exceptions, Monday, March 31 is the deadline to enroll in coverage that will take effect this year.  The next open enrollment period begins in November for coverage that would take effect in 2015.

When the current enrollment period began last October 1, an estimated 640,000 Kentuckians were uninsured.  Governor Steve Beshear told WKU Public Radio this week that he is "astonished" by the number of enrollments so far, and expects it will take two to three years to reach everyone.

"I think long-term you're going to see this grow, expand so hopefully every Kentuckian will finally have access to affordable health coverage," commented Beshear.  "We're going to be a much healthier state because of this effort."

For more information, call 1-855-459-6328  from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET or go to Kynect.ky.gov.

Regional
2:22 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

In Frankfort, Budget Talks Break Down As End of Session Looms

House Republican Whip John Carney, R-Campbellsville (left), talks with Rep. Jim Stewart, R-Flat Lick, during a recess period of the budget conference committee.
Credit Kentucky LRC

House and Senate lawmakers are far from agreeing on how to spend $20 billion in tax money during the next two years.

Talks broke down early Friday afternoon over $1 million for expanded cancer screenings and $500,000 to replace a roof at a domestic violence shelter in Louisville.

Senate Republicans argued the cancer screening money is unnecessary now that Medicaid and private insurance plans are required to pay for them under the federal Affordable Care Act. Democrats say the money is still needed because not everyone has signed up for insurance yet.

Lawmakers have yet to discuss big issues in the budget, including a 1.5 cents-per-gallon increase in the gas tax and $65 million for the renovation of Rupp Arena in Lexington.

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Regional
11:17 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Bowling Green, Warren County Schools Set Last of Day of Classes

School systems across Kentucky can finalize their calendars now that state lawmakers have reached an agreement over making up days missed because of snow. 

The Warren County Board of Education, at a special meeting Thursday night, voted to make up the remaining seven days and end the school year on June 4.  The board's action means that all 13 days missed due to inclement weather will be made up. 

Meanwhile, the Bowling Green City School District missed five days this year. Three of those days were made up using designated make-up days in the school calendar. City schools will make up the additional two days by being in session April 18 and May 23, both also designated make-up days in the school calendar.

May 23rd will be the last day of school for Bowling Green students.

Regional
11:02 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Westbound Lanes of WK Parkway Now Open Following Morning Accident

Update at 11:02 a.m.:

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced that the westbound lanes of the Western Kentucky Parkway have reopened to traffic at the 65 mile marker.  All lanes are now open at this site

Update at 10:13 a.m.:

The westbound lanes of the Western Kentucky Parkway at mile marker 65 at the Muhlenberg-Ohio county line will likely remain closed until 11:30 a.m.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reports that Ohio County emergency management reports some additional work is required to prepare the westbound lanes for traffic.

Original post:

The eastbound lanes of the Western Kentucky Parkway at mile marker 65 are open Friday morning following a commercial vehicle crash.

Both westbound lanes, however, will likely remain closed until 9:00 a.m. The accident took place at the Muhlenberg-Ohio County line, and involved a truck loaded with plywood crashing into the end of a bridge.

We'll update this post as soon as more information becomes available.

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