The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the northern reaches of our listening area, including Owensboro, Evansville and Elizabethtown. Forecasters predict multi-inch snowfall in the area as well as a wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet. Caution is advised on roadways.
As a precaution, WKU-Elizabethtown and Fort Knox campuses closed at 3 p.m. EST and WKU-Owensboro shut down at 3 p.m. central time. NEW: Evening classes have been canceled at WKU's Glasgow campus.
A distilled spirits trade group says global thirst for Kentucky bourbon and Tennessee whiskey sent exports beyond $1 billion for the first time ever in 2013.
The Distilled Spirits Council says combined bourbon and Tennessee whiskey exports grew a projected 5 percent last year. Their revenues shot up even higher in the U.S., rising by a projected 10.2 percent last year.
The council says their performance overseas drove overall American distilled spirits exports above $1.5 billion. That marks the fourth straight year of record exports for American-crafted spirits.
The group says the steady rise reflects a growing reputation for America spirits overseas.
Donations continue to pour in from around the country for the two survivors of last week’s house fire in Muhlenberg County.
The country music group “The Band Perry” has paid for the funerals of Larae Watson and her eight children, but the surviving father and daughter will have many needs.
Jamie Wells is Senior Vice President of Old National Bank, which has set up a fund in conjunction with Calvary Baptist Church in Central City.
"When you consider the fact that the two survivors in this family have not only lost all of their belongings and the structure that they called their home, but everything that gave it life, it's hard to wrap your mind around that," remarks Wells. "There will be clothing and shelter provisions that will need to be made, they'll be long term educational needs, just all kinds of support."
Wells says donations have come from as far away as Japan and can still be made at any Old National Bank branch in the U.S. Those interested in donating can call (270) 338-1000 or mail a contribution to:
Funeral services have been set for a mother and eight of her children who died in a fire in western Kentucky last week.
Calvary Baptist Church pastor Tim Burden said the funeral is set for 2 p.m. CST Saturday at Felix E. Martin Jr. Hall at Muhlenberg County High School in Greenville.
He says country music trio The Band Perry has offered to pay for the funeral for Nikki Watson and the children and is also covering some lodging for family while the survivors, husband and father Chad Watson and 11-year-old daughter Kylie, are hospitalized.
Burden said an Owensboro homebuilder has offered to build a new home for the Watsons.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center spokeswoman Jennifer Wetzel said both the father and daughter remain in critical but stable condition.
Kentucky’s congressional delegation is urging federal officials to restore the water levels at Lake Cumberland, even as an endangered fish found in headwaters threatens to keep the lake lowered for an eighth year in a row.
A letter sent Monday to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says “it is well time for the lake to return to its full capacity.” The letter, signed by Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, as well as Congressmen Hal Rogers and Ed Whitfield, says the matter is "of great concern to the economic well-being of the Lake Cumberland area in southeastern Kentucky."
A federal judge has rejected an appeal from the lone woman awaiting execution in Kentucky after concluding her attorney wasn't deficient at trial.
U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves turned away claims by 53-year-old Virginia Susan Caudill that her lawyer committed numerous errors during her joint trial with a co-defendant, 53-year-old Johnathan Wayne Goforth.
Caudill and Goforth were convicted in 2000 in Lexington of robbing and killing 73-year-old Lonetta White by bludgeoning her to death with a hammer on March 15, 1998. White's body was then put in the trunk of her own car, which was set ablaze.
Prosecutors say the pair fled to Florida and Mississippi in the months after the slaying. Police arrested Caudill in New Orleans about eight months after the killing.