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2:43 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Crystal Kelly, Ron Bevars Among KHSAA Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Crystal Kelly during her playing days at WKU.
Credit WKU Athletics

A former WKU basketball star is being honored for her prolific high school career.

Crystal Kelly is a member of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015, which was announced Sunday.

Kelly was named Kentucky’s Ms. Basketball in 2004, after leading Sacred Heart to three straight state championships. Kelly went on to become WKU’s all-time women’s leader in points and rebounds, and was taken by the Houston Comets in the 2008 WNBA draft.

Another member of the KHSAA Hall of Fame Class of 2015 is Ron Bevars, who coached at North Hardin High School in Radcliff for 38 seasons. Bevars retired in 2013 after racking up 805 wins, the fourth-most in Kentucky high school basketball history.

Bevars led North Hardin to three Sweet 16 semi-finals appearances, and lost the 1982 state championship on a half-court, game-winning buzzer-beater by Laurel County’s Paul Andrews.

Regional
6:24 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

WKU Grad Stephens Appointed To Legislative Ethics Commission

Henry Stephens
Credit Northern Kentucky University

The newest appointee to the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission comes with an undergraduate degree from WKU and bipartisan support. 

Henry Stephens has been a professor at the Chase School of Law at Northern Kentucky University since the early 1980s. He received his bachelor’s degree from WKU in 1975 before earning his law degree from UK.  

On Monday, he was appointed to the state’s legislative ethics commission by both Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Republican Senate President Robert Stivers.   Stephens’ appointment fills a spot that’s been vacant for two years. 

The commission came under fire earlier this year when not all members were present to hear the first ethics trial of former state representative John Arnold. Arnold was found guilty of sexual harassment at a second trial, although he continues to deny the charges against him.

Vernie McGaha resigned from the commission earlier this year and he was replaced in May by former state Sen. Charlie Borders.

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Sports
3:24 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Henderson County Star Named State's Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year

A WKU-bound high school senior has been named the Gatorade Kentucky Baseball Player of the Year.

Henderson County third baseman and outfielder Kaleb Duckworth is batting .447 with seven home runs, 35 runs batted in, and 38 stolen bases. The Gatorade player of the year award is given annually to a player who demonstrates athletic excellence, academic accomplishments, and exemplary character.

Duckworth, who has a 3.8 G.P.A., will enroll in WKU this fall.

Duckworth and his Henderson County High School teammates are taking on Christian County Tuesday in the semifinals of the Second Region Tournament.

Regional
2:26 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

University's Discarded Electronics, Furniture Wind Up Here

Credit Emil Moffatt

Next to Western Kentucky University’s main dining hall a red, metal cardboard crusher – one of three on campus, flattens a mess of card board boxes into a tightly-compacted bunch ready to be hauled away. But cardboard is just part of the equation. Throughout campus, there are hundreds of recycling bins, encouraging students and staff to reduce the amount of trash WKU puts into landfills.

“Anything the university no longer wants that is not in a trash can,” said Sara Hutchison, WKU’s recycling and surplus coordinator. “That can be cardboard and the single-stream recycling, which includes the aluminum cans, tin cans like a Campbell’s soup can; plastic bottles; mixed paper – magazines, newspaper, office paper.”

Hutchison is our tour guide for an inside look at what happens to all of the discarded by-products of a college campus.  

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Science
1:11 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Impressive Meteor Shower Expected Early Saturday Morning

The director of WKU's Hardin Planetarium says a meteor show early Saturday morning could be the best of the decade
Credit Abbey Oldham/WKU Public Radio

If you’re up late Friday night – or early Saturday morning, you could be in store for a dramatic light show in the sky.  Dr. Richard Gelderman, director of WKU’s Hardin Planetarium says we could see the best meteor shower of the year – possibly the decade.

“A comet has just passed near the sun and we are about to run into its trail,” said Gelderman.  “That’s going to probably be a whole lot of dust. It’s going to come when the moon is not going to be in the sky, so it will be nice and dark and it will come when our part of the earth is slamming right into the dust stream.”

Gelderman says the best time to view the comet will likely be between midnight and 2 a.m. central time Saturday morning, but he notes those time estimates aren’t always precise.

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Regional
7:26 am
Thu May 22, 2014

WKU Professor Thought He Would Die Following Fall in Himalayas

Dr. John All was treated at a hospital after falling while climbing in the Himalayas
Credit American Climber Science Program

A WKU professor says he fell into a crevasse on a mountain in Nepal but managed to crawl to his tent despite broken ribs and an arm before being rescued the next morning.

Geography and Geology Professor John All said Thursday he thought he was going to die after falling 70 feet into the crevasse with no hope of rescue. It took him six hours to crawl out of the hole and another three hours to reach his tent and spent the night in pain before rescuers reached him the next morning.

All and his team had moved to Mount Himlung in north central Nepal because Mount Everest was closed last month after 16 Sherpa guides died in an avalanche.

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Regional
6:01 am
Tue May 20, 2014

WKU Professor Recovering in Hospital After Falling While on Himalyan Mountains

Dr. John All
Credit American Climber Science Program

Update at 6:02 a.m.:

A WKU professor who fell into a 70-foot crevasse in the Himalayan mountains is recovering at a hospital in Nepal after being rescued by a helicopter.

Dr. John All was conducting climate research at Mount Himlung when he fell into the crevasse and suffered a broken arm, broken ribs, and internal bleeding.

According to a report in the Himalayan Times, Dr. All underwent treatment at Norvic International Hospital in Kathmandu. The helicopter mission that rescued Dr. All was conducted by the group Global Rescue, which led the operation from its operations centers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Thailand.

The WKU Geography and Geology Professor moved his expedition to Mount Himlung after a deadly avalanche shut down the 2014 climbing season on Mount Everest.

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WKU
10:56 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Photo Gallery: WKU's 175th Commencement Ceremonies

WKU graduate candidates file into Diddle Arena Saturday, May 17, 2014.
Abbey Oldham

About 2,000 undergraduate, master's and doctoral students at WKU were honored at commencement ceremonies in front of a packed E.A. Diddle Arena this weekend. Graduate candidates donned lavishly decorated hats, listened to a speech by President Gary Ransdell, had their names read as they walked across the red carpet, and posed for photos in their caps and gowns.

This weekend marked WKU's 175th commencement ceremony. Photojournalist Abbey Oldham gathered these images of the weekend's events.

Science
4:24 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

WKU Professor Who Served on Climate Panel Says Kentucky Can't Afford Complacency

WKU Professor of Geography and Geology Rezaul Mahmood
Credit Abbey Oldham

A WKU professor who served on the panel behind the recently released national climate change report says Kentucky hasn’t been as impacted by climate change as several other states.

But Dr. Rezaul Mahmood says that could change in the coming years.

The WKU Geography and Geology Professor is one of about 60 members of the National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee. The group’s 1,100 page report, released Tuesday, says the impacts of climate change are being seen across the country.

While Kentucky hasn’t seen the degree of temperature change that some western and east-coast states have experienced, the WKU Professor says policy makers and residents in the commonwealth shouldn’t be complacent.

“If changes in other regions happen, that will eventually impact Kentucky, Dr. Mahmood said. "For example, if watersheds in other states are getting lots of rain, or not enough rain, eventually our water supply is going to be affected."

Dr. Mahmood says one way Kentucky has been proactive about climate change has been the creation of a comprehensive drought plan that coordinates efforts at the state and local levels.

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WKU
1:59 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

WKU Student Arrested After Incident Involving Unloaded Gun

Michael Dearborn
Credit Warren County Regional Jail

A WKU freshman was arrested after pulling an unloaded gun on campus.

Michael Dearborn of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, was taken into custody late Wednesday morning by WKU Police and faces charges of menacing, terroristic threatening, and wanton endangerment.

WKU Director of Media Relations Bob Skipper says the incident began when university police received a call about a verbal altercation at Centennial Mall, near the center of campus.

“As the police were en route, they got a 911 call saying there was somebody brandishing a gun," Skipper told WKU Public Radio. "Officers were on the scene quickly, found the person who matched the description, and then several students pointed him out, as well.”

Skipper says that Dearborn ran after being approached by police, and was apprehended along the steps near the Downing Student Union and Academic Complex.

The College Heights Herald quoted a student eyewitness as saying Dearborn didn't run very fast, as it appeared he was trying to hold his pants up.

Police found an unloaded gun on Dearborn and placed him under arrest. He was taken to the Warren County Regional Jail.

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