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Update at 9:54 p.m.:

Here are the results of the other three quarterfinal games played Friday in Bowling Green:

Butler 62  Lafayette 50

George Rogers Clark 45  Marshall County 37

Elizabethtown 58  Anderson County 37

Update at 2:05 p.m.:

Ashland Blazer is advancing to the Saturday semifinals of the Kentucky Girls Sweet 16 basketball tournament after beating Danville 64-55.

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The Kentucky Girls Sweet 16 field has been cut in half. The remaining eight teams play Friday in four quarterfinal matchups at WKU's E.A. Diddle Arena.

Here is the Friday lineup:

Ashland Blazer vs. Danville at 12:00 p.m.

Butler vs. Lafayette at 1:30 p.m.

Marshall County vs. George Rogers Clark at 6:30 p.m.

Elizabethtown vs. Anderson County at 8:00 p.m.

All times are central.

Four teams will play Saturday in the semifinals, with the state champion crowned Sunday afternoon.

Three Lady Toppers Receive Postseason Honors

Mar 12, 2014

WKU junior Chastity Gooch has been named the Sun Belt Conference "Defensive Player of the Year" for the second consecutive season while freshman Kendall Noble was named the league's "Freshman of the Year".

Gooch was also named a First-Team All Conference selection, Noble a Second Team selection and sophomore guard Micah Jones a Third Team All-Conference choice in a survey of the league's coaches and media members.

This is the first time since 2004-05 that WKU has had three players selected as All-Conference selections when Crystal Kelly, Tiffany Porter-Talbert and Leslie Logsdon were honored. It's only the tenth time in program history that it's happened.

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A trio of honors came down Tuesday for WKU men’s basketball players.  Redshirt-freshman Chris Harrison-Docks has been named the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year, becoming the fourth Hilltopper to win that honor in the SBC. 

Meantime, junior guard T.J. Price was named second-team all-conference after leading the team in scoring with 15.4 points per game.  Junior forward George Fant was named to the third team, All Sun-Belt Conference. Fant led the team in scoring ten times during the regular season.   

The Hilltoppers play in the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference tournament Saturday afternoon in New Orleans.

Also Tuesday, junior Chastity Gooch of the WKU women’s basketball team was named the conference Defensive Player of the Year.  Kendall Noble was named the women’s Freshman of the Year.  The WKU women open up the Sun Belt Conference tournament Wednesday night against Louisiana-Lafayette.

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The 2014 girls' high school basketball season will culminate Saturday night in Bowling Green.

WKU’s E. A. Diddle Arena is the site for the four-day Sweet 16 tournament that gets underway Wednesday afternoon.

Two teams from our listening area play on the tournament’s opening day, with Henderson County facing Ashland Blazer, and the Glasgow Scotties taking on Lexington Lafayette.

The fifth-region champion Elizabethtown Panthers play Sacred Heart of Louisville Thursday. Meade County faces Anderson County that day, and Corbin plays George Rogers Clark.

You can see the complete tournament bracket here.

Mammoth Cave National Park

Update: 9:36 a.m.

Legislators in Frankfort also have the day off Monday.  The Kentucky House and Senate will not convene because of the inclement weather.  They're set to meet again Tuesday afternoon.

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Several local school districts along with all WKU campuses are closed Monday because of the snow and ice that moved into the area on Sunday.  

Also, Mammoth Cave National Park says all roads and facilities are closed Monday. The park tweeted this photo taken by one of its park rangers. 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says crews put down salt and calcium on Sunday afternoon and crews continue efforts to clear roadways today with snow plows. 

Warren County officials say they've responded to several accidents this morning. 

Stay with WKU Public Radio, on air and online throughout the day for the latest weather updates. 

WKU released the following statement Sunday:

ALL WKU campuses will be closed Monday, March 3. Essential dining and facilities personnel should report to work, but all other operations will be closed. If you must travel, please use caution. Follow the latest updates on www.wku.edu and on official social media platforms.

WKU Hosts Inaugural IdeaFestival Bowling Green

Feb 28, 2014
Abbey Oldham / WKU Public Radio

The first-ever IdeaFestival Bowling Green featured ideas about inventing your own job, innovative underwear designs, and the future of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Modeled after the IdeaFestival in Louisville that began in 2006, IdeaFestival Bowling Green was held Friday on the campus of WKU.

WKU Public Radio photojournalist Abbey Oldham took photos from the inaugural event that capture some of the images on display Friday.

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The WKU men’s basketball team heads into the weekend on the verge of another 20-win season.

The Hilltoppers are traveling to the Lone Star State in search of another Sun Belt conference victory. WKU will enter Saturday night’s game against UT-Arlington with a 19-9 record, with 11 wins and four losses in the Sun Belt Conference.

You can read more about the UT-Arlington game at WKU Sports.

The Hilltoppers are in second place in the Sun Belt, behind only Georgia State.

WKU hopes to continue the momentum from Thursday's win over Texas State, which saw the Tops rally from a 12 point deficit and win by one. The team's final home game is next Thursday against Sun Belt foe Louisiana-Lafayette.

Trency Jackson scored 25 points and Chris Harrison-Docks added 15 as Western Kentucky got off to a fast start and beat Louisiana-Monroe 72-63 on Saturday night.

Western Kentucky (18-9, 10-4 Sun Belt Conference) raced to an 18-1 lead to start the game as Louisiana-Monroe (8-14, 5-9) struggled to score. It took the Warhawks more than 8½ minutes to make their first field goal.

The Hilltoppers held a 43-28 advantage in rebounding, which helped them overcome their own offensive struggles. Western Kentucky won their eighth game out of their last 10 despite shooting just 39.7 percent from the field and hitting only 17 of 32 field goals. The Hilltoppers also committed only six turnovers.

Tylor Ongwae scored 19 points and Jayon James had 13 for Louisiana-Monroe, which has now lost seven of its last nine.

WKU Elizabethtown/Fort Know campus will open at 10:00 a.m. EST Thursday.

WKU's Glasgow campus will open at 11:00 a.m. CST.

Caution is urged while traveling around the area.

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The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah is known not only for showcasing independent films, and bringing together movie-types like actors, directors and filmmakers – but also for its generous amounts of snowfall and chilly temperatures.

For 23 WKU students including Jayme Powell, the Sundance experience was one that can’t be replicated in south-central Kentucky.

That is, with the possible exception of the weather.

“When we got back last night, it was colder in Kentucky,” said Powell on Saturday afternoon.  “But it was cold in Park City. We were bundled up a lot.”

Powell , an aspiring film producer says she saw 22 films at Sundance.  Many of her days started as early as 8:30 or 9 o’clock in the morning and often ended hours later with a midnight showing.  She also spent much of her time attending panel discussions with filmmakers and producers.

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A program being used at WKU is providing a better idea of what can be done to prevent students from leaving school before completing their degree.

The MAP-Works system helps identify at-risk students who take a voluntary survey. Students who appear to be struggling receive direct intervention by WKU faculty and staff who direct the student to programs that can help with academic, financial, or health issues.

Lindsey Gilmore, with the WKU enrollment management office, says she assumed money problems would be the top reason why students drop out. But she says MAP-Works shows that’s not the case.

"Generally, what MAP-Works does is let us see about five top issues our students are facing per classification, and lack of financial confidence is always in the top five, but it’s never number one."

Gilmore says MAP-Works shows the biggest stressors for WKU students include homesickness, test anxiety, study habits, and low peer connections.

More than 5,400 WKU students have been contacted or met with in person this academic year about their survey results. Gilmore says the school is working to get more students to take the MAP-Works survey. A little over 27 percent of WKU students completed the survey last fall.

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The President of WKU says he’s not counting on a big tuition increase to help offset a proposed cut in state funding for universities.

Dr. Gary Ransdell says he believes the Council on Postsecondary Education will cap the next round of potential tuition increases at about three percent.

That’s the increase the CPE set last April for in-state undergraduate students beginning this fall. President Ransdell told WKU Public Radio that it’s probably not realistic to expect anything more than that.

“Even if the CPE would allow a higher number, we’re not likely to go there,” Dr. Ransdell said during a break in Friday’s Board of Regents meeting. “So we’re going to have a modest tuition increase. Every year there’s going to be a tuition increase. It will simply cover our fixed-cost increases. These other items are going to have to be funded in some other way—probably through redirection of funds within our budget.”

The proposed budget announced by Governor Beshear this week includes a 2.5 percent spending reduction for state universities, which amounts to a loss of $1.8 million for WKU in fiscal year 2015.

Kentucky minimum wage increase?

A proposed increase in Kentucky’s minimum wage would add an estimated $419,000 to WKU's current payroll obligations. Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo is sponsoring legislation that would boost the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, up from the current $7.25 an hour.

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WKU has a new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.  Head coach Jeff Brohm has selected Cincinnati’s Tyson Helton to fill the role that Brohm himself held last season.  Helton spent one year as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Cincinnati.  The Bearcats had a 9-4 season and appeared in the Belk Bowl against North Carolina.

Helton has 13 years of coaching experience, including six at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Brohm and Helton were on the same staff at UAB in 2012.

Helton, 36, played football and earned his bachelor’s degree from Houston.  He and his wife April have two daughters, ages 10 and 8 and twin 5-year-old boys.

WKU has been awarded a $150,000 grant to support early childhood education. 

The funding from the PNC Foundation will be used to produce videos that will expose children to the STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering, and math.  The videos will be distributed to places such as libraries, housing authorities, and preschools in Kentucky and Tennessee. 

"The hardest thing about changing the number of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians in Kentucky relates to the fact that unless you stimulate interest early and students are really prepared to be successful when they go to college in those areas, then it's not going to happen," said Dr. Julia Roberts, executive director of the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU.

Kentucky will need to fill 74,000 STEM jobs by 2018, yet only 12 percent of bachelor’s degrees conferred in the state are in STEM fields.

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