Laurel Wilson, Bowling Green Daily News en WKU Adopts Tuition Hike <p><a href="">Western Kentucky University&rsquo;s</a> Board of Regents passed a budget for fiscal year 2012-13 at a special meeting Friday. The $388.6 million budget includes a 4.8 percent tuition increase. WKU now has the third-highest tuition of Kentucky&rsquo;s state universities, behind only the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville. Sun, 24 Jun 2012 15:21:05 +0000 Laurel Wilson, Bowling Green Daily News 28544 at WKU Committee Approves Tuition Hike <p><a href="">The finance and budget committee </a>of Western Kentucky University&rsquo;s Board of Regents had a special meeting Friday, when it approved a 2012-13 operating budget that includes a 4.8 percent tuition increase. Pending approval by the full board at the June 22 meeting, the university will have a total operating budget of $388,597,000 for the 2012-13 fiscal year. That&rsquo;s an increase of about $3.5 million, or 0.9 percent, from the current year&rsquo;s budget. Sun, 03 Jun 2012 15:02:10 +0000 Laurel Wilson, Bowling Green Daily News 27440 at Dropout Bill Advances <p><a href="">The state Senate on Wednesday passed a bill</a> that would allow individual school districts to raise their dropout age to 18 &ndash; a concept local superintendents say has merit, although they say all factors, such as funding needs, need to be taken into account. Two versions of dropout-age legislation are under consideration by the General Assembly. Senate Bill 109 does not go as far as House Bill 216, which was passed in January and would raise the dropout age to 18 across the state. Currently, students in Kentucky can drop out of school at age 16 with a parent&rsquo;s permission. Sun, 12 Feb 2012 16:58:57 +0000 Laurel Wilson, Bowling Green Daily News 21300 at School Resource Centers Face Budget Cuts <p><a href="">Family resource and youth service centers</a> in schools are worried about how this year&#39;s probable 4.5 percent state budget cuts will affect their programs. Students and families who rely on the centers could see a major decrease in services. The cuts could cause schools to lose some of the programs at their resource centers, which include after-school activities, mentoring, guest speakers, family nights and health education and referrals, she said. The centers also help students with needs such as school supplies and clothing. Fri, 03 Feb 2012 19:10:31 +0000 Laurel Wilson, Bowling Green Daily News 20771 at School Resource Centers Face Budget Cuts Returning Soldiers Surprise Kids <p><a href="">Two Kentucky National Guard soldiers </a>from the 149th Brigade Support Battalion who returned from Iraq surprised their children at school Thursday.<br /> Sgt. 1st Class Darrell Brookins walked up behind his son, DJ Brookins, 9, during a morning assembly at Dishman-McGinnis Elementary School. &ldquo;It was very exciting,&rdquo; Darrell Brookins said. &ldquo;DJ is really special. He&rsquo;s really inspiring.&rdquo; During the assembly, students were given a math problem to solve, which was to determine how long a soldier has been overseas if he or she has been there since June 4, which is when Darrell Brookins was deployed. Fri, 09 Dec 2011 20:20:47 +0000 Laurel Wilson, Bowling Green Daily News 17730 at Energy Star Awards Abound in Butler County <p><a href="">All four public schools in Butler County </a>have achieved Energy Star awards, making it the first district in Kentucky to be recognized for each of its schools. Energy Star is the Environmental Protection Agency&rsquo;s symbol for superior energy efficiency. Mon, 14 Nov 2011 18:09:55 +0000 Laurel Wilson, Bowling Green Daily News 16218 at Conway Warns Students of Drug Dangers <p><a href="">Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway talked Tuesday</a> to students at Bowling Green&#39;s Greenwood High School about the state&rsquo;s growing problem with prescription drug abuse as part of his &ldquo;Keep Kentucky Kids Safe&rdquo; awareness and prevention initiative. More people are now killed by prescription drug abuse than by car accidents in Kentucky, Conway said. About 1,000 Kentuckians died in 2009 because of prescription drugs, which is twice as many as a decade ago. Wed, 26 Oct 2011 17:21:57 +0000 Laurel Wilson, Bowling Green Daily News 15078 at Conway Warns Students of Drug Dangers Pauline Tabor, Bowling Green's Madam, Remembered <p><a href="">A crowd gathered Tuesday night at a Warren County Public Library</a> branch to hear historian Mary Lucas talk about her research on Pauline Tabor, who ran a well-known prostitution house in Bowling Green from the 1930s to the 1960s. Lucas was a history professor at Western Kentucky University for 19 years and became interested in Tabor after meeting her once and seeing the role she played in town. She visited Tabor on her farm, which increased her fascination. &ldquo;This woman looked like a grandma, not like a notorious madam,&rdquo; Lucas said. It was only through talking to Tabor that her feisty personality showed, she said. Wed, 19 Oct 2011 17:24:18 +0000 Laurel Wilson, Bowling Green Daily News 14624 at Pauline Tabor, Bowling Green's Madam, Remembered WKU’s NOVA Center Microscope One of a Kind <p><a href="">Western Kentucky University officially opened its NOVA Center</a> with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday. The Nondestructive Analysis Center aims to provide research and testing services using the newly acquired Large Chamber Scanning Electron Microscope. WKU is the only university in North America to have such technology, and the only other place in the United States with equipment to rival it is Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. Wed, 19 Oct 2011 17:20:03 +0000 Laurel Wilson, Bowling Green Daily News 14623 at WKU’s NOVA Center Microscope One of a Kind Kentucky Nobel Prize Connection <p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>A Western Kentucky University professor found out last week that several members of a research team he&rsquo;s a part of were awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. Louis-Gregory Strolger, an associate professor in WKU&rsquo;s physics and astronomy department, has played a significant role in researching the universe&rsquo;s expansion for more than a decade. Three leading researchers with whom Strolger works will receive the Nobel Prize Mon, 10 Oct 2011 17:52:06 +0000 Laurel Wilson, Bowling Green Daily News 14003 at Out of the Office and Into the Classroom <p><a href="">Assistant Principal William King</a> didn&rsquo;t go into his office at Bowling Green High School at all on Sept. 13, but he was still working. He organized No Office Day, an initiative for principals to spend an entire day out of their offices and in classrooms engaging with teachers and students. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s something new,&rdquo; King said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s something that good principals ought to be doing anyway. It shows that our hearts are still with teachers.&rdquo; Tue, 20 Sep 2011 18:27:15 +0000 Laurel Wilson, Bowling Green Daily News 12793 at Out of the Office and Into the Classroom Reminding Students of 9/11 <p><a href="">Lauren Goff was in middle school on Sept. 11, 2001</a>. Now, 10 years later, she has to teach today&rsquo;s middle schoolers about that day, a day of which they have no memory. Goff, a history teacher at South Warren Middle School, said she struggled with how to explain the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to her seventh-graders, who were just 2 years old when they happened. &ldquo;To them, it seems just as ancient as ancient Rome,&rdquo; Goff said. Sun, 11 Sep 2011 14:03:07 +0000 Laurel Wilson, Bowling Green Daily News 12203 at Reminding Students of 9/11 WKU Challenges Freshmen <p><a href="">The message to incoming students was clear</a> Tuesday night at Western Kentucky University&rsquo;s Freshman Assembly: finish your degree. That theme was brought home by current students, alumni and administrators through the course of the assembly in E.A. Diddle Arena. WKU Provost Gordon Emslie asked students to pledge their commitment to finishing their degree. Wed, 07 Sep 2011 17:10:10 +0000 Laurel Wilson, Bowling Green Daily News 11992 at WKU Challenges Freshmen