Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News http://weku.fm en Kentucky is Second Unhappiest State http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-second-unhappiest-state <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/news/local/gallup-s-happiness-poll-frowns-on-kentuckians/article_cc4db450-63c7-11e1-a2ec-001871e3ce6c.html">Kentucky isn&rsquo;t exactly Walt Disney World</a>, which dubs itself &ldquo;the happiest place on Earth,&rdquo; according to a report released this week. A new Gallup poll lists Kentucky as the second unhappiest state in the United States, ahead of only neighboring West Virginia. Gallup relied on six measures to score each state on a well-being index, as well as six subindexes &ndash; including life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behavior and basic access to health care and healthy opportunities, such as places to exercise. Fri, 02 Mar 2012 10:44:37 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 22454 at http://weku.fm Kentucky, Sadder; West Virginia, Saddest http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-sadder-west-virginia-saddest <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/news/local/gallup-s-happiness-poll-frowns-on-kentuckians/article_cc4db450-63c7-11e1-a2ec-001871e3ce6c.html">Kentucky isn&rsquo;t exactly </a>Walt Disney World, which dubs itself &ldquo;the happiest place on Earth,&rdquo; according to a report released this week. A new Gallup poll lists Kentucky as the second unhappiest state in the United States, ahead of only neighboring West Virginia.</p><p> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 18:53:04 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 22418 at http://weku.fm Wrecked Cruise Ship Passenger Happy to Be Home http://weku.fm/post/wrecked-cruise-ship-passenger-happy-be-home <p>It&#39;s Sunday night at Louisville International Airport, and Sarah Moore of Bowling Green is waiting as patiently as she can. She&#39;s standing still, occasionally rising on her toes to peek through a security checkpoint. Behind her are friends and family holding signs and flowers and waiting patiently, too.&nbsp; Finally, Sarah Moore sees her, and Lauren Moore walks straight to her mother. The daughter carries only a small Nike bag from a retail store. Mother and daughter embrace. Hugs are exchanged. The relief is evident on the face of the concerned mother - Lauren Moore, 28, of Bowling Green is home. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 19:35:00 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 19825 at http://weku.fm Legislators Awaiting Details on Budget Cuts http://weku.fm/post/legislators-awaiting-details-budget-cuts <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/news/local/legislators-awaiting-details-on-budget-cuts/article_69e06c4a-3f41-11e1-b34e-001871e3ce6c.html">As Gov. Steve Beshear prepares to address</a> the General Assembly about the state&rsquo;s budget, area legislators still can&rsquo;t say specifically how deep they expect cuts will be in this year&rsquo;s budget cycle. &ldquo;We haven&rsquo;t had any leaks out of the administration or anywhere else,&rdquo; said state Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green. &ldquo;The Senate will not get the budget probably until about two weeks before we&rsquo;re supposed to be done.&rdquo; Beshear warned in his State of the Commonwealth address this month that cuts would be deep.</p><p> Sun, 15 Jan 2012 19:54:18 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 19792 at http://weku.fm Online Lottery Gaming Regulated by State http://weku.fm/post/online-lottery-gaming-regulated-state <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/news/local/lottery-could-tweak-laws/article_50094db2-317e-11e1-897b-001871e3ce6c.html">The Kentucky Lottery&#39;s current definition</a> of an online game is one in which tickets are purchased through a network of computer terminals at retail outlets - games such as Pick 3, Mega Millions and Powerball. That definition, however, could change in light of a recent ruling by the U.S. Department of Justice, which puts the regulation of online gaming squarely in the hands of the states. Wed, 28 Dec 2011 19:29:32 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 18766 at http://weku.fm State Senator Says Expanded Gambling Bill's Passage Unlikely http://weku.fm/post/state-senator-says-expanded-gambling-bills-passage-unlikely <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/12/04/news/news2.txt">Bowling Green&rsquo;s state senator</a>, Republican Mike Wilson, told the Daily News on Friday he&rsquo;s still not optimistic that expanded gambling will become reality in Kentucky. Wilson&rsquo;s comments came after Gov. Steve Beshear said Thursday that he&rsquo;s ready to raise the issue again in the General Assembly. Expanded gambling failed to move past the state Senate during Beshear&rsquo;s first term.</p><p> Sun, 04 Dec 2011 15:39:32 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 17387 at http://weku.fm Fans are Lobbying for WKU Football http://weku.fm/post/fans-are-lobbying-wku-football <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/11/30/news/news2.txt">State Rep. Jody Richards knows a thing or two about lobbying</a>. And about Western Kentucky University football, for that matter. As WKU football fans intensified a grass-roots effort Tuesday to send the Hilltoppers to a postseason bowl game for the first time since the school joined the ranks of the Football Bowl Subdivision, Richards said the first key to successful lobbying is having a good case.</p><p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 19:14:51 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 17161 at http://weku.fm Paul Pushes Alternative Debt Plan http://weku.fm/post/paul-pushes-alternative-debt-plan <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/11/21/news/news2.txt">With all indications that the congressional supercommittee</a> tasked with cutting $1.2 trillion in budget savings by Wednesday is deadlocked, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul introduced an alternative plan late last week. The bipartisan 12-member committee, appointed by party leaders, has been in discussion for two months, but as of early today all signs pointed to the group being headed for a failure to reach a compromise. Mon, 21 Nov 2011 18:36:53 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 16666 at http://weku.fm Paul Calls for Formal End to Iraq War http://weku.fm/post/paul-calls-formal-end-iraq-war <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/11/20/news/news2.txt ">U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Bowling Green</a>, is calling for a formal end to U.S. involvement in the war in Iraq. Last week, Paul introduced an amendment to the Department of Defense authorization bill to formally end the war in Iraq. At an appearance in Bowling Green on Friday, Paul said he hopes the Senate votes on the amendment shortly after Thanksgiving. He said he&rsquo;s already received some bipartisan support on the amendment. Sun, 20 Nov 2011 19:27:49 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 16596 at http://weku.fm Bowling Green Mayor Sworn In http://weku.fm/post/bowling-green-mayor-sworn <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/11/16/news/news1.txt "><strong>Just one week after he prevailed</strong></a> in the city&rsquo;s special election, Bruce Wilkerson was sworn in as Bowling Green&rsquo;s mayor before Tuesday night&rsquo;s regular commission meeting. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s been a long journey and I&rsquo;m glad we came to the conclusion and can get back together and get down to business with the city,&rdquo; Wilkerson said. Thu, 17 Nov 2011 16:02:27 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 16424 at http://weku.fm Bowling Green Mayor Sworn In New Bowling Green Mayor Sworn into Office http://weku.fm/post/new-bowling-green-mayor-sworn-office <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/11/16/news/news1.txt">Just one week after he prevailed in the city&rsquo;s special election,</a> Bruce Wilkerson was sworn in as Bowling Green&rsquo;s mayor before Tuesday night&rsquo;s regular commission meeting. With Wilkerson sworn in, the commission had 30 days to appoint a new commissioner to fill Wilkerson&rsquo;s seat. That move only required 30 minutes. Once the regular meeting started, Wilkerson asked the commission to add an item to the agenda so the commission could vote to appoint Joe Denning, who was defeated by Wilkerson in last week&rsquo;s election. The vote came just half an hour after Wilkerson was sworn in. Wed, 16 Nov 2011 18:29:51 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 16368 at http://weku.fm New Bowling Green Mayor Sworn into Office Vote Indicates Public Support for Smoking Ban http://weku.fm/post/vote-indicates-public-support-smoking-ban <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/11/11/news/news2.txt">Bowling Green City Commissioner Brian &ldquo;Slim&rdquo; Nash</a> said he believes voters sent a message in Tuesday&rsquo;s election: Citizens are satisfied with the city&rsquo;s smoking ban. Candidate Bill Goodwin emphasized during the campaign that he wants to revisit the city&rsquo;s smoking ban and rewrite it. However, Goodwin garnered just 682 votes, or 8.6 percent. Fri, 11 Nov 2011 18:40:44 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 16085 at http://weku.fm Natcher Parkway Extension Formally Opened http://weku.fm/post/natcher-parkway-extension-formally-opened <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/11/04/news/news1.txt">Woodrow and Becky Wilson were among the 50 or so people who experienced</a> the first official rides Thursday on the $40 million extension of the William H. Natcher Parkway. Earlier in the day, the city christened the completion of a much smaller, yet equally important project for some Bowling Green residents - the widening of Old Morgantown Road. Fri, 04 Nov 2011 17:27:50 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, Bowling Green Daily News & Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 15650 at http://weku.fm Natcher Parkway Extension Formally Opened Candidate Looks to Rewrite BG Smoking Ban http://weku.fm/post/candidate-looks-rewrite-bg-smoking-ban <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/10/30/news/news4.txt">Bill Goodwin is a candidate for Bowling Green city commission</a>. If elected on Nov. 8, he wants to revisit the city&#39;s smoking ban. Not to repeal it but to fine tune it, he said. Mon, 31 Oct 2011 14:08:02 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 15324 at http://weku.fm Bowling Green Develops Workplace Bullying Policy http://weku.fm/post/bowling-green-develops-workplace-bullying-policy <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/10/25/news/news2.txt">Schools place an emphasis</a> on the concept of bullying in classrooms, and now the city of Bowling Green is working to prevent bullying in the workplace. The city&#39;s human resources director said while no specific problems are known, the city wants to be proactive before any do occur.</p><p> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 17:27:44 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 14978 at http://weku.fm "Aqua Buddha" is Back Again http://weku.fm/post/aqua-buddha-back-again <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/10/21/news/news5.txt">A year ago, &ldquo;Aqua Buddha&rdquo; made national headlines after Democratic </a>U.S. Senate candidate and current Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway ran ads focusing on allegations that his opponent, eventual U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, was part of a group at Baylor University that worshipped a god called &ldquo;Aqua Buddha.&rdquo; The term has returned in this year&rsquo;s election cycle, with the Republicans bringing it back. Republican attorney general candidate Todd P&rsquo;Pool, who is running against Conway in this year&rsquo;s general election, started airing a statewide ad Tuesday reminding voters that Conway attacked Paul with &ldquo;Aqua Buddha.&rdquo; Fri, 21 Oct 2011 17:17:10 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 14782 at http://weku.fm "Aqua Buddha" is Back Again Paul, McConnell Tout Jobs Plan http://weku.fm/post/paul-mcconnell-tout-jobs-plan <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/10/16/news/news2.txt">After criticizing President Barack Obama&rsquo;s jobs</a> bill that was presented in September, Kentucky&rsquo;s two U.S. senators were among a Republican group last week to introduce an alternative plan. Both Rand Paul of Bowling Green and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell were on hand Thursday in Washington for the introduction of the &ldquo;Jobs Through Growth Plan.&rdquo; U.S. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, also helped introduce the plan.</p><p> Sun, 16 Oct 2011 19:42:52 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 14397 at http://weku.fm Forestry Department Raises Awareness http://weku.fm/post/forestry-department-raises-awareness <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/10/04/news/news6.txt">The state&rsquo;s Division of Forestry </a>is stepping up its campaign to raise awareness about burning this fall. The division announced this week that it is illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. through Dec. 15. Leah MacSwords, director of the Division of Forestry, said battling wildfires has become more difficult in recent years because the division has been doing more with less.</p><p> Tue, 04 Oct 2011 18:23:07 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 13666 at http://weku.fm Legislators Promote Military Academies http://weku.fm/post/legislators-promote-military-academies <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/09/30/news/news3.txt">U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green</a>, noted Thursday night he was once in the same seat as the people like Justin Poe. A junior at Warren Central High School, Poe has been eyeing an opportunity to attend a military academy for some time. Thursday night at Bowling Green&#39;s Carroll Knicely Conference Center, as part of an Academy Information Fair hosted by the offices of Guthrie and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., leaders detailed what it takes to get into a military academy as well as answered students&rsquo; and parents&rsquo; questions. Fri, 30 Sep 2011 17:23:04 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 13460 at http://weku.fm Legislators Promote Military Academies Postal Workers, Retirees Rally Against Proposed Cuts http://weku.fm/post/postal-workers-retirees-rally-against-proposed-cuts <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/09/28/news/news1.txt">Lee Taylor, a U.S. Postal Service clerk from Beaver Dam,</a> stood Tuesday outside the Warren County Justice Center. She came with two purposes: to make her voice heard and to make others aware of why the Postal Service is vital to the country. Taylor joined several other current Postal Service employees as well as retirees as part of a national day of action on behalf of postal workers. Wed, 28 Sep 2011 17:15:17 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 13315 at http://weku.fm Postal Workers, Retirees Rally Against Proposed Cuts Children in Poverty still a Kentucky Problem http://weku.fm/post/children-poverty-still-kentucky-problem <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/09/27/news/news2.txt">An advocacy group is calling </a>for legislators to take action in Frankfort to alleviate an increasing poverty rate among Kentucky children. One in four children in Kentucky lives in poverty, according to new statistics released by Kentucky Youth Advocates. Statewide, 262,760 children - 26.3 percent - live in families with incomes less than $22,050 a year for a family of four.</p><p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 17:13:55 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 13229 at http://weku.fm Obama's Job Impact Not Clear http://weku.fm/post/obamas-job-impact-not-clear <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/09/18/news/news2.txt">The American Jobs Act, which President Barack Obama</a> rolled out this month, could create several thousand jobs in Kentucky if passed by Congress, according to White House estimates. However, it remains unclear how those new jobs could affect the Bowling Green area, where the unemployment rate was 8.4 in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate for Kentucky remained steady in August at 9.5 percent. Sun, 18 Sep 2011 15:47:35 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 12653 at http://weku.fm Corvette Museum wants Motorsports Park http://weku.fm/post/corvette-museum-wants-motorsports-park <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/09/15/news/news2.txt">When an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 </a>Corvette enthusiasts roll into Bowling Green in three years for the 20th anniversary of the National Corvette Museum, officials plan to have a new attraction to show off. Wendell Strode, executive director of the museum, discussed plans Wednesday for a $20 million-plus motorsports park to be built south of Interstate 65 near Exit 28, not far from the museum and General Motors&rsquo; Bowling Green Assembly Plant, where Chevy Corvettes are built.</p><p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 17:37:30 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 12518 at http://weku.fm Corvette Museum wants Motorsports Park Bill Allows Screening of Welfare Recipients http://weku.fm/post/bill-allows-screening-welfare-recipients <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/08/30/news/news2.txt">A bill pre-filed in the Kentucky </a>General Assembly could require people to submit to drug screenings if they&rsquo;re receiving public assistance from the state. However, opponents say there are constitutional issues with the measure. BR63, filed by state Rep. Lonnie Napier, R-Lancaster, would set up a testing program for any adult suspected of using drugs who receives food stamps, state medical assistance and other public aid.</p><p> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 17:11:35 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 11520 at http://weku.fm Paul Says GOP Candidates Down to Four http://weku.fm/post/paul-says-gop-candidates-down-four <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/08/29/news/news2.txt">U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., understandably has some bias </a>toward the Republican presidential candidates. &ldquo;I like that Ron Paul,&rdquo; Paul said last week about his father, a Texas congressman and GOP presidential hopeful. Paul said he believes the race is down to four candidates: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. Mon, 29 Aug 2011 17:31:29 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 11451 at http://weku.fm African-American History Museum Proposed http://weku.fm/post/african-american-history-museum-proposed <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/08/21/news/news3.txt">A group of Bowling Green residents is working toward </a>establishing an African-American history museum to be located in the city&#39;s downtown. The museum is looking for a one-time expenditure by the city of $123,000 associated with the museum&rsquo;s startup. Once the museum was established, it would be independent of the city. Mon, 22 Aug 2011 14:08:00 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 10984 at http://weku.fm Western Reinstates Banned Freshman http://weku.fm/post/western-reinstates-banned-freshman <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/08/17/news/news4.txt">Avid planker and incoming Western Kentucky University freshman</a> Tyler Webster tweeted Tuesday that &ldquo;It&rsquo;s all over, i&rsquo;m going to #WKU !!!&rdquo; Webster, who was banned last week from WKU&rsquo;s campus after a story about his activities was published by the Daily News, will now be allowed on campus - and presumably to enroll in classes - for the fall semester. Wed, 17 Aug 2011 17:19:57 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 10747 at http://weku.fm Senator McConnell Talks Election, Economy http://weku.fm/post/senator-mcconnell-talks-election-economy <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/08/16/news/news2.txt">U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,</a> said Monday he believes the Republican Party will have a &ldquo;credible, electable&rdquo; candidate in the 2012 presidential election. The comments came at a luncheon hosted by the Logan County Chamber of Commerce, two days after U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., won a straw poll in Ames, Iowa, over the weekend. Tue, 16 Aug 2011 17:39:12 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 10674 at http://weku.fm Bowling Green Still Fights for Air Services http://weku.fm/post/bowling-green-still-fights-air-services <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/08/14/news/news4.txt">Officials at Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport </a>are continuing to work to bring commercial air service to the city and region. Rob Barnett, airport manager, said the airport is constantly discussing options with several leisure destination carriers as well as business-hub connectors. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re still continuing to try to meet with air route developers and work with them,&rdquo; Barnett said. He added that development of new routes at regional airports has come to a virtual standstill. Sun, 14 Aug 2011 15:12:46 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 10544 at http://weku.fm WKU Bans Incoming Freshman for 'Planking' http://weku.fm/post/wku-bans-incoming-freshman-planking <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/08/12/news/news2.prt">Tyler Webster, an incoming Western Kentucky University student </a>and &ldquo;planking&rdquo; enthusiast who was profiled in Monday&rsquo;s edition of the Daily News, has received a letter from a university official stating that if Webster again sets foot on WKU property, he could face arrest. Fri, 12 Aug 2011 17:18:37 +0000 Andrew Robinson, Bowling Green Daily News 10472 at http://weku.fm