Robyn L. Minor, Bowling Green Daily News http://weku.fm en Aging Population Growth Causes Worry http://weku.fm/post/aging-population-growth-causes-worry <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/12/04/news/news4.txt">Kentucky, like all of the United States</a>, saw its aging population grow significantly from 2000 to 2010. All states show an increase in the number of residents 85 and older, according to information released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau. In Kentucky, about 1.6 percent of the population was at least 85, an 18.8 percent increase from the previous census. The 65-and-older demographic amounted to 13.3 percent of the population, a 14.5 percent increase. Mon, 05 Dec 2011 18:27:45 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, Bowling Green Daily News 17434 at http://weku.fm State Child Poverty Stats Show Strain http://weku.fm/post/state-child-poverty-stats-show-strain <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/11/25/news/news2.txt">In Kentucky, more than 25 percent of children </a>are considered to be living in poverty, according to data released this month from the U.S. Census Bureau&rsquo;s American Community Survey. Living in poverty is among the biggest barriers to academic achievement. Kentucky is one of 10 states, including Tennessee, with 25 percent or more of its children from birth to age 17 living in poverty. It&rsquo;s estimated that a total of 262,000 Kentucky children were in poverty in 2010, an estimated 26.3 percent, up from 25.6 percent the previous year</p><p> Sat, 26 Nov 2011 01:05:43 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, Bowling Green Daily News 16904 at http://weku.fm Parks Officials: Cuts May Mean Slice in Services http://weku.fm/post/parks-officials-cuts-may-mean-slice-services <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/11/20/news/news3.txt">Without a recommendation on targeted cuts</a> from the congressional deficit-cutting supercommittee this week, the National Park System stands to show some of the most outward signs of what the alternative across-the-board cuts would mean. The National Parks Conservation Association is warning that cuts would mean alterations to services that are already being taxed because of the steady influx of visitors to national parks. Kentucky&rsquo;s national parks include Mammoth Cave National Park, Cumberland Gap, Big South Fork and Abraham Lincoln Birthplace. Mon, 21 Nov 2011 15:01:08 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, Bowling Green Daily News 16636 at http://weku.fm Insurance Dispute Could Affect Walgreen Customers http://weku.fm/post/insurance-dispute-could-affect-walgreen-customers <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/11/13/news/news2.txt">Residents who have insurance provided by </a>Anthem probably won&rsquo;t be able to use Walgreens after the first of the year. Anthem&rsquo;s third-party administrator for pharmacy claims, Express Scripts, has failed to reach an agreement with Walgreens to include the chain in its networks. Express Scripts is the administrator for Anthem corporate and individual plans, as well as for its Medicare Part D prescription plans.</p><p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 03:09:54 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, Bowling Green Daily News 16161 at http://weku.fm GOP's Williams Thanks Supporters http://weku.fm/post/gops-williams-thanks-supporters <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/11/06/news/news2.txt">Eliminating the personal and corporate income tax </a>and regulations that Republicans say overburden businesses are all part of state Sen. David Williams&rsquo; plans for the future of Kentucky. The Burkesville Republican and gubernatorial candidate was in Bowling Green on Saturday to thank those college and high school students who have been working to get out the vote for the Republican ticket.</p><p> Sun, 06 Nov 2011 23:14:41 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, Bowling Green Daily News 15724 at http://weku.fm GOP's Williams Thanks Supporters I-65 Project Continues After Court Ruling http://weku.fm/post/i-65-project-continues-after-court-ruling <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/11/04/news/news6.txt">A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the planned</a> new interchange on Interstate 65 at Oakland and its connector to U.S. 31-W comply with federal environmental review standards. The ruling means the state will move forward with the project as quickly as it can, said Greg Meredith, chief district engineer with the Department of Highways. The project has been in the works since 2003 and had a federal earmark of $36 million. The project slowed when Karst Environmental Education and Protection sued the Federal Highway Administration in October 2010 to halt the project. The lawsuit contended that federal officials didn&rsquo;t comply with the National Environmental Policy Act before approving the project. Fri, 04 Nov 2011 17:36:03 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, Bowling Green Daily News 15652 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 Companies Search for Employees at BG Job Fair http://weku.fm/post/companies-search-employees-bg-job-fair <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/10/26/news/news4.txt">At least 20 companies will be at a Bowling Green</a> job fair Thursday looking to fill more than 660 jobs. The job fair will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDT at Greenwood Mall&rsquo;s main walkway and is being sponsored by the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. Wed, 26 Oct 2011 17:17:55 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, Bowling Green Daily News 15077 at http://weku.fm Statewide Smoking Ban to be Discussed http://weku.fm/post/statewide-smoking-ban-be-discussed <p>A statewide smoking ban will again come before lawmakers when they head back to Frankfort in January, but just how much support such a measure will have is unclear. &ldquo;There is no question that it would save the state money in terms of what it pays out for Medicaid,&rdquo; said state Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green. &ldquo;We certainly are a high-smoking state and that is based on our tobacco-growing tradition,&rdquo; Richards said. &ldquo;I could support a statewide smoking ban, depending on how it&rsquo;s written, because I think it&rsquo;s one of those laws that right now have a patchwork across the state and people don&rsquo;t know from one community to the next whether they have one.&rdquo; Mon, 24 Oct 2011 17:30:29 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, Bowling Green Daily News 14899 at http://weku.fm Simpson Co. Land Along I-65 to Remain Farmland http://weku.fm/post/simpson-co-land-along-i-65-remain-farmland <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/10/21/news/news2.txt">At least for now, the 965 acres along Interstate 65</a> in Simpson County that was up for auction Thursday will remain farmland. Four of the six parcels pieced together over the years by Bowling Green entrepreneur David Garvin were purchased by Kent and Brad Kelley. The remaining two parcels went to the Franklin-Simpson Industrial Authority. Fri, 21 Oct 2011 17:13:47 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, Bowling Green Daily News 14779 at http://weku.fm I-69 could have Bowling Green Spur http://weku.fm/post/i-69-could-have-bowling-green-spur <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/09/27/news/news3.txt">Kentucky is studying a new</a> north-south corridor through the state. While the major portion of the road would be in western Kentucky, a spur for the newly designated roadway could have its terminus in Bowling Green. It would use the William H. Natcher Parkway between Bowling Green and Owensboro.</p><p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 17:31:27 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, Bowling Green Daily News 13234 at http://weku.fm Bowling Green Postal Service Facility May Close http://weku.fm/post/bowling-green-postal-service-facility-may-close <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/09/16/news/news2.txt">Facing a $10 billion deficit at the end of this fiscal year</a>, the U.S. Postal Service is considering culling by 50 percent its processing centers, with Bowling Green among those being considered for elimination. Bowling Green&rsquo;s center on Scottsville Road, which lost its outgoing processing services in July, is one of 250 centers being studied for closure in 2012. The cost savings plan, announced by the postmaster general Thursday, also includes changing first-class delivery standards from one to three days to two to three days, according to David Walton, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service in Louisville. Closing the Bowling Green facility would affect 56 workers, Walton said. Fri, 16 Sep 2011 17:07:20 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, Bowling Green Daily News 12592 at http://weku.fm Recession Ends Dream of Tourist Destination http://weku.fm/post/recession-ends-dream-tourist-destination <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/09/09/news/news2.txt">A baseball complex, amusement park, giant recreational vehicle facility</a> and restaurants have all been among the ideas conceived or considered for parts of 965 acres along Interstate 65 near Franklin. Bowling Green entrepreneur David Garvin pieced together the property six years ago and hoped to develop Garvin World, based on a concept that featured all things recreational vehicles. Then the economy faltered and three of the major companies interested in the project filed for bankruptcy. Fri, 09 Sep 2011 17:37:58 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, Bowling Green Daily News 12156 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Downs Gambles on Instant Racing Slot Machines http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-downs-gambles-instant-racing-slot-machines <p>Today, and even the next few weeks, won&rsquo;t be the measure of success for instant racing at Kentucky Downs, which launched today. It could be a month or more before track officials have a handle on how much interest is generated by the $3 million investment Kentucky Downs made in its facility, according to President Corey Johnsen. With just 200 instant racing terminals and a capacity of about 1,000 people on the first floor of the facility, Johnsen doesn&rsquo;t want Kentucky Downs to be overrun with patrons until employees have had time to make sure everything is operating smoothly.</p><p> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 20:30:43 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, Bowling Green Daily News 11708 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Downs Gambles on Instant Racing Slot Machines GOP Lawmakers want Special Session http://weku.fm/post/gop-lawmakers-want-special-session <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/08/31/news/news3.txt">Republican state lawmakers are</a> urging Gov. Steve Beshear to quickly call the General Assembly into a special session to deal with a $28 million interest payment due the federal government at the end of September. The interest is on the $900 million in unemployment benefits the state &ldquo;borrowed&rdquo; to make claim payments. Republicans, including state Sen. Mike Wilson of Bowling Green and state Senate President David Williams of Burkesville, are warning that employers could be forced to increase their payments into the system if the interest payment is not made on time. But Democrats, including Beshear, disagree.</p><p> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 20:52:15 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, Bowling Green Daily News 11630 at http://weku.fm GOP Lawmakers Address Interest Payment http://weku.fm/post/gop-lawmakers-address-interest-payment <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/08/31/news/news3.txt">Republican state lawmakers are urging Gov. Steve Beshear</a> to quickly call the General Assembly into a special session to deal with a $28 million interest payment due the federal government at the end of September. The interest is on the $900 million in unemployment benefits the state &ldquo;borrowed&rdquo; to make claim payments. Republicans, including state Sen. Mike Wilson of Bowling Green and state Senate President David Williams of Burkesville, are warning that employers could be forced to increase their payments into the system if the interest payment is not made on time. But Democrats, including Beshear, disagree. Wed, 31 Aug 2011 17:56:23 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, Bowling Green Daily News 11606 at http://weku.fm Shooters in Park Mammoth http://weku.fm/post/shooters-park-mammoth <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/08/29/news/news1.txt">What once was a sleepy resort on U.S. 31-W at the edge</a> of Edmonson and Barren counties is quickly making a bang in the gun world and having an economic influence on the region. Park Mammoth Resort and its Rockcastle Shooting Center are on the radar of gun enthusiasts from across the country - and even the world, as evidenced by the AR15.com Rockcastle 3-Gun Pro-Am Championship held over the weekend. The match drew three major outdoors cable channels and interest from bloggers and Internet radio. Nearly 500 professional and amateur shooters from 43 states and four countries participated in the event. Mon, 29 Aug 2011 17:25:27 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, Bowling Green Daily News 11448 at http://weku.fm Shooters in Park Mammoth Scotsville's J.M. Smucker Plant May Expand http://weku.fm/post/scotsvilles-jm-smucker-plant-may-expand <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/08/28/news/news2.txt">With Kentucky&rsquo;s jobless rate at 9.5 percent</a>, a possible expansion that could mean 80 new jobs in the area is good news for the entire region. The J.M. Smucker plant in Scottsville received preliminary approval Thursday for more than $5 million in state tax incentives for a possible $70 million expansion that would mean 80 new jobs within a few years. The plant currently employs 268 people full time and has some part-time jobs. Sun, 28 Aug 2011 15:17:15 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, Bowling Green Daily News 11390 at http://weku.fm Instant Racing at KY Downs http://weku.fm/post/instant-racing-ky-downs <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/08/26/news/news1.txt">Workers should have the state&rsquo;s first instant racing machines</a> installed and working by the end of Friday at Kentucky Downs. And the 80 newly hired employees have been in training in preparation for instant racing&rsquo;s launch at 10 a.m. Thursday. But owners are hoping that instant racing builds revenues for the track and purses for horse races. Kentucky Horsemen&rsquo;s Benevolent and Protective Association is confident enough that it will be a boon for the entire industry that it loaned Kentucky Downs $300,000 to help improve marketing and for operations. Fri, 26 Aug 2011 17:23:23 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, Bowling Green Daily News 11316 at http://weku.fm Instant Racing at KY Downs No Immediate Changes for Insight Customers http://weku.fm/post/no-immediate-changes-insight-customers <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/08/17/news/news2.txt">It will probably be six months</a> before Insight Communication customers notice a difference in their service, following Time Warner Cable&rsquo;s $3 billion purchase of Insight on Monday. Now, all regulatory approvals will be sought on the federal level and with local governments, according to Jason Keller, a spokesman for Insight in Louisville. Once the sale is complete, Time Warner will be the largest cable provider in Kentucky. Wed, 17 Aug 2011 17:25:45 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, Bowling Green Daily News 10748 at http://weku.fm No Beach for Barren River Lake State Park http://weku.fm/post/no-beach-barren-river-lake-state-park <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/08/05/news/news3.txt">Barren River Lake is finally down to its summer pool</a>, meaning the Army Corps of Engineers beaches should be open. But Barren River Lake State Resort Park chose not to open the beach this summer, Park Manager Lisa Davis said. &ldquo;We decided not to open because of the resources it would take,&rdquo; Davis said. &ldquo;To bring in sand would cost $7,000 and I didn&rsquo;t think it would be fiscally responsible to do that with just a month left in the season and then have another flood in the spring and have to bring more in.&rdquo; Fri, 05 Aug 2011 17:35:20 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, Bowling Green Daily News 10008 at http://weku.fm WKU Impacts Bowling Green at $672 Million http://weku.fm/post/wku-impacts-bowling-green-672-million <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/08/02/news/news4.txt">Western Kentucky University has an annual economic impact</a> of $672 million on the community, according to a new study by WKU&rsquo;s Center for Applied Economics. The money that WKU spends for supplies and other items in the community and for the salaries of faculty and staff amounts to about $385 million a year. But the standard multiplier effect of 1.75 puts that annual impact at $672 million - or roughly 26 percent of the money spent in Warren County - the study said. WKU salaries account for about $252 million, or 10 percent, of all income earned in the county. Tue, 02 Aug 2011 17:40:19 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, Bowling Green Daily News 9768 at http://weku.fm Engineers Present Options to Fix Dam http://weku.fm/post/engineers-present-options-fix-dam <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/07/31/news/news5.txt">Officials in Butler, Ohio and Muhlenberg counties </a>are left wondering what their next move is now that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has presented three proposals for fixing the Green River Dam at Rochester. The corps did take a look at what it would take to stabilize the dam and earlier this month presented three solutions, the first costing $799,000 for a temporary fix with rocks and mortar in front of the dam gates that are leaking. That fix could last 25 to 50 years. Sun, 31 Jul 2011 13:36:15 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, Bowling Green Daily News 9646 at http://weku.fm Public Urged to Help with I-65 Project http://weku.fm/post/public-urged-help-i-65-project <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/07/26/news/news3.txt">A plea went out Monday for area residents</a> to call lawmakers, the governor&rsquo;s office or anybody they can think of, to stress how important completing Interstate 65 is for the state. Accidents on the 38 miles that haven&rsquo;t yet been expanded to six lanes are depleting volunteer resources, Hart County Judge-Executive Terry Martin told the Barren River Area Development District board Monday. Tue, 26 Jul 2011 17:37:35 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, Bowling Green Daily News 9360 at http://weku.fm United Auto Workers Prepare Negotiations http://weku.fm/post/united-auto-workers-prepare-negotiations <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/07/21/news/news2.txt">By all accounts, next week could be a watershed</a> for automakers and the United Auto Workers when contract negotiations begin. The UAW will be negotiating with the nation&rsquo;s Big Three automakers, including General Motors, which builds Chevrolet Corvettes at its Bowling Green Assembly Plant. GM and Chrysler were facing bankruptcy and Ford was saddled with debt during contract negotiations in 2009. All three were struggling to survive and many concessions were made by the unions just so workers would have jobs. But the landscape has changed. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 17:20:18 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, Bowling Green Daily News 9082 at http://weku.fm United Auto Workers Prepare Negotiations TVA Supports WKU's Energy Saving Program http://weku.fm/post/tva-supports-wkus-energy-saving-program <p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/06/28/news/news5.txt ">Western Kentucky University already was spending money </a>on projects to reduce energy use. So when the university learned it could receive additional incentives through the Tennessee Valley Authority, it was an added bonus. On Monday, WKU received a check from TVA for more than $106,000, money that will be plowed back into the energy savings program on campus, according to WKU President Gary Ransdell. Tue, 28 Jun 2011 17:37:09 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, Bowling Green Daily News 7523 at http://weku.fm