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The Western Kentucky University men’s basketball team dropped a back-and-forth game with Utah Tuesday night in the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament.

Utah beat the Hilltoppers 69-64 in New York City’s Madison Square Garden.  

WKU finishes the season with a record of 27-11. That’s the most wins for the team since the 2007-2008 season.

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Western Kentucky University's Lady Hilltopper basketball team has a new head coach.

Assistant coach Greg Collins was promoted to the top spot Tuesday following the departure of Michelle Clark-Heard, who is the new head coach at the University of Cincinnati.

Collins has been an assistant at WKU for the past six seasons.

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The Western Kentucky University men’s basketball team is on to the National Invitational Tournament quarterfinal round after winning consecutive NIT games for the first time since 1948.

The Hilltoppers won at Southern California Monday night, beating the Trojans 79-75 in Los Angeles. Senior forward Justin Johnson led WKU with 23 points and six rebounds.

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A mobile home fire has claimed the lives of a father and son in Union County.

Charles Shockley, 68, and his son, Jesse Shockley, 41, died Tuesday morning at their home in Uniontown.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but authorities say so far nothing indicates arson or anything suspicious.

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The Western Kentucky University women’s basketball team will find out Monday night who, when, and where it will play in the NCAA tournament.

The Lady Hilltoppers earned an automatic bid to the Big Dance after winning the Conference USA tournament championship Saturday.

Fans are invited to attend an NCAA Selection Show Watch Party with the team Monday at 5:30 pm at the Mister B’s location on Scottsville Road.

City of Owensboro

The Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce is asking Daviess County residents to weigh in on what they think is the best route for a new Interstate-69 bridge between Henderson and Evansville.

The chamber is conducting an online survey featuring the three options under consideration for the new bridge.

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A bill that would allow a select number of Tennessee teachers to carry guns in school is advancing in that state’s legislature.

The measure passed a Tennessee House subcommittee Wednesday at a time when the nation is debating gun control measures following the killings in Parkland, Florida.

The Tennessean reports the bill would empower school boards and school directors to create policies that allow select staff members to carry a concealed firearm on school grounds.

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Storm crews have confirmed an EF2 tornado struck in south central Kentucky where a woman died at her home.

The National Weather Service says preliminary information from ongoing damage surveys in Logan County indicate the tornado Saturday had maximum-sustained winds of 135 mph (217 kph) and a maximum width of 400 yards (366 meters).

The Logan County Sheriff's Office says 79-year-old Dallas Jane Combs died after the tornado destroyed her Adairville home. Sheriff officials said Combs was inside the home when it collapsed on her. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Daviess County Public Schools

A Daviess County High School student is facing criminal charges after a threatening message was discovered on a bathroom stall door.

The Messenger-Inquirer reports the message read, “Gonna Shoot Up School at 1:45”.

A male juvenile was later questioned by school staff and admitted to writing the message.

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A popular TV cooking competition is coming to the commonwealth.

Bravo has announced that its next season of Top Chef will be filmed in Kentucky.

The show will focus on locations in Louisville, Lexington, and the Lake Cumberland region.

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Four of Kentucky's five Republican U.S. House members were aboard a train that struck a garbage truck Wednesday in Virginia.

Representatives James Comer, Thomas Massie, Andy Barr, and Hal Rogers were on the train that was heading to a Republican retreat in West Virginia.

None report being injured.

Representative Brett Guthrie of Bowling Green was not on the train. A spokeswoman for Guthrie says he was planning to drive himself to the retreat.

Kevin Willis

Kentucky’s bourbon distilleries continue to gain popularity as a tourist destination.

A statement from the Kentucky Distillers’ Association says nearly 1.2 million people visited the 23 members of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and Bourbon Trail Craft tour last year.

The number of visitors has grown by 314 percent over the past ten years.

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The Kentucky State Police are now saying that a total of 20 people were injured during the shooting. They say 16 suffered gunshot wounds (Previous reports said 19 total, 14 gunshot wounds).  This number includes two victims who died.

KSP issued a release with the updated total soon after 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday and later offered a clarification regarding the numbers.


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The president of Western Kentucky University says the school will work in the coming weeks and months to improve its outcome in the next two-year state budget.

In a statement to media Wednesday, Timothy Caboni said the budget outlined Tuesday night by Governor Bevin would amount to a $4.6 million funding reduction for WKU.

The spending plan also eliminates $750,000 that is used to fund the Kentucky Mesonet at WKU.

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WKU campuses in Bowling Green and Owensboro are open and on their normal schedule Wednesday.

WKU campuses in Elizabethtown, Fort Knox, and Glasgow are closed.

Somerset Community College is also closed.

Classes are canceled at Campbellsville University’s main campus and its centers in Somerset, Harrodsburg, Casey County and Hodgenville. Staff will report at 10am.

Day classes are canceled at Lindsey Wilson College’s main campus, and non-essential staff are on a three-hour delay.

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