Republican Sen. Rand Paul is moving forward with his dual campaigns in Kentucky.

On Monday, Paul filed to run in both the Kentucky Republican presidential caucus on March 5 and for re-election to his current seat in the U.S. Senate.

Kentucky’s presidential caucus is being held by the state Republican Party in an effort to help Paul skirt a state law prohibiting candidates from appearing twice on a ballot. The caucus allows him to run for re-election to the Senate while also drawing home state support in his bid for the White House.

A group of central Kentucky residents is planning a tribute for veterans at a center under construction near Fort Knox.

Clint Meshew, Gary Broadway, Jerry Howard and Greg Barnes formed a nonprofit to raise money and create a tribute outside the Radcliff Veterans Center, which is expected to open next year.

Two displays on either side of the center's administrative building are planned. One will depict an elderly veteran with a shadow background of him as a soldier. The other will depict the family of a soldier welcoming him home.

Howard said the tribute is meant to show veterans that they are honored and respected.

The center is expected to begin accepting veterans in March 2016. Barnes said they hope to unveil the tribute later in the year.

Those who are homeless in the Bowling Green area have the promise of more warm places to sleep with the re-opening of Room in the Inn this month.  

The program that coordinates area churches to offer overnight lodging to the homeless is in its second season in Bowling Green.

Room in the Inn is sponsored by the housing and Homeless Coalition of South Central Kentucky.

Rodney Goodman is a member of the coalition.    

“Sometimes during those coldest months of the year, it’s just difficult for people to find shelter, and we just wanted to make sure there was enough shelter in the area that nobody had to go at risk of life to sleep at night," said Goodman. "And our congregations are a great resource for that, because they have these buildings and they have a compassionate heart.”

People who need a place to sleep sign up at a local church in the afternoon. Then they’re picked up and driven to the host church for the night. 

“If you’re going to be a guest at Room in the Inn, you would come out to State Street United Methodist Church to a place where we have signups there at the church,"said Goodman. "And you’d come there between 3 and 4. Then you’d come back to be picked up around 5 o’clock and you’d be taken to one of our host congregations.”

Room in the Inn currently has 18 churches participating. Each night, two host churches can house up to 24 men, women and children.

University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto has decided to cover a campus mural from 1934 that shows scenes from state history, including black workers in a tobacco field and a Native American with a tomahawk.

Capilouto wrote on the school's website Monday that he met with a group of students recently and understood their frustrations over the mural.

Capilouto says he'll have the Memorial Hall fresco shrouded until a more permanent solution is found. The mural was painted directly into the plaster, making its removal difficult. He says an explanation of the cover will be placed nearby.

In 2006, senators of the University of Kentucky's student government passed a resolution to remove the mural, but then-President Lee Todd said he thought the artwork was an important historical and artistic artifact.

The Kentucky fire marshal's office is offering some tips to prevent home fires while making Thanksgiving dinner.

The office says the National Fire Protection Association reports Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

State Fire Marshal William Swope and the national organization have this advice:

—Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.

—Stay home when cooking a turkey, and check it frequently.

—Keep children away from the stove, make sure they stay away from hot foods and liquids and keep knives out of children's reach.

—Make sure electric cords aren't dangling, keep matches and lighters high in a locked cabinet and don't leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.

—Make sure smoke alarms are working.

Simpson County Jail

The son of an Allen County man charged with killing a young girl is now behind bars himself. 

Bradley Madden is the son of Timothy Madden who is charged with raping and killing seven-year-old Gabriella Doolin of Scottsville. 

Since his father’s arrest, Madden has allegedly sent the Scottsville Police Department several messages on Facebook.  Police accuse Madden of making obscene comments and threats toward officers, including the statement “I am coming for you.” 

The 20-year-old Madden is charged with terroristic threatening and intimidating a participant in the legal process. 

Bradley Madden is being held in the Simpson County jail. His father remains in the Barren County Detention Center under $1 million bond.

Ohio County is home to Bill Monroe, the man known as Father of Bluegrass music. 

His hometown is preparing to kick off a campaign to raise a half-million dollars to build a museum in his honor.  That’s despite the fact that a much larger International Bluegrass Museum in Owensboro is only 40 miles away.

For more than a decade, a collection of Bill Monroe’s personal items has been sitting in a dusty storage facility.  The location is secret for security reasons.  Locked away are his old gray Cadillac, a plow, furniture, suits, and awards.  Monroe’s last mandolin is stored in a separate, climate-controlled facility. 

Sixteen years ago, Ohio County bought the collection from Monroe’s family.  Jody Flener heads the county’s Tourism Commission and says part of the deal was that the items had to stay in Ohio County.

”The connection is to Ohio County for Bill Monroe," Flener told WKU Public Radio.  "What’s exciting about living in Ohio County is that you still have people who grew up with Bill Monroe and we even have relatives still here."

In December, the county hopes to start fundraising for a 15,000-square-foot museum to house the memorabilia.  It’s planed for the tiny town of Rosine, just a few miles from where the Bluegrass icon was born and buried.  That’s only a half-hour drive from the International Bluegrass Museum in Owensboro – but Flener says it wouldn’t be redundant.

ACLU Sues Indiana Gov. Pence For Blocking Syrian Refugees

Nov 24, 2015
Office of IN Governor

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is being sued for blocking Syrian refugees from resettling in Indiana.

The Indianapolis Star reports that the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed the lawsuit Monday night on behalf of Indianapolis-based nonprofit Exodus Refugee Immigration. It accuses Pence of violating the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act by accepting refugees from other countries but not from Syria.

The lawsuit comes about a week after Pence objected to plans for refugees to arrive in Indiana following the deadly attacks in Paris. A family that fled war-torn Syria was diverted from Indianapolis to Connecticut on Nov. 18 when Pence ordered state agencies to halt resettlement activities.

Pence has said that he opposes the resettlement of Syrian refugees in his state until he can be assured that proper security measures are in place. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill last week calling for stricter security measures for Syrian refugees to enter the U.S.

An official from Pence’s office didn’t return the newspaper’s request for comment late Monday.

Office of Ky Governor

Gov. Steve Beshear will sign an executive order restoring voting rights to non-violent felons in Kentucky who have completed their sentences.

Beshear made the announcement Tuesday in Frankfort. The executive order excludes people convicted of bribery, sex crimes or treason, he said.

“The right to vote is one of the most intrinsically American privileges, and thousands of Kentuckians are living, working and paying taxes in the state but are denied this basic right,” said Beshear, a Democrat. “Once an individual has served his or her time and paid all restitution, society expects them to reintegrate into their communities and become law-abiding and productive citizens. A key part of that transition is the right to vote.”

Beshear said the executive order will make about 180,000 Kentuckians eligible to vote.

Vicky Carson-Mammoth Cave National Park

The search continues for a missing Bowling Green man whose car was found abandoned last week at Mammoth Cave National Park. 

The family of Randy Rascoe reported him missing to Bowling Green Police in May.  Last Thursday, he car was found in the parking lot of the visitor’s center at Mammoth Cave.  Park Spokeswoman Vicky Carson says Rascoe knew the area well.

"The family said he comes to the park every fall, but he would come out pretty often to walk the trails," Carson stated.  "He was an outdoorsman.  He and one of his brothers would go fishing and camping together."

The foot search has expanded to an aerial search.  The Civil Air Patrol has been asked to conduct a fly-over of the park. 

His family says Rascoe was traveling and had not communicated with them in several months.

Anyone with information that could help find Rascoe is asked to call the Park Watch telephone line at (888) 219-1599.