Long Reads

Faith in Science

The small sanctuary of Franklin Presbyterian Church comes alive with music and chatter in the time between Sunday school and the start of the service. Two young girls twirl their dresses as they skip up…

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Satanism, schizophrenia, and seclusion: Scottsville murder suspect has tumultuous past

By James Line At 2:30 a.m. on March 9, 2016, the emergency dispatch center in the sleepy town of Scottsville, Kentucky, received a 911 call from a local nursing home. When police arrived at Scottsville…

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A changing city: examining Bowling Green’s growing refugee population

It’s Tuesday, Nov. 9, the day that America elected Donald Trump its 45th president, and the Bowling Green office of the International Center of Kentucky is busy. The two story, red brick building on Kenton…

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Refugees form supportive community at Lee Pointe Condos

Adam Sims Mike Baker, maintenance man of Lee Pointe Condos, walks across the parking lot. One resident hands him a doorknob from her door, saying it’s broken, and Baker promises to fix it as soon…

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WKU student connects with Chinese heritage

Alexandra Sandefur On almost any given Sunday afternoon during Angie Willemsen’s childhood, one could find her and her family at China One, a buffet-style Chinese restaurant in their hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. Angie’s parents,…

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Koch Foundation causes controversy by donating to universities

Leah Johnson Back in 2009, Western Kentucky University started the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism on campus with a $1 million grant from the BB&T Charitable Foundation. Dr. Brain Strow, an economics professor…

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Bowling Green fire department accused of lacking diversity and acceptance

Brittiny Moore Jeff Queen stood silent as his fellow firemen debated their course of action concerning the unconscious man lying on the floor of his home. Another man who the firefighters suspected was the partner…

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Redevelopment threatens historic black community in Bowling Green

Brittiny Moore The sun sets on vacant buildings and dilapidated homes that now rest along the north end of State Street in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The area known as the Shake Rag Historic District –…

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Sinkholes Present an Unregulated Risk in Bowling Green

Geologic map of Kentucky depicting areas with high karst potential (shown in light red).  Warren County is indicated by a yellow box outlined in red. By Brittiny Moore Just over two years ago, on Feb….

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Warren County teacher diversity stands out in Kentucky

by Hunter Frint Warren County Public Schools has been hiring minorities at a higher rate than the Kentucky state average in recent years in order to diversify its teachers. In 2014-2015, 9 percent of teachers hired…

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Tomorrow’s Woman Helps Out After Mastectomy

By Monica Kast After Bonnie Strode’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1990 and had a mastectomy, they began shopping for post-mastectomy products, like mastectomy bras and prosthetic breasts. Strode and her mother soon…

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From the Hill to the Times

Nikita Stewart, a 1994 WKU alumna and member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, talks to students, faculty, and the public about her experiences as an investigative reporter for the New York Times in Mass…

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Hijab Boutique is American Dream

by Alexandria Clark A small white building sits beside Hobby Town on Russellville Road. Inside, Emina Hotilovac sits in an elegant gray fringed chair. Her small boutique is filled with jewelry, clothing, and various pieces…

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Families Divided by High Rate of Women in Kentucky Prisons

By Leah Brown Mary Thomas-Spears sits cross-legged on her family room floor with an American Spirit cigarette in one hand and a black lighter in the other. The sunlight peaks through the window illuminating her…

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Kentucky lacks college degrees, ranks low in adult education

  By Kae Holloway The clock ticked to 3 p.m. on a cool Saturday afternoon. Bradley Moore’s room door in his grandparents’ basement remained shut, a sign that he was still sleeping despite the late…

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Kentucky leads nation in ADHD

By Alexus Furlong Brenton Cox sits at a tall glass table in his grandmother’s kitchen. Bills, papers and cans of food are scattered in the room. It’s almost dinner time as he looks through his…

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Kentucky’s Coal-Colored Climate Change Denial

By Tanner Cole he sun is still rising, and the small front office of Trimble County High School is already crowded. There are 11 people standing in the building’s doorway, letting in the cool morning…

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Legalizing alcohol sales divides Russell County residents

By Jacob Dick Every September, Lake Cumberland Poker Run brings a surge of boaters to the docks and marinas of Russell County, Kentucky. Spectators and competitors alike crowd the concrete boat ramp with trucks and…

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Restoring the fifth sense

By Austin Rutland Mylan Larsen, sporting a black “Deaf and Loud” t-shirt, darted his eyes back and forth between the Applebee’s waiter and his friend, Rebekah Thompson, as he tried to keep up with Thompson’s sign…

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Historic Bowling Green church transforming into restaurant

By Lindsay Whittington Standing in front of his pulpit on Sunday, July 1, 2012, Pastor R.B. Adamson of Victory Baptist Church reminded his congregation that people said their church would never make it. They had…

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Community still recovering 15 years after environmental disaster

By Mollie Moore Abraham Chapman started Oct. 11, 2000 like he does most fall days. Planning to go bow hunting, he woke up around 4 a.m. and was out of the house, driving up the…

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Recovery: WKU student fighting for a healthy body, mind

Story by Ally Griggs. Photos by Allison Thompson. Seven. Zero. Zero. Start. Inside the microwave, a fairly large sweet potato sits centered on a revolving plate. Turning back to the stove, placing one hand around…

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Professional game developers struggle to turn profit

By Eric Zimmer It’s about six in the evening, and a group of high school freshmen were at a Chipotle close to school after band practice. They’re clustered together, noses buried in their phones as…

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The move toward her dreams

By Shantel-Ann Pettway Tears of defeat were flowing through Lauren Cunningham’s fingers as she explained to her mother figure, Lynne Holland, how she’d lost sight of her vision when she lost her dream job in 2009….

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How a traditional Tennessee church grew into a modern megachurch

Abba’s House is a megachurch in Hixson, Tennessee, just outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The statue out front, which thousands of churchgoers stream past every Sunday, depicts Abba, the Holy Father. By Tanner Cole HIXSON, TENNESSEE…

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That’s the ticket: Section 105, Row F, Seat 1.

By Kyle Williams The man walks into a basketball arena on a cold, early-November night while the home team gears up for its lone exhibition game of the young season. He takes his usual route…

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Law to shield student privacy is often misused, critics say

By Taylor Harrison The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act became law in 1974 and required schools to enforce policies to protect the privacy of students’ education records. But some people think it is being…

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