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Tributes to the life and music of Prince are pouring in from all over the world following the pop superstar’s sudden death Thursday. Prince is being remembered in Bowling Green for a song he wrote more than 33 years ago.

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Bowling Green is preparing to welcome Syrian refugees later this year who are fleeing their country’s civil war. The re-settlement is raising concerns among some in the community.

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  Western Kentucky University men's head basketball coach Ray Harper has resigned.

The school announced Thursday night that Harper informed Athletics Director Todd Stewart that he was stepping down.

National Corvette Museum

The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green is marking the second anniversary of a sinkhole collapse with a new multimedia exhibit. 

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The ride-sharing service Uber has come to Bowling Green. 

Uber uses a mobile app to connect people who need rides with available drivers, who use their own cars to carry passengers. 

Bowling Green Police Department

The mayor of Bowling Green says the city continues to examine how it conducts hiring for all of its departments.  

The move was prompted by a federal investigation into how the city makes hiring decisions related to its police force.  

The mayor of Bowling Green says he is going to look at the hiring practices of every department in the city.  The decision follows notification of a Department of Justice investigation into the police department. 

Mayor Bruce Wilkerson will meet with a federal investigator in August, and by then, he hopes to have in place in place to examine every city department.  While the probe will be across the board, he says the city will not lower its standards to hire more minorities.

"We're going to aggressively recruit in those areas, but we will look for people who, in the motto of the police department, 'We hire for character but we train for skill,''' Wilkerson told WKU Public Radio.

Mayor Wilkerson says he will also push for hiring an affirmative action employee for the city who will actively recruit minorities. 

The changes come as the Department of Justice looks into whether the city discriminates against African Americans with respect to employment opportunities in the police department. 

According to the DOJ, the city should have more black officers based on its population.

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  A Kentucky group that advocates for the LGBT community is hoping to expand Bowling Green’s civil rights ordinance.

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  Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen announced the launch of an investigation into issues surrounding Bowling Green’s Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, district Wednesday at the city’s Chamber of Commerce.

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A Bowling Green doctor has been charged with conspiracy to distribute and dispense controlled 
substances, health care fraud and money laundering.

Sixty-three year old cardiologist Charles Fred Gott was arrested in Nashville this morning, where he was attending a diesel mechanic’s school, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. District’s Attorney’s Office.

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