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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.

Fairness Campaign

  

  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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Bowling Green has an active rock music scene, with emerging groups like Cage the Elephant and Morning Teleportation. Another group on the rise is indie psychedelic rock group Buffalo Rodeo, recently releasing their new album 123 Water on vinyl. Tracy Ross speaks with keys and vocalist Jordan Reynolds ahead of their performance at the LowerTown Arts & Music Festival on May 15 at 8 p.m. 

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Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the day a sinkhole opened up beneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, swallowing up eight vintage vehicles. While the sinkhole damaged the facility, it also led to a spike in attention and attendance at the museum. 

Courtesy of David Probus, Felix E. Martin Jr. Hall

Las Vegas-based Russian circus performer and ringleader of animals, Mr. Popovich brings his curious and comedic show "Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre" to the Felix E. Martin Jr. Hall in Greenville, Kentucky Friday night. Theatre Director David Probus joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about the event, which he says is sold-out, however tickets are available for the same show the following afternoon in Bowling Green.

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Voters will determine today whether Republicans will take control of the Kentucky House for the first time in nearly a century.  Someone closely watching House races is Jeff Cone, Vice President of the United Autoworkers Union in Bowling Green.  He fears Kentucky will become a right-to-work state under a GOP-lead House.  

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