Whitney Jones http://wkms.org en Murray State’s Next President Says University Discussing Short, Long Term Roles with Mid-Continent http://wkms.org/post/murray-state-s-next-president-says-university-discussing-short-long-term-roles-mid-continent <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Murray State’s next president, Bob Davies, says while </span>MSU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is focusing on helping Mid-Continent University students after their school’s closure, it is also discussing its role in the future of the Mayfield facility.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:18:39 +0000 Whitney Jones 39994 at http://wkms.org Murray State’s Next President Says University Discussing Short, Long Term Roles with Mid-Continent Common Beliefs Unite Christians, Messianic Jews During Passover Seder http://wkms.org/post/common-beliefs-unite-christians-messianic-jews-during-passover-seder <p></p><p>With Passover beginning this week, Jews across the world celebrate with a ceremonial feast called a Seder. But they aren’t the only ones holding the tradition. In Murray a small interfaith community breaks matzah together.</p><p>At Murray Family Church enough tables to seat 60 form a U for the annual Seder. Traditional Hebrew music plays softly in the background. Candles grace heavy burgundy tablecloths with matchbooks lying beside them.</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:12:36 +0000 Whitney Jones 39987 at http://wkms.org Common Beliefs Unite Christians, Messianic Jews During Passover Seder President-Elect Suggests Ways for Murray State to Bring in Revenue as It Faces Budget Cuts http://wkms.org/post/president-elect-suggests-ways-murray-state-bring-revenue-it-faces-budget-cuts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Murray State University President-elect Bob Davies says he wants to push the university to compete for funds and look for new revenue sources as it faces budget cuts from the state.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:43:30 +0000 Whitney Jones 39932 at http://wkms.org President-Elect Suggests Ways for Murray State to Bring in Revenue as It Faces Budget Cuts Graves County School Set to Close Receives Honor for Closing Achievement Gap http://wkms.org/post/graves-county-school-set-close-receives-honor-closing-achievement-gap <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Graves County school that’s set to close this summer due to low enrollment has been named a distinguished school for significantly closing the achievement gap between student groups.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cuba Elementary was Kentucky’s category 2 school for the National Title I Association, but Graves County Schools plan to close it June </span>30<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and auction it off as surplus property.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:56:42 +0000 Whitney Jones 39908 at http://wkms.org Graves County School Set to Close Receives Honor for Closing Achievement Gap Kentucky Treasurer Passes Goal of Returning $100M, Plans to Travel State in New Initiative http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-treasurer-passes-goal-returning-100m-plans-travel-state-new-initiative <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Treasurer Todd </span>Hollenbach<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has passed his goal of returning $100 million of unclaimed property, but he’s extending that goal in a new initiative.</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:03:48 +0000 Whitney Jones 39843 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Treasurer Passes Goal of Returning $100M, Plans to Travel State in New Initiative Extension Deadline Nears for Kynect Open Enrollment http://wkms.org/post/extension-deadline-nears-kynect-open-enrollment <p>Kentuckians have just a little more than one day left to apply for health insurance through the state’s health benefits exchange, kynect.</p><p>Kentucky extended its open enrollment deadline for those who couldn’t finish the application by the original March 31 deadline. Calloway County kynnector Susan Hood says the extension is mainly for those who wish to purchase qualified health plans, those eligible for tax credits and subsidies.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:46:47 +0000 Whitney Jones 39817 at http://wkms.org Extension Deadline Nears for Kynect Open Enrollment Sierra Club Says It Believes Shawnee Power Plant is Leaking Coal Ash into Waterways http://wkms.org/post/sierra-club-says-it-believes-shawnee-power-plant-leaking-coal-ash-waterways <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Sierra Club official says the environmental group is investigating whether or not the Shawnee Fossil Fuel Plant is contaminating Kentucky waterways with coal ash.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Coal ash is the residue left after the plant burns coal to generate power.</span></p><p>Sierra Club Louisville organizer Thomas Pearce says the group has reason to believe the Shawnee plant is leaking coal ash from its retention ponds into McCracken County’s Little Bayou Creek.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:42:58 +0000 Whitney Jones 39790 at http://wkms.org Sierra Club Says It Believes Shawnee Power Plant is Leaking Coal Ash into Waterways Kynect Extending Enrollment Period Due to High Demand During Initial Deadline http://wkms.org/post/kynect-extending-enrollment-period-due-high-demand-during-initial-deadline <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky’s health benefits exchange </span>kynect<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is extending its enrollment period due to high demand during the initial March </span>31<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;deadline.</span></p><p>The extension for applications begins today and ends April 11. Kentuckians who completed their applications by the initial deadline can select a plan through April 15, with coverage beginning May 1.</p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:38:47 +0000 Whitney Jones 39700 at http://wkms.org Kynect Extending Enrollment Period Due to High Demand During Initial Deadline Bob King: CPE Already Discussing Funding Requests for Next Legislative Session http://wkms.org/post/bob-king-cpe-already-discussing-funding-requests-next-legislative-session <p>Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education is already tailoring its next state budget request to include performance funding for state universities.</p><p>The General Assembly did not include the CPE’s request for performance funding in its two-year spending plan that awaits the governor’s signature. CPE President Bob King says the performance funding request was among several suggestions to bring more money to the state’s universities.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:13:20 +0000 Whitney Jones 39641 at http://wkms.org Bob King: CPE Already Discussing Funding Requests for Next Legislative Session CPE President Says Staff Working Toward Tuition Cap Decision in Light of Kentucky Budget http://wkms.org/post/cpe-president-says-staff-working-toward-tuition-cap-decision-light-kentucky-budget <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King says his staff is working through the state budget passed this week to determine the tuition cap for universities across the state.</span></p><p>Last year, CPE capped tuition increases at 3 percent. The budget calls for a 1.5 percent operational funding cut in addition to the state-mandated pension increase, which universities must fund half. For Murray State, that increase alone totals $700,000.</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:46:41 +0000 Whitney Jones 39624 at http://wkms.org CPE President Says Staff Working Toward Tuition Cap Decision in Light of Kentucky Budget