Allison Crawford

News Reporter

A proud native of Murray, Kentucky, Allison grew up roaming the forests of west Kentucky and visiting national parks across the country. She graduated in 2014 from Murray State University where she studied Liberal Arts, Television Production, and Spanish. She loves meeting new people, questioning everything, and dancing through the sun and the rain.

Though her heart belongs to Murray, constant travel and exploration are necessary for her survival. If not reporting for WKMS, she can be found calling for owls in the Land Between the Lakes, working to advance environmental sustainability, or going on an adventure. She will never stop dancing and hopes to make a positive impact in this world several endeavors at a time.

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Paducah’s Muslim families now have a local center for worship after moving into a vacant church.  

The Islamic Center of Paducah started hosting prayer services earlier this year at its new Berger Road location.

As the Paducah riverfront hotel project picks up steam again, the city commissioners have approved two ordinances to advance the project. The board approved up to $12 million in Industrial Building Revenue Bonds and the lease of city-owned property at the rate of $1 per year for a 100-space hotel parking lot.

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McCracken County Schools will begin a new half-day kindergarten class as soon as enough students enroll in the program.  The class will be held at Lone Oak Elementary.

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Kentucky is moving forward with an effort to bring broadband internet closer to communities throughout the state. Governor Steve Beshear signed an executive order creating the Kentucky Communications Network Authority, which will manage the open-access network Kentucky Wired. Over the next 3 years, the state plans to build 3,000 miles of fiber infrastructure at a cost of $324 million, $30 million of which will come from the state, $23.5 million from federal funds, and the remaining $270.9 million from private investment.

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Life on the island of Caohagan in the Philippines is beautiful and simple. Japanese book publisher Sakiyama Katsuhiko discovered this when planted himself on the 13 acre island nearly 25 years ago. 

Calloway County Schools

A group of Calloway County High School students wants to start a Gay-Straight Alliance at the school. In a letter requesting the group, students say they need a GSA to address homophobia, harassment, bullying, and discrimination.

Austin Peay State University is launching a pilot program aimed at giving autistic students more support.

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A mold outbreak in Murray State University’s Biology Building is leading to a three week remediation that will bite into the beginning of the fall semester. Some faculty, staff, and students may have to temporarily relocate while areas are being cleaned. 

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Five years after Kentucky’s first fluorspar mine in 20 years opened in Livingston County its owners are still trying to get it up and going. Hastie Mining’s owner had expected the mine to be fully operational in 2013, but the permit process and a drop in the fluorspar market delayed full operation into next year.

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is conducting a special inspection at Honeywell Metropolis Works after Saturday’s uranium hexafluoride leak.