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8:59 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Mayfield Creek Bridge Plans

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say bidding for building contracts for a new Mayfield Creek KY 1241 Leeder Bottom bridge could begin as soon as April. KYTC Engineers say the project is in the final design phase. Inspectors closed the bridge last April after floods damaged a pier. And the bridge collapsed in June before repair plans could be formulated. Engineers believe if everything stays on schedule and plans are approved as developed, construction on a new bridge could start sometime in June, and it could be opened to traffic raising the likelihood by the end of the year.

Morning Cram
8:54 am
Tue February 14, 2012

the morning cram [we don't usually see this much activity in a dead person edition]

Breaking News: Zombies interested in more than brains.

NPR reports a new study shows that around 1.8 million dead people are registered to vote in the US.

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Hester Hall Fire
4:03 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Walker Trial Dismissal Being Considered

A judge says it will be two weeks before a decision is made concerning a motion from Jerry Wayne Walker's attorney to dismiss his case. Walker is charged with manslaughter, arson, assault, and wanton endangerment stemming from a 1998 dormitory fire in Murray State's Hester Hall. If the case is not dismissed, the trial is set to begin July 6 in Calloway Circuit Court. Walker is accused of setting the fire that claimed the life of student Michael Minger. The case originally went to trial in 2001, but ended in a mistrial, as the jury deadlocked 11-1 to acquit Walker.

Education
3:18 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Dick Vitale Coming to Murray

ESPN announcer and college basketball icon Dick Vitale is coming to Murray this weekend to broadcast the Racers' BracketBuster game against St. Mary's. Vitale made the announcement over the weekend during the call of the Kentucky-Vanderbilt game on ESPN. The BracketBuster pits the 14 ranked Racers against 16 ranked St. Mary’s. Each team fell slightly in the ESPN rankings following losses last week. Murray State fans have been working to bring Vitale to Murray ever since he expressed interest in calling a Racers game last month.

Education
7:23 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Murray State Versus Austin Peay

MurrayState’s men’s basketball team rebounded quickly from its first loss of the season, handing Austin Peay the most lopsided loss in the rivalry’s history this weekend. The Racers led by as many as 28 in the 82-63 victory. They led 37-24 at the half, after a heated exchange led to technical fouls for MSU’s Head Coach Steve Prohm, junior Latreze Mushatt and Austin Peay’s Herdie Lawrence.

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Education
2:25 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Remembering the 1952 State Champion Cuba Cubs

Amidst the basketball fever sweeping the Jackson Purchase, one area high school took time out to celebrate some former western Kentucky basketball greats. Sixty years ago, the Cuba Cubs, a small Graves County high school basketball team, took the Commonwealth by storm with an unlikely march to the state championship. Graves County Highs School celebrated that 1952 championship season during half time of a recent basketball game, and invited some of the players from that team to come and be honored.

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Basketball
11:44 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Murray State Loses; Winning Streak Ends at 23

espn.go.com

The Murray State men's basketball team's amazing winning streak has come to an end. The number nine ranked Racers fell last night at home to Tennessee State 72-68. Coach Steve Prohm's 23 straight wins to start the season were the most by any first year head coach since Bill Hodges' 1978-79 squad won their first 33. But, now at 23-1, Prohm says he's ready to move on. 

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Education
3:08 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Tennessee Educators Balk at Haslam Class Size Proposal

Governor Bill Haslam's plan to lift a cap on class size averages is meeting resistance from educators, but the Republican calls the proposal a key element of his effort to allow school districts to raise teacher pay.  Haslam told reporters after a visit to a Maury County middle school this week that Tennessee is alone in setting both maximum total and average class sizes.  Removing the average size requirement would allow schools to have larger classes, meaning the total number of teachers could drop.  Haslam stressed that the maximum class size limits would remain in place, but some educat

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Education
3:03 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Murray State to be Featured on ESPN College GameDay

Murray State will be the focus of a special segment of ESPN's College GameDay this week. Crews from the network have already visited Murray to gather material to highlight the Racers' undefeated season. This will be the second ESPN special feature about Murray State in the past few weeks. The Racers' were the focus of ESPNU's All Access last month. The GameDay segment is set to air this Saturday prior to the featured Kentucky-Vanderbilt game. The Racers are back in action tonight, tipping off against Tennessee State at 7:00 in a sold-out CFSB center.

Government & Politics
3:02 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

'Don't Say Gay' Bill Delayed in Tennessee Committee

Opponents of a measure that bans Tennessee public schools from teaching about gay issues say they'll continue to show up in large groups to protest the legislation.  The proposal, dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill, is sponsored by Republican Representative and House Education Subcommittee chair Joey Hensley.  It was scheduled to be heard by the subcommittee Wednesday, but Hensley says he wanted to be out by a certain time and delayed taking up his bill and others until next week.  Chris Sanders is chairman of the Nashville committee of the Tennessee Equality Project, which organized the gathe

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