Matt Markgraf

News Director, Host of Weekend Energy

Matt "McG" Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He has a bachelor's degree in Theatre and a master's degree in Creative Writing from Murray State University. At WKMS, he's led the management of the web site, online streaming and social media platforms. He's also developed promotional and marketing materials over the years. Matt hosts the electronic music show Weekend Energy Saturday nights and formerly coordinated and hosted the classical music program Carson Myre Youth Series. He produces an assortment of interviews for Sounds Good and has led initiatives in the Youth Radio Project. He also enjoys cooking international cuisine, discovering new music and obscure science fiction movies.

In March 2011, he was hired full-time as New Media & Promotions Coordinator. In March 2016, he was named Interim News Director.

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Kentucky and four other states are again suing the Obama administration over its efforts to strengthen discrimination protections for transgender people. 

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in a North Texas federal court seeks to block parts of a nondiscrimination mandate of President Barack Obama's healthcare law. 

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The fourth and final defendant in a Hopkinsville sexual assault case involving a minor has accepted a plea agreement. 

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West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah has a new president. Kentucky Community and Technical College System President Jay Box named Dr. Anton Reece to the position Friday night. 

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The National Weather Service in Paducah says this month is already the wettest August on record. As of Thursday, Paducah had more eight inches of rain when normal rainfall is 2.76 inches. 

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee has settled a federal lawsuit sparked by a student's t-shirt in support of gay rights. 

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The Kentucky unemployment rate is now on par with the national average. The July jobless rate dipped to 4.9% from 5% in June. 

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A multi-county effort in far western Kentucky seeking to tap into an economic boost from the newly expanded Panama Canal is seeking public input on a name. 

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has paid $625,000 dollars to a highway contractor over a delay in a Jessamine County road project and agreed to pay the contractor another $850,000 if work doesn't start by May 1. 

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The secretary of Kentucky's Cabinet for Health and Family Services said officials will be making some changes to Governor Matt Bevin's Medicaid proposal. 

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Update: Response from Samantha Lucas, spokesperson for Ethicon 

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is suing Johnson and Johnson alleging deceptive marketing of a surgical mesh for women.

Beshear said Tuesday the company and its medical device unit Ethicon failed to provide sufficient information about risks associated with transvaginal mesh. 

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