Parker Franklin

Reporter

Parker is a Junior at Murray State from the small town of Dixon, Kentucky. After studying engineering in high school, he realized his true passion was news. He is currently majoring in journalism, and hopes to be a newswriter some day. When he's not in class or working, you can find Parker watching sports with his friends or getting his jam on with some music.

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Sports
2:20 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Racers Seek 23rd Consecutive Victory Tonight

Credit MSU Racer Athletics/Facebook

The Murray State men’s basketball team looks to take home its 23rd win in a row tonight with a CFSB Center showdown against Eastern Illinois. That would tie a school and conference record.

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Education
8:00 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Murray State President To Seek 3% Tuition Increase

Credit ASSE Murray State University Student Section, Facebook

Full-time Murray State students will see a 3 percent tuition hike next semester if a proposal by President Bob Davies passes the Board of Regents.

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Government
3:58 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

DHS Shutdown Could Weaken Local Kentucky Emergency Management

Credit Hopkins County Emergency Management / Facebook

As the region recovers from last week’s snowstorm, local emergency response agencies could see heavy cuts thanks to a potential U.S. Department of Homeland Security shutdown.

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Environment
4:46 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

NWS: More Precipitation, Possible Flooding on the Way

Credit http://www.crh.noaa.gov/pah/

National Weather Service meteorologists say a very active and rapidly changing weather pattern will be with us over the next few days, with more wintry precipitation followed by possible flooding.

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Education
12:21 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Murray State Prepares Backup Generators for Possible TVA Shutoff

Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

With what could become record cold weather on the way, Murray State University plans to avert potential power outages with its generator system.

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Society
2:44 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Warming Centers Open in Western Kentucky

Credit Matt Markgraf/WKMS

As temperatures in the region drop below freezing for the next few days, local warming centers are opening their doors. Be sure to call ahead, as hours may vary.

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WKMS Press Releases
1:32 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

[Update: Back to Normal Operations] WKMS Classical 88.9 Temporarily Off-Air

This morning's view from the WKMS balcony.
Credit Matt Markgraf/WKMS

Update: Back to full power. Signal is strong and clear.

WKMS Classical 88.9 in Murray is off the air, due to icing on the antenna atop Murray State University's Price Doyle Fine Arts.

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Government
6:26 am
Tue February 17, 2015

NWS: Freezing Temps Will Prevent Snow Melt, Roads Still Hazardous

Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

  Update Tuesday, 11;54 a.m.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says crews are getting to work on the region’s snow-packed roadways Tuesday morning after an overnight pause. Todd says unnecessary travel is still being discouraged, however.

“The main issue you’re going to see for travel today is, even though some of the main routes are getting fairly clear, we still have a lot of snow plowed up at intersections,” Todd said.

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Education
10:15 am
Mon February 16, 2015

(UPDATE: Arrangements Changed) Longtime Murray State Supporter & Administrator Jim Carter Dies

Jim Carter
Credit MSU Public Relations

UPDATE: Jim Carter's funeral has officially been postponed one day due to weather, per the Carter family. Visitation is TUESDAY from 4-8 pm at Heritage Funeral Home. The funeral is now WEDNESDAY at 2 pm at Lovett Auditorium. Please help share this change.

Long-time Murray State Administrator Jim Carter passed away over the weekend after a battle with cancer. Carter most recently served as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement which included oversight of WKMS.

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Education
4:36 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

[Slideshow] Murray State University and Other Closings Monday, February 16

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

We'll keep this post updated as we learn of weather-related school closings and delays for Monday, February 16.

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