Parker Franklin

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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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Government
3:23 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Murray-Calloway Parks and Recreation Receives $25k Grant

Murray-Calloway County Parks and Recreation officials and Saputo representatives met Monday for the ceremonial check presentation.
Credit Murray-Calloway County Parks and Recreation

Murray-Calloway County Parks and Recreation will use a $25,000 Healthy Community Grant to renovate a Central Park ball field. 

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Government
1:05 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Paducah Jury Convicts LA Man on Drug Charges

Jiminez hid this supply of methamphetamine inside a Dodge Durango SUV. This evidence was presented at trial.
Credit U.S. Attorney's Office

A federal jury in Paducah has convicted a Los Angeles man for his plans to sell $160,000 worth of methamphetamine.

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Society
1:17 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Calloway County Patriot Grave Marking Ceremony Scheduled for Saturday

Credit WKMS

The Captain Wendell Oury Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Colonel Stephen Trigg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution are sponsoring a patriot grave marking ceremony for revolutionary war soldier, Private William Bonner, Saturday, April 11.

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Education
12:36 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

MSU President Davies Previews Friday's Investiture Speech

Credit Murray State Communications

Dr. Bob Davies will officially become Murray State University’s 13th president at an investiture ceremony on campus Friday. There, he’ll give a speech titled “Endeavor, Hope and Achievement,” named after the three stars in the university’s logo.

Davies spoke with WKMS’ Chad Lampe about his time on campus thus far as well as his plans for today’s event.

He says while he’s honored to be a part of the ceremony, it’s really about the university and its goals as well as the community at large.

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Government
3:29 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Hopkins County Seeking Sports Complex Funding

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Hopkins County will seek additional federal funding to cover upgrades at a local sports complex. The county fiscal court approved the resolution Tuesday night.

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Sports
4:49 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

MSU Sophomore Cam Payne Opts Out of College Basketball and In for the NBA

Credit Allison Crawford

Murray State point guard Cameron Payne will forego his junior and senior season to enter this year’s NBA draft. A teary eyed Payne  made the announcement today along with Racers coach Steve Prohm.

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Education
2:17 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Kentucky Introduces GED Express Program

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Adult education centers across Kentucky have started a new program to help students earn their GEDS faster.

The "GED Express" path can prepare students for the exam in as little as three weeks, compared to the traditional five to ten-week program. 

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Society
12:19 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Former WKMS Reporter Jim Burress Talks New Experiences in NPR

Jim Burress (left) and Chad Lampe (right).
Credit WKMS

Monday, Murray State kicks off a two-day seminar on business reporting called "Show Me the Money: Topic in Business Journalism."

Jim Buress of Atlanta's NPR Station WABE is the event's chief presenter.

He first got started in public radio here at WKMS, and he earned his Master's Degree at Murray State.

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Culture
12:21 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

"A Prairie Home Companion" Host Garrison Keillor Discusses Carson Center Performance

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Over 17 million listeners on more than 900 public radio stations, including this one, hear “A Prairie Home Companion” each Saturday evening.

The show’s creator and host, Garrison Keillor, speaks with Kate Lochte about his solo performance at Paducah’s Carson Center Thursday night at 7:30.

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Society
4:37 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Connected Warriors Yoga Program Helps De-Stress Veterans

Credit Matt Markgraf / WKMS

Murray is home to a free yoga space for veterans and their families as part of the Connected Warriors program.

Instructor Gayle Rogers spoke with Kate Lochte about her experiences with the program that looks to de-stress former soldiers.

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