Parker Franklin

Reporter

Parker's a senior majoring in journalism with a sports communication minor at Murray State. He's from the small town of Dixon, Kentucky. After studying architectural engineering in high school, he realized his true passion was news. When he's not busy with classes or at the station, you can usually find him watching sports or playing games with his friends.

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Education
12:36 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

MSU President Davies Previews Friday's Investiture Speech

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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

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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).
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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

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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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Society
4:16 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Mental Health Counselor Discusses Problem Gambling

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National Problem Gambling Awareness Month ends tonight, and a Tampa Bay counselor has made a name for himself treating excessive gamblers and their families.

Dr Damon Dye, EdD is a licensed mental health counselor; his new book, "Know When to Hold Em: A Guide for Spouses of Problem Gamblers" offers tools and resources for those in the recovering process. He spoke with Kate Lochte about an issue that isn't often talked about.

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Environment
3:26 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Kentucky Department of Agriculture Offering Specialty Crop Production Grants

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The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s offering nearly $300,000 in funding for farmers producing specialty crops. This includes fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops.

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Health
3:47 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Study: Calloway, Lyon Counties Among the Healthiest in Kentucky

Overall health outcome rankings for each of Kentucky's counties. The rankings are based on quality of life and life expectancy.
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A new study finds several counties in our region among the healthiest in Kentucky, but the commonwealth compares poorly to national averages.

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