Parker Franklin

Reporter

Parker's a junior 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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Sports
8:21 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Racers Fall in NIT Quarterfinals

Credit MSU Racer Athletics

The Murray State men’s basketball team fell to Old Dominion 72-69 last night in the National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals.

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Sports
3:32 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Another Weekend of College Basketball Postseason Play Kicks off Tomorrow

Credit Murray State University

Another weekend of postseason college basketball action kicks off tomorrow.

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Sports
2:42 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Racers Set Sights on Old Dominion, Madison Square Garden

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With a commanding win over Tulsa Monday, the Murray State men’s basketball team now has their sights on number one seed Old Dominion in the NIT quarterfinals Wednesday night. 

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Sports
1:14 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Racers Take on Tulsa in NIT Second Round Action

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The Murray State Men’s basketball team takes on No. 2 seed Tulsa (23-10, 14-4 American) tonight at 8, with a trip to the National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals on the line.

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Culture
1:00 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Kentucky Author Reflects on Helping War-Affected Children in Africa

Credit Bethany Haley Williams / bethanyhaleywilliams.com

Kentucky-born author and psychologist Bethany Haley spoke with Kate Lochte about her new book, “The Color of Grace.” 

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Environment
7:19 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

TVA Holds First Forum on 2015 Integrated Resources Plan

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The Tennessee Valley Authority held the first of seven public meetings Thursday night in Chattanooga over its new plan for a gradual transition from coal to nuclear power.

Specifically, the 2015 Integrated Resource Plan outlines various scenarios and strategies the power provider may face through 2033.

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Society
1:02 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Identifying the Warning Signs of Autism in Young Children

Becky Nastally, Founder of Bloom Behavior Therapy.
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April is Autism Awareness Month. According to the non-profit Autism Speaks, the disorder affects more than two million Americans. 

Dr. Becky Nastally with Bloom Behavior Therapy in Paducah spoke with Kate Lochte on how to identify potential autism warning signs in children.

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Government
8:17 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Paris, Tenn. Voters Approve Local Option Sales Tax

Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Update: The Henry County Election Commission has updated the final tally for the local option sales tax vote. The referendum still passes by a margin of 1,365 for the tax and 449 against. 

The local sales tax option will increase the rate by half a cent starting this summer.

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Government
3:16 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Sunshine Week: Encouraging Open Dialogue Between Government and Society

The logo for Sunshine Week.
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Award-winning Kentucky New Era Opinion Editor Jennifer Brown spoke to WKMS's Kate Lochte to salute Sunshine Week.  It's a national observance to encourage transparency in government and an appreciation for state open meetings and open records laws, as well as the federal Freedom of Information Act.

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Government
12:53 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

$4.5 Million Grant Officially Awarded to Help PGDP Employees Get Back to Work

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The West Kentucky Workforce Investment Board will receive more than $4.5 million dollars from a national emergency grant to help retrain employees displaced by the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant’s ongoing closure and cleanup.

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