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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Kentucky Governor's Office / governor.ky.gov

Kentucky’s current and future governors hold opposing views on whether Syrian refugees should be accepted into the commonwealth.

Racer Athletics / goracers.com

The Murray State University football team has had mixed results so far as the squad ends this season. They’re 3-6 at the moment, coming off a 46-43 overtime shootout victory against Tennessee State. Tracy Ross speaks with “The Voice of the Racers” Neal Bradley on the last few weeks of football action, as well as what’s going on with MSU basketball.

Jacob Ryan-WFPL/Kentucky Public Radio

Kentucky governor-elect Matt Bevin has launched a website to take applications for jobs in his administration.

The website looks to fill “non-merit” positions, meaning Bevin has the authority to hire and fire people for those jobs.

UPDATE: According to the National Weather Service in Paducah, a cold front is expected to move from southeast Missouri  and hit our region Wednesday evening. It'll bring showers and thunderstorms, along with potential damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.

transportation.ky.gov

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 1 engineers are testing a new supertanker today that will help keep roads clear this winter.

Murray State University

Murray State President Bob Davies will deliver his first “state of the university” address November 9. He spoke with Todd Hatton on what he plans to cover, ranging from the state’s significant pension liability to university funding and even the ongoing 16th St.discussion.

Muhlenberg County Schools

Muhlenberg County voters have struck down a three percent county wide utility tax aimed at generating revenue for area schools. Eighty eight percent of 7161 votes were against the measure.

ASSE Murray State University Student Section, Facebook

Murray State University’s newest freshman class shows a smaller but higher-achieving group.  

 

The MSU Board of Regents approved new, tougher admission standards this past June, including a minimum 18 ACT composite score.  These standards won't go into effect until the 2016 fall semester.

LRC Public Information

After a week of mulling it over, State Representative Gerald Watkins of Paducah says he will not vie for Ed Whitfield’s 1st District congressional seat.

Whitfield announced in September he wouldn’t seek a 12th term.

Whitney Jones / WKMS

Fulton County is looking to grow its local business with an upcoming industrial pad. According to Kentucky Labor Market Information, the area has had a stubbornly high unemployment rate that currently sits at 6.4 percent.

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