Parker Franklin


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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The father of slain Kentucky State Police Trooper Cameron Ponder has gained lawmaker support for potentially retrofitting the KSP patrol car fleet with bullet-resistant laminate. Joe Ponder spoke with Kentucky State House Speaker Greg Stumbo and other legislators in Frankfort today on increased safety measures for front-line officers.

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Several schools in western Kentucky have been named among the top 10 institutions in the state. The Kentucky Department of Education Winner’s Circle includes North Marshall Middle, Ballard Memorial High and Earlington Elementary schools.

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According to new U.S. Census Bureau data and an analysis from the left-wing Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, the state still hasn’t fully recovered from the 2008 recession.

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Recovery efforts continue in the Mississippi River near Columbia, Kentucky to clean up a recent clarified slurry oil spill. Coast Guard crews are focusing on two anomalies near the site where a vessel collided September 2nd.

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Metropolis Mayor Billy McDaniel says he wants to bring a $50 million retail development project to his city, provided the deal doesn’t work out in Paducah. McCracken County officials have recently negotiated with St. Louis-based Sansone Group to bring the development to Paducah. However, Sansone’s asking for $3.5 million through a tax incremental financing agreement, something the city has repeatedly refused.

McDaniel says he’s reached out to the real estate company but acknowledges Metropolis is a relatively small market.

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Upcoming changes to the Kentucky Retirement Systems could cut insurance coverage for some dependents of retired police officers, firefighters and more.

Under a nearly 60-year-old state statute, dependents of those hazardous duty retirees would lose their coverage past the age of 22.

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A contentious panhandling ordinance in Murray has temporarily been shelved in the wake of a national ruling.

In a city council meeting Thursday night, City Attorney Warren Hopkins said he recommends holding off on such legislation to prevent a clash with federal courts.

Currently, there are no restrictions on panhandling in Murray while surrounding Bowling Green, Hopkinsville and Paducah have all passed bans.

A hotel project in Paducah could earn up to $4.5 million dollars in tourism cash incentives. The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority approved the offer today.

The 1850s Homeplace Trade Fair takes place this weekend at Land Between the Lakes. The annual event offers attendees a taste of American life from two centuries ago. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross sat down with Homeplase Lead Interpreter Cindy Earls to learn just what the fair's all about.

Glenn Hall, with thanks to Maiden Alley Cinema

American roots musician Pokey LaFarge played a sold out show at Paducah's Maiden Alley Cinema last week. Tracy Ross had a moment to chat with him before the performance about his love of baseball, his favorite music outside of the style he plays, favorite venues around the world and time zones. We also hear a couple songs from the evening's performance.