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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Environment
7:19 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

TVA Holds First Forum on 2015 Integrated Resources Plan

Credit TVA / tva.com

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.
Credit Bloom Behavior / bloombehavior.com

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.
Credit sunshineweek.rcfp.org

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

Credit usec.gov

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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Environment
2:58 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Flooding Closes Some Kentucky Highways

Credit transportation.ky.gov

As today’s rain adds to the melted snow from last week’s winter storm, several roads across the region are experiencing high water.

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Traffic
3:29 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

I-24: Road Crews Making Progress, Working to Clear Ice Before Dark

Credit Lance Dennee / WKMS

Update 3:30 pm

Road crews are hard at work to clear as much snow and ice from area Interstate 24 and other area highways before dusk, when cold temperatures pose a chance for potential re-freezing.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says crews are confident to have both directions of I-24 mostly clear by tonight.

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Sports
4:38 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

MSU Men's Basketball Team Receives OVC Honors

Credit MSU Racer Athletics

Fresh off a 24th consecutive win and an AP Top 25 ranking, three members of the Murray State men’s basketball team have received Ohio Valley Conference honors.

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Education
3:34 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

MSU President Talks Tobacco Ban, Honors College, Performance Funding System on Sounds Good

Dr. Bob Davies
Credit Dr. Bob Davies, Twitter

Murray State President Bob Davies visited the WKMS studios for the latest in a series of monthly conversations on the state of the university. He spoke with Chad Lampe on implementing MSU’s upcoming campus-wide tobacco ban, his thoughts on a performance funding for higher education institutions in Kentucky and other topics from last week’s Board of Regents meeting.

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Sports
2:14 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Murray State Men's Basketball Earns Top 25 Spot

Credit MSU Racer Athletics

The Murray State men’s basketball team has been ranked 25th in the nation by the Associated Press after notching their 24th consecutive win over the weekend.

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