Parker Franklin

Reporter

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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Government
3:33 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

KYTC and KSP Combat Copper Wire Theft on State Highways

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Kentucky State Police have joined forces to combat the rising number of copper wire thefts from highway lights.

The KSP are offering up to $2,500 for any information leading to an arrest and conviction. These incidents have cost taxpayers at least $2,000,000 in just the last four years. 

KYTC Spokesman Keith Todd says there’s more to the issue than just money.

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Government
3:20 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Murray Parks Nickel Tax Forum Takes Place Next Week

Murray-Calloway County Parks Director Tab Brockman stops by WKMS for a Sounds Good interview.

Before it goes before the voters next month, the tax referendum benefiting Murray parks will be discussed at a public forum Tuesday. The referendum would place a five cent tax on every one hundred dollars’ worth of assessed property.

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Education
4:41 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Tennessee Governor Haslam Announces Common Core Standards Review

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has announced a public review of the state's K-12 academic standards in English and math. The process will include input from teachers and the public from across the state.

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Education
4:59 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Judge Rules in Favor of Graves County Board of Education in Cuba Elementary Dispute

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The Graves County Board of Education has won a lawsuit filed against them concerning Cuba Elementary School’s closure.

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Education
4:35 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

MSU to Defer Applications of Students from Ebola-Affected Countries

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In the wake of a Texas college’s rejection of applications from students in Ebola-stricken countries, Murray State University has opted to withhold them.

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Environment
4:19 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

These Beetles are Making a New Kind of Sound

A beetle of the Hydrophilidae family, more specifically the Tropisternus genus.
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At some point, many of us have taken time to just sit down and listen to the birds sing. Ornithologists and avid listeners can usually identify birds just by their calls. MSU Biology professor Michael Flinn and former grad student Nissa Rudh are trying to ID something a little different.

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Government
2:44 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Marshall County Fields Industrial Park Planner Applications

The Marshall County Office of Economic Development has fielded several responses to its search for a consultant to help plan an industrial park.

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Government
2:40 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Kentucky Settles $31 Million Medicaid Fraud Case with Pharmaceutical Company

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Multiple states, including Kentucky, have reached a $31 million settlement with drug manufacturer Organon following allegations of several infractions.

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Business
3:46 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Owensboro Company Producing Experimental Ebola Treatment

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In the midst of the ongoing Ebola crisis, an Owensboro company has ramped up production on an experimental treatment.

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Government
1:45 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Mitch McConnell to Visit Murray, Paducah Tomorrow

As the November 4th elections come ever closer, Senator Mitch McConnell (R) plans to stop by Murray and Paducah tomorrow.

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