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 at the station, you can almost always find him watching sports or immersing himself in his small (but growing!) vinyl collection.

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In a continued discussion about treating substance abuse, Murray State psychology professor Michael Bordieri speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The US 51 Ohio River “Cairo” Bridge will have a daytime lane and 10-foot load width restriction starting Wednesday. 

Lance Dennee / WKMS

Barkley Regional Airport celebrated its 70th commercial air service anniversary over the weekend. On April 1, 1946, Paducahans saw the city’s first commercial flight take to the skies.

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The Tennessee State Library and Archives is looking to digitize records of how World War I affected Tennesseans.

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Paducah School of Art and Design officials met Thursday night for the grand opening of the institution’s 2D and Graphic Design Building.

Denise Brogan-Kator

This year’s Celebrate & Support a Fair Kentucky event focuses on rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Denise Brogan-Kator, State Policy Director for the Family Equality Council, will be the guest speaker.

She speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about several recent “religious liberty” bills, the South’s status as a potential bellwether region for LGBT rights and her own journey as a transgender person.

Kentucky Department of Education

The Kentucky Department of Education has received a $100,000 grant aimed at creating a career-readiness plan for high schoolers.

Those funds come from the New Skills for Youth program, developed by JPMorgan Chase along with the Council of Chief State School Officers and Advance CTE.

NWS Paducah,

Forecasters predict possible severe weather in our region Wednesday evening, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.


According to the National Weather Service in Paducah, the biggest risk is Wednesday night through tomorrow morning as the system and accompanying cold front arrive from the west.


Our region is categorized as an enhanced risk and could see strong winds or hail.


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As Kentucky lawmakers continue budget talks, neighboring Illinois has operated without a spending plan since July 1.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is expressing frustration at the lack of progress in negotiations with Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Originally published March 28, 2016  

Update: On Tuesday afternoon, Calloway County Sheriff's Department confirmed the smokey air in Murray is from the controlled burns.

The U.S. Forest Service plans to hold a pair of prescribed burns at Land Between the Lakes starting Tuesday.

Sections of the Buffalo Trail and Franklin Creek areas will be affected.