Parker Franklin

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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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Playhouse in the Park’s production of "Catch Me If You Can" opens Thursday night. The musical adaptation of the critically-acclaimed biographical crime drama stars Jake Hunter as Frank Abagnale, a teenager that pulls off millions of dollars in successful cons as he flees from the FBI across the country. Hunter and play director Lisa Cope spoke with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good to give some insight into the performance.

Kentucky State Police

UPDATE: Williams has been found in Christian County. Kentucky State Police Post 2 trooper Sean Wint made the arrest along with the Oak Grove Police Department and the Christian County Sheriff's Office. He's currently housed in the Christian County Detention Facility.

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Last week’s mass shooting at an Oregon community college has once again brought the topic of gun control to the forefront of U.S. politics. Oregon, like most states in our region, has relatively lax laws and doesn’t mandate background checks on private gun sales.

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A new Graves County carp processing plant could bring nearly 70 new jobs to the area. Blue Shore Fishery, along with local and state officials, christened the 11,000-square-foot Farmington facility Tuesday.

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They may not hold the same value as your ultra-rare 1952 Mickey Mantle, but the Paducah Police Department’s bringing back its officer baseball card program.

Kentucky Office of Homeland Security / homelandsecurity.ky.gov

Several government agencies across western Kentucky are set to receive State Homeland Security Grants to help fund emergency management projects.

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A Trigg County man charged with plotting the October murders of his family and an acquaintance won’t face trial until late next year.

Delta Entrepreneurship Network

Local entrepreneurs will have their shot at success next month as part of the Delta Entrepreneurship Network’s annual pitch competition. Held October 6 at Murray State University, the Delta Regional Authority-operated event gives area businesspeople a chance to present their ideas to a panel of judges, similar to the network television program, “Shark Tank.”

LRC Public Information

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.

Kentucky Department of Education

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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