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 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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A Kentucky child advocacy group says it’s fighting to receive state funding for the first time as legislators work to hammer out a budget.

The Court Appointed Children’s Advocates program uses judge-approved volunteers in child abuse or neglect cases to make recommendations on the victim’s behalf. 

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Kentucky's Grain Insurance Fund is at an all-time high. According to the state Department of Agriculture, the total stands at $4.8 million thanks to accrued interest and no payouts since October of 2000. 

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Lourdes Hospital in Paducah has named its new chief operating officer. Wayne Reid took office this week. He previously served with hospitals in Ohio, Tennessee and Texas. 

LowerTown Arts & Music Festival

Lower Town Arts and Music Festival Co-Director Michael Terra says he’s stepping down next year. In his stead, The Yeiser Art Center will produce the annual event alongside Co-Director Victoria Terra. 

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UPDATE: Marion residents have voted to keep their city dry after a special election Tuesday night.

Only 298 votes were cast against legalizing by-the-drink alcohol sales, but that was enough to best the 245 in favor.

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A common story in pop culture is that of the celebrity’s rehab troubles; either they’re checking in or going back.

MSU professor of psychology Dr. Michael Bordieri talks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about addiction and the difficulty in finding effective treatments.

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Paducah officials are collecting public input on plans for the aging city hall building.

Monday night, the City Hall Schematic Design Advisory Board met with contractor RATIO Architects to present their ideas. The Paducah City Commission brought on the firm in October with a $1.6 million blueprinting deal. 

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As spring begins to bloom, the Calloway County Public Library is planning a slate of community events both indoor and out.

CCPL Community Relations Coordinator Sandy Linn talks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about what’s coming up, including this year’s Easter egg hunt.

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Early next month, the Kentucky Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials will hold its Spring Summit in Murray. Angela Guyton and Dr. Doris Sarr of the KBC-LEO stop by Sounds Good to talk about this year’s event.

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Operation Jumpstart is a nine-part program starting next month designed to help would-be entrepreneurs test the feasibility of their idea. 

Hear Tracy Ross talk about the course on Sounds Good with Chris Wooldridge, District Director of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center at Murray State along with Gina Winchester, Executive Director of Regional Outreach for MSU and Will McDowell, Vice President of Paducah Economic Development.

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