Parker Franklin

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Parker's a junior 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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WKMS Press Releases
1:32 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

[Update: Back to Normal Operations] WKMS Classical 88.9 Temporarily Off-Air

This morning's view from the WKMS balcony.
Credit Matt Markgraf/WKMS

Update: Back to full power. Signal is strong and clear.

WKMS Classical 88.9 in Murray is off the air, due to icing on the antenna atop Murray State University's Price Doyle Fine Arts.

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Government
6:26 am
Tue February 17, 2015

NWS: Freezing Temps Will Prevent Snow Melt, Roads Still Hazardous

Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

  Update Tuesday, 11;54 a.m.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says crews are getting to work on the region’s snow-packed roadways Tuesday morning after an overnight pause. Todd says unnecessary travel is still being discouraged, however.

“The main issue you’re going to see for travel today is, even though some of the main routes are getting fairly clear, we still have a lot of snow plowed up at intersections,” Todd said.

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Education
10:15 am
Mon February 16, 2015

(UPDATE: Arrangements Changed) Longtime Murray State Supporter & Administrator Jim Carter Dies

Jim Carter
Credit MSU Public Relations

UPDATE: Jim Carter's funeral has officially been postponed one day due to weather, per the Carter family. Visitation is TUESDAY from 4-8 pm at Heritage Funeral Home. The funeral is now WEDNESDAY at 2 pm at Lovett Auditorium. Please help share this change.

Long-time Murray State Administrator Jim Carter passed away over the weekend after a battle with cancer. Carter most recently served as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement which included oversight of WKMS.

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Education
4:36 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

[Slideshow] Murray State University and Other Closings Monday, February 16

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

We'll keep this post updated as we learn of weather-related school closings and delays for Monday, February 16.

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Weather
2:41 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

Significant Winter Weather System Hits the Region

Credit crh.noaa.gov

  UPDATE 2/16 7:55 a.m.: The winter weather system hitting the region Monday will pack a larger punch than previously thought. The National Weather Service predicts up to 12 inches of snowfall across our listening area through Monday afternoon. A winter storm warning is in effect for the region until 6 p.m. CST Monday.

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Business
3:47 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Kentucky Officials, Manufacturing Nonprofit Disagree on Exports, Job Losses

Credit Flickr user tinselcargo / Flickr Creative Commons

Kentucky officials and a national economic research group are at odds over the impact of alleged currency manipulation in Japan.

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Education
10:02 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Former Reidland Middle School Teacher Arrested on Sexual Abuse Charges

Pictured: Chelsea Rose
Credit McCracken County Sheriff's Department

A former Reidland Middle School teacher has been arrested after police received a complaint describing an alleged inappropriate student/teacher relationship. The McCracken County Sheriff Department says Chelsea Rose, 24, turned herself in Friday.

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Society
4:04 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Poll: More Kentuckians Know Someone Impacted by Heroin

Credit Eric Molina, Wikimedia Commons

New data from the Kentucky Health Issues Poll suggests the state’s heroin epidemic may be worsening. Eleven percent of those asked know someone who’s had problems with the drug, up two percent from 2013.

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Business
3:30 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Eighteen Months Later, Planned Murray Hotel Remains an Empty Lot

Credit Murray Convention Visitors Bureau

A hotel originally scheduled to open in Murray this month remains a vacant lot with a sign announcing the planned Springhill Suites.

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Politics
4:45 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Six Candidates Join a Crowded Marshall County Judge/Executive Race

Credit stock photo

Six Democrats have emerged in the Marshall County Judge/Executive race as the filing period closes today.

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