Shelly Baskin

WKMS Volunteer

Shelly Baskin works in MSU's Office of Regional Outreach and is a graduate student  in Occupational Safety and Health. A roustabout from Memphis, Tennessee, Shelly first found his way into WKMS through the newsroom back in 2011 through luck, charm and force of will. Though he left news for another position, he still enjoys working on independent radio projects and volunteering for the station. He’s an avid disc golfer and occasional real golfer and is terrible at both. A lover of all things musical, Shelly is always ready to hear something new and unique. 

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West Kentucky High Iron
9:10 am
Sun March 3, 2013

Boom to Bust: The History of Earlington, Kentucky

Earlington depot in 1910 with railroad employees out front.
Credit Shelly Baskin / WKMS

West Kentucky High Iron feature story - Boom to Bust: The History of Earlington.

The history of many towns in west Kentucky has been shaped, in large part, by the coal companies and railroads that brought in jobs, money, and people. During the golden years of coal and rail in the early 20th century these towns boomed. And when the coal ran out and the trains stopped rolling, they crashed. The city of Earlington, Kentucky is one of those towns.

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Education
10:02 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Murray State News Files Complaint Against Board of Regents

The Murray State News has filed an inquiry complaint with the Kentucky Attorney General against the university’s Board of Regents. The student newspaper is seeking the A-G's opinion on the board’s intent to hold a closed door meeting to discuss whether or not to renew university President Randy Dunn's contract.

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Education
4:06 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Tennessee Post Offices Shredding Children's Books

Tennessee Post Offices are shredding thousands of children’s books each month after USPS officials changed their policy enforcement procedures. The shredded books are part of the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation program, which ships one free book a month to about 213,000 children in the state.

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Government
4:50 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Audit of Calloway County Attorney's Office Cites Concerns for Public Finances

A state audit of Calloway County Attorney David Harrington’s office has found several issues with the handling of public funds. The state auditor’s office says they performed the audit after hearing concerns about possible mismanagement at the office.

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Politics
11:09 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Kentucky Regional Airport Towers Could Face Closure from Budget Cuts

Credit Barkley Regional Airport

The control tower at Barkley Regional Airport in Paducah could be closed in the next few months if automatic federal budget cuts occur on March 1st. The Federal Aviation Administration would lose about $600 million dollars from the so-called "sequestration."

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Healthcare
11:02 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Health Poll Indicates Kentuckians Willing to go Beyond Doctors for Healthcare

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A new statewide Health Issues Poll shows a majority of Commonwealth residents would be willing to see so-called “mid-level clinicians” like nurse practitioners or physicians assistants for routine healthcare.

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Government
3:10 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Whitfield Demanding USACE Consider Other Solutions for Tailwater Closures

Kentucky’s first district congressman Ed Whitfield demands that the Army Corps of Engineers consider solutions other than permanently closing areas around Cumberland River dams to fishing. Corps officials announced in December they would restrict access 700 feet downstream and 400 feet upstream of the dams because the area is dangerous.

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Sports
11:51 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Paducah to Host NCBA Division II World Series this Summer

Paducah, Kentucky's Brooks Stadium will host a World Series... of sorts this summer. The Division II National Club Baseball Association World Series is a tournament for college age athletes that features the top eight teams from NCBA Division II.

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Government
1:48 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

KY 5th District State House Member Kenny Imes Discusses the 2013 Session

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An Interview with KY 5th District State House Rep Kenny Imes.

Kentucky’s 5th District State Representative Kenny Imes spent four terms as representative in the 70’s. Now Imes has returned to Frankfort again in 2013 to represent the residents of Calloway and Trigg counties. Imes recently spoke with Shelly Baskin about his plan to ensure state’s rights are respected by the federal government, as well as his thoughts on the most important parts of this session’s legislative agenda.

Education
4:32 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

MSU Presidential Contract Review Committee Now Planning Open Meeting

The Murray State University Board of Regents’ Ad-hoc Presidential Contract Review Committee will now meet in open session next week. Coordinator of Board Relations Jill Hunt confirms the committee will meet Wednesday afternoon at Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky.

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