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. 


City Clerk Fired
4:00 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Fired City Clerk Will File Lawsuit Against Murray

Former Murray City Clerk Harla McClure will file a lawsuit against the city for wrongful termination. Attorney Thomas Clay says Mayor Bill Wells declined to reinstate McClure as city clerk. Wells fired McClure in early September on allegations of lying about the theft of a $50 city sticker. McClure denies any dishonesty and says it was a misunderstanding.

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Developing: Chuck Jones Lawsuit
3:39 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Long Legal Battle Likely in Store for Chuck Jones in Copyright Infringement Case


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Murray Businessman Chuck Jones could be in for a long, and expensive, legal battle with textbook publishers McGraw Hill and Pearson Education according to one attorney. Karl Means is the Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group for the Shulman Rogers law firm in Potomac, Maryland. Means says the restraining order requested last Thursday is likely just the first piece of litigation Jones will face. He also says criminal charges, while uncommon, are still possible for Jones. Listen to the interview with Means by clicking "Listen" above. Means does not represent anyone involved in the lawsuits.

Chuck Jones Lawsuit
4:27 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Lawsuit Filed Against Chuck Jones Alleges Counterfeiting Textbooks


A lawsuit filed in US District court against Murray businessman Chuck Jones and several of his associates and businesses alleges Jones used companies he owned to infringe the copyrights of several textbook publishers.

McGraw-Hill and Pearson Educations allege Jones and his associates produced counterfeit covers for international editions of their textbooks, allowing him to sell and rent them as US editions for a significant profit.

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Higher Education
11:29 am
Mon September 24, 2012

MSU President Dr. Dunn Finalist in Search for New Missouri State President

Dr. Randy Dunn (left) and Clifton Smart III (right)

Murray State University President Dr. Randy Dunn is one of two finalists in Missouri State University’s search for a new president.

The other finalist is former Missouri State general counsel and current interim president Clifton Smart III. Dunn has served as Murray State's President since 2006. Missouri State's website indicates campus interviews for the candidates are scheduled for the week of October 7th. 

2:45 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

CBR Files Restraining Order against Owner Chuck Jones


College Book Rental Company, a company owned and until recently, managed by Murray businessman Chuck Jones has filed a restraining order against Jones. In late August, Jones relinquished control of the company to Nashville based consultant Myles MacDonald as part of a settlement with his business partner.

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Speaker's Corner
12:55 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Justice Bill Cunningham Speaks at MSU for Constitution Day

Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham spoke Monday, September 17th in the Curris Center theater as the campus celebrated Constitution Day.

Justice Cunningham spoke on the subject of the 4th Amendment, which guards against unreasonable search and seizures. Click play above to hear the audio of the Justice's speech.

9:00 am
Sun September 16, 2012

Japanese Dance Troupe Iwami Kagura Visits Murray State's Wrather Auditorium

Scene from Orochi
Iwami Kagura

As temperatures fall and the season begins to change from summer to autumn, harvest festivals around the northern hemisphere are starting to wind up. In Japan, one of the traditions for the fall is the Kagura dance. Murray State College of Humanities and Fine Arts Dean Dr. Ted Brown, with help from members of the MSU Theatre department and Wrather Museum is bringing the Japanese dance troupe Iwami Kagura to the university next Tuesday. Shelly Baskin spoke with Dr.

City Clerk Fired
4:08 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Lawyer for Fired City Clerk Claims Termination Violated City Policies (Update)

City documents show that recently fired Murray City Clerk Harla McClure was let go due to a dispute over a city sticker.

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4:37 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Paducah Man Arrested for Arson

McCracken County Jail

A Paducah man is in jail on first degree arson charges for allegedly starting a fire at the home of his estranged wife Wednesday night. Police arrested 44-year-old Norman Landers for violating a domestic violence order when he came to the house after the fire started. Police questioned Landers about the blaze after Fire Marshall Greg Cherry determined the fire’s origin was suspicious. Police say Landers later admitted to starting the fire and is being held in McCracken County Jail. No one was injured in the fire.

4:05 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Murray City Clerk Fired

Harla McClure

Murray City Clerk Harla McClure has been fired from her position. McClure directed requests for comment to a Louisville attorney specializing in employment litigation. Murray Human Resources Director Cathy Morris declined to comment on McClure’s termination.