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. 


4:13 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

USEC Paducah Contract Extended

Paducah, Kentucky

The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant agreed to a power contract with Tennessee Valley Authority through September. United States Enrichment Corporation spokesman Paul Jacobson says the contract extension will allow them to operate safely, even if they aren’t enriching uranium at the plant.

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Postal Service
11:43 am
Wed May 9, 2012

New USPS Plan Could Keep Local Offices Open

A new plan could keep small town post offices open despite big service cuts in the U.S. Postal Service. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says the plan would modify office hours in rural areas to match customer demand. 

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Afternoon Update
4:25 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Afternoon Update 5-8

From NPR: World oil prices have been falling recently — and that's good news for oil consumers such as the U.S., Europe and China, and a potential challenge for the big exporters like Saudi Arabia and Russia.

From the Four Rivers Region:

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City of Murray
3:55 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Murray Budget Could be Approved at Next Council Meeting

Murray City Council members could approve the next city budget as early as their next meeting on Thursday. They’ll review Mayor Bill Wells’ second budget proposal after finance committee members objected to the first proposal’s use of a payment to the fire and police pension fund to shore up a $145 thousand budget gap. 

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The Bridge
3:49 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Initial Construction Phase for Eggners Ferry Repairs Nearly Complete

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

Hall Contracting of Kentucky reports the initial phase of steel assembly as part of efforts to place a new span on the US 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge at Aurora is nearing completion.

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Traffic Accident
1:24 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Sunday Morning Car Accident Leaves one Dead

A Sunday morning car accident in Calloway County injured four and left one man dead. 66 year old Danny Pittman of New Concord was killed when his car was pushed into a head-on collision by a man attempting to pass on HWY 121. James Sasse of Murray attempted to avoid an oncoming car while passing Pittman, but struck Pittman’s car sending it into oncoming traffic. Kentucky State Police are investigating the accident.

Murray City Council
6:35 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Murray Special Appropriations Budget Could See Big Cuts for 2012-2013

The shaky economy has led to cutbacks in government at all levels, from the federal budget all the way down to the city of Murray. In a meeting this week, Murray Mayor Bill Wells proposed completely gutting various special appropriations from the city’s 2012/13 budget. The drastic step would help fill a half-million dollar gap for next year, caused by increased expenses and declining revenues.  Half a dozen projects receive special appropriation funding, including Murray Main Street. MMS Director Deana Wright says city funding is an important part of their budget.

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4:20 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Election Participation

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging Commonwealth residents to participate in the upcoming state primaries by volunteering as election officers or poll workers. Duties include attending training, arranging polling locations, processing voters, and completing and returning paperwork to the county clerk’s office on election night. For more information visit the State Board of Elections website at

4:19 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

"Bully" Director in Paducah

The director of the controversial documentary “Bully” will be in Paducah Friday to screen his film at Maiden Alley Cinema. Director Lee Hirsch will be available for a meet and greet prior to the screening. Paducah won third place in a national contest to bring the movie to the city, behind two large metropolitan areas. Hirsh was impressed by the response from Paducah and agreed to come to the city at the request of local anti-bully activist Susan Guess of the “Guess Anti-Bully Fund.”

The Bridge
4:00 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Workers Begin Construction of Eggners Ferry Replacement Span

Workers assemble the Eggners Ferry replacement span.

Workers for Hall Contracting of Kentucky have started assembling the trusses for the replacement span of the Eggners Ferry Bridge. Steelworkers assembled the flooring frame of the new truss section and partially assembled the deck support structure over the weekend. Once the span is complete a barge will transport it upriver to the bridge site to be placed on the existing piers. The bridge has been closed since a cargo ship struck it in late January, destroying a 300 foot section. Hall expects to complete the repairs by May 27th.