Shelly Baskin

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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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2012 General Assembly
9:19 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Williams Says Governor's Actions Will Not Extend Special Session

Kentucky Senate President David Williams says Governor Steve Beshear’s latest action on the state road plan will not lead to an extended special session.

Governor Steve Beshear has changed the two-year road plan to give projects in Williams’s district a lower priority. Those were the only modifications the governor made.

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Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant
4:15 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

PGDP Still Faces Potential Shutdown

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As the end of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant’s TVA utility contract nears, the plant’s operators are still searching for ways to keep the plant open for the foreseeable future. The plant’s current TVA contract expires at the end of May. United States Enrichment Corporation officials are negotiating new terms to provide a better market for their services and allow them to continue operations. USEC's Paducah Plant Spokesperson Georgann Lookofsky says the new contract is just one of several problems they need to solve to keep the plant running.  She says,

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Tennessee
4:36 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Governor Expresses Concerns over Charter Schools Bill

Tenn Gov. Bill Haslam is expressing reservations about a bill seeking to cap the number of foreigners working at Tennessee charter schools.

The Republican governor says he is concerned about the measure headed for his consideration after passing both chambers.

Haslam says the state is trying to promote more science, technology, engineering and math classes in the state, and he doesn't want to close off a potential pipeline of teachers with expertise in those subjects.

Alcohol Vote
3:15 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Marshall County Tourism Board Supports Alcohol Sales

Marshall County’s Tourism Board voted last night to support the legalization of alcohol sales in the county. The resolution in an updated version of one passed 10 years ago. It states the tourist commission believes the lack of legal alcohol is hurting tourism in the area. Tourism Director Randy Newcomb says the board needed to take an official stance on the matter. He says,

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Afternoon Update
4:46 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 4/16/12

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Today on NPR: What happens in Vegas... gets you fired.

At a sometimes heated hearing today where members of the House got to express outrage about the excessive and wasteful spending by officials from the General Services Administration during a 2010 conference in Las Vegas, the man at the center of the scandal refused to testify.

And now... news from the Four Rivers Region:

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Police Reports
3:03 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Structure on Fire in Kirksey

A fire has fully engulfed a structure on Norsworthy road near Kirksey, Kentucky. The Calloway County Sheriff’s office received a call about the fire around 1:30 this afternoon. The Fire and Rescue squad is on the scene. No further reports including any injuries are available.

Boston Marathon
2:48 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Former Murray State Racer Wins Boston Marathon

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Former Murray State student and Kenya native Wesley Korir won the Boston Marathon today. Korir finished the race with a time of 2 hours 12 minutes and 40 seconds. He attended Murray State before transferring to Louisville and graduating with a biology degree. Korir will receive a $150,000 prize for his victory.

Land Between the Lakes
9:45 am
Fri April 13, 2012

LBL Area Supervisor Bill Lisowski Discusses Budget Cuts at the Park

The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area could see a change in services in the coming months as federal maintenance funds for the park are cut in half. At a public meeting last night, Forest Service officials met with area residents to determine what park users don't want to lose... and what they can live without. LBL Area Supervisor Bill Lisowski says the cuts were made to the park maintenance account. Lisowski says the maintenance fund covers everything in the park from roadwork to campsite upkeep.

Illinois General Assembly
4:22 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Pension Boost Amendment in Illinois

A top Illinois Democrat says pension boosts for public employees should require more support in the General Assembly before becoming law. House Speaker Michael Madigan is proposing a constitutional amendment to require a three-fifths vote of the House and Senate for any legislation that increases retirement benefits. A simple majority is required now. The state owes its pension systems $80 billion. The Legislature would have to approve the idea by May 6 to put the question before voters in the November election.

LBL
7:03 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Land Between the Lakes Budget Cuts

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The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area could see a change in services in the coming months as federal maintenance funds for the park are cut in half. At a public meeting last night, Forest Service officials met with area residents to determine what park users don't want to lose... and what they can live without. LBL Area Supervisor Bill Lisowski says the cuts were made to the park maintenance account:

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