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. 


2:38 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

LBL Officials Host a Series of Public Meetings to Determine Future of Park Services

LBL Forest Service

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area officials are looking to the public for ways to cope only half of their normal maintenance budget. Tonight is the first of a series of public meetings on maintenance budget cuts.  LBL spokesperson Jan Bush says the meetings will help Forest Service staff determine how to distribute the park’s limited resources.

“We get ideas from everybody ‘cause this is a serious thing that we’re going through, we’ve lost 50% of our maintenance budget, that’s quite a bit, and we don’t see it improving anytime soon.”

Hester Hall Fire
2:30 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Attorney Seeks Confidential Pre-Trial Hearing Ahead of Dorm Fire Trial

The Commonwealth Attorney prosecuting the man accused of starting a Murray State dorm fire 14 years ago wants some of the pre-trial proceedings held behind closed doors.

Jerry Wayne Walker faces charges related to the 1998  fire in Hester Hall  that killed fellow student Michael Minger. 

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Afternoon Update
4:39 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 4/9/12

Today on NPR: Facebook is Buying Instagram (Somewhere in Portland a hipster is quietly sobbing into his can of PBR)

And now the news from around our region:

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Courts and Law
6:00 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

ABA President Bill Robinson Discusses Underfunding of State Courts

American Bar Association President Bill Robinson was in Murray Monday as part of Murray State’s Harry Lee Waterfield Lecture series. Robinson touched on an issue facing many states in today’s tough economic climate: finding the money to fund state courts when the money just isn’t in the budget. Shelly Baskin spoke with Robinson about court funding and what the ABA is trying to do about it.

11:58 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Gov. Beshear Joins Supporters of Drug Bill

Gov. Steve Beshear has joined a bipartisan group of state leaders to push for passage of a bill to curb prescription drug abuse. Lawmakers return to Frankfort next Thursday for the final day of the legislative session. Beshear said that gives lawmakers ample time to pass the bill. The legislation would put the attorney general's office in charge of the state's prescription monitoring system, known as KASPER, that can identify doctors who over prescribe painkillers.

4:37 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Lexington Police Release Letters from Former Governor Nunn to Son

Steve Nunn

Lexington Police have released documents chronicling a murder investigation that ended in a guilty plea from the son of former Governor Louie B. Nunn.  The 191 pages includes a 1997 letter from the former governor to his son Steve Nunn saying quote "within my mind and memory, you do not exist.”  Nunn pleaded guilty in June to the September 2009, shooting death of 29-year-old Amanda Ross. He had been engaged to Ross. Nunn is serving life in prison without parole. The documents include interviews with family and friends describing the couple's volatile relationship.

Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant
2:09 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Cleanup Plan Approved for Groundwater Contamination at Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant

Old Oil Landfarm at PGDP

The Department of Energy and EPA have approved a cleanup plan for contaminated groundwater at Paducah’s Gaseous Diffusion Plant. LATA Environmental Services of Kentucky will start field work in the summer of 2013 to cleanup a hazardous chemical called TCE. The chemical in the soil likely came from storm drains and spills at the plant’s loading docks. According to the DOE, the contamination is currently confined to the plant’s property and poses no threat to residents.

Owensboro Skateboarding
2:05 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Owensboro Mayor Proposing Downtown Skateboarding Ban

Francis Louren wikimedia commons

Owensboro’s mayor says he’s proposing a skateboard ban due to vandalism in city parks. Mayor Ron Payne said skateboards and bikes caused about $4,000 worth of damage this weekend at Riverfront Crossing Plaza, which opened downtown just six months ago. Payne told the Messenger-Inquirer he’s proposing an ordinance to outlaw skateboards in the area and stop bicyclists from jumping in the air to do tricks. His proposal also includes more security downtown including video cameras in strategic locations.

Animal Health
3:55 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Hopkinsville Veterinarian Says Cases of Distemper in Dogs on the Rise

canine distemper
Wikimedia Commons

The canine distemper virus among Hopkins County dogs is on the rise. Dr. Monroe Slaton of Madisonville Veterinary Clinic doesn’t usually see cases of the respiratory virus which causes fever, loss of appetite and nasal discharge.  He attributes the rise in the rate of distemper to new dog owners neglecting to get their pets vaccinated. Slaton says most of the cases are coming from people who have adopted dogs from animal shelters.  The disease spreads to dogs by air, contact, and water.

Speaker's Corner
11:37 am
Tue April 3, 2012

ABA President Bill Robinson at Murray State for Waterfield Lecture

For the annual Harry Lee Waterfield Distinguished Lecture Series, American Bar Association President Bill Robinson spoke to Murray State students and faculty on the topic of "Justice on a Shoestring: The Real Cost of Underfunded Courts."

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