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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K-12 Education
4:18 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Crittenden County Schools to Use K9 Drug Prevention Program

Crittenden County Schools officials have updated their drug prevention policy by adding random K9 searches of the schools.  Board of Education members voted to change the current random drug testing policy this week. Director of Pupil Personnel Al Starnes says there were growing drug problems at the school despite random tests. The board hopes the K9 program will be a better deterrent. Starnes says,

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Arts and Culture
4:54 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Paducah in 3rd Place in Contest to Premiere "Bully"

A contest is on to bring the controversial movie “Bully” to 10 towns around the U.S. for a free premiere and Paducah is one of the top contenders. The Demand It! contest website has Paducah in 3rd place for the movie, which goes to the top ten cities with the most votes. The contest ends Friday at 2 pm.

Crime
3:53 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Henry County School Bus Held Hostage

The man who held a bus full of Henry County students hostage with a bomb threat this morning is undergoing a mental evaluation. Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew says 26 year old Steven Decker boarded the bus during a stop on Guthrie Road. He told the bus driver he had a gun and a bomb and demanded $25 thousand  in cash. Belew says the bus driver called 9-1-1 during the incident. He says,

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Murray State University
3:07 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

MSU Student Pleads Not Guilty to Wanton Endangerment Charges

A Murray State student accused of possessing bomb-making supplies in his dorm room has pleaded not guilty to four charges of wanton endangerment. Police found a pipe, wicks, and black powder during a search of 18-year-old David Wilson's room in February. A status hearing for Wilson’s case is scheduled for April 23rd.

Heritage
11:32 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Moonshine is Alive and Well in Marshall County

Harper's Weekly

In a barn on a hill in Marshall County, a modern moonshiner has turned what was once the art of outlaws into a legitimate business. Spencer Balentine is cooking up a batch of LBL’s Most Wanted (according to the label, anyway) Kentucky moonshine in a square copper pot still in the middle of his barn. Balentine says he’s carrying on a tradition that’s been in his family for generations. His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather all had connections to moonshining. Balentine says he decided to revisit the tradition a few years ago after a visit to a whiskey distillery.

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Shooting in Marshall County
2:09 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Marshall County Resident Shoots Intruder During Break In

One man is critically injured and another is at large after a homeowner shot at them during an early morning home invasion in Marshall County. The Sherriff’s Office reports the two men entered Jack Thompson’s home in Brewers at around 4 am. Thompson heard them enter and fired a pistol and shotgun wounding 22 year old Mitchell Saddoris. The other suspect fled the scene. Saddoris was airlifted to Nashville’s Vanderbilt Medical Center. Sheriff’s Deputies are still searching for the other suspect.

2012 General Assembly
2:58 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Colston on the Capitol

Lawmakers in Frankfort have been hard at work over the past week in the Kentucky General Assembly.  A proposed state-wide indoor smoking ban cleared its first legislative hurdle and the senate has passed four constitutional amendments.  Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Kenny Colston gives Rick Howlett the latest on what’s happening in Frankfort.

West Kentucky Workforce Investment Board
1:53 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

West Kentucky Workforce Investment Board Issues Draft of Economic Development Plan for 2012-2013

For the past 14 years, the non-profit West Kentucky Workforce Investment Board has worked with the unemployed in our region to provide resources for those looking for new jobs. The WKWIB released a draft of their economic development plan for the next year this week. The board’s local director Shelia Clark says the WIB’s main goal is to provide training for recently laid off workers and other’s who are unemployed.

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Murray State Racers
3:52 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Racers Tip-Off Against Colorado State Tomorrow in NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

The Murray State Racers start their 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament run in Louisville tomorrow morning. They face off against the Mountain West Conference’s Colorado State Rams. The Racers went 30- 1 for the season, earning them a 6 seed from the Tournament Selection Committee. While the seed is relatively high for a one loss team, Racers Coach Steve Prohm says he thinks the decision was based more on the venue than their reputation. He says,

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Paducah Convention Center
3:28 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Kerr and Wilson to Plead Guilty to Embezzlement

McCracken County Jail

The pair accused of embezzling more than $230,000 from the Paducah Expo and Convention centers will change their pleas to guilty in a deal with federal prosecutors. J. Patrick Kerr’s lawyer Mark Bryant says Kerr and his alleged accomplice Susan Wilson will pay more than $25,000 in restitution, but he declined to give further information until Friday.

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