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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2012 General Assembly
10:46 am
Tue March 13, 2012

House Passes Concealed Weapons for Prosecutors

The Kentucky House has passed a measure giving retired prosecutors special privileges to carry concealed weapons anywhere in the Commonwealth.  Representatives voted Monday for the measure now headed to the Senate.  Democratic state Representative Bob Damron is sponsor of the bill extending to commonwealth's attorneys and county attorneys the same right already given to retired judges.  The measure is intended to allow retired prosecutors to defend themselves if attacked.  Kentucky already allows people to carry concealed weapons if they have permits to do so.

Kentucky Budget
10:39 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Strong Sales Push up General Fund Revenue in KY

General Fund receipts in Kentucky have grown faster than expected over the past month, thanks largely to an increase in sales tax revenue.  Budget Director Mary Lassiter says total February receipts were up by over 21 million dollars, or almost four percent. She credits a portion of that increase to gift cards exchanged during the Christmas season that are only now being used.  Lassiter says February is not typically Kentucky's best month for revenue collection, so the rise was welcome news.

2012 General Assembly
10:29 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Winters' Amish Buggy Legislation to Get Vote

From the Associated Press:

Middle School Principal Arrested
4:03 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

South Marshall Middle School Principal Charged with Rape

South Marshall Middle School Principal Ken Barlow was arrested yesterday at his lawyer's office in Paducah. Barlow was previously tried in 2007 on charges of molesting a 6-year-old boy, but was acquitted.

From the Kentucky State Police:

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Local Option Debate
10:32 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Calloway County Clerk Certifies Grow Murray Petition

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Calloway County Clerk Ray Coursey certified a petition yesterday that will force a vote on the option of selling packaged alcohol sales in the city limits of Murray. The Grow Murray campaign filed the petition several weeks ago requesting the vote. They needed at least 627 signatures for it to be certified. Coursey says the May Primary election will cause some problems for the local option election. The alcohol sales vote cannot occur within 30 days of a regularly scheduled election.

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Illinois Government
3:37 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Illinois Lawmakes Agree on Revenue Projection

From the Associated Press:

Illinois lawmakers have agreed on how much money will be available for next year's budget. The state Senate joined the House today in approving a revenue estimate of $33.7 billion. The figure amounts to an upper limit for the fiscal year starting July 1. But much of the money will go to paying pensions and old bills, leaving less for day-to-day government services. Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno says creating a budget will be the most difficult challenge for legislators.

Tennessee Senate
1:06 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Tennessee GOP Reconsidering Lottery Scholarship Bill

Republican leaders are proposing legislation that would tie changes to lottery scholarship requirements to lottery revenue growth.  A GOP-backed measure that would cut some students' scholarships in half has drawn heavy criticism from Democrats who say it's unnecessary because the lottery's education proceeds have increased 4 percent since 2005, with about $10 million more coming in a year.  Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Dolores Gresham announced Tuesday in a statement that if the $10 million is sustained through 2015, then the provisions in the proposa

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2012 General Assembly
1:04 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

KY House Passes Nursing Home Background Checks Bill

The Kentucky House has approved a proposal to create a registry of people ineligible for employment at long-term care facilities based on criminal record checks.  The bill passed 62-36 Tuesday.  The bill, which would fingerprint prospective employees as part of the background check process, would be initially funded by a $3 million federal grant and a $1 million state grant.

Government
12:30 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

KY House Lawmakers Contribute $5,500 for Recovery Efforts

Kentucky House lawmakers have donated $5,500 from their own wallets to help communities in the eastern part of the Commonwealth recover from tornado damage.  House Speaker Greg Stumbo says that total still is growing as legislators continue to give.  Both the House and Senate have observed moments of silence in honor of storm victims.  Democratic state Representative John Will Stacy of West Liberty thanked rescue teams and other first responders from across the state who reported for duty in his hard-hit district.

Kentucky Tornadoes
12:28 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

President Declares Kentucky a Disaster Area

President Barack Obama has declared a disaster area seven counties in eastern Kentucky, releasing federal funding for people affected by last week's tornadoes and severe storms.  The White House and Governor Steve Beshear says damage surveys are continuing, and more counties may be designated.  Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other forms of recovery assistance.  Governor Steve Beshear and Lieutenant Jerry Abramson will be traveling again today to visit the stricken locations.  Tornadoes last Friday k

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