Taylor Inman

Student Reporter

Taylor is a journalism major/history minor and a senior at Murray State University. When she's not reporting for WKMS, she enjoys creative writing and traveling. She loves writing stories that involve diversity, local culture and history, nature and recreation, art and music, and national or local politics. If  you have a news tip or idea, shoot her an email at tinman1@murraystate.edu! 

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City of Paducah, Kentucky Facebook Page

  The Paducah Riverfront Development Project can see a finalized completion date in the near future. The long awaited project has cost 8.11 million dollars, which was funded through a series of grants. The city’s public information officer Pam Spencer said she hopes to see luxury boaters come to Paducah and spend time downtown, and says the project should be done just in time for them to do so.

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The federal comment period for Governor Matt Bevin’s proposed Medicaid changes closes this weekend. Kentuckians have voiced concerns at a series of forums across the commonwealth. 

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A Franklin Circuit Judge has ordered Florida-based student loan company Liberty Tax and Student Loan Defense to stop operating in Kentucky. 

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  The Kentucky Association of Food Banks is reporting an increase of people coming to their food pantries. KAFB executive director Tamara Sandberg said they saw 56% of their member banks report an increase in 2015.  Sandberg said winter is the KAFB's busiest season,  and  that the dropping temperatures force families in need to make some hard choices. 

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Paducah’s dog muzzling ordinance is up for debate after members of the community brought up concerns at a city commission meeting Tuesday. Past Paducah Kennel Club President Patience Renzulli was on the committee that set up the ordinance in 2002 and said there was once a need for such a law.

Jody Randall, Murray State LGBT Coordinator

 

   Western Kentucky residents are seeking solutions to issues of violence in the community. The Kentucky Council of Churches organized a forum this week in an effort to get a diverse group of people in the same room for a difficult conversation.

 

marshall.kyschools.us

Marshall County Schools officials are trying to dispel social media rumors of a high school student with a “hit list” on other classmates after he was caught with a knife at school.

UT Martin Office of Relations

  UT Martin has announced the building of a new engineering facility that will give students and local industry leaders the chance to work together. 

The new facility is big enough to accommodate large projects like a small airplane, something that engineering seniors will actually be building for their capstone projects. 

But the aim of the new facility isn’t just to give students the space to finish engineering projects, but to give the area the opportunity for industry growth.

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The toxic algae blooms that were lurking in the Ohio River this time last year could be making a comeback. Last fall the reports of the poisonous algae started coming in around Labor Day weekend and continued up through November. 

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service might add a native Kentucky animal to the endangered species list. The alligator snapping turtle, once native to this area, has decreased 95% in at least 5 states, including Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois. 

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