Troy Taylor

Morning News Producer

Troy is gunning for an MFA poetry writing at Murray State after leaving the civilized world for camp life for 12 years following undergrad work at UT Knoxville. He thinks radio is way cooler than TV and possesses the ability to professionally climb trees, talk to owls, and impersonates Saint Francis of Assissi. Dreams include: sailing a ship on the Mediterranean, hiking from Patagonia to Alaska, doing play-by-play for a Chicago Cubs World Series Game, being named Poet Laureate, and putting the world at ease whenever his voice goes out over the airwaves.

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Government
6:27 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Whitfield Calls For Travel Ban

Credit whitfield.house.gov

Kentucky U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield has asked President Barack Obama to call for an immediate travel ban from West African countries affected by Ebola. Whitfield says recent events have tragically demonstrated how U.S. transportation networks can serve as conduits for dangerous pathogens.  

“Ebola appears to be spreading even within the hospital setting, we should not delay in taking action to prevent individuals carrying the virus from traveling to our country,” Whitfield said . “A concise and immediate travel ban for such individuals who live in or have traveled from certain West African countries is necessary to ensure the safety of the American people.” 

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Weather
7:24 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Purchase Area Avoids Major Storm Damage

Credit http://www.spc.noaa.gov/

The Purchase Area avoided major damage from a large storm system that proved fatal in other parts of the Southeast yesterday.

Straight line winds caused damage to structures in Obion County and downed trees and power lines were reported in Ballard, McCracken, Ohio, and Union Counties, but no injuries have been reported in the WKMS listening area.

Yesterday’s storm system spawned tornadoes in Arkansas and led to the death of one person in Arkansas, one in Alabama.

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Government
8:03 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Judge Denies Patterson Request to KET Debate

Credit david4senate.com

Federal Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove has denied a motion by Libertarian U.S. Senate Libertarian candidate David Patterson which would have required Kentucky Educational Television to include him on a televised debate with U.S. Senate candidates Monday night.

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Education
7:09 am
Fri October 10, 2014

UT Martin Named in 100 Best College Buys

Credit UT Martin Office of Media Relations

The University of Tennessee at Martin is listed for the ninth consecutive year among “America’s 100 Best College Buys,” a listing compiled by Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc. IRE President Lewis Lindsey Jr is impressed by UTM's ability to keep costs down through the recent economic downturn.

“Throughout the economic difficulties that America has experienced in the last decade, the University of Tennessee at Martin has continued to provide the high-quality educational opportunities and low costs that drive opportunity for students and fuel prosperity for the communities of Tennessee,” Lindsey said.

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Education
6:13 am
Fri October 3, 2014

King Elected Chair of SHEEO

Credit sheeo.org

Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King has been elected chair of the State Higher Education Executives Officers Association Executive Committee. SHEEO is the national organization that oversees higher education on behalf of the states.

King was elected by the 58 members of the organization to lead the association through September 2015. SHEEO President George Pernsteiner admires King’s contributions to higher education.

“Bob King is one of America’s true leaders for higher education,” Pernsteiner said. “He understands fully the policy landscape and will be a tremendous leader for SHEEO, for higher education and for all 50 states.  I really look forward to working closely with him and learning from him.”

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Business
6:16 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Honeywell Negotiations to Resume Friday

Credit Honeywell

UPDATE: 3:53pm Thursday

No agreement was reached today between Honeywell and union officials. 

Honeywell Representative Peter Dalpe says that company negotiators had turned down the United Steelworker Union's last contract proposal saying that it would be detrimental to the competitiveness of the site. 

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Business
6:25 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Honeywell Union Workers Demonstrate in Washington D.C.

Credit USW Local 7-669

Metropolis Honeywell union members demonstrated in front of Honeywell corporate headquarters in Washington, D.C. and attempted to meet with several lobbying firms Thursday. United Steelworkers Local 7-669, joined by D.C.  AFL-CIO members delivered letters to Akin Gump, OB C Group, McBee Strategic, and Duberstein Group, who they claim Honeywell has hired along with their own in-house lobby team.

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Energy
8:47 am
Wed September 24, 2014

PPS addresses City Commission and Residents

Credit Lance Dennee

The Paducah City Commission introduced a resolution ‘Call for Action’ demanding a solution from the Paducah Power System. Last night the commission heard a presentation by Prairie State Energy Campus executives addressing their part in sky-rocketing energy costs to area consumers. Residents like Gayle Frye voiced their concerns to Prairie State and Paducah Power executives.

“I felt like I was listening to a philandering husband or a wife who had been caught cheating. And, all that you were doing was explaining why you were not producing,” Frye said. “And, your capacity, it seems, produces a product that you cannot produce.”

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Education
6:29 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Western Kentucky Educational Cooperative receives $750k

Credit www.ed.gov/school-safety

The U.S. Department of Education is awarding more than 70 million dollars over 38 states to improve school climate and keep students safe, including a Western Kentucky organization. The  Western Kentucky Educational Cooperative will receive nearly $750,000 in School Climate Transformation grants that are part of President Obama and Vice President Biden’s “Now is the Time” initiative, a comprehensive plan to make  schools safer, reduce gun violence by keeping guns out of dangerous hands, and increase mental-health services.

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Crime
7:32 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Additional Arrest Made in Bobo Case

John Dylan Adams
Credit Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Decatur County man in connection with the murder of Holly Bobo. TBI Agents say on April 13, 2011, John Dylan Adams disposed of items he knew could be used as evidence in the case. John Dylan Adams is the brother of Zachary Rye Adams, who faces Felony Murder and Aggravated Kidnapping charges in connection to Bobo’s death.

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