Murray State News
7:47 am
Mon March 5, 2012

MSU Ceases Library Talks

The Murray State Board of Regents has unexpectedly suspended all internal and external conversations on building a new library. The board voted Friday to cease conversations on its number one agency bond project due to funding limitations and a bleak budget outlook. MSU was prepping to move forward with the building by paying for it with a student fee system. MSU President Dr.

5:12 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Dr. Ossama Bahloul on "Islam 101" Extended Web Version

On February 21st, reports emerged American soldiers had burned copies of the Koran, the Moslem holy book, at an airbase in Afghanistan. The riots and violence that followed in that country resulted in several deaths, including U.S. military personnel.  This incident and its repercussions highlight the lack of understanding on both sides and the necessity of promoting that understanding.  The same day the Koran-burning story broke, Dr. Ossama Bahloul was at Murray State to address that very issue.  Dr.

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8:32 am
Fri March 2, 2012

OVC Tournament Scores

This year’s OVC tournament continues in Nashville, Tennessee.  In yesterday’s action, Tennessee Tech beat Southeast Missouri 77 to 73, and Morehead defeated Jacksonville State 68 to 54.  The top-ranked Racers will face off against Tennessee Tech tonight at six, and number two-ranked Tennessee State plays Morehead at eight.  The games will be carried on ESPN-U.

8:22 am
Fri March 2, 2012

MSU Board of Regents Meeting

The Murray State University Board of Regents meets in quarterly session this morning.  It’s unclear if the regents have completed a months-long performance evaluation of MSU President Dr.

4:28 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

UPIKE Hits Snags in Legislature

UPIKE students

A proposal to make the private University of Pikeville a public institution has hit a roadblock in the  Kentucky legislature.  House Speaker Greg Stumbo conceded Thursday he doesn't think lawmakers will accept a proposal to use millions of dollars from a tax on coal mined in the region to turn the private University of Pikeville into a public school.  What started as a seemingly unlikely proposal had gathered momentum early in the legislative session. But that momentum waned in recent weeks, after local officials and public university leaders objected. Former Gov.

7:18 am
Wed February 29, 2012

School Delays 9 AM Update

Due to inclement weather, the following schools will be under delays.


Hopkins County Schools

Two Hour Delay:

McCracken County Schools

Livingston County Schools

Lyon County Schools

8:37 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Kentucky Students' Test Scores are Improving

Scores for Kentucky’s 8th and 10th grade students on the statewide EXPLORE and PLAN assessments have improved over the past few years. Results from last fall show overall scores moved up slightly in most subject areas. While scores have generally improved since 2006, Kentucky averages are still somewhat below national averages. The EXPLORE and PLAN benchmarks are used to indicate the degree of college readiness in 8th and 10th graders. 

2012 General Assembly
8:35 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Bill to Allow Students to Attend School Outside of Home District

A new bill in Kentucky would allow students to go to school outside of the district they live in, as long the new district allows it.

State Senator Ken Winters is sponsoring the bill because of concerns he's heard from parents in his district. He says the measure isn’t aimed at getting students out of low-performing schools, but is instead tailored to parents who commute outside their home county.

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Weekend OVC Scores
8:12 am
Mon February 27, 2012

MSU Finishes Undefeated Road Season

The number 14 ranked Murray State Racers wrapped up an undefeated road season with a 69 to 64 victory over Tennessee Tech Saturday night.  This brings the OVC Champion Racers to 28 and 1 overall and sets them as the top seed in the conference tournament this week.  MSU will get a bye to the semifinal game this Friday at 6 p.m.

Murray State History
4:49 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

"The Black Experience" An Interview with Dr. Steve Jones

Murray State

A year after the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education, Murray State University welcomed its first African-American students to class. But it wasn’t until 1977 that the school hired its first African-American faculty. Dr. Steve Jones is chair of MSU’s Department of Sociology and teaches a class called "The Black Experience" at Murray.  He was among those the school first hired 35 years ago. Dr. Jones is retiring at the end of this semester, and he sat down with Shelly Baskin to talk about what he experienced during his Murray State tenure.