Bloom Behavior /

National Autism Awareness Month continues through April, spreading the message about the disorder and how families can identify and treat it in their children.

Adapting educational goals are a big part of that process, and Bloom Behavior Therapy Psychologist Dr. Becky Nastally along with Families on the Spectrum Board Member Kim Steele spoke with Kate Lochte on how families with students on the autism spectrum seek services from schools.

WKMS continues a new series of reports called Racer Scholar Profiles, highlighting Murray State Faculty research, scholarly and creative activities across colleges and schools. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Ashley Ireland, Director of User & Instruction Services in Waterfield Libraries. The newly established President's Commission on Retention was just one impetus for the research she's conducted.

Whitney Jones / WKMS

Tomatoes, broccoli and cabbage along with a wide variety of other vegetables will sprout in Murray Elementary’s community garden with support from the Commonwealth Garden Grant.

Phara Bourque built the school’s first raised bed last year when a teacher asked her to help build one in Murray Elementary’s courtyard. Bourque has two children at the school and two more at Murray Middle School.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The issue of cyber security has become increasingly relevant, with recent attacks on Sony, Target and Anthem making headlines over the past few months. Murray State's Center for Telecommunications Systems Management's Patterns of Distinction Security Matters is a one day technology security conference next Thursday, April 23, with a focus on how small businesses can protect themselves from evolving threats. The Center's Associate Director Michael Ramage joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good with a preview.


WKU is suspending its Swimming and Diving program for five years, effective immediately.

The university informed the team members and coaching staff of the decision Tuesday morning.

A SIU Carbondale student has started a petition drive to remove Governor Bruce Rauner as one of the keynote speakers for the university's graduation ceremony next month.

Simmons College of Kentucky

Louisville’s Simmons College of Kentucky has been officially designated as a Historically Black College and University, or HBCU.

Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society, Facebook

Woodmen of the World are the second largest purchaser of American flags after the U.S. government, which they've been donating to community organizations across the country since 1947. As part of their 125th anniversary as an organization, Woodmen of the World hosts a patriotic pride video contest, open to entries from all elementary schools in the nation through April 24. Regional Community Outreach Manager Angela Hatton speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the contest and the cash awards for the winning videos.

UT Martin

The head executive at University of Tennessee’s Martin campus is stepping down.

University officials say Tom Rakes will return to teaching at the end of next month.  

Chad Lampe / WKMS

“By the authority granted to the Board of Regents, it is my distinct privilege to install Dr. Robert O. Davies as the thirteenth president of Murray State University.”

And with those words from Board of Regents Chairman Harry Lee Waterfield, Dr. Robert O. Davies officially assumed the leadership of MSU.