Taylor Inman

Murray State students and faculty offered opinions Wednesday on the restoration of the dorm that was destroyed in a gas explosion last summer.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University will show multiple design options and ask for input on the restoration of J.H. Richmond Residential Hall on April 4.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University is moving forward with restoring and enhancing the residential college destroyed in an explosion last summer. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS


Murray State University Board of Regents committees held a special meeting on Thursday to consider options for the future of the residential college that exploded last summer

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University's Board of Regents are praising the university's handling of the dorm explosion over the summer. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University officials say “everything is moving along as planned” as students move into the residential colleges this week ahead of the next academic year. Vice President of University Advancement Adrienne King led local media around the residential area on Wednesday and described progress made on rebuilding efforts following an incident in June in which a blast from a suspected gas leak destroyed New Richmond College and damaged nearby buildings.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University officials described clean-up work underway, university priorities and where the students will live, following the blast at a residential college last week. 

Screenshot of security camera footage

Last week, New Richmond Residential College at Murray State University suffered extensive damage from an explosion connected to a natural gas leak. WKMS News has obtained security cam footage of the incident.

Orville Herndon

Update July 3rd: . President Bob Davies said in a release Monday that “a significant portion of one of our facilities is now rendered inoperable with the extent of the total damage still being assessed.” A structural engineering report began Friday will take several days to complete. Adrienne King said the work surrounding the event will be temporarily put on hold for the Fourth of July holiday.

Bob Davies full statement:

Colleagues and Friends,


Eastern Kentucky University officials are seeing improving graduation rates at the Richmond school.

Eastern’s four year graduation rate has almost doubled in the past seven years.  Of freshmen who entered EKU in the fall of 2012, 29.5 percent graduated this year.  Associate Vice President for Student Success Gene Palka says part of the gain can be attributed to additional financial resources.  Still, household income limitations can be significant in Kentucky.

“When I look at why students don’t graduate, most of the time, financial resources play a big factor,” Palka said.