Student Affairs
12:06 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Student Death on Campus

A Murray State University student fell to his death at approximately 9:25 a.m. today in the Doyle Fine Arts Center on campus.  The student has been identified as Jacob Derting, 20, of Bardstown Kentucky.  An investigation is being conducted by the Murray State University Police and the Calloway County Coroner’s office.   The initial investigation indicates that the incident was an apparent suicide.  

All classes at Murray State have been cancelled for the remainder of the day.

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8:20 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Wickliffe-Cairo Bridge Hit by Barge

The US 51 bridge over the Ohio River between Wickliffe, Kentucky and Cairo, Illinois is back open after being struck by a barge late last night. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the barge tow was headed downstream when it struck a pier on the Kentucky side just after 11:00 P.M. Inspectors reopened the span three hours later after determining that no structural damage had occurred. Officials say around 5,500 vehicles cross the bridge every day.

Murray State Racers
3:52 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Racers Tip-Off Against Colorado State Tomorrow in NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

The Murray State Racers start their 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament run in Louisville tomorrow morning. They face off against the Mountain West Conference’s Colorado State Rams. The Racers went 30- 1 for the season, earning them a 6 seed from the Tournament Selection Committee. While the seed is relatively high for a one loss team, Racers Coach Steve Prohm says he thinks the decision was based more on the venue than their reputation. He says,

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Paducah Convention Center
3:28 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Kerr and Wilson to Plead Guilty to Embezzlement

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The pair accused of embezzling more than $230,000 from the Paducah Expo and Convention centers will change their pleas to guilty in a deal with federal prosecutors. J. Patrick Kerr’s lawyer Mark Bryant says Kerr and his alleged accomplice Susan Wilson will pay more than $25,000 in restitution, but he declined to give further information until Friday.

2:46 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Burns arrested after fleeing IN

28 year old Tavon Burns of Evansville, Indiana was arrested last weekend in Hopkins County. Kentucky State Police stopped Burns without incident on the Pennyrile Parkway near White Plains. Burns was wanted for allegedly stabbing three people in Evansville last week. He is being held in Hopkins County Jail without bond.

College Sports
4:20 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

MSU Student Wins NCAA Track and Field Honors

Murray State junior Alexis Love has been named a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Second-Team All-America honoree for the 2012 NCAA Division I Indoor Season. Love finished 15th this past weekend in the 200-meter-dash at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Love is the first MSU track & field athlete to earn All-America honors since 1994.

4:18 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Murray Wet-Dry Vote Date Set

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Murray will hold a local option election in July to decide whether or not to allow packaged alcohol sales within the city limits. County Judge Executive Larry Elkins says the election is scheduled for July 17th. He says the election would normally be between 60 and 90 days from the petition’s certification date, but the date had to be pushed back due to the May 22nd presidential primary. Only registered voters within the city limits of Murray are allowed to participate in the election. The group Grow Murray’s petition was certified last week by County Clerk Ray Coursey Jr. 

Middle School Principal Arrested
4:03 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

South Marshall Middle School Principal Charged with Rape

South Marshall Middle School Principal Ken Barlow was arrested yesterday at his lawyer's office in Paducah. Barlow was previously tried in 2007 on charges of molesting a 6-year-old boy, but was acquitted.

From the Kentucky State Police:

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Harrisburg Denied FEMA Help
8:59 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Mayor Unhappy With FEMA Aid Denial

Harrisburg Mayor Eric Gregg says he doesn't understand what criteria the Federal Emergency Management Agency used to deny disaster aid to southern Illinois counties ravaged by tornadoes. Gregg says his community needs the federal assistance and he hopes President Barack Obama comes to southern Illinois to see the devastation himself. Seven Harrisburg residents died after a powerful tornado hit Feb. 29. Gregg says he plans to mMayor ove quickly to get FEMA's decision appealed. He says that's only fair to the families hurt by the storm.

MSU Draws Six-Seed
8:24 am
Mon March 12, 2012

MSU to Play Colorado State in NCAA Tournament

The Number 6 seed Murray State Racers celebrated Selection Sunday yesterday by getting ready for their first NCAA tournament opponent, eleven seed Colorado State.  The Racers will play the Rams this Thursday at Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center.  MSU Head Coach Steve Prohm says he’s glad the wait is over, so the OVC champions can concentrate on preparing to play Colorado State.  Tip off is set for 11:15 a.m. Central, on Thursday.