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The Murray State Racers’ Men’s Basketball team won their 15th Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championship Saturday night with a 54 to 52 win over Tennessee State at Nashville’s Municipal Arena.  The victory brings MSU’s season record to 30 and 1, as well as a 15th appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the Racers as the OVC’s automatic bid.  Murray State Forward Donte Pool was named the OVC Tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Organizers of a southwest Louisiana drive to help tornado-stricken Harrisburg, Illinois, says four pickup-and-trailer loads of goods delivered over the weekend are just a partial return for help after Hurricane Rita in 2005.  Phil Thibodeaux of Lake Arthur says a tractor-trailer load of supplies will probably leave nearby Lake Charles about midweek, and Lafayette-area residents are also collecting a lot of goods.  Strong storms and a tornado hit Harrisburg Wednesday, killing six people and injuring about 100.  Thibodeaux says the relationship between the two communities began when Lake Arth

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the military will not be intimidated by the attacks on U.S. soldiers in the wake of the Quran burnings. He made the comments today during a visit to Fort Campbell, where hundreds of soldiers will deploy this year as a part of a new Afghanistan advisory mission. Panetta told troops the attacks on coalition forces by Afghan security forces or insurgents wearing Afghan uniforms were "isolated incidents." He says insurgents are using the attacks to undermine American forces because the Taliban is not effective at combat operations. Six U.S.

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As severe weather struck our region this week many of you might have had weather radios alerting you of warnings to your county or the loud outdoor sirens you might be used to. This week, though as a Tornado Warning was issued for northern Calloway County residents in the storm’s path heard no out-door sirens, because there aren’t any.  WKMS’ Shelly Baskin speaks with Calloway County Emergency Management Director Bill Call to find out why.

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A Murray man faces drug trafficking and theft charges after reportedly stealing and selling drugs from a local CVS Pharmacy. Police say 21-year-old John Wheatley stole over 4,800 hydrocodone pills from December to February while employed at the pharmacy. He then sold the estimated $2,500 dollars in pills in over 200 transactions. Wheatley is scheduled to face a grand jury later this month. 

My family settled Between the Rivers in the 1790’s, and left in July 1968.  My grandparents on each side of the family lost their homes twice to government projects. I was attending Murray State and still living with my parents when our home was taken by force,  bulldozed and buried.  My grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins homes were all taken, pits were bulldozed near the homes and all outbuildings and all signs of humanity pushed into the holes and buried as if they  had never existed.  The church my great grandfather helped found, was buried in a pit.

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The number 12 ranked Murray State Racers are preparing for postseason play this week as the Ohio Valley Conference tournament tips off. The tournament started last night in Nashville, but the Racers don’t play until the semifinal round tomorrow night as they received two byes as the top team in the OVC. First year Head Coach Steve Prohm says while his 28-1 squad accomplished a great deal this season, there’s much more to do.

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The OVC Men’s Basketball tournament kicked off in Nashville last night. In early round play, Southeast Missouri downed Eastern Kentucky, 75-65, and Jacksonville State beat Austin Peay, 75-70. Southeast Missouri moves on tonight to face Tennessee Tech, and Jacksonville State takes on Morehead State. The Murray State Racers have a bye until the semifinal tomorrow night, when they will face the winner of tonight’s SEMO-Tennessee Tech game. 

A Murray Police Department investigation of a case of tax preparer fraud has led to one arrest and additional drug charges. Officers served a search warrant Monday afternoon at the business FO SHO DOUGH TAX following a tip of suspicious account activity by a local bank. A search of the business and residence of owner Silvia Jones turned up over 10,000 dollars in cash and four pounds of marijuana. Police arrested 20-year-old Anna Urquhari at the Jones residence on charges of trafficking marijuana.

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A jury has convicted a 47-year-old Daviess County man of reckless homicide in the hit-and-run death of a teenager two years ago.  The circuit court jury also found Jeffery John Kotarek guilty of leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with physical evidence.  The jury recommended Monday Kotarek serve five years on each count with the sentences to run consecutively for a total of 15 years.  The case stems from the March 2010 death of 13-year-old Madalynn Matlock, who was hit four days earlier as she walked along Old Kentucky 54 near Philpot.

 

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