Kentucky lawmakers and their staffs have raised more than twenty thousand dollars for disaster relief this week.

Members of the Kentucky General Assembly had set a goal of ten thousand dollars to donate to the Red Cross in the wake of tornadoes that struck eastern and northern Kentucky last week.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo's office handled the donations. Today, Stumbo announced to his chamber they had surpassed their goal.

Journey Story: Martin Tracy

Mar 9, 2012

My grandmother was the quintessential American pioneer. In 1891, when she was 17, her family left the comfort of their home and heritage in Marietta, Ohio to seek their fortune on the American prairie. Her father, Frank D. Booth, was the son of Horatio Booth, a boat Pilot on the Ohio River, and the grandson of the first Mayor of Marietta, James Mather Booth, an 1804 immigrant from Manchester, England. For over 23 years, Frank Booth was a pilot of the 138 ton J. H. McConnell a side-wheeler passenger steamboat that ran from Parkersburg, West Virginia to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Journey Story: Sarah Gutwirth

Mar 9, 2012

This is a family story, a story of loss and exile, and of the intersection of personal history with large historical events.  It is also a quintessentially American story of arrival, and of a second chance.  This is a story so close to me I seem always to have known it.  It is the story of how my father came to America.

Graves Hospitalized After Fight at Fraternity House

Mar 6, 2012

Devon Graves is at Vanderbilt Hospital after suffering a broken jaw in a fight at the Murray State Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house Saturday night. Graves was allegedly defending a female friend when he was assaulted. Sergeant Scott Svebakken says 23 year old Ryan Walker was charged with 2nd degree assault and 23 year old Victor Daniels was charged with 3rd degree sexual abuse after the incident. Walker and Daniels have been detained at the Calloway County Jail.

Kentucky Death Toll Rises to 22

Mar 6, 2012

Kentucky's death toll from Friday's storms has risen to 22.  State officials say the latest death occurred in Kenton County in northern Kentucky.  The state says six people died in West Liberty in Morgan County.  Five people are reported dead in Laurel County, four in Kenton County, three in Menifee County and two each in Lawrence and Johnson counties.  Forecasters say the tornado that hit West Liberty was on the ground for about 60 continuous miles in eastern Kentucky.   Meteorologist Tony Edwards says It was the strongest tornado in the region in nearly a quarter-century.

Murray State women’s track & field junior Alexis Love will be participating in the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships. Love will be running in the 200-meter dash and is the first MSU student-athlete since the early 90’s to make it to the championship. She has set two school records this season, in both the 60 and 200 meter dash, and she claimed this year’s OVC 200 meter title. The Championships are this Friday and Saturday at Boise State University in Idaho. 


Kentucky State Police posts across the commonwealth are accepting donations of nonperishable food and cleaning supplies for storm victims. Collection begins today at all KSP posts and will continue through the weekend. The agency says only food, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, bedding and the like should be brought to police posts. Monetary donations should be made to service organizations, such as the Red Cross.

Racer Dance Party

Mar 6, 2012

The Murray State Racers invite all fans to celebrate their 15th NCAA Tournament selection at a Racer Dance Party this Sunday. It’s at Racer Arena on 14th street on MSU’s campus and starts at 3:30. The CBS selection show starts at 5:00 and will be broadcast as the Racers find out their seeding for the tournament, and the opponent for their first game. 

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Relief and recovery efforts continue today across Kentucky and southern Indiana, where Friday’s outbreak of tornadoes killed more than 30 people and caused widespread devastation. Governor Steve Beshear has dispatched more than 200 National Guard troops to the hardest hit areas. Red Cross shelters are open across Kentucky. And Red Cross spokeswoman Vicki Eichstaedt says the best way for people to help tornado victims everywhere is with a financial contribution to the agency. You can find information on how to give here.

The Ohio Valley Conference Champion Murray State Racers moved up one spot to number 11 in this week’s AP poll, and back one to number 10 in the ESPN rankings. The Racers defeated Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State in the OVC tournament over the weekend to take the championship and secure an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. While sports analysts agree MSU would have received an at-large bid anyway, the win should help the Racers get a higher seed in the tournament. They now await selection Sunday to find out who and where they will play next.