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Crime
2:11 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Jury Deliberations Begin in Jerry Wayne Walker Jr. Case

Attorneys gave closing arguments this morning in the retrial of Jerry Wayne Walker. Walker faces charges associated to a 1998 Murray State dormitory fire that resulted in the death of one student and the permanent injury of another.

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Wet Dry Vote
10:08 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Marshall County Remains Dry: Partisan Groups Respond

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After months of deliberation, Marshall County residents chose to stay dry yesterday in a vote that drew more than 13,000 people to the polls.

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Crime
12:42 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Defense Rests in Murray State Dorm Fire Re-Trial

Experts argued over fire simulation software today during the re-trial of Jerry Wayne Walker Jr. who’s charged with starting a fatal 1998 Murray State dorm fire.

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Child Abuse
10:20 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Beshear Creates Child Abuse Panel to Investigate Child Deaths and Near Deaths

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear
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A new panel created by Governor Steve Beshear will review child death and near-death cases in Kentucky. Beshear’s executive order is being called a step in the right direction.

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Health and Welfare
8:03 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Physicians Comment to Prescription Drug Abuse Committee

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The Kentucky state legislature’s interim joint committee on licensing and occupations discussed prescription drug abuse last week. 

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Health and Welfare
7:55 am
Mon July 16, 2012

New Report Pushes Reform for Kentucky Nursing Homes

A new report has advocates for the nursing home industry in Kentucky saying “I told you so.” The report by Aon  Global Risk Consulting ranks Kentucky as the worst state for expenses per bed and for the amount of litigation against nursing homes. 

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Commentary
10:00 am
Sun July 15, 2012

"Dry County Blues"

Kirk plays "Dry County Blues" in Studio C

Local musician and Murray State graduate student Kirk Raper felt a bit of a culture shock when he moved from the Nashville area to Calloway County and found that the closest place to buy packaged alcohol was across the state line. This inspired him to write a commentary in the form of a song, titled “The Dry County Blues.”

Please note, the views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the contributor and do not necessarily reflect the views of WKMS.

Crime
9:57 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Police Investigating Shooting Death Near Murray State Campus

Murray City Police have confirmed they are investigating the shooting death of 22 year old Lindsey Darnall of Cadiz. Darnall was pronounced dead at Murray Calloway County Hospital. Murray Police Sgt. Scott Svebakken says Darnall was found behind 1300 Payne Street in Murray.  Svebakken says police are still investigating the death, but they are not looking actively looking for a shooter. Updates will be provided when received.

Crime
6:38 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Prosecution Plays Tapes of KSP Interview with Jerry Wayne Walker Jr. at Trial in Benton

Prosecutors in the Jerry Wayne Walker Jr. trial played tapes yesterday of Walker’s interview with Kentucky State Police investigators in November 1998.

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Crime
7:56 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Former College Friend Testifies in Walker MSU Dorm Fire Trial

Jerry Wayne Walker Jr.’s college friend testified in Walker’s trial yesterday in Marshall County. Walker faces charges stemming from the 1998 Murray State University Hester Hall dorm fire that killed student Michael Minger.

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