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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.

Election
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.
 

College Basketball
5:06 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Racers Go Pro: A Look at the Path for Murray State Basketball Players to the NBA

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As we look at the current team and wonder if these players could go on to professional basketball careers, it’s worth taking a look back to see where some of the Racer legends of the past have ended up. Murray State is no stranger to basketball success, as one of the top mid-major programs in the country. But in the history of the program, only nine players have gone on to play in the NBA. Gary Pitts spoke with a couple of those players to talk about their experience, and a top NBA official to find out what pro-scouts are looking for in college players.

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Racer History
4:53 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

"Banner Years" Tells History of Racer Basketball

The Racers have re-written the record books this year, and as Murphy ’s Law would dictate that has thrown a wrench in the operation of Racer Basketball Legend Bennie Purcell and former MSU Sports Information Director Jimmy Wilder, who are behind a book called “Banner Years” Chronicling the Racers 85 year basketball history. WKMS' resident sports buff Tracy Ross speaks with Purcell and Wilder about the book and some of the Racers greatest ball players.

Lawmakers Raise Money for Tornado Aid
3:03 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Lawmakers Raise More Than 20,000 for Disaster Relief

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.

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Society
12:47 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Journey Story: Martin Tracy

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.

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Society
12:35 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Journey Story: Sarah Gutwirth

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.

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