Murray, KY- Dedicated WKMS listeners and underwriters from western Kentucky, northwest Tennessee, and southernmost Illinois raised $131,177 in community support this spring to maintain Murray State’s NPR Station.
Democratic state representative and Kentucky House Education Committee chair Carl Rollins is leaving his seat to accept the top job at the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. Legislative Research Commission Executive Director Bobby Sherman says the resignation would be effective at the close of business today. Rollins says the new job will require his full attention. In addition to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, Rollins also will oversee the Kentucky Higher Education Loan Corporation.
Murray State President Dr. Randy Dunn will be in Normal, Illinois tomorrow for an interview to become Illinois State University president. Dunn is one of four candidates for the position. Youngstown State in Ohio has announced Dunn is among the three finalists for their presidency. MSU Director of Community Relations Mark Welch says the three candidates will interview in Youngstown between May 1st and 3rd. The Murray State Board of Regents opted not to renew Dunn’s contract in March. His current contract with Murray State expires July 2014.
A federal grand jury has indicted former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer on four felony counts of misappropriating state funds and one of solicitation. The indictment, unsealed today in Lexington, charges Farmer with using his state position to obtain thousands of dollars' worth of gifts, hotel rooms, clothing and computers. It also charges him with hiring friends who did little or no work for the state. The indictment says that throughout his tenure as agriculture commissioner from 2004 to 2012, Farmer wrongfully used public funds and state resources to obtain goods and services for himself and his family.