Dalton York

Student Reporter

Dalton York is a Political Science major at Murray State University. A native of Marshall County, Dalton is a proud product of his tight-knit community. He has competed nationally in speech and debate, winning numerous accolades in extemporaneous speaking and radio broadcast. Dalton is also very active in community theatre, appearing on stage and backstage at Playhouse in the Park.  Dalton considers himself a "public radio nerd" and is proud to serve his community through WKMS.

Screenshot / Kentucky Gubernatorial Transition

Seven far west Kentuckians will serve on Governor-elect Andy Beshear’s transition team as he prepares to become Governor of the commonwealth next month.

International Trade Administration

One of west Kentucky’s economic development groups is now on the record as supporting the North American trade deal championed by President Trump.

Nicole Erwin / Ohio Valley ReSource

Kentucky’s soybean harvest is ahead of schedule and higher quality compared to last year.

Capulan Gurrola / Beyond Uganda

An environmental relief program in Uganda coordinated by the University of Kentucky and a Paducah-based nonprofit saw multiple successes in its first year.

Kentucky State Police

The Kentucky State Police is releasing the name of the officer involved in the death of a Calloway County man last weekend.

Matt Markgraf / WKMS

The City of Paducah will receive a multi-million-dollar federal grant to expand projects on the city’s riverfront.

McCracken County Sheriff's Department

Graves County has elected Democrat Jon Hayden to serve as the county sheriff. Hayden won the race with 71 percent of the vote compared to 29 percent support for Republican Jason Clark.

Sydni Anderson / WKMS

Kentuckians will hit the polls to elect the state’s next governor Tuesday. And in a few weeks, some families will discuss the results or straight-out avoid the topic altogether over Thanksgiving dinner. A Pew Research Center survey conducted this spring found 85% of adults in the U.S. said the nature of political debate in this country has become more negative. Reporters Sydni Anderson and Dalton York spoke to west Kentucky residents on a recent weekday to get their take on the region’s political dialogue.

Nicole Erwin / WKMS

A new Marshall County non-profit plans to assist in the fight against invasive Asian Carp.

The group is called Asian Carp Aid. The nonprofit is putting together a network of donors and volunteers in the region to raise funds and public awareness about Asian Carp in west Kentucky. 

Matt Quinn is the founder of Asian Carp Aid. He said he hopes the organization will help return west Kentucky's tourism dominance.

"This is a method of raising our community to try to restore ourselves from a fishing tourism perspective," said Quinn.

Matt Markgraf / WKMS

The West Kentucky Workforce Development Board will receive $2.6 million dollars to provide career and training services for employees impacted by the future closure of the Briggs and Stratton engine manufacturing plant in Murray.