Dalton York

Student Reporter

Dalton York is a Non-profit management 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.

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Calloway County Judge/Executive Kenny Imes issued an executive order to coordinate the county’s response to the novel coronavirus. He said the government will continue to provide services.

The order requires county officials follow the directives issued by Governor Andy Beshear and the Calloway County Health Department. It also states the local government is responsible for both providing services to the county and protecting the health of its citizens. Imes said the order seeks to reaffirm citizens of the continuity of government. 

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No cases of COVID-19 have yet been reported west of Jefferson County, but some churches in west Kentucky are still heeding Governor Andy Beshear’s recommendation to cancel Sunday services as the novel coronavirus spreads through the commonwealth.

First Presbyterian Church of Murray canceled Sunday services; Pastor Renee Meyer said the decision was made out of an abundance of caution. 

“Even though there’s not any tests available in Calloway County to say that there is any coronavirus here, that does not mean that there isn’t any coronavirus here,” Meyer said. 

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Republican First District Congressman James Comer is introducing legislation to protect access to school lunches as districts throughout the country close due to outbreaks of the coronavirus.

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As Kentucky grapples with four confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, officials in the western region of the state are preparing for an outbreak. No cases have yet been reported west of Jefferson County. 

Baptist Health Paducah Chief Medical Officer Brad Housman said people should “assume” the virus will make its way to west Kentucky. 

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A proposed reduction in funds to fight invasive Asian Carp in Kentucky was removed after a tourism budget meeting in the Kentucky House of Representatives last week.

Tennessee Arts Commission

A music program for Tennessee nursing home residents with Alzeheimer's saw setbacks in its first year, but is now on track to serve dozens of nursing homes.

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Former Republican Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton visited Murray State University Tuesday to discuss her experience in the Bevin administration, while also giving thoughts on the former governor's controversial pardons.

Marshall County Emergency Management

The search for a missing Illinois woman is temporarily suspended due to high river levels across the region.


A former west Kentucky high school fishing coach has pleaded guilty to attempted sex abuse and possession of child pornography. 

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A willow sculpture at the International Museum of the Horse in Lexington will be designed and installed by the co-owners of Murray’s Walk The Willow artisan shop.