Dalton York

Student Reporter

Dalton York is a student at Murray State University majoring in Nonprofit Leadership Studies with a History minor.  A native of Marshall County, he is a proud product of his tight-knit community. Dalton has competed nationally in speech and debate, winning numerous accolades in extemporaneous speaking and radio broadcast. He serves on the programming committee at Playhouse in the Park and regularly appears onstage in their community theatre productions. Dalton is also active in the university's Baptist Campus Ministry, serving on the public relations team and as a Bible study leader. He is a member of Hardin Baptist Church. Dalton considers himself a "public radio nerd" and is proud to serve his community through WKMS.

Gov. Andy Beshear

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear discussed the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during a Monday COVID-19 briefing in Frankfort. He recognized Ginsburg as an inspiration for his law career prior to his governorship, and said her life and legacy should be honored above political fights over her replacement. 

Murray State University

Murray State University is removing spring break from the spring 2021 semester calendar. 

Gov. Andy Beshear

Governor Andy Beshear announced Monday new requirements for reporting cases of COVID-19 in public and private school districts.

Columbia Theater

The historic Columbia Theater is continuing efforts to restore its downtown Paducah building after receiving two grants for historic preservation. 


Former Murray State University Racer basketball star Ja Morant is the 2019-2020 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year. 

Trigg County Dispatch

Trigg County is expanding 911 dispatch services by allowing residents to text into its answering system.

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Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced this week the commonwealth is part of an $84 million multistate settlement with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and Honda of America Mfg., Inc. over allegations the companies concealed safety information. 

Gov. Andy Beshear

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced Monday an executive order aimed at providing relief to Kentuckians facing eviction for non-payment of rent.

Murray State University Athletics

As the cancellation of fall collegiate sports places a strain on athletic departments throughout the nation, Murray State University is working to safely adapt to the demands of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Angela Orozco

This story is the first in a series WKMS is publishing on school reopenings in west Kentucky amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kentucky students are headed back to school this month as the pandemic continues to ravage communities throughout the commonwealth. Teachers are shifting instructional methods to accommodate fully-online learning or socially distant classrooms. Teachers-in-training from colleges and universities are studying how to be classroom instructors during an abnormal time in education.