Hannah Bullard

Student Reporter

Hannah is a Murray State Journalism major. She found her place in radio during her second year in Murray. She is from Herndon, KY, a small farming community on the Kentucky/Tennessee stateline.

She first discovered her love for NPR when she stumbled upon "This American Life" while traveling. She believes everyone has a story worth telling.

Her favorite pieces to produce are centered around people and their community. She hopes to continue a career in journalism through broadcast or non-profit work. 

Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home

Few people get the opportunity to see their legacy come to fruition during their lifetime, but 19-year-old Chris Miller of Stewart County, Tennessee did. The well-known autism advocate and creator of the anti-bullying character, Captain Spectrum passed on Feb. 12 after sustaining a head injury in a falling accident.

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Community aid is building behind one Murray woman’s mission to encourage hospital workers while supporting locally-owned restaurants during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Kentucky Department of Education

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released new guidance for school-related student travel. The updated “COVID-19 School-Related Student Travel Considerations” cautions districts of factors, and potential penalties, to consider when planning school-related travel. 

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Due to potentially hazardous weather, Calloway County Health Department (CCHD) announced the Feb. 17 Regional Vaccination Site at Murray State University’s CFSB is rescheduled for Sunday, Feb. 14th. 

Chris Riley

Beshear is declaring a state of emergency as the statewide ice storm causes a number of outages and road closures. According to Beshear, declaring a state of emergency will free up funding for the response to the weather crisis.

Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adam's office

The Secretary of State Offices for Kentucky and Tennessee are recognizing Tuesday as National Poll Worker Recruitment Day. National Poll Worker Recruitment Day was established by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission in an effort to raise awareness for the need for poll workers and voter registration. 

Screenshot Facebook Live / Gov. Andy Beshear

During his daily COVID-19 briefing Thursday, Governor Andy Beshear reported 775 new cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky, 67 of those newly reported cases in Christian County. 

Murray State University

  Murray State University reported this week a 4.2% increase of entering freshman for the Fall 2020 semester. This marks the second straight year of freshman class growth. 

kentucky.gov

A distributing company has plans to create 175 full-time jobs in Graves County. HVAC Distributing is purchasing a location at the Hickory Industrial Park.

Brad Darnall

 This story is a part of a series WKMS is publishing this week about school reopenings in west Kentucky amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kentucky schools dismissed in-person class for students  and opted for virtual learning when COVID-19 was declared a national emergency in March. On August 10, Governor Andy Beshear suggested schools wait to resume in-person learning until the end of September. However, some school administrators and teachers believe their districts have taken the extra steps to safely allow students to return to a classroom sooner.

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