Murray State University

Allison Crawford

The culinary professionals who work to feed hungry college and university students gathered for a regional conference this week at Murray State University. Chefs, dining directors, and vendors from across the south gathered for several days of networking, dining, and competition.   

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Since its discovery in a population of bats in a New York cave in 2007, white nose syndrome has become one of the gravest threats to American and Canadian bats.  White nose is a fungal infection that disrupts the bat’s hibernation cycle and has resulted in the death of approximately 6 million bats in North America.  Kentucky has not escaped the infection’s spread; it first appeared in the Commonwealth in 2011 and has been detected in bats in western Kentucky’s Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

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This year marks the 15th annual Posters-at-the-Capitol event, a day where college and university students display their research projects to lawmakers in Frankfort all to advocate undergraduate research. Murray State coordinators Jody Cofer Randall and Dr. David Pizzo speak with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about the multi-school effort.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University has established a pair of budget task forces to identify potential program cuts.

The move is a response to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed state budget that will reduce higher education funding, including a nine percent cut for Murray State effective July 1st.

Kentucky House Democrats, via Twitter

Several presidents of Kentucky colleges and universities testified Thursday in Frankfort at a hearing aimed at getting their input on Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed cuts to higher education funding.

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UPDATE: The march is now set for Thursday, February 25. The event was originally scheduled for February 29, but organizers decided to change the date to a day when lawmakers would convene at 2 p.m. rather than 4 p.m.


Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed biennial budget authorizes a number of projects on the campus of Murray State University. These include an estimated $3 million upgrade to MSU’s campus network, the demolition of Woods Hall and the renovation of several buildings, including Regents and White residential colleges.


Surrounding communities celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with service activities. Students and community members at Murray State University collected and delivered supplies for  area non-profits. Anita Chitule with MSU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs says around 60 people donated items and helped sort and deliver them.

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Murray State University officials have banned the use of hoverboards on campus.  

The announcement comes just as the 2016 spring semester starts and follows a warning from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  

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A Murray State University professor is spearheading a study on the movements of Asian carp in Kentucky Lake.