Murray State

Agriculture
9:16 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Murray State Eyeing Hemp Research

Officials with Murray State University are eyeing hemp research should the crop be made legal in a federal farm bill.

The dean of the university's agriculture school, Tony Brannon, says he'd be interested in research opportunities involving hemp and focusing on how effective the crop would be.

Congress is weighing a provision to allow research into hemp as part of the 2013 farm bill. Kentucky has been pushing for the federal government to either allow it to be grown for commercial use or research.

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says along with Murray State, the Toyota plant in Georgetown has already shown interest in using industrial hemp for manufacturing parts for the automobiles it produces.

Politics
10:32 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Kentucky Governor Not Pursuing Murray State Presidency

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s Communications Director says the Governor won’t pursue the Presidency at Murray State University. Beshear has been rumored as a potential candidate during the past few months.

MSU is in the process of hiring a search firm to compile and filter candidates for the job. MSU hopes to hire a new president in spring 2014.  Governor Beshear is in his second term which ends in 2015. The job would’ve offered Beshear a chance to boost his state retirement benefits. The presidential job pays nearly double the Governor’s salary.

There is a precedent for a Governor to assume a university presidential role in the Commonwealth. Former Governor Paul Patton serves as the president of the University of Pikeville. But, U-Pike is not a state supported institution.

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Education
8:13 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Lexington Attorney Files Open Meetings Complaint Against Murray State Board of Regents

A Lexington-based attorney with a history representing former Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher has sent a complaint to Murray State’s Board of Regents Chair alleging a violation of Kentucky’s Open Meeting law.

Jim Deckard sent the complaint to Dr. Constantine Curris Thursday. Deckard, referencing media reports, says a quorum of regents gathered at regent Sharon Green’s home and discussed board business the night before the board’s quarterly meeting.

At that meeting Curris entertained a motion to vote on whether or not to extend President Randy Dunn’s contract. The discussion wasn’t listed on the board meeting agenda. It was brought up under the guise of “other business.”  The motion to extend Dunn a new four year contract failed by a margin of 7 to 4.

Deckard made the following request in his letter:

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Regional
4:25 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Four Murray State Athletes Injured in Bus Crash in Indiana

Police say a bus carrying the Murray State University women’s track team has rolled over on icy Interstate 69 in southwest Indiana, injuring four people.

Murray State spokeswoman Sherry McClain says the team was traveling in two minibuses from the college in Murray, Ky., to a meet at Indiana University in Bloomington Friday morning when one of the buses hit a patch of ice and turned on its side.

She says four students had minor injuries and two were taken to a nearby hospital for observation.

Murray State athletics director Allen Ward says the team still plans to participate in the IU Relays Friday and Saturday.

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Regional
6:59 am
Sun October 14, 2012

Kentucky Judge Won't Dismiss Charges in College Dorm Fire Case

A western Kentucky judge won't dismiss tampering with evidence charges against a man who was acquitted during a second trial of a Murray State University dorm fire that killed one student.

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Regional
8:09 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Murray State Changing Policy Regarding Guns on Campus

Murray State University has changed its policy for guns on campus to require everyone but uniformed personnel to leave weapons inside their cars. The move made last week came in the wake of a Kentucky Supreme Court decision in April saying the University of Kentucky improperly fired student from an on-campus job for having a gun in his car.

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Regional
7:45 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Man Who Beat Charges on Murray Dorm Fire Back in Court

A man acquitted in a fatal Murray State University dormitory fire is due back in court Monday on evidence tampering charges. According to The Paducah Sun, Jerry Walker Jr. was indicted in relation to six letters.

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Regional
5:26 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Walker Found Not Guilty In Murray State Arson Case

A jury acquitted Jerry Walker, Jr. who was being tried for the second time in connection with a deadly 1998 fire at a Murray State University dorm. Walker, a former Murray State student, declined comment after the trial, saying only "praise God."

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Regional
8:13 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Witness in Murray State Dorm Fire Trial Testifies about Amount of Gasoline Used

The defense is presenting evidence in the trial of a former Murray State University student in connection with a fatal dorm fire in 1998. The Paducah Sun reports combustion engineer Richard Roby was the first witness in defense of Jerry Walker Jr. Roby told the jury it would have taken at least three gallons of gasoline to create the results of the blaze that killed Michael Minger and seriously injured Minger's roommate, Michael Priddy.

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