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The Murray State News

The Murray State News

Students’ car windows shatter in residential college parking lots during high winds on March 3 (Emma Fisher/The News).

High winds cause damage to student vehicles

Caroline Blakeman, Contributing Writer March 16, 2023

A strong storm system ripped through the University on March 3, resulting in damage across campus that included visible destruction to student vehicles. Several vehicles’ windows and windshields shattered....

WPSD Local 6s lawsuit comes after the University declined its open records request (Dionte Berry/The News).

News station sues University

Ava Chuppe, Senior Writer March 16, 2023

WPSD Local 6, a news station based in Paducah, Kentucky, has sued the University over its violation of the Open Records Act. The suit, filed on March 6, comes after Kentucky Attorney General Daniel...

Mallory Woolridge completes her Fulbright Program as an English teaching assistant in Germany (Photo courtesy of

Fulbright names Murray State top producer

Erinn Finley, News Editor March 16, 2023

Murray State became the only regional comprehensive university in Kentucky to be named a top Fulbright-producing university, with four students selected for Fulbright awards for the 2022-23 academic year.  The...

From left, Ariel Lavery, Attica Scott and Charlotte Goddard were the members of a panel discussing the recent legislation that hinders bodily autonomy (Rebeca Mertins Chiodini/The News).

‘We must continue fighting to create a healthier Kentucky for all of us’

Jill Smith, Assistant News Editor March 16, 2023

“What I choose to do with my body is none of your business,” said former Kentucky Rep. Attica Scott at the Bodily Autonomy: Women, Resilience and Resistance in the Bluegrass State panel discussion.  Scott...

Ukrainian student, Yaroslava Sudyma hosts a true or false activity before discussing Ukraines history (Dionte Berry, The News).

Ukrainian student talks war coverage, culture

Dionte Berry, Editor-in-Chief March 16, 2023

A year has passed since Russia launched a full-scale invasion of  Ukraine after nearly a decade of ongoing conflict. Ukrainian international student Yaroslava Sudyma hosted an event to teach others about...

Students gather in the Free Speech Zone outside the Curris Center to protest and bring awareness about proposed anti-queer bills in Kentucky (Dionte Berry, The News)

Lawmakers propose legislation to target queer community

Dionte Berry, Editor-in-Chief March 9, 2023

Anti-queer legislation has been proposed across many GOP-led states, and Kentucky is not an exception. Approximately 10 bills have been proposed in the Kentucky legislature, which would inhibit the livelihoods...

Representatives work to address teacher shortages through a new bill (Shann Riley, The News

House bill addresses teacher shortages

Jill Smith, Assistant News Editor March 9, 2023

As an effort to address the teaching shortage in Kentucky, lawmakers have introduced another bill aimed at attracting individuals to teach while working to improve the field for future educators.  House...

 Senate Bill 5 bans books that contains uncovered human genitals, visual and written depictions of sexual acts (  Jill Smith, The News).

Senate bill aims to ban ‘harmful’ books in schools

Ava Chuppe, Senior Writer March 9, 2023

entucky Senate Bill 5, which would mandate school districts have a process for parents to propose banning certain books and class materials, passed on Feb. 23 and is headed to the House.  Sen. Jason...

Athletic Director Nico Yantko presents the rifle team with awards at a Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 24 (Dionte Berry / The News).

Board of Regents spotlights Rifle’s wins

Dionte Berry, Editor-in-Chief March 4, 2023

The Board of Regents unanimously passed a resolution presenting the Racer rifle team with a plaque of acknowledgement and appreciation after the team qualified for its 35th NCAA tournament. Beyond highlighting...

The Center for Student Involvement office moves to the second floor of the Curris Center as renovations continue throughout the building (Abbie Michalek, The News)

SGA gains visibility with Curris Center move

Erinn Finley, News Editor March 2, 2023

The Center for Student Involvement  moved into a new office, which is smaller, but more visible to students due to its new location on the second floor where the post office was previously located.  The...

Three guests speak about bodily autonomy in light of recent abortion restrictions in Kentucky (Graphic courtesy of the Gender Equity Caucus).

Gender Equity Caucus hosts panel discussion

Jill Smith, Assistant News Editor March 2, 2023

To mark International Women’s Day, the Gender Equity Caucus will host a podcast producer, former Kentucky representative and a community organizer for bodily autonomy in its event on Wednesday, March...

Protesters speak against abortion bans at the Kentucky State Capitol in April 2022 (Photo courtesy of AP).

Kentucky Supreme Court upholds abortion ban

Jill Smith, Assistant News Editor March 2, 2023

The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled on Feb. 16 to uphold the state’s near-total ban on abortion, which includes previously passed trigger laws that went into effect August 2022.  House Bill 148, passed...

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