Matt Markgraf

Matt "McG" Markgraf joined the WKMS News Team in January 2007, while pursuing his bachelorâââ

A conservative watchdog group is suing the Kentucky Secretary of State and State Board of Elections claiming a failure to maintain accurate voter registration lists.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is convening a task force to develop a proposal to legalize medical marijuana in the commonwealth. 

A Lexington writer recently learned lessons in Paducah on how the state's second-largest city could include its literary heritage to a UNESCO network. 

A team of 10 Kentucky public health nurses and two staff members are deploying to Florida to assist Hurricane Irma victims. 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet engineers say the biggest traffic surprise during the total solar eclipse was the immediate surge of outbound traffic after the eclipse ended. 

Hopkinsville Community College says the total solar eclipse was the “largest event ever held on campus.”

Retired NASA astrophysicist Fred Espenak has 'written the book' on eclipses - many, many books, actually. He has seen 27 total solar eclipses and at least one on every continent. Matt Markgraf speaks with Espenak about why you should see the total eclipse, what it is, how to predict one and what kind of gear he's using to take photos of "The Great American Eclipse" on Monday.

The Paducah Board of Commissioners issued a statement on Wednesday condemning racial hatred and violence in the wake of events in Charlottesville, Virginia

Hemp farmers and processors in Murray presented progress and problems in growing the crop to U.S. Senator Rand Paul on Thursday. Paul is in the region as part of a tour discussing healthcare options and made a stop in Murray to talk hemp ahead of visits to other communities. Afterwords, he also commented on North Korea and health care reform options.

The U.S. Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment has awarded The Pennyrile Area Development District nearly $1.7 million for economic development efforts around Fort Campbell. 

Kentucky Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is again refusing to comply with a federal request for state voter information. 

The National Weather Service in Paducah says it’s likely going to be sunny and hot on August 21 on the day a total solar eclipse crosses the U.S. and will be at the point of greatest eclipse in the region.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is preparing for hundreds of thousands of people coming to the region next month for prime viewing of the total solar eclipse.

Murray State University officials described clean-up work underway, university priorities and where the students will live, following the blast at a residential college last week. 

U.S. Congressman James Comer says he is "disappointed" in President Donald Trump's new restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba. But, he said he is encouraged to see American agriculture as a priority for future U.S-Cuba engagement. 

The Republican Party of Kentucky has named Sarah Pickerel as new Executive Director. 

A nationally recognized educator is advocating for more teacher freedom in their classrooms. Ron Clark is a featured speaker at the annual College and Career Readiness Summit at Murray State University this week. He spoke at a press conference before addressing a packed room in Lovett Auditorium Wednesday morning. He said teachers are often “shackled” when it comes do doing their job. 

Former Democratic Maryland Governor and Presidential Candidate Martin O'Malley says the Democratic Party can make a comeback after last year's election losses so long as the focus is on jobs and wages and not ‘distractions’ from the Trump administration, like alleged ties to Russia or the Paris agreement.

More than 10% of Fort Campbell’s power requirement is now produced through renewable energy. 

A three-day event billed as ‘the only all-lesbian film festival in the U.S.’ is returning for a second year this weekend in downtown Paducah. Cinema Systers Film Festival organizer Laura Petrie said she was inspired by the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, an annual event that ran for 40 years before closing in 2015.

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary April unemployment rate slightly notched up to 5.1%. Despite the slight unemployment increase the number of employed is also up, suggesting more individuals are entering the labor market. 

The Republican-crafted American Health Care Act and concern over pre-existing conditions dominated U.S. Congressman James Comer's town hall in Marshall County on Wednesday afternoon. 

U.S. Congressman James Comer says he is "proud to stand with President Trump" in supporting the Republican crafted healthcare bill that passed the House on Thursday. The American Health Care Act narrowly passed the House and heads to the Senate. 

U.S. Congressman James Comer is concluding a series of town halls in Kentucky’s first district with three stops this week. 

U.S. Congressman James Comer discussed Syria, healthcare, tax reform and thoughts about President Trump with Murray-Calloway County business leaders at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Tuesday morning. 

U.S. Congressman James Comer is resuming a series of town hall meetings across Kentucky’s First District over the next two weeks.

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is forming a road project prioritization model called the "Strategic Highway Investment Formula for Tomorrow" - or SHIFT - in an effort to shore up funding, and offer certainty for, the ailing road fund. KYTC Chief of Staff Asa James Swan outlined the plan, discussed the cabinet's financial issues and suggested reforms at a West Kentucky Regional Chamber Alliance meeting in Benton on Thursday. 

Kentucky Congressman James Comer discussed healthcare in the first district with President Donald Trump on Air Force One to and from Louisville on Monday.

Republican Kentucky Congressman James Comer (1st Dist.) recently returned from a five-member congressional agricultural trade mission to Cuba. Comer said lifting the Cuban embargo on trade is a "no brainer" and plans on being a leader in Congressional efforts to do so. Matt Markgraf speaks with Comer about how the U.S. and Kentucky's first district could stand to gain from easing restrictions and expanding trade relations with the Caribbean island.