Sydni Anderson

Sydni Anderson is an undergraduate student at Murray State University, majoring in Pre-Medicine and Public Relations. Born on Fort Campbell, Sydni has lived between Kentucky and Tennessee for most of her life.

In high school, she traveled with her school’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter to Atlanta, Chicago, and Nashville, competing in website and digital design events.

In addition to reporting for WKMS, she writes for the features section at the Murray State News.

Sydni enjoys photography, travel and music. She spends most of her time hitting the books and watching dramas.

The Kentucky Primary Elections are on May 21. Republicans and Democrats will choose their candidates for the constitutional office seats of Governor/Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Commissioner of Agriculture, Auditor and Treasurer. The General Election is on November 5.

WKMS News compiled the following series of candidate profiles, based on interviews with the candidates at various campaign stops in the region or over the phone. We asked the candidates about their priorities and what differentiates them from their opponents. 

The Kentucky Primary Elections are on May 21. Republicans and Democrats will choose their candidates for the constitutional office seats of Governor/Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Commissioner of Agriculture, Auditor and Treasurer. The General Election is on November 5.

WKMS News compiled the following series of candidate profiles, based on interviews with the candidates at various campaign stops in the region or over the phone. We asked the candidates about their priorities and what differentiates them from their opponents.

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  Candidates for Kentucky’s Ninth District State House were questioned in a recent forum about whether they support Governor Bevin’s proposed Medicaid changes. State officials said in August the current Medicaid program has a nearly $300 million dollar shortfall.

Potential changes include reducing the number of recipients and cuts to dental, vision and other services. Republican Representative Myron Dossett said the state needs to find funding and referenced part of the plan that has certain people pay premiums.

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Candidates for Kentucky’s District Eight State House seat discussed the service tax and other issues in a Hopkinsville debate Thursday night.

Republican Representative Walker Wood Thomas is seeking reelection against Democratic challenger Jeff Taylor. Taylor is looking to reclaim the seat that he briefly held in 2016. He says Thomas voted for the bill that requires businesses and nonprofits to collect sales tax on services.

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A Louisville-based, for-profit, private university is bringing a learning center to Graves County. The Sullivan University facility is slated to open in the Mayfield Plaza in early 2019.

Community Partnerships Vice President David Keene says the center will offer different classes based on community needs. He says the 7,000 square foot space will include two classrooms, a conference room, a break area and offices. He says the center is restricted on what it can teach and majority of classwork will be completed online.

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A locks and dam project 30 years in the making on the Ohio River is in the final phase of completion and ahead of schedule. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Olmsted Locks and Dam division chief Mike Braden says completion is projected for Oct. 1, 2018 -- four years ahead of an earlier assessment. Braden says the completion of the Olmsted project will have a national impact.

“Right there where Olmsted is being constructed is the busiest in terms of commodities in the entire country so we call it the hub of the Inland Waterway transportation system,” he said. 

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Unemployment rates fell in 88 Kentucky counties, stayed the same in ten and rose in 22 counties between October 2016 and October 2017.

That’s according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics. In far west Kentucky, rates dropped in Ballard, Carlisle, Graves, and Marshall counties but rose in Calloway, Fulton, Hickman and McCracken counties. Most of the Pennyrile area saw rates fall, except for Crittenden and Trigg counties.

The Hopkinsville City Council passed a resolution this week stating the city’s support of separating the County Employees Retirement System from the state system.

The candidate filing period for the 2018 election cycle has opened in Kentucky with a new filing portal for candidates on the Secretary of State's website.

Baptist Health has reduced rates for physical therapy, computerized tomography - or CT - and magnetic resonance imaging - or MRI - scans following a recent policy change by health insurer Anthem.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield officials said on Wednesday the company will no longer offer health insurance plans in 61 counties in Kentucky in 2018. 

Paducah City Commissioner Richard Abraham read a statement at Tuesday’s commission meeting that the tearing down of Confederate monuments will not fix issues facing the black community.

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives has awarded facilities construction grants to 10 public libraries across the commonwealth totaling $20 million dollars over 20 years.

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed a motion to intervene in Kentucky State University’s lawsuit against University of Kentucky’s student newspaper the Kentucky Kernel.