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Local Man, Alan Findlay, Wins $19.5k in American poker Tournament

alan-findlayAlan Findlay, a Scotsman with family ties to Kilmarnock, has won a big poker game in, the 2016 Seneca Fall Poker Tournament. With 603 entrants, Alan laboured his skills through to the final three competitors.  The players split the cash based on their remaining chips, but decided to play a single hand to decide who took the trophy, where Alan won with a pair of eights.   Alan commented afterwards, that he was pleased with his win, and will be celebrating with his winnings.

Veteran broadcaster Sir Jimmy Young has died aged 95. (21:00KA New Team)

jimmy-young-younger-217614Jimmy Young  the long-serving DJ, who spent almost three decades at BBC Radio 2, died "peacefully at home" on Monday afternoon with his wife Alicia by his side, a family spokesman said. Sir Jimmy was one of the original Radio 1 DJs when the station launched in 1967. He moved to Radio 2 in 1973 and filled the early afternoon slot until he retired in December 2002. Before becoming a presenter on the airwaves, Sir Jimmy had a number of hit singles during the 1950s, including a cover of the Nat King Cole song, Too Young. Tributes have been pouring in for the presenter, who was born Leslie Ronald Young in 1921. BBC director-general Tony Hall said: "Sir Jimmy Young defined Radio 2 and was a true broadcasting pioneer. He will be dearly missed by his many fans." Sir Jimmy's former Radio 2 colleague Ken Bruce tweeted: "So very sad to hear about the death of my old friend Sir Jimmy Young. One of the most able broadcasters I ever worked with."

Indy Camp Forcibly Removed Despite Appeal Against Eviction Ongoing(18:00 reporter KA News Team)

parlycamp9gt The Indy camp setup outside the scottish parliament in Edinburgh was today evicted in a dawn raid by sheriff officers accompanied by a large police presence. Campers were awoken from bed and their possessions were seized in an action that is being called illegal in some quarters. No MSP's were available for comment but one camper said "we came in peace, we left in peace but we will be back." in what is seen by some as the end of this battle but not the end of the war.

News Thursday 3rd November 2016

Tommy Sheridan second court victory over Murdoch empire (16:00 reporter KA News Team)

Tommy Sheridan with Solidarity party co convenors Councilor Pat Lee and Rosemary Byrne
Tommy Sheridan has today defeated Murdoch's News Group Newspapers in the Court of Session in Edinburgh for the second time in 6 months. News Group were attempting to have the decision against their appeal to be referred to the Supreme Court. The Appeal Judges rejected their application.
Mr Sheridan's fight continues as he aims to get his perjury conviction quashed.

OPEN AUDITIONS AT UK THEATRE SCHOOL  (09:45 3/11/16 reporter Ste Mack)

uk-theatre-schoolThe school, based in Glasgow, will be opening it's doors for any youngster between 4 and 18 on the 13th of November 2016, for auditions to find the next potential rising star. Parents are invited to bring their children along on the day to find out if their child is potentially the next big name.

News Monday 31th October 2016


kilmarnockeastandhurlfordjimbuchananCouncillor Jim Buchanan, for Ward 4 in East Ayrshire, has unexpectedly passed away. He was very well known and respected from both colleagues and political opponents.  Kilmarnock and Loudoun MP, Alan brown, posted on his Facebook page: "As said elsewhere, sad news today about Jim Buchanan. He leaves a permanent legacy in the killie town centre regeneration he pushed all the way. The railway clock, the viaduct lighting, the car park, palace theatre, council houses at old cattle market. Free parking at weekends. Only a fraction of what Jim made sure happened. The scaffolding up in John Finnie Street is part of the living legacy." East Ayrshire Council have issued this statement: "Councillor Jim Buchanan passed away earlier today, following a short illness. Councillor Buchanan was first elected to the Council in 2007 and served as an elected member for Ward 4 (Kilmarnock East and Hurlford). He cared deeply about his local community and as the Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills, he was committed to improving and sustaining communities across East Ayrshire, through community regeneration and economic growth. Councillor Buchanan always took time to recognise the achievements of our communities and he could not have been more proud of Kilmarnock being awarded the title of Scotland’s Most Improved Town in December 2015. Councillor Buchanan was enormously respected by his fellow elected members and council officers, as well as local businesses and community organisations. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad and difficult time."  

News Saturday 29th October 2016

KILLOWEEN SUCCESSFUL EVENING  (10:15 29/10/16 reporter Ste Mack)

  mary-halloween-2016In unusual circumstances, that is still a mystery about it's origins, Kilmarnock celebrated Halloween last night.  The town has always celebrated Halloween on the last Friday of October.  It has since been dubbed "Killoween". Many business and organisation took part in the celebrations, including Mr Pepp, a local cartoon character of a pepperoni pizza slice, who has invited people to win a prize of a box of pizzas from a local pizza delivery branch. Businesses also encouraged their staff members to dress up, but with a warning from some business owners not to dress as clowns, with reference to recent public mass hysteria.

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News Friday 28th October 2016

INDY CAMP APPEAL FAILS  (17:16 28/10/16 reporter Ste Mack)

  indy-campCampers at Holyrood estate have failed to overturn a decision that allows their eviction to continue. Lord Turnbull's earlier decision was agreed with by Lord Justice Clerk, Lady Dorrian, Lord Menzies and Lord Glennie.  Their statement read: "...he considered all the issues relevant to the issue of proportionality of the order which he was asked to make, and we can discern no error in law in his doing so." It is not yet clear what the campers will choose to do next, but the Scottish Parliament's Corporate Body has asked that they remove themselves peacefully. Camp co-founder Cheryl Scott said she was bitterly disappointed in the way events have played out.

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News Thursday 27th October 2016

HALLOWEEN GARDEN PARTY  (10:23 27/10/16 reporter Ste Mack)

halloween-party-songsFollowing on from last years successful halloween party, Knockinlaw Association will be hosting another tomorrow between 4pm and 6pm. With prizes for the best dresses, and lots of goodie bags and hotdogs, there's something for all the kids. Elizabeth Cree, one of the volunteers, said this: "All children are welcome nut must be accompanied by an adult", "the party starts at 4pm", "Hope we can make it a good one."

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News Wednesday 26th October 2016

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE RISKS JAIL (10:15 26/10/16 reporter Ste Mack)

justin-votingJustin Timberlake has been spared a brush with the law, after a picture he posted to instagram of himself voting, caught the attention of Tennessee authorities, after it became illegal in 2015.

Timberlake flew from Los Angeles to his hometown of Memphis to cast an early ballot ahead of the 8 November election.  Initially, the District Attorney's office said it had been "made aware of a possible violation of state election law" and the matter was "under review". However, in a second statement, Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said the initial response was "incorrect" and "released without my knowledge." Timberlake is one of a few million voters who have cast early ballots in a number of US states. In his Instagram caption, the entertainer wrote to his 37 million followers: "No excuses, my good people!  There could be early voting in your town too. If not, November 8th! Choose to have a voice! If you don't, then we can't HEAR YOU! Get out and VOTE!" Any charge would have been considered a misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail or a fine of $50 (£41), or both.   The singer then took a few moments outside the polling booth to snap some selfies with his fans.   - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

News Tuesday 25th October 2016


clapton-2Mike Hall, the tribute artist who has been performing for 30 years now, has announced his intention to retire. He stated: "Eric Clapton is now in his seventies. Although I am not quite as old as that, I am thinking of retiring, so if our fans definitely want to see CLASSIC CLAPTON at least one more time, I recommend that they get tickets for this show." Fans of his show are clearly disappointed with Margaret, from Irvine, saying that she's "seen him every time he was here", and will be going to his final Irvine show at the harbour Arts Centre on Saturday the 5th


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News Monday 24th October 2016

KA RADIO turns 5 - launches new news reporting service. (20:00 24/10/16 reporter KA News Team) Yes today is the fifth anniversary of KA Radio's first ever live broadcast. In 2011 the first track heard was John Peels reported favourite ever track Teenage Kicks by the Undertones played by station founder Cheryl Scott. underteenbel "A proud achievement to still be going strong after 5 years" Cheryl said when we asked her about the significant date. The celebrations have been low key as much is being done behind the scenes at the station and amongst them was the launching of this new service reporting on select stories both locally and internationally. Big things coming for KA and you will hear it HERE first on KA News - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - PETE BURNS HAS DIED (19:30 24/10/16 reporter Ste Mack) pete-burns-dead-or-alive-band-38013101-500-388Dead or alive singer, Pete Burns, had died from cardiac arrest at the age of 57. His management issued a statement saying that it was with the "greatest sadness" that they had to break the tragic news" of the sudden death The management statement continued: "All of his family and friends are devastated by the loss of our special star. He was a true visionary, a beautiful talented soul, and he will be missed by all who loved and appreciated everything he was and all of the wonderful memories he has left us with." Burns also had a hit with You Spin Me Around in 1985. Reality television shows that Pete Burns also participated in included Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity Wife Swap, and The Body Shock Show. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - NEW COLLEGE OPENING MARRED BY COMPLAINTS ABOUT PARKING (16:30 24/10/16 reporter Ste Mack) kilmarnock-new-college Kilmarnock's newly built college opened it's doors to students this morning only to face criticisms of the parking facilities. Students faced an already near full car park taken up by rail commuters when they arrived for classes today. From there the allegations were already being flung around by interested parties. Planners were criticised for failing to anticipate the demand for parking, rail commuters were being accused of being selfish, and college staff were accused of not managing the facility appropriately. Solutions being suggested include implementing a parking pass system, charging for parking, building an extension to the car park and even having a manned barrier at the entrance. At this time, KA News has not received any formal comment from the Ayrshire College. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - KILMARNOCK'S BEST DRESSED WINDOW COMPETITION (12:00 24/10/16 reporter Ste Mack) kilmarnock-town Kilmarnock's Halloween experience 2016 is looking for people to vote in this years competition by simply taking a selfie in front of the shop window of your favourite themed business' window in the town centre. Once you have this, post it at Explore Kilmarnock facebook page and the one with the most likes will be the winner. Get voting now!