Dave Shinall


Dave is a retired Army tank platoon sergeant. During Desert Storm, he helped overrun a Republican Guard bunker complex in Iraq's Euphrates Valley. In the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, he commanded a mountaintop UN Preventive Deployment Force observation post on the Macedonian frontier with Serbia. In Bavaria, he served as news director at the American Forces Network radio station in Wurzburg, on special duty assignment from December 1981 to March 1984. He's a 2003 magna cum laude graduate of Western Kentucky University.

Dave's ridden his bicycle across Missouri four times on the magnificent Katy Trail State Park. Stretching 237.7 miles, from the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers to Clinton, Mo., about 85 miles southeast of Kansas City, the Katy Trail is the nation's longest rail-trail. Dave has canoed Northern Bavaria's Wiesent River, Montana's Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, Missouri's Current River, the Wabash and Ohio rivers, from Vincennes, Ind., to Cave-in-Rock, Ill., the full 107-mile length of Florida's Apalachicola River, the Lower Cumberland River, the Lower Sabine River, the Lower Red River of the South, Southern Illinois' Cache River, Kentucky's Green River, Tennessee's Lower Duck River and the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway. He's also canoed atop the world's largest volcano at Yellowstone Lake. 

With his wife Tova, he's climbed a Mayan pyramid in Mexico, cave tubed in Belize, drunk a toast at the grave of Meriwether Lewis, and driven and camped the 444 miles of the Natchez Trace Parkway. He plans further descents of Montana's Upper Missouri River and still more Katy Trail rides. He and Tova keep on traveling.

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn reminds state residents to support food banks during the holiday season and throughout the year. Quinn's office says there are eight food banks around the state and, according to Feeding Illinois, there are more than 1.9 million people in the state who don't have access to nutritious food. Quinn urges people to volunteer at food banks in their communities and donate to them. 


Tennessee health officials will start contacting hundreds of people who received steroid injuection for back pain from a pharmacy linked to a fungal meningitis outbreak to warn them about another infection.  Dr. David Reagan, chief medical officer for the Tennessee Department of Health, said Wednesday the new round of calls will start next week to about 900 patients who have not developed fungal meningitis but who may be at risk for a localized infection or abscess near the injection site.


A Tennessee Air National Guard general has been reprimanded for giving Titans tickets that were bought by the Guard to his family and friends. WSMV-TV obtained an internal investigation from the Air Force Inspector General that shows Assistant Adjutant General Don Johnson gave his family and friends tickets to four games last season.

Zay Jackson Case Goes to Grand Jury

Nov 22, 2012
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The Zaveral “Zay” Jackson case goes to a grand jury. The Paducah Sun reports the Murray State point guard turned down a plea-deal in a Calloway Circuit Court hearing yesterday. The deal had offered a one-year-jail sentence and the possibility of shock probation.  Jackson is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment. Two Paducah residents claim the 20-year-old basketball player from Hammond, La., hit them with his car in September.

Kentucky transportation officials say they’ve suspended construction on most major highways over the Thanksgiving holiday, including the Ledbetter Bridge between Livingston and McCracken counties. However, they urge drivers to still use caution and be alert for lane closures in many locations.                          

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 An Eddyville, Kentucky, man will be eating his Thanksgiving dinner in the Caldwell County jail today. Kentucky State Police say 45-year-old Robert Kevin Burchett fired shots at a home in Kuttawa, then fled to the Bandana community of Ballard County where they caught up with him. They’ve charged Burchett with attempted murder.

Southern Illinois Tourism Office Opens

Sep 14, 2012

A tourism office in Southern Illinois has reopened two years after it was shut down by state budget cuts. The Rend Lake South Tourism Information Center will operate every day except Tuesday and Wednesday. Staff will help visitors with travel information, hotel reservations and other services to boost tourism.The state's economic development agency estimates the center will provide a $2.9 million boost to the local economy. Money to run the center comes from a state hotel tax.This makes the 11th tourism center to reopen.


From NPR:  When the Republican National Convention finally gets underway today in Tampa, it will renew a civil war that's been raging — off and on — for more than a century.  


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will restrict traffic to one lane on the U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge at Ledbetter tomorrow. The restriction allows inspectors to take a close look at the bridge’s structure.  Highway engineers have been inspecting the span on an accelerated schedule since a three-ton load limit was instituted earlier this year. Transportation officials say the bridge carries more than 7,000 vehicles across the Tennessee River between Paducah and Ledbetter on an average day.