Rob Canning

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Rob Canning is a native of Murray, KY, a junior at Murray State University and a news writing intern at WKMS. He majors in TV Production and splits most of his time between class and serving as team captain of the Murray State Rowing Club. Rob's goal is to become a screenwriter, film director or producer and looks to the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie for inspiration. He appreciates good music, mainly favoring British rock n' roll, and approves of anything with Jack White's name on it. When not studying, rowing or writing, Rob enjoys spending his free time with a book or guitar.

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Education
4:04 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Tennessee Board of Regents Approves Tuition Increases Across State

Credit TBR

The Tennessee Board of Regents has approved a recommendation to increase tuition and fees at its institutions this year. 

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Infrastructure
12:11 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Significant Movement Detected at Old Ledbetter Bridge, Demolition Expected to Begin Soon

Credit KYTC

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials are monitoring the deteriorating stability of the Old Ledbetter Bridge after sensors detected significant movement early this morning. 

Last month, the KYTC ordered an emergency demolition of the old U.S. 60 bridge over the Tennessee River between McCracken and Livingston counties after a landslide caused two of the piers to shift. 

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Education
3:44 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

University of Tennessee Raises Tuition 6% Ahead of State Board of Regents Vote

Credit tennessee.edu

The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees approved a six percent instate tuition increase for students attending the University of Tennessee at Martin, effective for the 2014 fall semester.

Approval came Thursday during the board’s annual meeting in Knoxville.

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Business
4:48 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Asian Carp Startup Wins Regional Entrepreneur Pitch Competition at MSU

Dr. Lan Chi Thi "Lula" Luu, winner of the 2014 Regional Aspiring Entrepreneur Pitch Competition at MSU
Credit Rob Canning

A startup fish store from Louisiana specializing in Asian carp is the winner of the first regional entrepreneurial pitch competition at Murray State University.

Gov. Steve Beshear is sponsoring 8 regional competitions aimed at getting start-ups a shot at venture capital from an angel investors network.

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Government
3:08 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Murray to Conduct Earthquake Scenario to Test Emergency Readiness Tomorrow

Murray is undergoing city-wide disaster drills tomorrow to examine how local agencies respond to a significant earthquake event.

Western Kentucky lies just east of the New Madrid Seismic Zone which has produced over 4,000 recorded earthquakes. The fault is speculated to produce another large event sometime in the future. 

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Government
3:48 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Audit Finds DOE Acted Illegally in Transferring Enriched Uranium to USEC's Paducah Plant

Credit Department of Energy

A report from the Government Accountability Office finds that the Department of Energy may have illegally transferred uranium to the troubled United States Enrichment Corporation, potentially costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

USEC operates the DOE-owned Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and is currently in shutdown phases and reorganizing through Chapter 11 bankruptcy

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Weather
2:59 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

NWS: Impending Thunderstorms Expected to Enter Listening Area Midday Wednesday

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The National Weather Service in Paducah is calling for thunderstorms to arrive in our listening area from the west tomorrow with some having a chance to become severe. 

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Government
12:55 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Kentucky Same-Sex Couples Head to Illinois for Legal Marriages

Seth Stewart, left and Hunter Fawks, Marshall County native, and partners of 2 years.
Lance Dennee

Same-sex Kentucky couples are heading to the commonwealth's only contiguous state that allows same sex marriage to make their unions legal.  

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Education
4:02 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Graves Residents File Emergency Injunction to Halt Cuba Elementary Sale

Credit Paul Schaumburg

The attorney representing the group of disgruntled residents suing the Graves County Board of Education has filed an emergency injunction to halt the sale of Cuba Elementary School.

Lexington attorney Jim Deckard filed the motion with the Franklin Circuit Court Friday calling for the court to prohibit the removal of school equipment tomorrow, June 3, and the auctioning off of the school as surplus property June 18. 

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Infrastructure
11:23 am
Mon June 2, 2014

I-24 Ohio River Bridge Work Expected to Delay Illinois-Bound Traffic

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Intense road work along the I-24 Ohio River Bridge is expected to cause heavy traffic delays throughout the week.

Road crews from the Illinois Department of Transportation are milling the westbound lanes of the I-24 Bridge between Paducah and Metropolis, Illinois as part of ongoing deck rehabilitation on the bridge. 

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