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
5:28 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

School Closings & Delays - Thursday

We'll keep this post updated as we become notified of closings and delays for Thursday, Feb. 6, due to winter weather. Updated: 11:04 a.m. 

Related: North Winds, Ice-Coated Trees and Power Lines May Increase Outages

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Winter Weather
4:19 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

North Winds, Ice Coated Trees and Power Lines May Increase Outages

Credit National Weather Service

 

Updated 4:40 p.m.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say workers have focused on clearing the remaining ice and slush off highways, but are now slowing their efforts.

KYTC spokesperson Keith Todd says today’s wind helped dry pavement and has reduced the chance of water freezing on roadways overnight. But some slick spots may remain in some areas and conditions are right for black ice.

Tonight’s temperatures could drop into the mid-teens, reducing the impact of the ice-fighting salt solution. Todd says while KYTC has enough salt for now, another series of severe winter weather events could strain supplies. The cabinet’s engineers are considering conserving salt in the near future.

1:00 p.m.

Ice coated trees and power lines are sagging and could snap as winds increase today. The national weather service reports up to half an inch of ice accumulation in some TN border counties.  Temperatures will remain below freezing for the coming days. Below is a list of resources for seeking information on power outages and road conditions throughout our listening area. 

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Weather
12:34 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Western Ky. Under Winter Weather Warning, KYTC Urges to Stay Off Roads

Credit http://www.crh.noaa.gov/pah/

UPDATE: 4:37 p.m.

National Weather Service meteorologists have expanded a winter weather warning to include Calloway and Trigg County as the freezing line moves south. Christian and Todd counties remain under advisory.

NWS meteorologist Chris Noles said one-third of an inch of ice has been reported as far south as Stewart County, Tenn. as freezing rain continues to fall on the region, prompting the warning.

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Speaker's Corner
4:05 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Retired Military Official Shares What It's Like in Afghanistan

Credit Rob Canning

  Retired Lt. Col. Robert Michael "Mike" Paul spoke at Murray State University's History Department Research Forum about his time in Afghanistan.

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Government
2:06 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Ten Digit Dialing Begins Tomorrow for West KY

Credit Doug Wilson / wikimedia commons

Tomorrow is the first day callers in our listening area will be required to enter a three-digit area code before the seven-digit number on all calls. The change is part of the creation of area code 364 during which phone companies will superimpose a new area code over an existing area code. 

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Education
2:59 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

UT Martin Closes Fraternity After Denying Hazing Appeal

Credit UT Martin

The University of Tennessee at Martin is shuttering a fraternity after denying a final appeal following a hazing incident. 

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Education
11:42 am
Tue January 28, 2014

McCracken County School Board Sets Timetable for Superintendent Search

The McCracken County Board of Education hopes to hire a new Superintendent in late March.  

Current superintendent Nancy Waldrop announced in December that she will not be renewing her contract with the district. 

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Propane
5:01 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Kentucky Propane Shortage Continues During Arctic Weather

Credit Kentucky Propane Gas Association

Propane companies throughout Kentucky are facing a supply shortage as demand increases with the arctic cold. Shortages have caused local suppliers to begin rationing the amount of fuel residents can buy at a time. 

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Politics
4:51 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Two State Representatives Receive Challengers Before Filing Deadline

Two Western Kentucky State House candidates have emerged just as the January 28th deadline approaches for candidates to file to run for political office. 

Republican Randy Bridges of Paducah has filed to run against Democrat Gerald Watkins for the 3rd district state house seat.  And Democrat David Harrington of Murray is running against Kenny Imes in the 5th district. 

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Business
2:49 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

TVA Expects Demand to Exceed Winter Record, Asks Customers to Reduce Use

Credit tva.com

With the temperature in the single digits, demand for electricity is expected to exceed record levels.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking all electric power consumers, including residential, commercial and industrial customers, to voluntarily reduce their use of electricity until tomorrow afternoon. 

TVA Spokesman Scott Brooks says demand is expected to peak Thursday night at 31,000 megawatts and Friday morning at 33,000 megawatts.  

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