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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Culture
4:32 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Trail Of Tears Association Commemorates History and Heritage in Hopkinsville

  The Trail of Tears Association is holding their annual conference and symposium in Hopkinsville this week. The four-day conference includes board meetings, trips to Trail of Tears sites, panel discussions, informational sessions and a tour of the Trail of Tears Commemorative Park in Hopkinsville.

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Government
12:28 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Tri-County Chamber Alliance Plans $3 Million Lake Barkley Renovation

Credit kaee.org

A $3 million renovation for Lake Barkley State Park is among the legislative priorities for the Southern Pennyrile Chamber Alliance in 2014.  Trigg, Christian and Todd make up the chamber alliance.

Christian County Judge Executive Steve Trimble said the facelift to the Lake Barkley campground and lodge is something the alliance has been working towards for several years.

“Obviously, as you well know, LBL is our state’s number one tourism draw,  over a million people come in there each year," said Trimble. "Tourism obviously is very big in Trigg County and, you know the lodge appearance through the year is kinda, there’s been some renovation, but it’s still kinda worn and outdated.”

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KYnect
3:48 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

3.1 Million Page Views On kynect In First Week

Nearly 7,000 Kentuckians and families now have affordable health insurance thanks to the state’s online health exchange Kynect. 

The Governor’s office reports that more than 175,000 people have clicked on the web site since its launch October 1st and more than 3.1 million webpages have been visited.

More than 155,000 people conducted prescreenings to determine qualifications for subsidies, discounts or programs like Medicaid. More than 22,000 applications for health care coverage have been started and nearly 15,000 have been completed.  The report also states that 209 small businesses have started applications to provide health insurance for employees.  

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Police
2:31 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

TBI Releases Report Of Law Enforcement's Use of Deadly Force

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today released its first-ever study on the use of deadly force by the state’s law enforcement agencies while in the line of duty.  

Not to be confused with the Law Enforcement Officers Killed or Assaulted report, the new study examines the critical effects the use of deadly force has on the officer, the department and the community.  

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Government
1:26 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Governor's Office Reports 137,000 Visitors To Kynect in First Three Days

More than 16-thousand individuals and families in Kentucky have started applications on Kynect, the state’s online health benefit exchange, since it launched Tuesday.

Governor Steve Beshear’s office released statistics today detailing the site's traffic.  In under four days, more than 137,000 visitors have clicked on the site.  Some 93% of those visitors conducted pre-screenings to determine qualifications for subsidies, discounts or programs like Medicaid.  

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Politics
11:20 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Sen. McConnell Criticized Over Campaign Finance Case Involvement

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has inserted himself into the latest campaign finance case before the U.S. Supreme Court.  

McConnell's involvement has spurred groups opposed to special-interest money in campaigns to take to the airwaves to criticize him.  Non-profit groups Public Campaign Action Fund and USAction launched a television ad Friday across much of Kentucky.  The 30-second ad is critical of McConnell's role in asking the court to strike down limits on campaign contributions.  The commercial warns the result would set off an unlimited influx of campaign cash from lobbyists, bankers and Big Oil executives.  

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Crime
11:16 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Driver Arraigned In Noble Park Hit-And-Run Case

Credit paducahky.gov

A man charged with an August 18th hit-and-run bike wreck in Noble Park has pleaded not guilty to felony charges.  18-year-old William T. Hayes Jr. was arraigned in McCracken Circuit Court Thursday on charges of first-degree assault, leaving the scene of an accident and first-degree criminal mischief.

Police reports said Dr. William Jay Pitman of Paducah was hit from behind by a red sports while riding a bicycle down a single lane road in the park that evening.  The driver left the scene without stopping.  Dr. Pitman sustained serious injuries. 

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Government
3:44 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Kentucky Legislature Appoints Marcia Seiler As Acting LRC Director

Credit Legislative Research Commission

Top Kentucky lawmakers have appointed an acting director for the Legislative Research Commission as controversy swirls about sexual harassment complaints within the organization.

The lawmakers will also review the agency which serves as a fact finding and service organization for the government. The actions come amid scrutiny of how the LRC handled sexual harassment complaints against a former lawmaker.

House and Senate leaders appointed Marcia  Seiler as acting LRC director. Seiler is director of the Office of Education Accountability. 

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Government
12:11 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

All Kentucky State Parks Remain Open During Federal Shutdown

Credit wikipedia

All of the Commonwealth's 49 state parks remain open despite the ongoing federal government shutdown. Kentucky Parks Department spokesman Gil Lawson said it's easy for the public to confuse federally-run parks with those administered by the state.

"Many of our parks-like Barren River-are on Corps of Engineers lakes, and the federal campgrounds may be closed, but the state campgrounds will be open," said Lawson. "Sometimes they share the same lake and the same name, but we're just wanting to get the word out that all state park campgrounds and state park properties are open."

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Government
12:08 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

State Defends Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

Credit wikipedia.org

  Kentucky’s Attorney General’s office said the state's same-sex marriage ban should stand, but that overturning it would grant gay couples the same legal protections as straight couples.  

The state made its defense of the ban today in response to a lawsuit brought by Gregory Bourke and Michael De Leon of Louisville, who were married in Canada nine years ago.  Assistant Attorney General Clay Barkley asked the judge to dismiss the case saying the men lack standing to challenge the law.  

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