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
3:39 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Dr. Bob Hughes Named Chairman of the Board of Trustees at U of L

Dr. Bob Hughes of Primary Care in Murray has been named University of Louisville's Board of Trustees Chairman. The board elected Hughes yesterday and his duties as chair began immediately. U of L President James Ramsey said Hughes has been an outstanding board member for eight years and will provide strong leadership in directing the university.

Environment
2:22 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Nature Conservancy Group To Make $13.4 Million Land Purchase In Crittenden County

Credit LBL Forest Service

The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky is planning to close on a deal today to acquire 4,241 acres of forest in Crittenden County. The $13.4 million deal is the largest in the Conservancy’s 38-year history in the state.

The parcel is being bought from The Forestland Group, a timber investment company. Referred to as Phase 2 of the Big Rivers Corridor Project, the parcel of land was ranked as the number one priority in the United States Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program. The transaction is funded through the Conservancy’s land protection fund and in part by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. 

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Government
11:26 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Pennyrile Area Development District Selects New Executive Director

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Jason Vincent is the new Executive Director of the Pennyrile Area Development District.

Vincent has previously served as the agency’s Assistant Director and Projects Coordinator. Vincent is a Murray State graduate with a bachelor of science in finance degree and a master’s degree of business administration. Princeton Mayor and PADD Chairwoman Gale Cherry said Vincent is extremely dedicated to the region and the board of directors looks forward to working with him in this new capacity. 

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Government
3:07 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

EDA Invests $1.5 Million In Todd County To Construct Training Facility

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The United States Economic Development Administration is issuing $1.5 million to Todd County to construct a manufacturing training facility. The EDA expects the funding to create 110 new jobs and $3.5 million in private sector investment in Todd County. The EDA’s investment is intended to support long-term economic recovery in the community, leverage private investment and promote disaster resiliency.

Government
11:51 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Ethics Panel Approves Richie Farmer's Plea Deal

Credit Ed Reinke / AP

Kentucky's Executive Branch Ethics Commission has approved an agreement with former two-term Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer to resolve administrative charges related to his management of the department. That agreement is part of an overall deal that will also resolve government corruption charges pending in state and federal court. 

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Education
10:54 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Historic $250-M Gift to Centre College Collapses

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An historic $250-million gift to Centre College in Danville, Kentucky won’t happen.  The university initially announced the gift  from the Brockman Charitable Trust last month. 

Officials at the small liberal arts school said the 250 million dollar donation has collapsed.  Richard Trolinger, who’s Vice President for College Relations, said the deal could not be finalized.

“For reason unknown to the college, the transaction is not going forward and as a result the gift that had been committed to Centre has been withdrawn,” said Trollinger.

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Politics
11:58 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Meeting Set To Review Sexual Harassment Complaints Against Kentucky Legislator

House Speaker Greb Stumbo
Credit LRC Public Information

A special Kentucky legislative committee investigating sexual harassment complaints against Democratic State Representative John Arnold of Sturgis will meet for the first time September 17th in Frankfort.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo announced the meeting today. Stumbo said the committee will elect a chairman and set up procedures for conducting the investigation.  Three female legislative workers have filed complaints against Arnold, alleging he touched them inappropriately and made vulgar comments.

The special committee could ultimately recommend Arnold's censure or expulsion from the Legislature.

Traffic
11:18 am
Fri September 6, 2013

KYTC Halts Traffic On Eggner's Ferry Bridge For Second Road Test

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to halt traffic again on Eggner’s Ferry Bridge across Kentucky Lake for about 15 minutes at noon tomorrow.  Engineering crews will be performing the second of three dynamic road tests on the site of the Lagoon Bridge. The first was conducted last Friday

KYTC Spokesman Keith Todd said the tests consist of placing hundreds of tons of weight on top of pilings at the lake’s bottom and detonating an explosive charge to measure their integrity.

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Government
3:45 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Kentucky Education Officials Ease Restrictions For Releasing Foster Children's Records

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Kentucky’s nearly 7,000 foster children will now be able to quickly and easily access their education records from anywhere, thanks to a new state education initiative. Officials unveiled a plan yesterday to give Department of Community-Based Services caseworkers access to school records for children in foster care without parental consent. The plan is part of Kentucky's implementation of the federal Uninterrupted Scholar’s Act, signed by President Obama in January, which amends a previous law that had limited such rights exclusively to parents.  DCBS Commissioner Teresa James said this will give caseworkers timely possession of educational records, reducing interruptions in the academic careers of children in out of home care.

Gas Leak
12:13 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Natural Gas Leaks Leads To School And Town Evacuation

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A natural gas leak Tuesday forced the evacuation of 885 Hopkins County High School students. No injuries were reported.

Hopkins County Sheriff Deputy Jeremy Crick said the leak started around mid-morning when an Atmos Energy service crew was performing routine maintenance in Mortons Gap. Crick said one of the crew accidentally ran over a connector pipe causing a cap to blow off. Emergency management officials notified the school as well as city authorities. Mayor Frank Stafford issued a mandatory evacuation of the area at 11:45 am. Traffic on US 41 was halted for several hours while fire crews shut off gas lines. Stafford said the evacuation of 400 residents was based more on the risk of an explosion rather than the risk of gas inhalation.

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