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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Government
1:04 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Dynamic Road Tests Continue On Lagoon Bridge Construction

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Engineers working with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are planning more dynamic road tests to gauge the strength of the Lagoon Bridge which will eventually replace the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake.  The first was conducted last Friday, halting traffic across the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge for about half an hour. KYTC Spokesman Keith Todd said at least three more tests are planned.  They 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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Police
2:44 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Kentucky State Police Step Up Motorway Enforcement For Holiday Weekend

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Kentucky State Police are increasing their presence on roadways this Labor Day weekend.  KSP Commander of Public Affairs Sergeant Richard Saint-Blancard said the stepped up enforcement coincides with the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

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Hospital
2:26 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Three West Kentucky Hospitals Name New Presidents

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Three West Kentucky Hospitals have named new CEO's this week.

William Brown will lead Baptist Health Paducah, Michael Baumgartner will lead Baptist Health Madisonville and Phillip Patterson will head the Owensboro Health Hospital.  Brown will also assume the newly created title of West Regional Executive to oversee operations of both the Paducah and Madisonville Baptist health campuses.  

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Hospital
10:04 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Baptist Health Madisonville Names New President

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Michael Baumgartner is the new president of Baptist Health Madisonville. Baumgartner currently serves as president of St. Francis Medical Center in Shakopee, Minnesota and has 37-years of healthcare related experience.  Current President Bert Whitaker announced his retirement in April after seven years with the hospital. Baptist Health is the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Kentucky. Baumgartner will start his new position once Whitaker retires September 23rd.

Government
12:13 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Trigg County Emergency Manager Dies Aged 60

The Trigg County Rescue squad is grieving the death of its Emergency Manager Ben Wade. 60-year-old Wade died from an apparent heart attack at his home on Friday. He had served as emergency manager for 10 years. Trigg County Judge Executive Hollis Alexander said he’ll take up most of Wade’s management responsibilities until a replacement can be found, but he’s not sure when that will be. 

Government
2:43 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Hopkinsville Considers Reimbursing Retired Police Officers For Court Time

The City of Hopkinsville is considering whether to reimburse retired police officers for their time testifying in court.  At last night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Human Resources Officer Kenny Grabara and Police Chief Guy Howie recommended continuing the policy of not paying subpoenaed former officers.  

The issue first came to attention in July when a retired Hopkinsville police officer had been called to testify in a case he had been involved in, and later asked for reimbursement for his time. 

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Traffic
12:15 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Eggner's Ferry Bridge Construction Test Stops KY 80 Traffic

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to stop traffic on the US 68/KY 80 Eggner's Ferry Bridge across Kentucky Lake at 3 PM this afternoon for about 10 to 15 minutes. The halt is to allow a load test, part of construction work on the new Eggner's Ferry Bridge.  For the test, the contractor has placed several hundred tons of weight on top of a piling for the Lagoon Bridge.  An explosive charge will be detonated which will cause the load to bounce.  Data gathered from sensors on the piling will be used in the design of footers for the main bridge piers. The Eggner's Ferry Bridge serves as the western entrance to Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area.

Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant
12:09 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

DOE Ships Paducah Plant Debris Cross-Country In Cleanup Effort

A P&L locomotive travels near Woodville Road, south of the Paducah site, with the waste shipment in tow.
Credit Department of Energy

Twenty-eight rail cars filled with debris from demolition of part of the Department of Energy’s Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site have been delivered to Energy Solutions in Clive, Utah. 1,920 tons of steel beams, plates, piping and equipment removed from a metals reduction plant in February were sent to the radioactive waste disposal facility 80 miles west of Salt Lake City.  The first five cars left Paducah July 15th and the last shipment arrived in Utah August 8th.  

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Education
12:48 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Tennessee Law Forces State Schools To Allow Home-Schooled Athletes

A new piece of legislation is forcing Tennessee school districts to allow home-schooled students to participate in school sponsored sports teams.  Previously, individual school boards had been able to set their own guidelines for home-schooled students. Henry County Schools Assistant Director Brian Norton said the law reverses their school’s old policy of disallowing home-schooled students.

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Congressional Redistricting
3:38 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Kentucky House Democrats Offer Legislative Redistricting Plan

Kentucky House Democrats have advanced their legislative redistricting plan today which would see Democrat and Republican incumbents competing in the same districts. This comes a week after GOP legislators revealed their proposal.  Democratic Representative Tommy Thompson said their plan follows the “one person, one vote” mandate.  But, he said he knows some of his colleagues will be unhappy with the idea of having to run against someone in their own party.

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