Rob Canning

Reporter

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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Weather
11:18 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Predicted Severe Weather Prompts Changes to Trick Or Treating Activities

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Possible severe weather predicted for Halloween is prompting some changes for area trick-or-treating activities. The National Weather Service is warning storm systems moving upwards of 5o to 60 mph throughout the region this evening. A tornado watch is in effect until 1:00 a.m. 

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Government
3:13 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Fmr. Rep. Arnold's Lawyer Files Response To Sexual Harrassment Lawsuit

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A lawyer representing former state representative John Arnold of Sturgis said claims he sexually harassed Legislative Research Commission Staffers should be barred by the statute of limitations and the suit against him should be dismissed.  

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Politics
11:54 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Senator Mitch McConnell To Make Murray Visit

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Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell visits Murray Thursday to speak with employees at the Murray-Calloway County Hospital. The Senate Minority Leader has held over 50 hospital town hall meetings to discuss the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare,’s impact on Kentucky and Kentucky businesses. 

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Government
11:48 am
Wed October 23, 2013

PADD and Christian County Petition State For Illegal Dump Cleanup Compensation

The Christian County Fiscal Court is working with the  Pennyrile Area Development District to get a state grant to repay the county for costs associated with closing three illegal dump sites this summer. 

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Business
12:52 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

9to5 Seating Company Announces Manufacturing Facility in Union City

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced Monday that the 9to5 Seating Company will relocate manufacturing operations to Union City and create upwards of 500 jobs. 

The announcement is welcome news for the community that has been spending the last few years trying to rebuild a manufacturing economy after Goodyear Tire shutdown a 1,800 employee plant in 2011.

The move represents an investment of $39.5 million for the ergonomic seating company. Governor Haslam thanked the company for its investment and said the decision reinforces his goal of making Tennessee a location for high quality jobs.  

Obion County Economic Development Director Lindsey Frilling said 9to5 will move manufacturing from its facility in China to Union City's Northwest Regional Industrial Center. Frilling said the boost to employment will be significant. 

"Anticipated jobs at the end of 2014 is about 73 jobs," said Frilling. "And then from then on, up until five years, you're looking to get it up to 510 jobs."  

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Farm Bill
12:45 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Farm Bill Uncertainty Could Affect Food/Dairy Prices

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With the U.S. government reopened and a budget crisis averted for now, Congress has shifted it's attention towards the Farm Bill. 

The multi-year legislation governs agriculture programs and ranges from regulating food prices and rural development to conservation and nutrition assistance. The bill has caused contention among members over spending cuts, and the past shutdown has only slowed discussion.  

Kentucky Farm Bureau Director of National Affairs Joe Cain said if Congress doesn’t reauthorize crop insurance provisions by the January 1st deadline, it would cause uncertainty for farming lenders and could result in a rise in food prices.

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Education
4:22 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Tuition Assistance For Enrolled Soldiers Reinstated

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Area universities are notifying enlisted soldiers they are again able to request Tuition Assistance for college classes following the reopening of a partially shuttered federal government. The Tuition Assistance program will honor commitments for classes with a start date of October 17th or later.

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Government
11:48 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Calloway County Sheriff Announces Bid For Third Term

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Calloway County Sheriff Bill Marcum announced Thursday that he plans to run for a third term.  He said the idea of not running again has never crossed his mind. 

Marcum has served as sheriff since 2007 but has been in Murray since 1973 when he helped set up the Murray-Calloway County Ambulance Service and was a deputy under Max Morris. 

Marcum said he’s proud of improving the office’s functionality, facilities and relations with other law enforcement departments.

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Fire
11:44 am
Wed October 16, 2013

KSP and State Fire Marshal Investigate Possibility Of Marshall County Double Arson

The Kentucky State Police and State Fire Marshall are investigating foul play surrounding two Marshall County house fires that occurred within hours of each other Tuesday night. 

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Government
3:07 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Kentucky Legislator Says 911 Funding Needs Reform; Landline Users Overtaxed

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A Kentucky Senator told the General Assembly that the state needs to find a new source of funding for the 911 emergency operation centers. 

Kenton County Republican legislator Christian McDaniel said the statewide taxes placed on traditional landline owners are significantly higher than those on mobile phone users, despite the fact that landline use has steadily deceased.  McDaniel said the fees need to be updated to meet the changes in technology.

“As the landlines continue to dwindle in terms of the usage, the fees are just not keeping up with the cost of doing business," said McDaniel.

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