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
11:24 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Paducah United Way Director Named WKCTC Vice President

Credit WKCTC

Ashley Wright, the director of the Paducah/McCracken County United Way is leaving to be West Kentucky Community and Technical College's Vice President of Institutional Advancement.  

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Government
11:16 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Hopkinsville Prepares To Approve New CAO

The Hopkinsville City Council is eyeing Nathaniel Pagan to be its new city administrative officer. The city has been searching for a new CAO since Glen Abee was terminated back in March.

Pagan was one of eighty-three applicants the council considered. Mayor Dan Kemp said that among the many applicants, the Daviess County Community Director seemed to be the best candidate.

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Government
4:07 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Delta Regional Authority Hosts Free Medical Clinic For Mayfield Residents

More than 100 people received free medical care on the first day of a week-long run for a free clinic in Mayfield.  The medical services are part of an Innovative Readiness Program hosted by the Delta Regional Authority  in partnership with the Department of Defense. The program provides budding military doctors training in disaster response situations before being deployed to duty. 

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Government
2:26 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Kentucky Law Enforcement Reacts To Illinois Marijuana Law

Illinois' legalization of medicinal marijuana takes effect January 1st and sets up a 4-year pilot program for state-run dispensaries and cultivation centers. While Illinois is predicted to enact some of the strictest regulations in the nation, law enforcement officials and prosecutors from neighboring states worry about transport of the drug over state lines. 

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Industrial Hemp
2:50 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

House Passes First Industrial Hemp Amendment In 50 Years

Credit Wikimedia Commons

An amendment to legalize the growing of industrial hemp for research passed the U.S. House Thursday by an eight-vote margin, the first to pass in fifty years. 

The amendment is part of the Farm Bill and allows colleges and universities to cultivate industrial hemp for academic and agricultural research purposes.  However, it only applies to states where industrial hemp farming is already legal. 

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Society
10:55 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Kentucky State Police Releases Names Of Officers In Fulton County Shootout

Credit Kentucky State Police

The Kentucky State Police has released the names of two police officers and a state trooper involved in a shooting in Fulton last Sunday

Trooper Mark Franklin, Fulton Police Department patrolman Douglass Love and South Fulton, Tennessee Police patrolman Jason Pearcey all fired their weapons at Keith Dildine after he shot at the officers during a 90-minute standoff at his apartment. None of the officers were injured, but Dildine was shot several times.  He later came out of the apartment without incident. 

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Government
3:04 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Whitfield Says $265 Million Secured For PGDP Cleanup: Pending Senate Approval

U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, said he's secured $265 million dollars from an Energy and Water federal spending bill for clean up of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, but that measure still has to pass the Senate. The announcement came in a press release from his office Thursday. 

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Smoking Ban
3:28 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Mayfield City Council Passes Public Area Smoking Ban Ordinance

Mayfield has passed a new city-wide smoking ban in public buildings and restaurants.

The city council approved the ordinance's second reading yesterday 5 to 4.  It passed the first reading last month 6-4. The ordinance is modeled after Paducah’s smoking ban. 

Mayor Teresa Cantrell said the ordinance had been in the works for about 18 months and that it was out of concern for the health of residents as well as employees.

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Coal Severance
11:58 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Decreased Coal Severance Forces Hopkins Fiscal Court to Reorganize Budget

A $700,000 shortfall in projected coal severance tax revenues is prompting the Hopkins County Fiscal Court to modify its plans to fund certain county construction projects. 

Kentucky collects a severance tax on coal as it's removed from the ground and sends some of it to coal producing counties. 

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Environment
1:19 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Tennessee Landfill Powers Up Methane Plant

Credit Bi-County Gas Producers LLC

The Bi-County Landfill outside Clarksville, TN is working to increase its energy output from one to three megawatts. 

The waste management site is adding a second generator to its power plant which will be able to annually produce electricity for 3,000 homes for approximately one hour. The former tugboat engine has been modified to run on methane gas from decomposing solid waste. 

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