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
1:55 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

PSC Approves Reduced LG&E/Kentucky Utilities Rate Increases

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The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved a settlement reducing base rate increases sought by the Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities companies. 

Under the agreement, rates will increase for LG&E and KU customers, but will be smaller than those requested by the utilities late last year.  

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Arts
12:39 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Murray Holds Special Ties for Likely Next Host of 'A Prairie Home Companion'

Chris Thile, Mandolinist, Composer and MacArthur Fellow
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The son of a Murray couple is poised to take over a landmark public radio program.

If you hadn’t heard the rumors, Kathy Thile, mother of 34-year-old Chris Thile, says it is true - her son will be the next host of “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Kathy says the arrangement is very much in the formative stages and an official statement has yet to be released.

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Crime
1:02 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

KSP: Mennonite Man Killed in Todd County Home Invasion

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The Kentucky State Police are investigating a home invasion and murder in Todd County in which a Mennonite man was killed and his wife seriously injured.

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Government
3:39 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Hopkinsville Police Officers to Begin Wearing Body Cameras

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Hopkinsville police will soon join law enforcement agencies across the U.S. requiring officers to wear body cameras on their uniforms.  

Deputy Police Chief Michael Seis says the HPD began considering the move late last year and felt now was the right time to incorporate the equipment.  

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Environment
2:02 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Girl Scout Troop: Help Save the Bats!

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A local Girl Scouts Troop is hoping to make a difference when it comes to protect one of Murray's more vulnerable nocturnal residents -- the bats. 

Kate Lochte sat down to talk with Junior Girl Scout Troop 1154 leader Jennifer Bryson and scout Alyssa during WKMS's Sounds Good about their Facebook page and community project to "Help Save the Bats." 

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Arts
1:18 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Filmmakers Explore Narratives of Ukrainian Conflict in New Project

Batyski and Kalynska
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A pair of filmmakers are collaborating on a narrative project covering the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution and the political turmoil and violence that followed. 

Kate Lochte speaks with Ukrainian filmmakers Ruslan Batyski and Leslya Kalynska about Heaven Omits No Slaves which is currently in post-production. 

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Economy
1:28 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Jobless Rates Down in 119 Kentucky Counties

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New numbers from the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet show jobless rates in 119 counties fell in May compared to the previous year.  

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Economy
12:58 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Commonwealth Exceeds National Average in Job Growth; Purchase Area Lags Behind

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A new Kentucky Chamber of Commerce report shows the Commonwealth doing better than the country in some areas of economic recovery since the 2007 recession.

The report uses wage and employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Sports
1:03 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Murray State Hires Two New Assistant Basketball Coaches

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Murray State Mens' Basketball head coach Matt McMahon announced today the hiring of two new assistant basketball coaches.  

Shane Nichols from Hofstra University in New York and Tim Kaine from Georgia Southern University join the Racers.

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Education
12:16 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

APSU Names Four Finalists in Athletic Director Search

clockwise from top left: Ivey, Coomer, Sarra, Perry
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Austin Peay State University has narrowed its search for a new athletic director down to four finalists.

The Tennessee state university began looking for a new athletic director in April when Derek van der Merwe was promoted to Vice President of Advancement.  

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