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
11:18 am
Fri September 20, 2013

McCracken County Haunted Houses Subject To Safety Inspections

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The McCracken County Inspection Department will require haunted houses within the county to have a business license and be subject to inspection this Halloween season. Chief Inspector David Flowers said the inspection is something they started last year after complaints of people tripping over extension cords and mice feces. He said haunted houses need to be up to sanitary and safety standards, especially when children are present. As for the license, Flowers said any establishment that generates an income in the county should possess a business license. Licenses fees are  based off a business’ net profit.

Crime
11:33 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Murray Police Investigate Overnight Shooting and Armed Robbery

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The Murray Police Department is investigating an overnight armed robbery and shooting on Main Street.

Officers responded to a call at 3:49 AM and found Tonya Cavitt (age 43 of Murray), Kelsey Cavitt (age 22 of Murray), Keith Jenifer (age 31 of Murray), as well as three juveniles at the residence. The victims reported three black males kicked in the home's front door and demanded money. Witnesses said during the altercation, one of the suspects shot Keith Jenifer in the leg and left the scene with an undisclosed quantity of cash. Jenifer was transported to Murray Calloway County Hospital for treatment. 

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Society
11:23 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Jeff Broadbent Named Program Manager of Pennyroyal Veterans Center

Jeff Broadbent is the new Program Manager for the Pennyroyal Veterans Center in Hopkinsville.

Broadbent has served as the Outreach Coordinator for the Center since it opened in March of 2012. Pennyroyal Center Executive Director David Ptaszek said Broadbent is passionate regarding services for veterans and that he will do an outstanding job as Program Manager.

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Government
11:52 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Trigg County To Amend Alcohol Ordinance In Accordance With State Regulations

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The Trigg County Fiscal Court is in talks to amend its alcohol ordinance. Trigg County Judge Executive Hollis Alexander said the amendments come as the state changed regulations on July 25th. Alexander said the changes are mostly administrative but do include allowing Election Day sales and synchronizing city and county license renewal dates.

“In the past, sometimes you had a county that had a renewal date and then the city had a different renewal date and they’re getting those all on-line by county and in-line with each other," said Alexander.

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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

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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

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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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