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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Politics
11:58 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Meeting Set To Review Sexual Harassment Complaints Against Kentucky Legislator

House Speaker Greb Stumbo
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A special Kentucky legislative committee investigating sexual harassment complaints against Democratic State Representative John Arnold of Sturgis will meet for the first time September 17th in Frankfort.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo announced the meeting today. Stumbo said the committee will elect a chairman and set up procedures for conducting the investigation.  Three female legislative workers have filed complaints against Arnold, alleging he touched them inappropriately and made vulgar comments.

The special committee could ultimately recommend Arnold's censure or expulsion from the Legislature.

Traffic
11:18 am
Fri September 6, 2013

KYTC Halts Traffic On Eggner's Ferry Bridge For Second Road Test

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to halt traffic again on Eggner’s Ferry Bridge across Kentucky Lake for about 15 minutes at noon tomorrow.  Engineering crews will be performing the second of three dynamic road tests on the site of the Lagoon Bridge. The first was conducted last Friday

KYTC Spokesman Keith Todd said the tests 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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Government
3:45 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Kentucky Education Officials Ease Restrictions For Releasing Foster Children's Records

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Kentucky’s nearly 7,000 foster children will now be able to quickly and easily access their education records from anywhere, thanks to a new state education initiative. Officials unveiled a plan yesterday to give Department of Community-Based Services caseworkers access to school records for children in foster care without parental consent. The plan is part of Kentucky's implementation of the federal Uninterrupted Scholar’s Act, signed by President Obama in January, which amends a previous law that had limited such rights exclusively to parents.  DCBS Commissioner Teresa James said this will give caseworkers timely possession of educational records, reducing interruptions in the academic careers of children in out of home care.

Gas Leak
12:13 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Natural Gas Leaks Leads To School And Town Evacuation

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A natural gas leak Tuesday forced the evacuation of 885 Hopkins County High School students. No injuries were reported.

Hopkins County Sheriff Deputy Jeremy Crick said the leak started around mid-morning when an Atmos Energy service crew was performing routine maintenance in Mortons Gap. Crick said one of the crew accidentally ran over a connector pipe causing a cap to blow off. Emergency management officials notified the school as well as city authorities. Mayor Frank Stafford issued a mandatory evacuation of the area at 11:45 am. Traffic on US 41 was halted for several hours while fire crews shut off gas lines. Stafford said the evacuation of 400 residents was based more on the risk of an explosion rather than the risk of gas inhalation.

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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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