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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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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Society
2:13 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Kentucky Official Stresses Water Safety Over Holiday

Heavy boat traffic on the lakes this holiday weekend has Law Enforcement reminding boaters to take extra caution.

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife's Sgt. Gary Clark stresses the importance of wearing a life jacket at all times on the water and for drivers to be alert of their surroundings. Clark also recommends caution tonight when marinas have their own firework shows after dark.

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Education
11:21 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Hopkinsville High School Selects New Principal

Credit christian.k12.ky.us

A Jefferson County middle school principal is the new Hopkinsville High School principal. 

24-year education veteran Curtis Higgins is currently the assistant principal at Myers Middle School but will take up principal duties at the start of this school year.

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Environment
10:31 am
Thu July 4, 2013

High Rainfall Keeps TVA Electricity Prices Down

Credit tva.com

The Tennessee Valley Authority is pumping out a record amount of electricity from it's hydroelectric dams along the Tennessee River and its tributaries.  The free power source along with the wettest year in nearly two decades is saving TVA 10 % on its July fuel bills. 

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Nuclear Power Plants
4:31 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Authorizes Honeywell Plant To Reopen

Honeywell's Metropolis plant can resume full operations after receiving the go ahead from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The plant which converts uranium or to uranium-hexafluoride closed last year after failing to meet standards for natural disaster preparedness. 228 employees had been without work while the plant addressed the infrastructure needs. 

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Society
2:44 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Local Businessmen Plan To Reopen Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway

Two Hopkinsville businessmen will reopen the Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway. Jim Hale, owner of Randolph-Hale Electronics, and Ronnie Jones, 0wner of Jones Bros. Towing & Trucking, purchased the speedway and adjoining 317 acres for $990,000 at an auction yesterday. 

Jones said he was impressed by the local support they received after purchasing the venue.

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Sports
3:05 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

NBA Draft Has Eyes On Murray State's Isaiah Canaan

Racer basketball standout Isaiah Canaan is set to become the first NBA draft pick from Murray State since 1996. The NBA holds its annual draft tonight.  MSU Athletic's Assistant Director of Media Relations Dave Winder said Canaan is considered by many to be a shoe-in for the NBA.

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