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
3:59 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Rick Perry To Speak For GOP Fundraiser at Murray State

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Western Kentucky Republicans have landed Texas Governor Rick Perry to headline a fundraiser focusing on efforts to flip control of the Kentucky House. 

Calloway County GOP Chairman Greg DeLancey says that Perry will speak at the March 15th event at Murray State University. 

Perry is the longest-serving governor in Texas history and is seen as a potential GOP presidential candidate in 2016, following a failed bid in 2012. 

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Society
1:11 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Jim Dick Sr. Inducted Into Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame

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More than 60 years after his first station went on the air, Paris, TN-native and radio broadcasting company president Jim Dick Sr. will be posthumously inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame.  

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Government
12:48 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Paducah Police/Fire Chiefs Consider Possibility of Multi-Department Building

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  Paducah's Police and Fire departments may consolidate facilities to operate under one roof.  

Police Chief Brandon Barnhill says he and Fire Chief Steve Kyle have been researching the idea of a joint-department facility for about five years and are now looking into how it could work for Paducah.  Barnhill says both departments are currently working out of cramped, out-dated quarters.

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Environment
11:34 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Kentucky Forest Fire Hazard Season Officially Ends, But Fires Still Possible

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Although Kentucky’s fall forest fire hazard season officially ended December 15th, Kentucky Division of Forestry officials say people should remain vigilant when burning or building fires out in the open.  

KDF Director Leah MacSwords says even though winter precipitation decreases the number of forest fires, it only takes a few sunny dry days to create favorable conditions. 

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Government
9:20 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Notes Economic Growth Post-Recession

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has released a report detailing the state’s economic recovery following the 2007 recession.

The study, conducted by the Chamber’s Senior Economic Advisor Dr. Paul Coomes, looks at data from local fiscal reports and federal databases covering wage and salary growth, job growth and housing market indicators. 

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Education
2:25 am
Wed December 25, 2013

Discovery Park Of America Welcomes 23,000 Visitors In First Month

More than 50 days since its opening, Union City's Discovery Park of America is enjoying strong visitor numbers and positive feedback.  

In the month of November, more than 23,000 people entered the 50-acre, $80-million park financed by Entrepreneur and Union City native Robert Kirkland. 

Marketing Director Mary Nita Bondurant says the park is a popular spot for field trips. But the booming popularity opening week initially resulted in long lines at ticket counters.

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Government
1:45 am
Wed December 25, 2013

Murray-Calloway Transit Authority Annual Audit Shows Marked Improvement

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The Murray-Calloway Transit Authority is making strides to maximize efficiencies of its vehicle routes in 2014.

An annual audit conducted earlier this month revealed to board members a net loss of $223,000 for the MCTA 2013 budget, but that’s an improvement of the $423,000 red figure for 2012. 

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Government
2:58 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Madisonville City Council Approves $70k Loan to Library Board

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The Madisonville City Council unanimously approved a $70,000 loan to the Hopkins County-Madisonville Library renovation project Monday night.

If accepted by the library board, the low-interest loan from the city would be used towards paying off the remaining $69,000 of the prevailing wage judgment issued by the Kentucky Labor Cabinet in May.  

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Weather
2:59 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

NWS Calls For Heavy Rainfall Over Weekend, Flash Flood Watch In Effect Friday

The National Weather Service is predicting widespread heavy rainfall this weekend with a possibility of severe thunderstorms.

A flash flood watch takes effect tonight at 6PM and lasts through 6AM on Sunday for most of our listening area.  

The NWS is predicting heavy rainfall Friday evening after 10PM with wind gusts upwards of 20 miles per hour.

The heaviest rainfall is predicted for Saturday with 2 to 4 inches expected along with a chance of severe thunderstorms in the late afternoon and evening with wind gusts near 30 miles-per-hour.

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Politics
11:35 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Republican Primary Likely for Hopkinsville Mayoral Race

A republican primary is shaping up in Hopkinsville's mayoral race.

Two candidates have announced their intentions to run for the mayor seat currently held by Dan Kemp.  Kemp announced last month that he won't be seeking re-election

Christian County Chamber of Commerce President Carter Hendricks announced last week he will be stepping down from the Chamber in January to run, and retired business owner Jason McCraw said he plans to file within the week to challenge Hendricks in the May 2014 primary.

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