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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The Kentucky Cabinet for Tourism, Arts and Heritage released a study showing the state has seen its largest overall gain in tourism dollars since 2009.

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The National Weather Service says the region is under a flash flood watch until 7 this evening. Periods of strong to severe thunderstorms will bring heavy rain tonight as a cold front moves east. Flash flooding is also possible.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

    

Towns across the nation are expected to end each Fourth of July fireworks show with a bigger bang than last year.

So many small towns are seeking members of the community to fund the show, taking some pressure of the municipal budget.  

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A McCracken County, Ky physician has plead guilty in federal court to a number of drug and fraud charges related to health care matters. 

According to United States Attorney John Kuhn, Jr., Sean P. McDonald,46, admitted before Senior District Judge Thomas Russell to devising a scheme for obtaining prescription pain medication while working as a physician at Western Baptist and Lourdes hospitals in Paducah.  

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Illinois’ experiment with medical marijuana has gotten a boost thanks to a 3-month pilot program extension by Gov. Bruce Rauner.  

The inclusion of PTSD and some terminal illnesses are also part of the legislation the Republican governor signed Thursday.  

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Update Thursday Evening: Gov. Bruce Rauner signs bill ensuring schools stay open and providing colleges and social services money for 6 months.  

Illinois lawmakers have averted a shutdown of schools with a partial budget deal funding education for a year and other agencies for six months.  

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The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center is receiving $400,000 from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant to implement programs studying violent fatalities in the state, but not those caused by guns.

KIPRC is a partnership between the state Department for Public Health and University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health.

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An Illinois Judge is directing the state to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of diseases eligible for medical marijuana treatment in a case filed by a military veteran.

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A Kentucky mission group is sending volunteers to West Virginia to aid victims of last week’s heavy flooding which destroyed some 3,500 homes and left at least 23 dead.  

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Kentucky is paying $190,000 in attorney’s fees to the Christian group that won a tourism tax benefit for a Noah’s ark attraction that will open soon in Kentucky.  

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