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
6:30 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Honeywell Plant to Reopen to Run Emergency Drills This Week

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Honeywell's Metropolis plant will reopen for emergency drills and testing this week after a uranium hexafluoride gas leak last month shutdown the facility.  

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Government
3:01 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Illinois Community Asks AG to Audit Prairie State's Contracts

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An Illinois community is asking the state’s Attorney General to investigate its contract with Prairie State Energy Campus as it battles skyrocketing electricity prices.

Batavia, Ill is battling power pricing issues similar to Paducah Power Customers due to their ownership stakes in the under-performing coal power plant. 

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Politics
11:09 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Bob Leeper Wins McCracken County Judge-Executive Office

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Former 2nd District State Senator Bob Leeper is McCracken County’s new Judge-Executive. 

The independent beat Democrat Jeff Hines by 319 votes to succeed current Judge-Executive Van Newberry.  

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Education
4:05 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Calloway High School Holds Mock Election, Re-Elects McConnell

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If Kentucky's 2014 elections were up to the students of Calloway County High School, Mitch McConnell would win re-election in the US Senate, Jack Rose would be Murray's next mayor and the county would have a new Parks Tax. 

CCHS held a mock election yesterday for local, state and national seats before the November 4th mid-terms. 

Political science teacher Marshall Ward says the school started administering the exercise every election cycle since 2000 as a way of invigorating young people to vote. 

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Education
12:29 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Lt Gov Abramson Invites Livingston County Students to 'Close the Deal' on Higher Ed

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Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson is encouraging more Livingston County High School students to pursue higher education.

The statewide program, “Close the Deal” is in its third year and supports high school counselors, business and postsecondary communities in helping students attain further education past high school. 

Livingston and three other Kentucky school districts were invited to participate in the program this year. 

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Education
1:59 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Bob Davies Talks Smoking Ban, Anti-Racism Demonstrations and Ebola Preparedness on Sounds Good

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Murray State University president Bob Davies stopped by the WKMS studios today for a Sounds Good conversation.

Davies spoke about the university's proposed smoking ban, recent concerns over the Ebola virus as well as the rollout of the university's strategic improvement plan. 

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Society
3:44 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Calloway County Red Cross Director to Step Down Next Month

The Calloway County's  American Red Cross Chapter Director is leaving the organization ahead of a restructuring that would claim his job and close the local chapter.

Matt Hamblen has held the position since January 2013 and announced his departure today.

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Politics
2:30 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

[Update] Murray Mayoral Debate: Bill Wells v Jack Rose

Jack Rose (left), Bill Wells (middle), moderator Chad Lampe (right)
Credit Terry Little

Update: Listen to our broadcast of the Murray Mayoral debate, edited for time:

Murray’s mayoral candidates race say they would continue the city’s current policy of prohibiting Sunday alcohol sales. 

Former Murray State Faculty Regent Jack Rose and incumbent mayor Bill Wells met Tuesday morning to debate subjects ranging from revitalizing downtown Murray and facilitating business to the proposed Parks Referendum and a city payroll tax. 

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Government
1:00 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

PDGP Ownership Transferred to DOE; Former USEC Workers to be Hired by D&D Contractors

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The US Department of Energy has resumed possession of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant from the former United States Enrichment Corporation following a ceremony this morning.

This marks the end of the year-long process after USEC announced it would no longer enrich uranium in May of 2013. 

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Environment
3:04 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

TVA Seeking Public Feedback on Shawnee Fossil Plant Emissions

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The Tennessee Valley Authority wants input on the future of two of its coal-burning units at the Shawnee Fossil Plant in McCracken County.

The 2011 Clean Air Act agreement requires TVA to reduce its units’ air pollution emissions by 2017. 

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