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
1:41 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Christian County Chamber of Commerce Reveals Finalists For New President/CEO

Clockwise from top left: Griffin, Crow, Mason, Cloud
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The Christian County Chamber of Commerce has narrowed its search for a new president to four finalists all of whom are current or former chamber executives.  

The Chamber Board of Directors appointed a search committee to oversee the search process in October after current president Carter Hendricks said he’d step down in January to pursue a run for Hopkinsville mayor. 

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Society
4:46 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Afternoon Fire Destroys Murray Apartment, No One Injured

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Officials with the state fire marshal’s office are investigating a fire in a Murray apartment complex.

A neighbor reports the fire in the Cambridge subdivision began around noon.  No one was injured.   

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Government
4:44 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Rep. Yonts Unhappy With TVA Board Meeting Transparency

State Representative Brent Yonts (D-Greenville) has sent a letter to the President of the Tennessee Valley Authority voicing his dissatisfaction with the transparency of the company’s decisions. 

Yonts attended a November meeting of TVA Board members to give testimony on the then-proposed closure of two units at the Paradise Steam plant in Muhlenberg County. 

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Government
4:15 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

FEMA Denies Public Assistance For Tornado-Ravaged Counties

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied an aid request from local Illinois governments impacted by the tornadoes that swept across the state late last year.  

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Business
12:17 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Honeywell To Pay $90,000 Penalty To State For Hydrogen Fluoride Leaks

The Illinois Attorney General has ordered Honeywell International, Inc. to pay a $90,000 civil penalty following three releases of hydrogen fluoride at its Metropolis plant.  The company is also required to complete a series of system upgrades in accordance with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.  

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Business
12:24 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Damage To At Least 40% of MSU's Main Buildings Due to Power Outage and Freezing Temps

Update Tuesday,  2:50 p.m.

Murray State University's main campus will be closed again Wednesday. MSU officials say at least 40% of MSU's major buildings suffered significant damage due to frozen pipes and equipment.

Spokesperson Catherine Sivills says crews are still making rounds through buildings to assess the damage.

"As soon as we know the extent of the damage, we will make a determination on re-opening," Sivills said.

Murray State shutdown power to the main campus last night at the request of the TVA to help meet extremely high demand due to the arctic temperatures. MSU has a generator in place to carry enough load to prevent such problems from occurring. But, that generator malfunctioned last night. MSU has an "interruptible contract" with the TVA which allows the TVA to require MSU to reduce its electricity usage. Sivills says MSU receives "significant" savings for this contract.
 

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Business
2:40 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Verso Paper Buys NewPage, Paper Mill Closings Unlikely

Coated papers maker Verso Paper is buying NewPage Holdings in a deal valued at $1.4-billion including debt.  Privately held NewPage has 11 manufacturing plants in six states, including one in Wickliffe, KY. 

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Education
1:14 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

New MSU Paducah Regional Campus To Hold Grand Opening Tomorrow

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Murray State’s new Paducah Regional Campus holds its Grand Opening Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 PM.  The new campus on Sunset Avenue replaces the former MSU Paducah Campus at the old Crisp Center.

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Winter Weather
12:32 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Area Warming Shelters Open, Tips for Combating the Arctic Cold

UPDATED: Mid-Day, Monday 

Over the week, temperatures in our region are expected to drop into the single digits, and possibly even lower. Listed below are resources available in our listening area to help combat against the harsh cold. Included are a list of local warming shelters, road condition links, tips for keeping pets warm as well as a survival kit checklist. 

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Education
7:26 am
Fri January 3, 2014

APSU's Tim Hall Accepts Presidency at Mercy College

Austin Peay State University’s President Tim Hall announced Thursday that he has accepted the position of president at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York.

In the release, Hall indicated that the decision to leave was not easy, but he thought it was time for a transition. 

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