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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Weather
12:50 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

National Weather Service: Arctic Temperatures Likely To Recycle Until Spring

Credit NOAA

Arctic temperatures are back in our region for the second time this year with some officials speculating this might not be the end of it. 

Despite highs in the 50s Monday, National Weather Service officials are predicting single digit wind chills Tuesday, rising to a high of 30 degrees Wednesday before an even colder air mass arrives late Wednesday night.

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Government
3:24 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Winter Weather Causes Increased KYTC Maintenance Costs

Kentucky Transportation officials say the state has enough road salt to make it through the rest of the winter, but buying supplies again could come at a cost.

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Government
5:00 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Earlington Mayor Defends Himself Against Councilman's 'Crooked' Letter

Mike Seiber

Earlington's Mayor responded to a city official's allegations of misconduct before a crowd at Tuesday’s city council meeting.  

Mayor Mike Seiber addressed claims made by Councilman Jim Hicks that Seiber lied about his residency during election, had given himself a pay raise, and had used city funds and employees on his home and business, amongst other misconduct. 

Seiber said the attacks are false and may be politically motivated, especially since some of the claims go back to 2007.  

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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

Credit Rob Canning

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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