Rob Canning


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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Kentucky’s 12 western-most counties are now among those that can electronically file court cases.   

The Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts reports the move will make the court system more efficient and began offering electronic case filing today in Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken and Trigg counties. 

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Kentucky's state parks are taking a stand against the sale of Confederate battle flags in the wake of the shooting at a historically black church in South Carolina last month.  

In press release today, the Kentucky Department of Parks says it is now banning its gift shops from selling merchandise featuring the battle flag, such as caps or shirts. 

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Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King says Kentucky’s recent strides in economic recovery have not been reflected in its funding for higher education.

The CPE was at Murray State University Tuesday evening as part of its series of town hall debates to gather input on the new five-year strategic initiative plan.

Big Rivers

Big Rivers Electric Corporation’s plans to sell wholesale power to Nebraska customers in hopes of cutting costs to current customers.  

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A Hopkins County beauty queen  competes next week for the 2015 title of Miss Plus America.

The annual beauty pageant is for girls and women size 14 or greater.  

Mildred Veron was crowned Ms. Kentucky in May. She goes on to compete for the national title in Atlanta, Georgia next week.    

Kentucky Arts Council

The Kentucky Arts Council is awarding more than $110,000 to 11 non-profit arts organizations in our area.  

The money is part of the larger $1.2 million Kentucky Arts Partnership aiding 91 nonprofits across the Commonwealth.  

Flooding in Paducah, photo by James Elder

Paducah and McCracken County officials are asking for public input to aid in seeking assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency following the July 7th flooding.

The city and county are hoping to determine the number of people who received flood damage in addition to several  public buildings.  The documents will be used to determine whether the damage constitutes for disaster relief.

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Here's where you can see fireworks and other Independence Day related events this holiday weekend. 


  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is providing Kentucky $240k to fight the spread of Asian carp.  

The abundant invasive species outcompetes the native fish for food causing an economic distress for local fisheries.  


The McCracken County Board of Education is set to vote on implementing a new grading scale with more stringent requirements for 4.0 students. 

The current scale McCracken County schools use for awarding an “A” in grades K4-12 means scoring a 94 to 100.