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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Health
12:54 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Two-thirds of Kentuckians Support a Statewide Smoking Ban

A recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll shows that a majority of Kentuckians are now in support a statewide smoking ban. 

The poll released Thursday was funded by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.  The data shows that 65%, or roughly two/thirds, of Kentucky adults favor a statewide smoke-free law, up 6 points from last year, and 17 points from four years ago. 

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Government
2:33 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Police Chief Says City Meth Percursor Ordinance Violates State's Authority

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The police chief of Martin, Tenn. says he won’t be enforcing a current city ordinance that requires a prescription to buy medicines with a methamphetamine precursor, at least until the Martin city board makes a decision to revise it. 

Chief David Moore said his decision is based on an opinion from Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper Jr. saying the 19 cities and counties who passed prescription-only pseudoephedrine ordinances did so illegally.  Cooper’s opinion dictates that the ordinance violates Tennessee law that gives the power to the state legislature to regulate prescription drugs. 

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Politics
3:59 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Rick Perry To Speak For GOP Fundraiser at Murray State

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Western Kentucky Republicans have landed Texas Governor Rick Perry to headline a fundraiser focusing on efforts to flip control of the Kentucky House. 

Calloway County GOP Chairman Greg DeLancey says that Perry will speak at the March 15th event at Murray State University. 

Perry is the longest-serving governor in Texas history and is seen as a potential GOP presidential candidate in 2016, following a failed bid in 2012. 

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Society
1:11 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Jim Dick Sr. Inducted Into Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame

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More than 60 years after his first station went on the air, Paris, TN-native and radio broadcasting company president Jim Dick Sr. will be posthumously inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame.  

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Government
12:48 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Paducah Police/Fire Chiefs Consider Possibility of Multi-Department Building

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  Paducah's Police and Fire departments may consolidate facilities to operate under one roof.  

Police Chief Brandon Barnhill says he and Fire Chief Steve Kyle have been researching the idea of a joint-department facility for about five years and are now looking into how it could work for Paducah.  Barnhill says both departments are currently working out of cramped, out-dated quarters.

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Environment
11:34 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Kentucky Forest Fire Hazard Season Officially Ends, But Fires Still Possible

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Although Kentucky’s fall forest fire hazard season officially ended December 15th, Kentucky Division of Forestry officials say people should remain vigilant when burning or building fires out in the open.  

KDF Director Leah MacSwords says even though winter precipitation decreases the number of forest fires, it only takes a few sunny dry days to create favorable conditions. 

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Government
9:20 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Notes Economic Growth Post-Recession

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has released a report detailing the state’s economic recovery following the 2007 recession.

The study, conducted by the Chamber’s Senior Economic Advisor Dr. Paul Coomes, looks at data from local fiscal reports and federal databases covering wage and salary growth, job growth and housing market indicators. 

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Education
2:25 am
Wed December 25, 2013

Discovery Park Of America Welcomes 23,000 Visitors In First Month

More than 50 days since its opening, Union City's Discovery Park of America is enjoying strong visitor numbers and positive feedback.  

In the month of November, more than 23,000 people entered the 50-acre, $80-million park financed by Entrepreneur and Union City native Robert Kirkland. 

Marketing Director Mary Nita Bondurant says the park is a popular spot for field trips. But the booming popularity opening week initially resulted in long lines at ticket counters.

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Government
1:45 am
Wed December 25, 2013

Murray-Calloway Transit Authority Annual Audit Shows Marked Improvement

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The Murray-Calloway Transit Authority is making strides to maximize efficiencies of its vehicle routes in 2014.

An annual audit conducted earlier this month revealed to board members a net loss of $223,000 for the MCTA 2013 budget, but that’s an improvement of the $423,000 red figure for 2012. 

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Government
2:58 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Madisonville City Council Approves $70k Loan to Library Board

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The Madisonville City Council unanimously approved a $70,000 loan to the Hopkins County-Madisonville Library renovation project Monday night.

If accepted by the library board, the low-interest loan from the city would be used towards paying off the remaining $69,000 of the prevailing wage judgment issued by the Kentucky Labor Cabinet in May.  

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