Rob Canning

Reporter

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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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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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

Credit Wikipedia

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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