Shane Moreland, recently arrived news director at KPLR-TV, plans to expand the station’s 30-minute weeknight newscasts to fill the 9 to 10 p.m. hour.

In other developments, Timothy J. McKernan has been named vice-president of sports marketing and special events at the station, and its weekend news anchor, Laurna Godwin, was recently honored with a special leadership award by the YMCA.

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