John Null

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John Null, a native of Benton, KY, is a senior at Murray State University and newswriting intern at WKMS. He is majoring in journalism and minoring in film studies. John's goal is to become a magazine columnist, film critic or screenwriter. Neither a borrower nor a lender-be, John enjoys deductive reasoning, not owning animals and regaling friends with his Tracy Ross impression.

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Government
1:43 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Ky. Road Plan Includes $368M for Jackson Purchase

UPDATED: 3:10 p.m.

The six-year Kentucky road plan that awaits Gov. Steve Beshear’s signature contains more than $368 million in funding for projects in the Jackson Purchase.

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Education
3:41 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Poll: 84% of Kentuckians Favor Tobacco-Free K-12 Campuses

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According to a poll released by a nonprofit health organization, a vast majority of Kentuckians favor tobacco-free school districts.

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, partnering with Interact for Health, funded the poll which was conducted last fall. 

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Education
2:19 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

MSU Transfer Credit Could Be Available for Mid-Continent Students; AG Conway Pledges Support

Credit midcontinent.edu

UPDATE: 3:10 p.m.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has pledged his support to students affected by the shutdown of Mid-Continent University.

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Government
7:50 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

McConnell: Hemp Seeds May Come from Ukraine as Planting Deadline Looms

Sen. Mitch McConnell speaks Tuesday at Murray State.
Credit John Null

Kentucky universities with permission to grow industrial hemp are hitting roadblocks to obtain seeds, as planting season nears an end.

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Government
4:17 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Beshear Vetoes KCTCS Funding Restrictions

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  Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has used a line-item veto on the state’s budget bill in order to secure funding for capital projects at 16 campuses in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

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Education
3:11 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Murray High School Assistant Charged with Rape

A Murray High School assistant basketball coach and teacher’s assistant has been charged with five counts of rape in the third degree against an underage student.

Murray police arrested 30-year-old Kwen Trice on Friday.

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Government
4:17 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

How a Single Vote Saved Rep. John Arnold

Credit Jonathan Meador/Kentucky Public Radio

 A single dissenting vote cleared former state Rep. John Arnold of wrongdoing Tuesday as far as the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission is concerned. But on official business days where only five members of the nine-member body show up, a single vote is all it takes.

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Politics
3:16 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Former Ky. Secretary of State Grayson Resigns From Harvard; Eyes Move Home

Credit iop.harvard.edu

Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson is resigning from his position as director of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.

Grayson said he hopes to come back to the commonwealth to explore “a couple opportunities” but doesn’t have plans to enter the 2015 race for governor.

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Education
1:38 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

College Crime Down in Tenn., But Sex Offenses Up

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Crime is down on Tennessee college campuses, according to a new report released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

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Politics
1:11 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Video: Rand Paul Draws Connections between Cheney/Halliburton and Iraq War

Though Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is currently the front-runner to gain the Republican nomination for President in 2016, he might encounter even more resistance from traditional conservatives after a video surfaced in which he draws parallels between former Vice President Dick Cheney’s role at Halliburton and the Iraq War.

In the video – originally pointed out by Mother Jones magazine – Paul says the following while speaking at Western Kentucky University on April 7 2009, five years ago to the day:

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