John Null

Reporter

John Null is a part-time reporter at WKMS. Beginning work at WKMS in the spring of 2013, he has since won a national Public Radio News Directors, Inc. and two Kentucky AP awards for his reporting. He lives in Murray. John also enjoys deductive reasoning, not owning animals and regaling friends with his Tracy Ross impression.

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Environment
3:53 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

SLIDESHOW: Demolition Completed on 37 Inactive Buildings at PGDP

Once the building was down, heavy equipment operators began “top-down” shearing to safely remove the remaining structure. Demolition debris was then downsized and loaded into rail cars for shipment off site.
DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy says an important milestone has been reached in the clean-up process at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, as the last of 37 inactive buildings has been safely removed.

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Environment
3:39 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Alligator Snapping Turtle, Green Salamander May Be Getting Federal Protection

The alligator snapping turtle is known to live in Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Livingston, and McCracken counties.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons

  Reptile and amphibian species native to Kentucky are in the midst of a scientific review by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine if they need federal protection.

Both the alligator snapping turtle and green salamander are already being monitored as a “species of greatest conservation need” under the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ Wildlife Action Plan.

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Environment
4:15 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Convoy Tours Controversial Areas at Land Between the Lakes

Credit Wade White/Facebook

Lyon County judge-executive Wade White estimates 110 cars lined up Sunday to tour areas of Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area that have come under scrutiny because of land management practices.

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Sports
11:32 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Cam Payne Headed to Oklahoma City as 1st Lottery Pick in Murray State History

Credit Tab Brockman, goracers.com

  Former Murray State University guard Cam Payne was picked 14th overall in Thursday's NBA Draft and will now head to the Oklahoma City Thunder to join All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Payne's selection was the first time a MSU player has been selected in the first round of the draft, according to assistant athletic director Dave Winder. 

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Politics
12:26 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Polls: Republicans Lead All of Kentucky's Statewide Races; Paul Tops GOP Presidential Hopefuls

Republican candidate for governor Matt Bevin
Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL

With just over four months until November’s election, a national pollster is calling Kentucky’s gubernatorial race a toss-up

Public Policy Polling released a poll Tuesday showing Republican Matt Bevin leading Democrat Jack Conway 38 to 35 percent, just over the poll’s 2.9 percent margin of error. Independent Drew Curtis received 6 percent support, but more than 20 percent of voters were undecided.

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Environment
1:50 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Kentucky Firefighters Answer Alaska's Call for Aid Amid Forest Fires

Crews fight an Alaskan wildfire
Credit Photo: David Boyd, Sockeye Fire Information (Via Alaska Public Media)

Kentucky Division of Forestry firefighters are heading to Alaska to battle a number of wildfires.

The 16 full-time and 5 part-time firefighters will be joined by personnel from several federal agencies - including Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area - forming two 20-person crews.

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Education
4:38 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

MCU Board to Vote on Sale of School Property

Credit midcontinent.edu

  Mid-Continent University’s board will vote early next week on putting the shuttered university’s Mayfield property up for sale.

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Government
2:41 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Fort Campbell Troop Reduction Decision Expected by End of Month

Credit Fort Campbell photo

  Local leaders around Fort Campbell are waiting for a decision by the end of this month regarding possible troop reductions at the base on the Kentucky/Tennessee border.

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Transportation
4:18 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

$14M Contract Awarded for Hopkins Co. I-69 Interchange

Credit Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

  The Interstate 69 project continues to move forward as the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has awarded another contract to bring an interchange in Hopkins County up to Interstate standards.

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Environment
4:11 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Waterways Council: Funding Is Trending Up for Area Lock Projects

The first of 61 monoliths that will make up the new Kentucky Dam lock was completed earlier this year.
Credit John Null/WKMS

  Waterway advocates are optimistic about the state of funding for construction on two major lock and dam projects aimed at improving river traffic in the region.

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