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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Education
5:04 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Graves Co. Schools Might Allow Homeschoolers to Participate in Elementary Sports

The Graves County Board of Education is exploring the idea of allowing homeschooled elementary students to participate in extracurricular activities - including football - organized by the school district. Such a move would make Graves County one of only a handful of Kentucky school districts to allow participation from homeschoolers.

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Arts
5:46 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Playhouse in the Park's "Magical Playground" of Props Destroyed by Fire, Community Rallies Recovery

One of the losses from last week's fire that destroyed several buildings in downtown Murray was Playhouse in the Park's storage space. Affectionately known as "Far Lands" the second floor of the Thurman Campbell Group building was dark and shadowy and full of relics spanning 40 years of community theatre history. Playhouse Executive Director Lisa Cope, and President of Playhouse's Board of Directors Dan Lavit join Kate on Sounds Good to remember the "magical playground" and the outpour of community support in building a new collection. 

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Politics
3:41 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

McConnell, Grimes Camps Pledge Support for a More Positive Fancy Farm Picnic

The new stage at Fancy Farm.

The Fancy Farm Picnic’s political chair Mark Wilson says Democrats and Republicans offered positive feedback following a conference call to encourage a more civil atmosphere at this year's picnic.

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Environment
2:47 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Smithland Hydroelectric Facility on Schedule for 2015 Completion

Aerial photo of construction at Smithland
Credit amppartners.org

A hydroelectric facility currently under development in Smithland will eventually bring 72 megawatts of new, renewable energy to the region. AMP spokesman Kent Carson says Paducah and Princeton have already contracted to receive power from the project, which has a target online date of next year. Kate Lochte speaks with Carson on Sounds Good.

Untapped Potential on the Ohio River

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Politics
5:09 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Satirical Candidate Enters Kentucky Senate Race

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A fictional candidate has entered the fray of the 2014 Kentucky U.S. Senate Race.

The bipartisan organization Represent.Us has created Gil Fulbright to satirize what they say is the corrupting influence of big money in politics.

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Education
3:55 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Judge Allows Transfer of Cuba Elementary Desks, Lockers

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Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd has issued an order allowing Graves County Schools to proceed with preparations to transfer Cuba Elementary students to different schools.

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Environment
12:12 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

NRC Order Lifted at Honeywell Metropolis

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After an inspection, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has lifted the confirmatory order it placed on Honeywell Metropolis Works requiring upgrades to guard against natural disasters.

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Government
4:22 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Henry Co. Voters Confused by Primary Ballots for Statewide Elections

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With less than two weeks until the Tennessee primary election, at least one local election official reports general voter confusion over the state’s ballot system.

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Government
3:58 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Christian County Judge Wants Explanations from No-Show Jurors

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After noticing a significant drop in jury summons responses this year, a western Kentucky judge is taking steps to make sure potential jurors are fulfilling their civic duty.

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Transportation
1:07 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

I-69 Bridge Estimate Cut by $600 Million

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A new proposal for a bridge linking Henderson, Ky. and Evansville, Ind. as part of the ongoing I-69 project cuts more than $600 million from its previous estimate.

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