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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Society
3:50 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Social Media Campaign Calls for Reopening Investigation into Fatal Wreck

Shanice LaShae Bean
Credit Justice for Shanice/Facebook

A growing social media campaign is aimed at reopening an investigation into a car crash that killed a Hopkins County teenager earlier this year.

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Health
7:39 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Lourdes Holds Grand Opening for Hospice Care Center

Credit Lourdes Hospital/Facebook

Lourdes Hospital held a grand opening Sunday for the new $5 million Lourdes Ray and Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center.

The 10,000 square foot facility for end of life care features 10 patient suites with patios, staffed by a team of specialty-trained hospice staff.

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Society
1:30 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Workers Recovering after Explosion at Moonshine Distillery

Silver Trail Distillery's "LBL's Most Wanted" moonshine product line
Credit Silver Trail Distillery Facebook

Two men are recovering at a hospital in Nashville, Tennessee after Marshall County’s Silver Trail Distillery exploded Friday morning.

The distillery is attributing the explosion to a “massive equipment failure." An investigation is ongoing.

Government
1:29 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

City of Murray Eliminates City Administrator Position

Murray city administrator Matt Mattingly
Credit murrayky.gov

Murray city administrator Matt Mattingly's position is being eliminated from city operations as recently-elected mayor Jack Rose takes on many of the job's responsibilities himself.

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Environment
12:00 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Protected Ospreys Complicate Construction at Soon-to-Be Demolished Bridges

An osprey nesting on the U.S. 60 Cumberland Bridge at Smithland, Ky.
Credit KYTC/Keith Todd

Federally-protected osprey nests have led to the temporary furlough of more than 30 construction jobs on the new bridge being built over Kentucky Lake.

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Sports
7:39 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Racers Win 2nd Consecutive OVC Tennis Title

Credit MSU Racer Athletics

The Murray State University women’s tennis team won its second consecutive Ohio Valley Conference championship over the weekend.

The team earned an NCAA Tournament berth with the win and will find out who they play next week on the tourney’s selection show.

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Politics
1:51 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Converge on McCracken Co. GOP Dinner

Credit mccrackengop.com

Three of the four Republican gubernatorial candidates converged in Paducah Friday night to court votes at the McCracken County Republican Party’s Reagan Dinner, held at the Carson Center.

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Environment
3:41 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Severe Weather Possible Across Region Tonight

Credit NWS Paducah/Facebook

The National Weather Service is warning of possible severe weather across the region Thursday afternoon and evening.

NWS meteorologist Rick Shanklin says Thursday afternoon’s thunderstorms have the potential to produce tornadoes.

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Business
11:34 am
Thu April 9, 2015

12,000 Kentucky Walmart Employees Receive Raises En Route to $10/Hour

Credit Walmart/Facebook

Retail giant Walmart is giving pay raises to its 12,088 employees in Kentucky. The move is part of a company-wide increase in wages that will see all Walmart employees earning $10 an hour by next February.

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Crime
6:04 am
Mon April 6, 2015

3 Still at Large after Escape from Marshall County Jail

Gage Jobe, Jeremiah Nicholas and Travis Bonapfel
Credit Kentucky State Police

Kentucky State Police and other law enforcement agencies are searching for three men who escaped from the Marshall County Jail over the weekend.

Gage Jobe, Jeremiah Nicholas and Travis Bonapfel all walked away from the jail Saturday. If you see them, contact KSP at 1-800-222-5555 or 270-856-3721.

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