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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Education
11:23 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Bill Nye Delivers MSU Presidential Lecture Ahead of Creation Debate

Science educator and television host Bill Nye will head to northern Kentucky Tuesday for his much-publicized debate with Creation Museum president Ken Ham. But the star of  “Bill Nye the Science Guy” first stopped at Murray State University Monday night to deliver this year’s Presidential Lecture.

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Environment
11:56 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Ky. Road Crews Prepare for More Winter Weather Tuesday

Interstates, parkways and U.S. highways are improving today, but a Kentucky highway official says other roads are in “pretty rough shape.”

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd said crews are working hard to clear roads in anticipation of another round of freezing rain and sleet Tuesday. He said the National Weather Service is calling for precipitation to begin at noon, continuing until 8 p.m.

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Business
4:41 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Construction on Oak Grove Village Mall Project Near Fort Campbell Finally Underway

Former state Sen. Joey Pendleton cuts the ribbon marking the beginning of construction on Oak Grove Village.

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  Construction has finally begun on the long-in-development, 110-acre Oak Grove Village mall project, near Fort Campbell. John Null explains the hold-up and what Oak Grove Village might do for the cities of Hopkinsville and Oak Grove.

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Politics
12:42 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

New PAC Aimed at Educating Rural Voters on Issues

Credit bluegrassrural.com

A new political action committee seeks to educate Kentucky’s rural voters about the voting records of their federal elected officials – namely Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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Government
3:53 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Report: Minimum Wage Hike Would Be a Boon for Ky. Workers, Kids

After a call from President Barack Obama to “give America a raise” in last night’s State of the Union address, a new brief from a Kentucky economic think-tank says that a raise in the minimum wage would benefit about 1 in 4 workers and reduce child poverty.

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Politics
12:36 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Former MSU Regent Willie Kendrick Joins Hopkinsville Mayoral Race

The race to become Hopkinsville’s next mayor is getting interesting, as both major political parties now have primary contests set for May.

Willie Kendrick, a retired real estate broker and former member of the Murray State University Board of Regents, will challenge former state Sen. Joey Pendleton in the Democratic primary.

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Education
4:18 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

KEA President Backs Common Core, as Major Union Withdraws Support

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Common Core standards have sustained a blow as one of the nation's largest teachers unions has withdrawn support for the math and english standards. Support for the Common Core in Kentucky is mixed.

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Government
11:00 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Murray City Council Talks Changes to City Gov't, Gentry House

The Murray City Council is debating reducing the council's size, meeting load and number of committees.

City administrator Matt Mattingly prompted a lengthy discussion among council members at Thursday night's meeting after putting forth a proposal to reduce standing committees -  and cut city council meetings to one per month – in order to make the city more efficient.

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Government
4:56 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Many Local Projects in Governor's Proposed Highways Budget

Credit KYTC

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has sent the General Assembly the Recommended Highway Plan that if enacted would give nearly $7 billion of state and federal funding to road projects across the Commonwealth.

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Politics
4:20 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Former Ky. Sen. Pendleton Running for Hopkinsville Mayor

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Former Kentucky state Sen. Joey Pendleton says he will file papers this week to run for mayor of Hopkinsville.

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