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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Transportation
8:01 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Pennyrile Parkway Receiving Study for Possible Interstate I-69 Designation

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  The Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway might be getting a new designation, as the Interstate 69 project gains momentum.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is currently conducting a study to determine whether the southern portion of the parkway could possibly receive Interstate status. A similar study has already been conducted on the northern portion, which is now considered a future I-69 corridor.

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Health
11:48 am
Thu September 26, 2013

10 Cases of Salmonella Confirmed in Hopkins County, 1 Fatality

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  Health officials are investigating a salmonella outbreak in Hopkins County, with 10 confirmed cases and one fatality.

Environmental supervisor for the Hopkins County Health Department Barry Franklin said an investigation has begun to determine the cause of the outbreak.

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Society
4:15 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Madisonville Library Raising 97K in Prevailing Wage Penalties, Labor Spokesman Pledges Flexibility

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The Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library is scrambling to come up with nearly $100,000 to settle a violation of the Kentucky prevailing wage law.

Library board president Carolyn Ferrell said the board misunderstood the prevailing wage requirements at the beginning of construction on what the board hopes to be a permanent home for the library.

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Environment
5:05 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Court Ruling Forces EPA Action on Lake Pollution

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A U.S. District Court has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to determine whether to set new limitations on pollution that is fueling dangerous algae growth in many waterways across the nation.

The court’s decision comes after a suit was filed against the EPA by several conservation groups, including the Kentucky Waterways Alliance.

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Crime
3:47 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Murray Police Warn Residents of Phone Scam

  The Murray Police Department says identity thieves are attempting to gain personal information from Murray residents via a robocall scam.

Citizens are receiving calls from unusual numbers, then a computerized voice informs potential victims that their credit or debit card has expired.  The voice then asks them to enter their credit card number.

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Culture
3:41 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Cadiz Restaurant Tax Nets $35K in July

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A 3 percent Cadiz restaurant tax has netted nearly $35,000 dollars in its first month on the books.

The Cadiz City Council approved the tax in June, before taking effect July 1. All revenue from the restaurant tax goes to the Cadiz-Trigg County Tourism and Convention Commission.

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Government
12:22 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

McConnell Urges Passage of Coal Jobs Legislation

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says his Saving Coal Jobs Act must be passed, in order to ease U.S. Environmental Protection Agency restrictions that he says are stifling the industry.

The five-term Republican said the number of Kentucky coal miners has decreased from 18,600 to 13,000 in the years since President Barack Obama took office.

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Business
4:45 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Christian Co. Chamber of Commerce President Announces Resignation

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Christian County Chamber of Commerce President Carter Hendricks says he’ll resign next year.

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Business
4:15 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Peabody Moves to End Obligations to UMWA Retirees

Peabody Energy Corp. wants a bankruptcy court to confirm that it can terminate its obligation to fund Patriot Coal’s retiree health care benefits.

Peabody is one of the largest private sector coal companies in the world and one of its many spin-offs is Patriot, which operates two mines in Union and Henderson counties.

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Government
5:29 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Paul Backs Sentencing Flexibility for Judges

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul found a receptive audience in a mostly African-American Louisville neighborhood as the tea party favorite spoke in favor of giving judges more sentencing flexibility and restoring voting rights for felons.

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