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Common Core standards have sustained a blow as one of the nation's largest teachers unions has withdrawn support for the math and english standards.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

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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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Politics
12:44 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Bevin Reports $900K Raised in Fourth Quarter of 2013

The Louisville businessman looking to defeat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in May’s Republican primary raised more than $900,000  in the fourth quarter of 2013.

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Government
7:25 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

PACRO Official: "Matter of a Few Months" Before Agreement Is Reached for PGDP Site

The director of the Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization, or PACRO, says negotiations are going well between the U.S. Department of Energy and General Electric-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment for use of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site.

Charlie Martin said the two parties have had multiple meetings in Lexington, Ky. and Washington D.C. since beginning negotiations in November and thinks an agreement will be reached soon.

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Government
12:38 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Coursey Pushes for Higher Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees

Kentucky state Rep. Will Coursey of Symsonia wants the state to raise the minimum wage for tipped employees. 

The three-term Democrat’s bill would first boost the wage from $2.13 per hour to $3.00 if passed this session. Then starting July 2015 the minimum wage would increase by 95 cents each year until it is 70 percent of the hourly minimum wage of non-tipped employees - currently $7.25.

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Government
4:22 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Former Deputy Clerk Gets $345,000 in Settlement with McCracken Fiscal Court

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The McCracken County Fiscal Court has agreed to settle a lawsuit with a former deputy county clerk.

The county and its insurance company will pay Leslie Hannan a total of $345,000, with $195,000 coming from the county.

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Government
2:32 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

KYTC Awards $30M Contract for Madisonville I-69 Interchange

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has awarded a $30 million dollar contract to reconstruct a major interchange in Hopkins County, as part of the ongoing Interstate 69 project.

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Government
9:45 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Murray City Council Mulls Approaches to Keeping Gentry House Open

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The Murray City Council is asking the board of a non-profit that provides homeless housing to rescind its decision to close at the end of January.

The Gentry House, which houses four homeless families, decided to close last year due to lack of funding and staffing difficulties - four executive directors in six years.

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