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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Society
3:28 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Obion County Preps Incentive Package for Manufacturing Plant

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Obion County officials have approved a $3.65 million dollar incentive package in the hopes of attracting an industrial manufacturer.

The money will be loaned to the Union City industrial development board from the county’s hospital fund.

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Society
10:51 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Affordable Internet Coming for Caldwell, Lyon Residents

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Caldwell and Lyon county residents will soon be able to purchase affordable high-speed Internet.

The two Kentucky counties have received a grant from the Delta Regional Authority to improve Internet service in underserved areas.

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Jobs
3:15 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Borden Dairy Announces Closure of Goldenrod Plant in Madisonville

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  The Goldenrod dairy plant in Madisonville will close within the next two months, resulting in a loss of 139 jobs.

Hopkins County Judge-Executive Donnie Carroll said the loss will take a toll on families, especially with holidays approaching, but steps have been taken to lessen the impact.

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Government
10:55 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Leeper Won't Seek Re-Election

Kentucky’s second district state Sen. Bob Leeper says he will not run for re-election in 2014.

The Paducah independent says the decision to step away from office was difficult.

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Society
5:01 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Western Ky. Mine Settles Discrimination Lawsuit

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A western Kentucky coal company has agreed to pay $245,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that the company turned away African-American job applicants.

A statement from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said River View Coal will pay the settlement to a group of black applicants who looked for work at a Union County underground mine.

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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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