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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Government
4:38 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Newberry, Kaler Visit DC to Meet with Energy Secretary

McCracken County Judge-Executive Van Newberry and Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler were part of the McCracken County Chamber of Commerce delegation that met today with US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in Washington, D.C.

The group discussed a long-term solution for private sector development and accelerating cleanup activities at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site.

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Education
3:40 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

MSU to Incur Additional Expenses for 2014-2015 Fiscal Year

Murray State University interim President Tim Miller says MSU will appoint a budget task force to examine unexpected  expenses slated for the next fiscal year.

Miller expects the university to face an added $1.7 million dollars in state pension obligations, and an additional  $700,000 dollars in insurance costs for the new calendar year.

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Education
4:19 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

APSU Students Settle Into New Dorm Complex

Credit apsu.edu/housing

Austin Peay State University students are settling into three new residence halls.

The Governors Terrace complex consists of the five-floor Eriksson Hall, and two four-floor dormitories at the north and sound end of the complex.

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Syria
12:24 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

McConnell Opposes Military Strikes Against Syria, Wants to Explore Diplomatic Options

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says a Russian diplomatic proposal that would secure and eventually destroy the Syrian chemical weapons stockpile is worth exploring.

McConnell drew parallels to the destruction of chemical weapons housed at the Blue Grass Army Depot near Lexington during his remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday.

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Government
3:56 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Ky. Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Resigns

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Commissioner Jonathan Gassett has resigned. Gassett had held the position since 2005.

Commission chairman Stuart Ray said Gassett submitted his letter of resignation Thursday evening, stating his intention to pursue outside interests.

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Crime
11:50 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Drug Arrest Leads to Seizure of 63 Firearms in Graves County

A joint investigation by the Graves and McCracken County sheriff’s offices has led to a seizure of 63 firearms and three arrests.

The search of 55-year-old Ronald Andrews’ home in the Boaz community of Graves County also yielded marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

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Corruption
3:22 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Richie Farmer Reaches Plea Deal, Could Get 2 Years

Credit AP

Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in a government corruption case that would put him in prison for two years.

Farmer's political career came crashing down during a 2011 bid for lieutenant governor, when complaints began to surface about his management of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

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Society
11:03 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Remains Found at Marshall County Construction Site

Credit marshallcountyarts.com

Construction of the Marshall County Children’s Art Center in Benton has been halted after an infant's remains were unearthed at the site.

Marshall County Coroner Mitchell Lee said the remains date back to between 1850 and 1900, when it’s believed the area was used as a cemetery. Construction won't resume until it can be legally determined what to do with the remains, which were found on a portion designated as a green part of the property, or parking lot.

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Environment
3:18 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Sierra Club Urges Retirement of Western Ky. Coal Plant

Credit omu.org

An environmental group is launching an aggressive campaign urging the retirement of the coal-burning Elmer Smith Power Plant in Owensboro.

The Sierra Club will have ads featured in both print and web versions of the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, in addition to a door-to-door effort.

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Coal
3:04 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Judge OKs Patriot Coal, Miners' Union Deal

Patriot Coal has a bankruptcy judge's go-ahead to enter into a new labor agreement with the nation's biggest miners' union, ending a long, acrimonious dispute.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kathy Surratt-States on Tuesday granted St. Louis-based Patriot's request to put in place the collective bargaining deal ratified Friday by the United Mine Workers of America.

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