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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Environment
3:18 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Sierra Club Urges Retirement of Western Ky. Coal Plant

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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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Jobs
12:43 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

TLI to Establish Operations in Ballard County, Create 20 Jobs

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A transportation management company is investing $2.2 million to bring operations to Ballard County and create 20 jobs.

Transport Logistics International Inc. provides engineering services and professional support for packaging and transportation of radioactive material.

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Crime
12:06 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Possible Homicide Investigation Begins After Body Found at Clarksville High School

The Clarksville Police Department has begun a possible homicide investigation, after a body was found in the vicinity of the parking lot of Northwest High School.

The investigation began at around 6 a.m. Thursday morning at the school's campus, located at 800 Lafayette Road.

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Environment
4:21 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Offers Period Ends for PGDP

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Wednesday marked the final day for companies to respond to the Department of Energy’s request for offers at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, formerly operated by the United States Enrichment Corporation.

General Electric-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment and International Isotopes are two of the companies that showed interest in the site.

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Politics
4:10 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

'Grannies for Grimes' Initiative Seeks Senior Vote

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is reaching out to senior voters with an initiative she's dubbed "Grannies for Grimes."

Grimes' 83-year-old grandmother, Elsie Case, will lead the effort. Case has appeared in campaign ads on behalf of her granddaughter and has been a regular at campaign appearances.

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Jobs
5:08 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

New Muhlenberg County Opportunity Center Receives Funding

Credit Muhlenberg County Opportunity Center

The Muhlenberg County Opportunity Center in Greenville is ready to begin construction on a new facility that will create 25 additional jobs.

The vocational evaluation and training center received a $500,000 Kentucky Department for Local Government grant Tuesday, matching $500,000 federal grant.

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Government
4:23 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Ky. Emergency Management Director Resigns Amid Misspending Controversy

The director of Kentucky Emergency Management resigned Thursday after a review released by State Auditor Adam Edelen identified as much as $5.6 million in questionable spending, and intimidation of employees.

Gov. Steve Beshear accepted John Heltzel’s resignation, and appointed Department of Military Affairs official Mike Jones as acting director of KYEM.

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Politics
3:43 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

McConnell Aide: 'Holding My Nose' to Work Campaign

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Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign manager has acknowledged the validity of a January recording on which he's heard saying he is "holding my nose" to work for the Kentuckian's re-election campaign.

McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton is a tea party insider who managed Sen. Rand Paul's Kentucky campaign in 2010.

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Education
2:58 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

New Alcohol Education Initiative Launched at Murray State

Murray State University is adding a new program to educate incoming freshmen about the impact alcohol could have on their lives.

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