John Null

Reporter, Host of Left of the Dial, Local Host of All Things Considered

John Null is a part-time reporter at WKMS. Beginning work at WKMS in the spring of 2013, he has since won a national Public Radio News Directors, Inc. and two Kentucky AP awards for his reporting. He lives in Murray. John also enjoys deductive reasoning, not owning animals and regaling friends with his Tracy Ross impression.

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  A 37-year-old Dawson Springs woman has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after police say she opened gunfire at the ConAgra Foods plant in Princeton, Ky. A bystander is currently being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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Kentucky's 1st District U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield has announced he is not running for re-election in 2016.

The announcement comes during Whitfield's 11th term representing the 35 counties of Kentucky's 1st Congressional district.

Whitfield's longtime district director Michael Pape tells WKMS News he will be seeking the Republican nomination to fill the seat. 

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  After voters decided to go wet this summer, the Marshall County Fiscal Court has approved its alcoholic beverage control ordinance.

The court voted 3-1 Friday morning on the ordinance, which allows Sunday by-the-drink liquor sales at restaurants from 1 p.m. until midnight. Commissioner Bob Gold cast the dissenting vote against the ordinance.

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  The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested a police officer from the Paris, Tennessee police department in connection with the death of his infant son earlier this month.

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  Christian County Public Schools will receive a $1 million grant over the next five years from the Department of Defense Education Activity.

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  Kentucky state Rep. Gerald Watkins of Paducah is drafting a new bill that would end the commonwealth’s moratorium on nuclear power plants.

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  Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin spoke Thursday about ways to initiate economic development in western Kentucky during a campaign stop in Murray.


A western Kentucky coal miner was killed early Wednesday morning at a mine in Webster County.

According to a news release issued by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, 29-year-old Rickey Thorpe of Dawson Springs was repairing a continuous miner head when it fell, crushing him.

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After a 3-2 vote Monday night, Benton, Kentucky’s city council has approved by-the-drink liquor sales on Sundays as city and county governments in Marshall County begin to finalize their alcohol ordinances. Voters there approved going wet in July by a narrow 200-vote margin.


  The University of Kentucky’s Department of Forestry has released a whitepaper detailing the economic impact of the potential closure of the Verso paper mill in Ballard County.