John Null

Reporter

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
4:33 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Ky. Council on Postsecondary Education Angling for More State Funding

CPE President Dr. Robert King

Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education is making a run at more funding for state colleges and universities.

The CPE will ask the legislature for 4.9  and 5.3 percent increases respectively for the upcoming two-year budget cycle. The request comes as higher education state funding has dropped by nearly a third since 2008.

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Tourism
10:52 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Marshall County Looking to Rebrand Tourist Image

The Marshall County Fiscal Court has thrown its support behind an effort to rebrand the county, in order to aid  marketing and tourism.

Marshall County Tourist Commission Executive Director Randy Newcomb said two companies are being considered to conduct an exhaustive 10-month study.

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Education
4:44 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

New Tools Being Used to 'Flip' the Classroom at MSU

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Dr. Brandi King’s office is filled with towering stacks of boxes filled with Lego Mindstorms kits. When she isn’t teaching early childhood and elementary education, King runs Murray State University’s summer robotics camp. The robots that King teaches adolescents to assemble are capable of solving a Rubik’s Cube in five seconds. It’s this technology and these kids that have allowed King a glimpse at the future of education.

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Crime
4:37 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

KSP Seizes $2.1M Meth Haul in Graves County

The Kentucky State Police seized nearly 50 pounds of crystal methamphetamine in Graves County Thursday following an investigation and traffic stop.

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Environment
4:56 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

LBL Maintenace Protest Outcome Up to US Attorney General's Office

The U.S. Attorney General's office will soon decide whether to uphold a protest aimed at stalling a Land Between the Lakes maintenance contract won by a South Carolina-based company.

The U.S. Forest Service awarded EnviroSmart the contract in late August, over local company Swift & Staley, which has managed road, trail and facility maintenance along with environmental services for the last three and a half years.

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Politics
2:29 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Lamkin Running for Calloway County Attorney

Credit Wikipedia

Longtime Murray lawyer Rick Lamkin will run for Calloway County Attorney next year.

Sitting County Attorney David Harrington has held the post for 11 years. According to a representative in his office Harrington has not made up his mind regarding another run for the office.

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Crime
3:42 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Marshall County Police Investigate Threat Against Dogs

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The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office has failed to find any direct evidence of a threat of violence against stray animals following a viral social media post Wednesday night.

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Health Care
3:24 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Health Insurance Open Enrollment Delayed for MSU Employees

Murray State University employees will have to wait a little longer in order to sign up for open enrollment for their health plans.

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Education
4:31 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Ky. Office of Education Accountability Finds Multiple Violations in McCracken County Schools

After concluding an investigation, the Kentucky General Assembly Office of Education Accountability has found McCracken County Public Schools and Superintendent Nancy Waldrop in violation of several statutes.

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Education
4:11 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

MSU Enrollment at All-Time High

For the second consecutive year, Murray State University has posted an all-time high enrollment.

A 1 percent increase on last fall’s number moves the Murray State enrollment figure up to an estimated 10,943 students.

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