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
4:13 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

MSU Presidential Search Committee Readies for Applications

The Murray State University presidential search committee will begin receiving applications in the next few days, ahead of an early December meeting where the pool of candidates will be whittled down to around a dozen.

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Government
7:24 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Elkins: 'No Reasonable Explanation' Regarding KYTC's U.S. 68/KY 80 Speed Limit

Calloway County Judge-Executive Larry Elkins is pushing to get the speed limit on a portion of highway U.S. 68/KY 80 raised from 55 mph, to 65.

Last year, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet raised the speed limit on a different, 59-mile section of the highway between Cadiz and Bowling Green.

Elkins said he met with KYTC official Mike McGregor at the end of October to discuss raising the speed limit, but walked away from the meeting unsatisfied.

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Crime
3:37 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

CCHS Seniors Arrested After Another Bomb Threat

Credit Chad Lampe

After the third bomb threat in as many school days, police have arrested two 18-year-old Calloway County High School seniors.

Shelby L. Scott and Kelsea D. Roberts, both from Almo, are charged with second-degree terroristic threatening, a class D felony.

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Education
3:15 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Paducah Superintendent Greene Announces Resignation

Paducah Public Schools superintendent Randy Greene is resigning next summer, after 10 years on the job. Greene made the announcement at Monday's Board of Education meeting.

Board of Education chair Danette Humphrey said the board will form a search committee to begin a nationwide search. The committee will forward the results of its search to the board, which will then select candidates to interview.

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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

Credit mcgraw-hill.com

Listen to the audio version of this report.

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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