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
1:39 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Veterans Get Jobs

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to help veterans and service members get jobs as police officers, emergency medical technicians and commercial vehicle drivers.

Quinn signed the bills Thursday before marching in the Independence Day parade in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights.

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Society
1:35 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Vanderbilt Medical Center Cuts Jobs

Credit vanderbilthealth.com

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has cut an unspecified number of jobs across departments at the academic medical center.

Vanderbilt spokesman John Howser told The Tennessean the cuts were not considered layoffs. Howser said Vanderbilt, one of the city's largest private employers, was taking steps to address workplace performance.

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Government
4:28 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Law Allows Some 17-Year-Olds to Vote in Primaries

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law that allows some 17-year-old Illinoisans to vote in primary elections.

The measure says that if the teenager will be 18 by the general election, they can vote in the primary.

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Government
3:58 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Fort Campbell Union Steward Says Employees Should Be Able to Take Furlough Days Consecutively

A union steward affiliated with Fort Campbell says post officials’ efforts to keep civilian employees from taking their mandated furlough days consecutively in order to qualify for unemployment benefits is bullying.

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Business
6:37 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Murray Receives Airport Grant

Murray’s Kyle-Oakley Field Airport has been awarded a $128,000 Federal Aviation Administration grant for updating the airport’s master plan. Matching grants from within the state bring the total money for the project to more than $140,000. Kyle-Oakley Field Airport Manager Johnny Parker says the master plan is a road map for development of the airport, required by the FAA every five to 10 years.  Airport officials will have to be contracted with an engineering firm for the planning work.

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Politics
3:51 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

McConnell Welcomes Grimes to Campaign with Auto-Tune Video

Though the election is 16 months away, Sen. Mitch McConnell has already launched a campaign against his prospective opponent, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes – only 24 hours after she entered the race.

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Society
4:30 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Human Remains Found in Madisonville

Credit hopkinscountysheriff.com

Hopkins County Coroner Wayne Burton has determined that bones found in a Madisonville creek are human.

The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office received a call on Saturday from residents on Continental Drive  saying they had found multiple bones in the creek behind their houses.

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Government
4:11 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Quinn: Concealed Carry Decision is 'Imminent'

Gov. Pat Quinn says a decision is “imminent” on whether he’ll sign a concealed carry bill.

Illinois faces a July 9 deadline to legalize carry of weapons after a federal appeals court found Illinois' ban unconstitutional. Quinn has given few hints about what he'll do.

Quinn could veto the measure which outlines who can carry.

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Education
12:22 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Inspectors Say McCracken County High School Is Safe

Credit mccrackencountyschools.org

Building inspectors contracted through McCracken County Public Schools say concerns raised at last week’s school board meeting about the safety of the newly-completed McCracken County High School are without merit.

Bacon, Farmer and Workman Engineering and Testing Vice President Ronald Bacon said the school has passed a battery of tests.

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Society
3:38 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Federal Judge Ed Johnstone Remembered for Changing Kentucky Prisons

Credit Larry Spitzer/Courier Journal / exploreuk.uky.edu

Federal judge Edward Johnstone who reformed Kentucky’s prison system died yesterday at age 91.

The longtime Princeton Kentucky resident served as a circuit court judge in Lyon, Trigg, Livingston and Caldwell counties in 1976 before President Jimmy Carter appointed him to the federal bench the following year.

Johnstone mentored Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham when he was a young lawyer. Cunningham says Johnstone was well respected in the law community even if people did not agree with his policies.

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