John Null

Reporter

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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Business
1:30 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

PPS GM 'Encouraged' by Moody's Bond Rating Downgrade

Credit Paducah Power System

  Moody’s Investor Service has downgraded Paducah Power System’s revenue bond rating, but the beleaguered utility says the new rating is an improvement over a December downgrade from Fitch Ratings.

The new rating from Moody’s - "Baa1" - reflects a medium-grade rating and a moderate credit risk.

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Sports
7:14 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Racers Win 24th in a Row, Run the Table in OVC

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 The Murray State University men’s basketball team won its 24th game in a row over the weekend, a new Ohio Valley Conference record.

The Racers defeated the University of Tennessee at Martin 73-67 to finish off a perfect OVC regular season, only the fifth time in the conference's history a team has run the table. The team's 24-game winning streak is still the second longest active streak in the nation, behind only the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats.

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Business
12:59 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Slowdown at Hopkinsville Tubing Plant Results in 71 Layoffs

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A Hopkinsville steel tubing plant has laid off 71 workers a year-and-a-half after committing to creating more than 280 jobs and investing $102 million into re-establishing operations in the region.

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Government
12:36 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Senate Vote Expected Friday on Bill Related to Transgender Bathroom Usage

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UPDATE: The bill's sponsor, state Sen. C.B. Embry tells Kentucky Public Radio the Senate will vote Friday on Senate Bill 76. The Fairness Campaign previously indicated the vote would be Thursday.

Director of Kentucky’s Fairness Campaign Chris Hartman says he anticipates the Republican-controlled Senate will pass a bill requiring students to use school bathrooms corresponding with their biological sex, but that it will stall in the Democrat-held state House of Representatives.

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Law Enforcement
3:27 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Roadside Drug Testing after DUI Arrests May Be Coming to Paducah

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The Paducah City Commission may authorize the city’s police department to participate in a roadside drug testing pilot program.

A $25,000 grant from the Kentucky Office of Safety will fund the program. Police will use a saliva swab test on voluntary participants after they’ve been arrested for driving under the influence.

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Politics
7:09 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Chuck Todd: Rand Paul a 'Tier 1' 2016 Candidate; Ky. Dems Not Aligned with National Party

Chuck Todd spoke to reporters Tuesday in Pogue Library's Breathitt Room.
Credit John Null/WKMS

NBC News political director and host of "Meet the Press" Chuck Todd says Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul will be a formidable candidate for president should he decide to seek the Republican nomination next year.

Todd spoke Tuesday on the campus of Murray State University before he delivered the school's 2015 presidential lecture. He said he thinks Paul could overcome a deep divide with his own party over issues like foreign policy and prognosticators should underrate Paul’s chances "at their own peril."

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Sports
6:35 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Racers Will Try for OVC Record-Tying 23 Wins in a Row on Thursday's Senior Night

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The Murray State University men’s basketball team extended its winning streak to 22 over the weekend - still the second-longest winning streak in the nation behind the undefeated University of Kentucky Wildcats.

The Racers (24-4, 14-0) beat rival Austin Peay State University 89-54 Saturday at the CFSB Center in Murray.

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Environment
4:46 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

NWS: More Precipitation, Possible Flooding on the Way

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National Weather Service meteorologists say a very active and rapidly changing weather pattern will be with us over the next few days, with more wintry precipitation followed by possible flooding.

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Environment
12:20 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

$1.5 Million Grant Awarded for Owensboro Transient Dock Project

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Citing a need for docking locations on the Ohio River between Louisville and Paducah, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded the city of Owensboro a $1.5 million grant toward the building of a new 500-foot dock for traveling boaters.

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Government
12:02 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Marshall Co. Fiscal Court Approves Anti-Right-to-Work Resolution

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In response to a handful of Kentucky counties passing right-to-work ordinances, Marshall County has become the first in the commonwealth to approve an anti-right-to-work resolution.

The measure was drafted by Kentucky AFL-CIO president William Londrigan and Marshall County union member Howard “Bubba” Dawes and approved unanimously Tuesday by the Marshall County Fiscal Court.

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