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
12:42 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Marshall County Schools Moving Forward with Middle School Consolidation

The Marshall County Board of Education is moving forward with the consolidation of more than 500 students from Benton and South Marshall middle schools.

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Government
5:10 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Nickel Tax Would Help Level Murray-Calloway Parks' Funding with Other West Ky. Parks

Credit Facebook

Murray-Calloway County Parks director Tab Brockman says he has about 1,700 signatures toward a needed 3,039 to get a measure on the ballot in November aimed at raising property taxes to benefit the park system.

Brockman says the potential $1 million the tax will generate annually will make the system's funding comparable with that of other area parks.

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Education
2:19 am
Wed June 25, 2014

West Ky. Teachers Are Ready to Teach Next Generation Science Standards

WKEC teachers take a guided tour of Union City's Discovery Park of America.

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Kentucky K-12 schools are preparing for the implementation of the new Next Generation Science Standards, which  have been met with acclaim and some controversy both in the commonwealth and across the country.

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Government
11:53 am
Tue June 24, 2014

UPDATE: Ky. Dam Village Annexation Will Be Complete Wednesday

Credit parks.ky.gov

UPDATE: Tuesday, 11:54 a.m.:

The Calvert City Council unanimously passed the ordinance to annex Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park at a specially-called budget meeting Monday night. The ordinance will be published in the paper of record Wednesday, making the park officially within Calvert City limits.

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Transportation
3:38 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

KYTC Seeks Info on Damage Caused to Brookport Bridge, Imposes Load Limit

The damage occurred to a compression member of the structure. Had the damage been to a tension member of the structure it could have caused a failure of the span similar to the May 23, 2013 collapse of the Skagit River Bridge near Burlington, Washington.
Credit KYTC

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is seeking information about damage to a support beam of the U.S. 45 Ohio River Bridge connecting Paducah and Brookport, Illinois.

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Transportation
12:51 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Another Contract Awarded, I-69 Moves Forward

Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has awarded a major contract to bring I-69 closer to reality in Hopkins, Webster and Henderson counties.

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Education
3:56 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Mid-Continent Board Will Discuss Campus Sale Potential at Tuesday Meeting

Mid-Continent University's board of trustees meets Tuesday to discuss the potential sale of the school’s campus, as a June 30 end-of-instruction date looms.

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Society
4:34 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

MCCH Breaks Ground on Long-in-Development Hospice House

The Murray-Calloway County Hospital has broken ground on the new Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House, seven years after the hospital's board of trustees first began to entertain the idea of building a hospice facility.

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Education
2:26 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Cuba Elementary Auction to Be Rescheduled

Credit Paul Schaumburg

The Graves County Board of Education is looking to push back the sale of Cuba Elementary following a judge's decision to extend a timeline to rule on an emergency injunction to stop the sale.

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Government
3:45 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Freedom to Fish Below Cumberland River Dams Now Signed into Law

Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

A new law now protects the right to fish in the tailwaters of dams on the Cumberland River, thanks to work from Kentucky and Tennessee federal lawmakers.

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