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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Crime
11:50 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Drug Arrest Leads to Seizure of 63 Firearms in Graves County

A joint investigation by the Graves and McCracken County sheriff’s offices has led to a seizure of 63 firearms and three arrests.

The search of 55-year-old Ronald Andrews’ home in the Boaz community of Graves County also yielded marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

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Corruption
3:22 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Richie Farmer Reaches Plea Deal, Could Get 2 Years

Credit AP

Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in a government corruption case that would put him in prison for two years.

Farmer's political career came crashing down during a 2011 bid for lieutenant governor, when complaints began to surface about his management of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

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Society
11:03 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Remains Found at Marshall County Construction Site

Credit marshallcountyarts.com

Construction of the Marshall County Children’s Art Center in Benton has been halted after an infant's remains were unearthed at the site.

Marshall County Coroner Mitchell Lee said the remains date back to between 1850 and 1900, when it’s believed the area was used as a cemetery. Construction won't resume until it can be legally determined what to do with the remains, which were found on a portion designated as a green part of the property, or parking lot.

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Environment
3:18 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Sierra Club Urges Retirement of Western Ky. Coal Plant

Credit omu.org

An environmental group is launching an aggressive campaign urging the retirement of the coal-burning Elmer Smith Power Plant in Owensboro.

The Sierra Club will have ads featured in both print and web versions of the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, in addition to a door-to-door effort.

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Coal
3:04 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Judge OKs Patriot Coal, Miners' Union Deal

Patriot Coal has a bankruptcy judge's go-ahead to enter into a new labor agreement with the nation's biggest miners' union, ending a long, acrimonious dispute.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kathy Surratt-States on Tuesday granted St. Louis-based Patriot's request to put in place the collective bargaining deal ratified Friday by the United Mine Workers of America.

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Jobs
12:43 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

TLI to Establish Operations in Ballard County, Create 20 Jobs

Credit tliusa.com

A transportation management company is investing $2.2 million to bring operations to Ballard County and create 20 jobs.

Transport Logistics International Inc. provides engineering services and professional support for packaging and transportation of radioactive material.

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Crime
12:06 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Possible Homicide Investigation Begins After Body Found at Clarksville High School

The Clarksville Police Department has begun a possible homicide investigation, after a body was found in the vicinity of the parking lot of Northwest High School.

The investigation began at around 6 a.m. Thursday morning at the school's campus, located at 800 Lafayette Road.

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Environment
4:21 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Offers Period Ends for PGDP

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Wednesday marked the final day for companies to respond to the Department of Energy’s request for offers at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, formerly operated by the United States Enrichment Corporation.

General Electric-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment and International Isotopes are two of the companies that showed interest in the site.

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Politics
4:10 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

'Grannies for Grimes' Initiative Seeks Senior Vote

Credit Facebook

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is reaching out to senior voters with an initiative she's dubbed "Grannies for Grimes."

Grimes' 83-year-old grandmother, Elsie Case, will lead the effort. Case has appeared in campaign ads on behalf of her granddaughter and has been a regular at campaign appearances.

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Jobs
5:08 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

New Muhlenberg County Opportunity Center Receives Funding

Credit Muhlenberg County Opportunity Center

The Muhlenberg County Opportunity Center in Greenville is ready to begin construction on a new facility that will create 25 additional jobs.

The vocational evaluation and training center received a $500,000 Kentucky Department for Local Government grant Tuesday, matching $500,000 federal grant.

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