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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Politics
4:09 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Simon Set to Make Political Announcement Wednesday

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Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is announcing her political plans in a series of news conferences around the state.

In a Facebook post, the Carbondale Democrat says she'll release "very exciting news" about her campaign on Wednesday. She hasn't said what position she might seek, but has touted her background as a former county prosecutor and law professor.

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Politics
3:18 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Marksberry Sues Kentucky Democratic Party, Alleges Favoritism

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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is the presumptive favorite to win next May’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, but like Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, it seems she will face more than a token primary challenge.

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Education
2:53 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Murray State Makes List of Top Employers

Murray State University is one of three Kentucky institutions cited as a top place to work by an industry publication.

The rankings listed on the Chronicle of Higher Education's website also include Frontier Nursing University in Leslie County and Somerset Community College.

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Politics
4:25 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Bevin Brings Campaign Rollout to Paducah: Fighting Early Attack Ads

U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin speaks to a room of about 20 attendees with his family by his side on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY.
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Hear the full interview with Matt Bevin

U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin brought day two of his campaign announcement tour to the National Quilt Museum in Paducah Thursday.

The Louisville businessman was born in Colorado and raised in New Hampshire. Bevin is hoping to unseat U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in next May’s Republican primary.

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Education
3:48 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

SIU President to Retire Next Year

Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard says he will forego the final year of his contract and retire at the end of the upcoming school year.

Poshard informed the SIU Board of Trustees of his decision Thursday morning.

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Transportation
4:39 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Tennessee River Bridge at Ledbetter to Open Next Week

The new U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge at Ledbetter may be ready for two-lane traffic by the middle of next week.

The four-lane bridge was originally scheduled to open one year from now. Highway officials say the contracting team devised a way to get the bridge partially opened to aid commuters and commerce in Livingston and McCracken counties.

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Politics
4:29 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Beshear, Abramson Won't Attend Fancy Farm Picnic

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Gov. Steve Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson will skip next week's Fancy Farm Picnic in Graves County. Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon said they're unable to go.

Last year, Abramson received criticism for questioning the relevancy of the political event.

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Politics
12:37 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Bevin Says He'll Attend Fancy Farm Picnic, Schedules First Stops in Western Ky.

Matt Bevin, the Louisville businessman seeking to defeat Sen. Mitch McConnell in next year’s Republican primary, will be at next week's Fancy Farm Picnic in Graves County - whether he's allowed to take the podium or not. (UPDATE 9:46 A.M 7/25, After an email Wednesday from Fancy Farm Political Speaking Chair to WKMS that Bevin won't be allowed to speak, the Associated Press now says Bevin will speak)

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Environment
4:55 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

TVA Touts Compliance After Pollutant Report

A coalition of environmental and clean water groups, including the Sierra Club, released a new report Tuesday highlighting the need for strong Environmental Protection Agency standards to limit toxic water pollution from Kentucky coal plants, including west Paducah’s Shawnee Fossil Plant.

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Government
1:16 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Two Jobs Vacant at Hopkinsville City Hall

The city of Hopkinsville is looking to fill two administrative positions at City Hall following the resignation of its acting chief adminstrative officer.

Melissa Spurr, who had also been the city's budget officer, stepped down from both positions to become the financial director for the Hopkinsville Water Environment Authority.

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