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
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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Crime
12:17 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Prosecutor Accused of Withholding Evidence Replaced in Cadiz Murder Trial

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Commonwealth Attorney G.L. Ovey has turned over a 2002 Cadiz murder case to special prosecutor Tim Coleman.

Last month, Ovey filed a motion to recuse himself as prosecutor in the trial of Claude Russell, who's accused of killing Chantell Humphries.

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Politics
11:54 am
Tue June 25, 2013

TV Ad Tries to Link Grimes to Obama

Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

A conservative group is running a pre-emptive television ad attacking Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is pondering a possible campaign against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The ad links Grimes to President Barack Obama by calling her the president's "cheerleader" in Kentucky.

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Culture
12:52 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Hopkinsville Theatre Meets Fundraising Goal for Digital Projector

Credit cinematreasures.org

Hopkinsville’s Alhambra Theatre will begin showing movies again this fall, thanks to a successful fundraiser. The Alhambra raised $36,000 for a digital projection system and a new screen.

Donations included $15,000 from the city of Hopkinsville and $5,000 from the Christian County Fiscal Court.

Pennyroyal Arts Council Executive Director Margaret Prim said the theatre will show movies as special events, rather than daily programming.

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Government
12:26 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Fort Campbell Will See Shortened Work Week

Fort Campbell’s garrison commander says civilian employees will be cut to four-day work weeks starting in July, as part of a furlough program stemming from budget cuts.

Col. David Dellinger said the post’s school employees will have it differently - they will be required to take five furlough days between August and September.

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Education
12:57 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Gateway Academy Marks 500 Graduates

Credit John Null/WKMS News

Gateway Academy in Graves County recently celebrated the milestone of its 500th student to graduate. Established in 2002, Gateway is one of the region’s alternative high schools, along with Star Academy in Marshall County and Beacon Central High in Daviess County.

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