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
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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Culture
1:04 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Owensboro Mystery Writers Festival Canceled

The International Mystery Writers Festival, set to take place at Owensboro’s RiverPark Center this October, has been canceled due to a lack of funding.

The decision comes after Gov. Steve Beshear cut funding to the festival in the most recent state budget. The festival received $70,000 of its $100,000 budget in state funding last year.

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Culture
1:01 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Owensboro Museum Eyes Josiah Henson Documents

Josiah Henson
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Owensboro Museum of Science & History is raising money in order to bid on a collection of documents from the Amos Riley plantation in Daviess County – famous for its association with abolitionist Josiah Henson.

Henson was a runaway slave whose autobiography would inspire Harriet Beecher Stowe’s "Uncle Tom’s Cabin." He lived on the Yelvington plantation for several years in the 1820s.

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Government
12:36 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Henry County Approves New Investment Plan

The Henry County Commission has approved an investment of up to $5 million with First Tennessee Bank, in an attempt to jumpstart interest earnings.

Henry County Trustee David Stone estimates the county will reap $50,000 in interest earnings this year. That’s down from 2006, when Henry County earned more than $400,000 from its investments.

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Business
12:04 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Urban Outfitters Discontinues Prescription-Themed Merchandise

Credit drugfree.org

National retailer Urban Outfitters is halting sales of a line of products that mimic prescription pill bottles and prescription pads following a plea from Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and 23 of his colleagues.

In a recent statement to the media, Urban Outfitters announced it would discontinue its “Prescription Line” of products due to its “misinterpretation.”

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Government
12:36 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Madigan Seeks to Delay Ill. Gun Plan a Second Time

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking the U.S. Supreme Court for more time to decide whether to appeal a lower court's order saying citizens should be allowed to publicly carry concealed guns.

Madigan already got one extension — until June 24 — to challenge the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that said a ban on concealed firearms is unconstitutional. Now she wants until July 24.

Madigan filed the request late Friday.

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Fatal Fire
4:13 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Hazel House Fire Victim Identified

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Kentucky State Police have identified Patricia Bohne, 32, as the victim of a Wednesday morning house fire in Hazel.

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