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.

Pages

Health
12:32 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Planned Parenthood in Ky., Ind. to Merge

Credit Facebook

The Planned Parenthood affiliates in Kentucky and Indiana are merging starting July 1. Announced Monday in Louisville, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky will serve patients at 28 health centers across the two states.

Planned Parenthood officials say the merger will strengthen services in both states and ensure reproductive health remains accessible and affordable.

Read more
Culture
4:54 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Foreclosure Auction Scheduled for Nashville Symphony Hall

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center will be auctioned off at the end of June, as part of foreclosure proceedings brought against the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

The Tennessean reports the NSO's main creditor, Bank of America, issued a formal foreclosure notice on the $82.3 million still owed on the concert hall.

Read more
Transportation
2:36 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Damaged Bridge Closes KY 2206 in Hickman County

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has closed KY 2206/Springhill Road in Hickman County due to a damaged bridge.

The road was closed this morning at mile point 0.6 after bridge inspectors found damage to pilings on the Cane Fork Creek Bridge. Inspectors believe the bridge was damaged by an overweight load in the last few weeks.

The bridge was restricted to a 15-ton load limit.

Read more
Education
1:10 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Transylvania Faculty Seeking President's Resignation

Credit transy.edu

Faculty leaders at Lexington’s Transylvania University are calling for the resignation of President Owen Williams in a 35-page document sent to the school's trustees and regents.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports three faculty leaders mailed the document this week on behalf of colleagues. The document accuses Williams of displaying a "dismissive and disrespectful" manner toward faculty, staff and students.

Read more
Education
3:37 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Christian County Board of Education Votes to Keep Lacy Elementary Open

Lacy Elementary in Hopkinsville will remain open for now.

The Christian County Board of Education voted 3-2 at a meeting Tuesday night in favor of keeping the school open. Lacy's closure would have been the first phase of a redistricting plan that would see four different Christian County elementary schools closed and bundled together.

Read more
Government
4:18 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Quinn and Cullerton Meet Over Pensions

Gov. Pat Quinn and Senate President John Cullerton have met to discuss the stalemate over a solution to Illinois' pension crisis, but House Speaker Michael Madigan didn't show up.

Aides to all three leaders had no details on Tuesday's roughly hour-long meeting in Quinn's Chicago office. Neither Cullerton nor Quinn addressed reporters.

Both the House and Senate remained deadlocked on a solution to the nearly $100 billion problem.

Read more
Government
2:59 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Henry County Airport Receives Aeronautics Grant

The Henry County Airport in Paris, Tenn.  is set to make improvements with $200,000  in state grants from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

The funds are part of more than $2.3 million approved for 10 Tennessee airports.

Read more
Coal
5:07 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Crowd Expected at Henderson UMWA Rally

The United Mine Workers of America will stage a protest in Henderson Tuesday over Patriot Coal’s move to end its contract and reduce wages and benefits for active union members.

The UMWA will bring more than 30 busloads of supporters from around the Midwest and Appalachia to the Henderson County Courthouse in western Kentucky. A ruling by a federal bankruptcy judge last week authorized Patriot to make a variety of financial moves during reorganization.

Read more
Government
3:14 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Freedom to Fish Act Becomes Law

Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

President Barack Obama signed the Freedom to Fish Act into law today, placing a two-year moratorium on restricting fishing access to the tailwaters of dams on the Cumberland River.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wanted to install signage and a line of buoys separating fishermen from what they characterize hazardous waters. Legislators like Sen. Mitch McConnell felt that the economic impact on tourism outweighed any potential dangers.

Read more
Crime
12:33 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Judge Tosses Out Lawsuit Over Missing Ky. Woman

U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell
Credit law.duke.edu

A federal judge has dismissed a Madisonville woman's lawsuit regarding her daughter's 17-year-old unsolved kidnapping case.

U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell ruled that Sarah Teague  brought her case to court too late to be prosecuted and that her allegations lack merit.

Read more

Pages