John Null

Reporter

John Null is a part-time reporter at WKMS. Beginning work at WKMS in the spring of 2013, he has since won a national Public Radio News Directors, Inc. and two Kentucky AP awards for his reporting. He lives in Murray. John also enjoys deductive reasoning, not owning animals and regaling friends with his Tracy Ross impression.

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Sports
5:43 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Racers Crush Tulsa on the Road, Advance to NIT Quarterfinals

Credit MSU Racer Athletics

The Murray State University men’s basketball team  beat the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane 83-62 on the road Monday night in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.

The Racers now travel to Norfolk, Va. to take on the Old Dominion Monarchs Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the tournament. The game tips at 6 p.m. CST and will be televised on ESPN2.

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Business
6:25 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Honeywell, USW 7-669 Reach Tentative Agreement

Credit Honeywell

With help from federal mediators, Honeywell Metropolis and the United Steelworkers Local 7-669 have reached a tentative settlement that could end a work stoppage that began last August.

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Government
2:23 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Hickman Mayor in Washington as Part of Mississippi River Initiative

The Dorena-Hickman Ferry crosses the Mississippi River between Kentucky and Missouri.
Credit The Dorena-Hickman Ferry/Facebook

Hickman, Ky. Mayor David Lattus is in Washington D.C. as part of the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative, which aims to create a coordinated voice and bring national attention back to the country’s longest river.

The group is asking Congress to fully fund $200 million in the fiscal year 2016 budget for the federal pre-disaster mitigation program.

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Business
11:37 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Ky. Municipal Power Agency Refinances $211 Million in Bonds

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Paducah Power System and Princeton Electric will lessen some financial strain after refinancing $211 million in bonds this week.

The two utilities make up the Kentucky Municipal Power Agency, which owns 7.82 percent of the recently troubled Prairie State Energy Campus.

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Society
6:27 am
Thu March 19, 2015

KSP Searching for Graves County Juveniles

Kanessha Willie
Credit Kentucky State Police

Update 3/19: 

Gabrielle Gowen was located this morning and is safe.  

The investigation continues by Trooper Johnson Gordon.

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Education
3:31 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

WKCTC Awarded $100K as 'Finalist-with-Distinction' for Aspen Prize

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For the second time in school history, West Kentucky Community and Technical College has been named by the Aspen Institute as one of the top three community colleges in the country.

The “finalist-with-distinction” placing comes with a $100,000 prize to support the school’s programs. Kate Lochte speaks with WKCTC President Dr. Barbara Veazey about the award on Sounds Good.

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Government
8:17 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Paris, Tenn. Voters Approve Local Option Sales Tax

Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Update: The Henry County Election Commission has updated the final tally for the local option sales tax vote. The referendum still passes by a margin of 1,365 for the tax and 449 against. 

The local sales tax option will increase the rate by half a cent starting this summer.

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Business
5:44 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Paducah Power Receives 'A-' Credit Rating from S&P

Credit Paducah Power System

Paducah Power System management says a new credit rating by Standard & Poor’s Rating Services is “very good news” and a positive development in the beleaguered utility’s rate recovery efforts.

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Sports
6:25 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Racers Denied NCAA Bid, Host UTEP Tuesday in NIT Action

Credit MSU Racer Athletics

The Murray State University men’s basketball team will host a first round National Invitation Tournament game this week after being denied an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament over the weekend.

The third-seeded Racers will take on the University of Texas at El Paso Tuesday night at the CFSB Center. The game tips at 8 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2. This is just the second home game for the Racers in eight total NIT appearances and the first since 1983.

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Environment
3:15 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Flood Watch in Effect Thurs/Fri as Rainfall Adds to Already-Saturated Ground

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  National Weather Service meteorologists are calling for more than two inches of rain in some parts of western Kentucky over the next two days.

A flood watch for the quad-state area will go into effect at 6 p.m. Thursday evening and remain in place until at least 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

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