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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Society
3:37 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Body Cameras Already in Use (Or Being Mulled) by Western Ky. Law Enforcement

These TASER AXON body cameras have been used by the Cadiz Police Department since March.
Credit John Null/WKMS

 

  Kentucky State Police troopers are not using body cameras yet, but some western Kentucky law enforcement agencies have already embraced the technology.

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Environment
11:17 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Carroll Lake Restoration Project Moves Forward

Credit tn.gov/twra

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is moving ahead with a project that will restore Carroll Lake to previous depths, making fishing possible again.

The 100-acre lake, located between Huntingdon and McKenzie, has been unable to hold water after its floodgates were irreparably damaged by heavy rains last spring.

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Society
3:50 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Social Media Campaign Calls for Reopening Investigation into Fatal Wreck

Shanice LaShae Bean
Credit Justice for Shanice/Facebook

A growing social media campaign is aimed at reopening an investigation into a car crash that killed a Hopkins County teenager earlier this year.

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Health
7:39 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Lourdes Holds Grand Opening for Hospice Care Center

Credit Lourdes Hospital/Facebook

Lourdes Hospital held a grand opening Sunday for the new $5 million Lourdes Ray and Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center.

The 10,000 square foot facility for end of life care features 10 patient suites with patios, staffed by a team of specialty-trained hospice staff.

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Society
1:30 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Workers Recovering after Explosion at Moonshine Distillery

Silver Trail Distillery's "LBL's Most Wanted" moonshine product line
Credit Silver Trail Distillery Facebook

Two men are recovering at a hospital in Nashville, Tennessee after Marshall County’s Silver Trail Distillery exploded Friday morning.

The distillery is attributing the explosion to a “massive equipment failure." An investigation is ongoing.

Government
1:29 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

City of Murray Eliminates City Administrator Position

Murray city administrator Matt Mattingly
Credit murrayky.gov

Murray city administrator Matt Mattingly's position is being eliminated from city operations as recently-elected mayor Jack Rose takes on many of the job's responsibilities himself.

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Environment
12:00 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Protected Ospreys Complicate Construction at Soon-to-Be Demolished Bridges

An osprey nesting on the U.S. 60 Cumberland Bridge at Smithland, Ky.
Credit KYTC/Keith Todd

Federally-protected osprey nests have led to the temporary furlough of more than 30 construction jobs on the new bridge being built over Kentucky Lake.

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Sports
7:39 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Racers Win 2nd Consecutive OVC Tennis Title

Credit MSU Racer Athletics

The Murray State University women’s tennis team won its second consecutive Ohio Valley Conference championship over the weekend.

The team earned an NCAA Tournament berth with the win and will find out who they play next week on the tourney’s selection show.

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Politics
1:51 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Converge on McCracken Co. GOP Dinner

Credit mccrackengop.com

Three of the four Republican gubernatorial candidates converged in Paducah Friday night to court votes at the McCracken County Republican Party’s Reagan Dinner, held at the Carson Center.

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Environment
3:41 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Severe Weather Possible Across Region Tonight

Credit NWS Paducah/Facebook

The National Weather Service is warning of possible severe weather across the region Thursday afternoon and evening.

NWS meteorologist Rick Shanklin says Thursday afternoon’s thunderstorms have the potential to produce tornadoes.

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