John Null

Reporter, Host of Left of the Dial, Local Host of All Things Considered

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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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is preparing to open the new $133 million Kentucky Lake bridge to traffic.

KYTC spokesman Keith Todd says the new four-lane U.S. 68/KY 80 Eggner’s Ferry Bridge will open to two-lane traffic in the next two to three weeks. Todd said it’s important to get traffic moved over to the new bridge now so the cabinet and contractors can plot the removal of the 84-year-old Eggner’s Ferry Bridge.

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According to the latest results released from the Kentucky Health Issues Poll, 85 percent of Kentuckians favor tobacco-free school campuses.

State of Illinois

Illinoisans are casting their votes Tuesday in both the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries. Voters will also decide which candidates will meet in the general election for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Mark Kirk.

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With only 14 legislative days left in this year’s meeting of the Kentucky General Assembly, lawmakers have yet to pass a budget.

State Rep. Gerald Watkins of Paducah says he fears the session will adjourn without a budget compromise, which will require Republican Gov. Matt Bevin to call for a special session.

Morehead State University, via Facebook

In response to looming budget cuts proposed by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, Morehead State University has announced plans to place all faculty and staff on a five-day unpaid furlough.

Lance Dennee, WKMS

A half-million dollar demolition project is complete on a downtown Paducah  building. The city now looks to turn the vacant lot at 432 Broadway into a pop-up park in the short term before selling the property to a private developer.

Screen capture from Gov. Bevin's video, via Facebook

Kentucky’s Republican Gov. Matt Bevin went viral Monday with a video he made in the Kentucky State Capitol, chastising the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives for not working to pass his budget. But House leaders and the Kentucky Democratic Party have called Bevin’s video misleading.

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As Kentucky voters gave Donald Trump a narrow victory in Saturday’s Republican presidential caucus, turnout in some counties was up three-fold from recent presidential primaries.

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Voters will head to the polls in Christian and Trigg counties Tuesday in the special election for the currently vacant 8th District Kentucky House seat. The election is one of four next week that could shift power in the Kentucky Legislature.

KYTC

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet secretary Mike Hancock resigned Thursday.

Gov. Matt Bevin then named deputy secretary Greg Thomas as acting head of the KYTC. Thomas was appointed by Bevin just last month in the deputy role.

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