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.

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Government
12:04 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Illinois Speed Limit Bill Proceeds to Governor

Credit Wikimedia Commons

A possible speed limit change on Illinois interstates may keep motorists from slowing down when they cross into the Land of Lincoln.

Both houses of the Illinois General Assembly have passed a bill that would raise the speed limit on interstate highways from 65 to 70 mph. Kentucky and Tennessee interstate speed limits are 70 mph in most non-metropolitan  areas.

The bill awaits action by Gov. Pat Quinn, who said he was undecided on the matter last month. If Quinn vetoes the bill, the Senate can override him with a three-fifths majority vote.

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Education
4:19 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Department of Education Says Midnight Meetings for Dropout Grants Unnecessary

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The Kentucky Department of Education says many midnight meetings planned at area school districts are unnecessary, and not placing them at the front of the line for a $10,000 grant.

The incentive for schools to raise their dropout age to 18 becomes law on June 25 and the first 96 schools to approve the measure receive the money. This has led to districts scheduling early morning meetings, but the Kentucky Department of Education’s Nancy

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Environment
3:53 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

LATA Suspends Summer Layoffs for 30 Days

LATA Environmental Services of Kentucky is suspending planned layoffs of up to 145 workers for 30 days.

The suspension of layoffs, originally set to begin June 3, comes after the Department of Energy has submitted a reprogramming request to Congress. The request could result in more federal funding for LATA, and a restructuring or reduction of the planned layoffs.

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Government
2:11 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Hopkinsville Approves Alcohol Sales Amendment

The Hopkinsville City Council has unanimously approved the first reading of an amendment to the city’s alcohol beverage ordinance that will loosen restrictions on alcohol sales.

With the changes, alcohol sales will no longer be confined to the downtown area, and a provision has been reworded to allow bars to stay open until 1:30 a.m.

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Government
4:18 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Doctor Shortage to Worsen Under Medicaid Expansion

A consulting firm says the planned expansion of Kentucky's Medicaid program coupled with a push to help the uninsured obtain health coverage will worsen the state's physician shortage.

Deloitte Consulting is helping to set up the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange.

Gov. Steve Beshear announced earlier this month that he will expand the state's Medicaid program to cover an additional 300,000 people, most of them the working poor without coverage.

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Government
4:03 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Freedom to Fish Act Passes House

Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate have passed legislation to prevent the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers from installing barriers in the tailwaters of Cumberland River dams.

The House passed the measure unanimously Tuesday.

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Society
1:24 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

How to Help Oklahoma Tornado Victims

Monday, an EF-4 tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma leaving many homes destroyed and families searching to find their loved ones. Within hours, organizations across the nation began efforts to help the victims and provide relief to disaster responders. Here’s how you can help in your area:

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Government
4:06 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Ken-Tenn Regional Alliance Outlines Goals

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Ken-Tenn Regional Alliance Chairman and Fulton County Judge-Executive David Gallagher said the partnership between Kentucky and Tennessee will allow economic development directors to coordinate their work, publicize their successes and paint a positive picture of the region.

The alliance has just completed an assessment period meant to define its role going forward.

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Government
12:31 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

First Cairo Bridge Meeting Tonight

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The first of two public meetings concerning the future of the U.S. 51 Ohio River Bridge is tonight from 4-7 at Cairo High School.

Kentucky and Illinois highway officials are working with the Federal Highway Administration to gather public input on the nearly 80-year-old  structure. The bridge could be repaired or replaced.

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Education
4:00 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Campuses Awarding More Than 61,000 Degrees

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education estimates more than 61,000 students are receiving diplomas from the state's public and independent colleges and universities this academic year.

That's down slightly from last year's historic total, but it is well above the number of degrees conferred a decade ago in the Bluegrass State.

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