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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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

Credit Ken-Tenn Regional Alliance

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

Credit wikipedia.com

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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Environment
3:02 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Coalition Says IL 'Fracking' Bill Ready for Vote

Credit http://energy.umich.edu

Supporters of high-volume oil and gas drilling say a bill to regulate the practice in Illinois is ready for a vote after last-minute negotiations over hiring and environmental concerns.

The House bill initially had strong support in February but stalled over an amendment requiring energy companies to hire Illinois-licensed water well drillers. Instead, companies will get a break on certain taxes if more than half their workers are from Illinois and receive prevailing wages.

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Government
12:29 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

AHCA Delaying TN Budgets

Credit henryco.com

Henry County Mayor Brent Greer said several county budgets are being delayed because departments are having difficulty adjusting to new policies prompted by the Affordable Health Care Act.

Greer said the issue stems from departments having to make final rulings on which employees will be considered full time. In Henry County, a 28-hour work week represents full-time status.

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Government
5:00 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Murray-Calloway County Transit Seeks Funding to Continue Operations

Credit MCTA

The Murray-Calloway Transit Authority will ask the Calloway County Fiscal Court for $9,000 to help support county ridership.

The appeal to the fiscal court comes after Murray State informed the MCTA they will reduce public transportation funds. To continue the Racer Route program, MCTA Executive Director Bjarne Hansen said he'll seek funding this fall from MSU departments that heavily rely on routes and from the community.

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Government
4:51 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Bill Blocking USACE Restrictions on Fishing Passes Senate

Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Senate passed a bill Wednesday to stop the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from restricting fishing access around Corps dams, specifically along the Cumberland River.

Sen. Mitch McConnell sponsored the bill.

The Corps of Engineers wants to install signage and a line of buoys separating fishermen from what they characterize “hazardous waters.” Legislators like McConnell felt the economic impact it would have on tourism outweighed any potential dangers.

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Business
2:58 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Atmos Energy to Raise Prices

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Kentucky Atmos Energy customers may be hit with a rate hike in the near future.

The company has asked the Kentucky Public Service Commission for a $13.3 million rate increase to help with infrastructure improvement costs. This means a monthly gas bill increase of about $4.50 for the average Atmos customer.

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