John Null

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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
4:35 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Ky. Statewide Audit Finds Cyber Security Weaknesses at Gov't Agencies

Credit Wikimedia Commons

A statewide audit released Thursday has found some Kentucky agencies aren't adequately protecting sensitive data.

The report from Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen’s office identifies the Treasury, Department of Revenue, and Finance and Administration Cabinet as having cyber security deficiencies - but no breaches.

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Closings
12:01 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

School Closings & Delays - Friday, Feb 7

We'll keep this post updated as we become notified of closings and delays for Friday, Feb. 7th due to winter weather. Updated: 11:53 p.m. 

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Education
5:28 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

School Closings & Delays - Thursday

We'll keep this post updated as we become notified of closings and delays for Thursday, Feb. 6, due to winter weather. Updated: 11:04 a.m. 

Related: North Winds, Ice-Coated Trees and Power Lines May Increase Outages

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Transportation
12:57 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Protest Rejected, KYTC Committee Prepares to Award Kentucky Lake Bridge Contract

As a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet bid committee prepares to award the contract to replace the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake, a protest filed against the low-bidding construction company has been rejected.

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Weather
12:34 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Western Ky. Under Winter Weather Warning, KYTC Urges to Stay Off Roads

Credit http://www.crh.noaa.gov/pah/

UPDATE: 4:37 p.m.

National Weather Service meteorologists have expanded a winter weather warning to include Calloway and Trigg County as the freezing line moves south. Christian and Todd counties remain under advisory.

NWS meteorologist Chris Noles said one-third of an inch of ice has been reported as far south as Stewart County, Tenn. as freezing rain continues to fall on the region, prompting the warning.

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Education
11:23 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Bill Nye Delivers MSU Presidential Lecture Ahead of Creation Debate

Science educator and television host Bill Nye will head to northern Kentucky Tuesday for his much-publicized debate with Creation Museum president Ken Ham. But the star of  “Bill Nye the Science Guy” first stopped at Murray State University Monday night to deliver this year’s Presidential Lecture.

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Environment
11:56 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Ky. Road Crews Prepare for More Winter Weather Tuesday

Interstates, parkways and U.S. highways are improving today, but a Kentucky highway official says other roads are in “pretty rough shape.”

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd said crews are working hard to clear roads in anticipation of another round of freezing rain and sleet Tuesday. He said the National Weather Service is calling for precipitation to begin at noon, continuing until 8 p.m.

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Business
4:41 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Construction on Oak Grove Village Mall Project Near Fort Campbell Finally Underway

Former state Sen. Joey Pendleton cuts the ribbon marking the beginning of construction on Oak Grove Village.

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  Construction has finally begun on the long-in-development, 110-acre Oak Grove Village mall project, near Fort Campbell. John Null explains the hold-up and what Oak Grove Village might do for the cities of Hopkinsville and Oak Grove.

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Politics
12:42 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

New PAC Aimed at Educating Rural Voters on Issues

Credit bluegrassrural.com

A new political action committee seeks to educate Kentucky’s rural voters about the voting records of their federal elected officials – namely Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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Government
3:53 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Report: Minimum Wage Hike Would Be a Boon for Ky. Workers, Kids

After a call from President Barack Obama to “give America a raise” in last night’s State of the Union address, a new brief from a Kentucky economic think-tank says that a raise in the minimum wage would benefit about 1 in 4 workers and reduce child poverty.

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