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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Paducah Parks Services, via paducahky.gov

The city of Paducah has accepted a $68,095 grant toward building a walking trail at the future Fountain Avenue Health Park.

Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library, via hccpl.org

The Kentucky League of Women Voters’ Hopkinsville chapter is exploring the logistics of a new tax to support the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library.

Mellow Mushroom Bowling Green, via Facebook

The Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization (PACRO) has offered an up to $664,000 loan to a Paducah couple who are developing a Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant to anchor the city’s former Coke plant.

Kentucky High School Athletic Association, via Twitter

The Murray High School boys basketball team’s bid for a state championship has fallen short.

WKMS

A bill moving through the Kentucky General Assembly would establish a new board that would advise the state Energy and Environment Cabinet on water resources issues like drought preparedness.

House Bill 529 has already passed the Kentucky House and has received two readings in the Senate.

Henry County Schools

Henry County Emergency Management will conduct a mock tornado exercise Friday morning at Henry County High School.

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.

LRC Public Information

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.

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