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
1:19 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Ky. Insurance Plan for High-Risk Individuals Ends Tomorrow

  Kentucky’s state-run insurance plan for high-risk individuals ends Tuesday, making way for mandatory health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Kentucky state Rep. Steve Riggs of Louisville helped sponsor the legislation that implemented Kentucky Access fourteen years ago, and says the program has served a good purpose.

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Education
5:04 am
Mon December 30, 2013

MSU College of Education Helps Refine New Bully Reporting Tipline

Credit kycss.org

The Kentucky Center for School Safety, housed in the Murray State University College of Education, is testing a new tipline to help students or parents report any unsafe situation to school personnel anonymously.

The program is called the Safety Tipline Online Prevention, or STOP!.

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Society
5:04 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Paducah Police Dept. Phone Drive for Domestic Violence Victims Runs Through Jan. 5

If you received a new cell phone for the holidays, you can turn your old one over to the Paducah Police Department to help victims of domestic violence.

The PPD has partnered with Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program. HopeLine refurbishes devices to provide support to domestic violence victims in the form of free phones and cash grants.

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Government
4:53 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Grand Jury Set for Third Day of Testimony on McCracken Zoning Issue

Ovey and Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway
Credit flickr

The special prosecutor handling allegations of zoning misconduct in McCracken County confirms that a grand jury will convene Friday for a third day of testimony.

Commonwealth attorney G.L. Ovey says he will be in court Friday at 10 a.m., but could not confirm any other details of the grand jury proceedings.

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Health
4:59 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

MCCH Moving Forward with Hospice House Project

Credit MCCH

The Murray-Calloway County Hospital Board of Directors has formally moved to proceed with the construction of the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House.

The planned six-bed, $3.5 million facility will be an acute care, inpatient facility that is specifically designed to address patients facing end-of-life scenarios.

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Government
3:58 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Carroll Running for Third Term as Hopkins Judge-Executive

Credit hopkinscounty.ky.gov

Hopkins County Judge-Executive Donnie Carroll says he plans to file for re-election by the end of this week. Carroll, a Democrat, says there are several projects he will focus on if given a third term.

“We still would concentrate on our road projects,” Carroll said. “We’ve been fortune enough to build some new facilities for our road departments and our animal shelters and things like that. I still would concentrate on economic development.”

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Politics
5:20 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

McCracken Schools Chairman Parker Running for State Senate

Credit mccracken.kyschools.us

McCracken County Public Schools board chairman Jeff Parker says he will run for the second district state Senate seat being vacated by Bob Leeper.

Parker is a Democrat and joins Republicans Danny Carroll and Dave Hoffman in the race to replace Leeper, who has represented Ballard, McCracken and Marshall counties for more than 20 years.

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Transportation
5:08 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

New U.S. 641 Alignment Selected for Ky. Counties

Credit KYTC

Based on public input, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has selected a new route for U.S. 641 from Fredonia to U.S. 62 at Eddyville.

The route will skirt the east edge of Fredonia, where it will then follow an abandoned rail line to the Caldwell-Lyon county line.  It will briefly follow the existing roadway before routing along property lines and existing state-owned property to reach U.S. 62 near the I-69 interchange east of Eddyville.

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Environment
4:42 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

After Protest, LBL Maintenance Contract Awarded to South Carolina Company

The federal government has given final approval to an $8.5 million maintenance contract at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

The U.S. Forest Service awarded South Carolina-based EnviroSmart the 5-year contract in August which prompted a protest by union workers contracted with Swift & Staley - the Kevil company which has conducted maintenance operations at the park since 2010.

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Government
4:21 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Mayfield 9-1-1 Calls Going to KSP

Credit wikipedia.com

 Mayfield Mayor Teresa Cantrell is set to broker an interlocal agreement between the city and the Kentucky State Police Post 1 to provide 9-1-1 dispatching services.

The Mayfield City Council recently gave unanimous consent for Cantrell to seek the partnership.

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