John Walker

News Reporter

John Walker is native of Jessamine County, Kentucky and a recent graduate of Murray State University's Journalism program. His roots are in far eastern Kentucky, but he was raised in Kentucky's famous Bluegrass region. Now he resides in far western Kentucky just as a way to experience all that is the Commonwealth. His initial plan was to pursue a newspaper career, but he quickly found a calling to radio. His interests include anthropology, folklore, politics and the environment. He loves to listen to Old Time and Mountain music as well as Traditional Celtic and Jazz. If you need to find him he is probably taking a nap in Murray State's quad or taking a stroll through the arboretum.

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Parks
6:28 am
Mon April 28, 2014

MCC Parks and Recreation Considers Accessible Playground

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The Murray-Calloway County Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a special meeting to gather input on a grant to build an accessible playground in the local parks. The meeting is tonight at 6:30 at the Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce. Last Monday the parks board unanimously approved a motion to apply for a matching federal Land and Water Conservation Fund grant to help fund the accessible playground. The LWCF grant matches private contributions one-to-one and caps at $75,000 in federal matching funds.

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Environment
8:06 am
Fri April 25, 2014

KY Fish and Wildlife Investigating Carp Deaths

  The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is investigating a massive die-off of invasive Asian carp discovered Wednesday in the Cumberland River below Lake Barkley.

The fish kill is estimated to have impacted tens of thousands of the invasive silver carp over a 24-hour period. Specimens will be collected and taken to Kentucky State University for disease testing.

Evidence of the fish kill has been documented to the confluence with the Ohio River. Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley do not appear to be impacted at this time, Rister said. 

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Tennis
6:32 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Racers Claim Seventh OVC Tennis Championship

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The Murray State Racers Women’s Tennis team Claimed their Seventh OVC Championship this weekend. This is their first conference win since since 2007 which will propel them into a NCAA Tournament appearance in May. The relatively young Racer squad beat Eastern Kentucky 4 to 1.

Education
9:07 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Davies To Visit Campus This Week

  Murray State University's president-elect Robert Davies is set to visit the main campus for the first time tomorrow for the Provost's Concert at Lovett Auditorium, according to MSU Public Relations.

During his three-day visit, Davies is expected to answer questions from reporters, attend a staff congress meeting and attend a faculty recognition banquet before departing on Thursday.

Murray State's board of regents voted unanimously in March to hire Davies from Eastern Oregon University as the university's president. 

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Education
2:42 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

MSU Lockdown Investigation: Person Wielding Gun in Non-Life Threatening Manner

UPDATE 2:40 p.m.: 

Further investigation into last night’s incident involving a supposed gunman on Murray Stateu University's campus seems to indicate the person was transferring the weapon to his car in " a non-threatening manner."

Whether the action was harmless or not, it could have been a violation of MSU’s weapons policy.

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Society
7:22 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Human Remains Found In Livingston County

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The Kentucky State Police is investigating the discovery of human remains in Livingston County.

A hiker discovered a human skull on the banks of the Tennessee River Monday while he was searching for arrowheads.

Investigators responded to the area and recovered the skull along with multiple other items. The Livingston County Coroner is assisting in determining the identity of the remains. Foul play is not suspected.

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Education
6:47 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Graves County Schools Create New Make-Up Times

Graves County elementary schools will add time to school days starting April 7, in order to improve the district's options in finalizing the 2013-14 school calendar.

Central Elementary will begin class at 7:30 a.m. and end at 3:08 p.m.

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Business
7:05 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Tobacco Operation Expanding In Hopkinsville

U.S. Smokeless tobacco is investing $118 million and plans to create 42 new jobs with an expansion in Hopkinsville.

A new 230,000-square-foot facility will be used to process aged tobacco. U.S. Smokeless also plans to add approximately 80,000 square feet to its existing tobacco fermentation plant in Hopkinsville.

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Weather
9:39 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Storm System to Push Through Region By 9p.m.

Credit National Weather Service

    

UPDATE THURSDAY 4:57 p.m.:

The storm system is moving through the region from southwest to northeast. The storm system is producing isolated severe thunderstorm warnings and tornado warnings. The system should be out of the region by 9:00 p.m.  A Tornado Watch remains in effect until 9:00 p.m..

 National Weather Service meteorologists say the risk of tornado formation in western Kentucky this afternoon has gone down. NWS meteorologist Dan Spaeth says  in the latest multimedia briefing from the NWS that the timing has changed a little for the approaching system. Severe weather is predicted to impact West Kentucky between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. 

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Business
7:32 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Tow Barge Hits I-24 Bridge

The United States Coast Guard reports a tug boat pushing 15 barges struck a pier on the I-24 Ohio River Bridge last night between Paducah and Metropolis.

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