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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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

Credit wikipedia.com

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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Environment
4:46 am
Mon February 10, 2014

School Closings & Delays Monday, Feb. 10

Below is a list of closings, delays and cancelations for Monday, February 10.

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Education
8:02 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Murray Teacher Honored At Capitol Today

Debra Burgess of Murray is being honored today  in Frankfort as she is inducted into the Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame.

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Education
7:53 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Trigg County, Owensboro Independent Named Districts Of Innovation

Credit Kentucky Department of Education

At its February meeting, the Kentucky Board of Education approved Trigg County and Owensboro Schools as Districts of Innovation.

The status relieves districts of certain administrative regulations and statutory provisions as well as the ability to waive local board policy in an effort to improve student learning and educational performance.

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