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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Murray State
7:12 am
Wed October 9, 2013

MSU Creates New Recruitment Program

Credit MSU

Murray State is experiencing “sluggishness” when it comes to regional enrollment. That’s according to an email sent by Provost and Vice-president of Academic Affairs Jay Morgan to University staff and faculty yesterday.

To address the issue the University is starting a  program called Racer RoundUp to target more students in its service region.

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Morning Cram
7:35 am
Tue October 8, 2013

The Morning Cram [shshshshshshsh edition]

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From NPR: For the few hundred people living in the cell- and wireless-free town of Green Bank, W.Va., staying connected — to each other and to the outside world — is a daily challenge. The area is within a zone designed to protect a giant radio telescope from interference.

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Morning Cram
7:47 am
Mon October 7, 2013

The Morning Cram [new mediums edition]

From NPR: Bo Burnham got his start in comedy on the internet, rather than in clubs. He found fame on YouTube and parlayed millions of views into a thriving career. Now, he's turned to the printed page with Egghead: or, You Can't Survive On Ideas Alone, a collection of comedic poetry modeled on Shel Silverstein.

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Law Enforcement
7:08 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Investigation Leads To One Of Kentucky's Largest Meth Seizures

53 pounds in crystal methamphetamine is now in the hands of Kentucky law enforcement after a three month investigation.

On Friday multiple agencies including the Kentucky State police, DEA and the ATF executed a search warrant at the home of John Slingland and Abbie Jones in southern Graves County. Slingland and Jones were taken into custody and approximately two pounds of crystal methamphetamine, more than five pounds of marijuana, 25 firearms and over $50,000 in U.S. Currency was seized.

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Morning Cram
7:25 am
Fri October 4, 2013

The Morning Cram [tick tock tick tock edition]

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From NPR: President Obama says he won't negotiate with Republicans over the debt ceiling, but he's happy to talk once the government is open and the full faith and credit of the United States is assured. Experts in negotiation weigh in about the tactics and the strategy being used during the budget impasse.

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Morning Cram
7:41 am
Thu October 3, 2013

The Morning Cram [pensions and politics edition]

From NPR: Nationwide, many cash-strapped cities have raided funds intended for retirees or have chronically underfunded their pension systems. But despite a budget crunch, Milwaukee's fund has consistently ranked among the nation's top pension programs. Even so, some changes lie ahead for city workers.

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Morning Cram
7:45 am
Wed October 2, 2013

The Morning Cram [what is this? edition]

From NPR: Millet hasn't quite taken off yet, partly due perception issues. But farmers are optimistic that the grain, which is high in protein and gluten-free, can compete with quinoa.

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Morning Cram
8:02 am
Tue October 1, 2013

The Morning Cram [healthcare beantown style edition]

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From NPR: Seven years ago, the state of Massachusetts launched its own experiment with health insurance exchanges. Those involved in that experiment say it's gone smoothly, and as a result, 97 percent of the state's residents now have health coverage. Some called the program Romneycare; some still do.

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Morning Cram
7:23 am
Mon September 30, 2013

The Morning Cram [would you like to know more? edition]

From NPR: If all goes as planned, people who don't have insurance will be able to shop for it on online insurance marketplaces starting Tuesday. As long as people sign up by Dec. 15, they'll be covered starting Jan. 1.

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Road Work
7:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

I-69 Ramps At Dawson Springs Closing Temporarily

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Southbound travelers on Interstate 69 may need to change their route slightly while work is being done on ramps at Dawson Springs. The Transportation Cabinet says a contractor will close the southbound exit and entry ramps at the Kentucky 109 interchange starting today (Monday).

That's Exit 92. The ramps are being closed for about a week while connections for the new I-69/Kentucky 109 interchange configuration are built.

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