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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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

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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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Environment
6:57 am
Mon September 30, 2013

State Adds To Big Rivers Wildlife Area

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Kentucky Division of Forestry have purchased more than 4,200 acres of property in western Kentucky for $12.6 million dollars to preserve it for activities such as hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing.

The two agencies purchased the property from the Nature Conservancy of Kentucky last week. Along with 2,488 acres acquired in Union County in 2011, the Big Rivers Wildlife Management Area and State Forest will cover more than 6,700 acres.

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Government
6:55 am
Mon September 30, 2013

IL State Police Struggling Over Gun Permits

The Illinois State Police continues to struggle with a backlog of applications for gun ownership. So it remains to be seen how they can handle an influx of requests for permits to carry concealed weapons. The department has 49,000 applications for Firearm Owners Identification cards awaiting approval.

A new law allows the carrying of concealed weapons. Police estimate there'll be 400,000 applications for "carry" permits in the first year.

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Government
6:53 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Fed Court To Hear Case Of Iraqi Sentenced To Life

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A federal appeals court is scheduled in November to hear the case of an Iraqi man sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to terrorism charges while living in Kentucky.

The attorney for 25-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi will get to argue why he thinks his client's prison sentence should be reduced.

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Morning Cram
8:11 am
Fri September 27, 2013

The Morning Cram [that didn’t take long edition]

From NPR: Los Angeles Unified School District started issuing iPads to its students this school year, as part of a $30 million deal with Apple.

But less than a week after getting their iPads, hundreds of students had found a way to bypass software blocks meant to limit what websites the students can use.

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Government
7:59 am
Fri September 27, 2013

KY State Police To Investigate Shredded LRC Documents

The Kentucky State Police will investigate whether any laws were broken when former Legislative Research Commission Director Bobby Sherman shredded documents in his Capitol office Sunday, two days after he resigned.

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Culture
7:57 am
Fri September 27, 2013

IL AFL-CIO Votes To Support Gay Marriage

The executive board of the Illinois chapter of the AFL-CIO is supporting gay marriage. The board voted yesterday in Chicago to urge the Illinois House to adopt the "Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act."

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Government
7:54 am
Fri September 27, 2013

KY Chief Justice To Update Lawmakers On Judiciary

Chief Justice John D. Minton Junior is scheduled to address lawmakers on the state of the judiciary next week in Hopkinsville. Minton will speak to the Interim Joint Judiciary Committee at 10 a.m. next Friday in the Christian County Justice Center.

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