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
7:31 am
Thu September 26, 2013

The Morning Cram [who doesn’t like bluegrass? edition]

From NPR: Alan Jackson's newest release, The Bluegrass Album, is exactly what its title promises: a collection of bluegrass covers, as well as some originals written in the style. Here, the country superstar discusses the personal stories behind the record.

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Environment
7:15 am
Thu September 26, 2013

IL Gets Federal Grant For Local Crops

Illinois will receive nearly $500,000 in federal funds to expand the availability of fresh, locally grown produce. Agriculture Director Bob Flider said yesterday the money will come from the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. It will be split among 12 projects focused on local produce.

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Environment
7:13 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Watchdog Group Wants Special Session On Pipeline

Government watchdog group Common Cause of Kentucky is urging Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to call a special session this fall.

The session would seek to pass legislation protecting private landowners from companies wanting to use eminent domain for a controversial pipeline project. The Bluegrass Pipeline is being built by Williams Co. and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners of Texas.

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Politics
7:08 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Ramsey: Little Chance In TN Of Carr Upsetting Alexander

Tennessee State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he sees little chance of state Representative Joe Carr upsetting U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander in next year's Republican primary.

Ramsey cites his own experience as a 2010 gubernatorial candidate in which he was unable to overcome a vast fundraising disadvantage in the Republican primary won by Bill Haslam.

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Politics
7:06 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Senate President Hires Former Fletcher Aides

Credit Kentucky LRC

Kentucky’s Senate President Robert Stivers has now hired two of former Governor Ernie Fletcher's aides to serve on his leadership staff.

Earlier this month, David Fleenor came on board as Stivers' attorney. Fleenor, who had served as general counsel to Fletcher, replaced Harland Hatter, who took a position in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

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Politics
7:04 am
Thu September 26, 2013

McConnell Gets Nod From Former Education Secretary

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has received an endorsement for re-election from former U.S. Education Secretary Bill Bennett, now a talk show host. McConnell is running for a sixth term and is being challenged by Louisville businessman Matt Bevin in next year's Republican primary.

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Military
7:03 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Fort Campbell Units Return To Afghanistan

Two combat brigades based at Fort Campbell are returning to the war in Afghanistan. The Pentagon announced yesterday 4,800 soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division will rotate back into the conflict.

They are scheduled to deploy over this winter. The 2nd Brigade Combat Team is sending 3,000 soldiers, a majority of that brigade.

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Government
7:01 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Conway: Growing Hemp Violates Federal Law

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is advising state leaders that industrial hemp farming remains illegal in Kentucky. Conway issued an advisory letter yesterday to Gov. Steve Beshear, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and others to clarify current law related to hemp.

The letter deflates hopes of hemp farming proponents who have said they'd like to begin planting next year.

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Business
6:59 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Ramsey Predicts TN Supermarket Wine Will Pass

Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey predicts that lawmakers will approve a bill to allow wine to be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores next session. The Blountville Republican told reporters in Nashville yesterday that lawmakers on the fence about the proposal were surprised by the backlash to the failure of this year's bill in a House committee.

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Morning Cram
7:39 am
Wed September 25, 2013

The Morning Cram [there’s always the weather edition]

Credit Wikimedia Commons

From NPR: The usually well-behaved ribbon of high winds that runs eastward across North America has wandered all over the place recently and even split in two. That's caused a whole host of extreme weather in the Northern Hemisphere, including the recent rains in Colorado, bitter cold in Florida and a heat wave in Alaska.

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