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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Government
6:44 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Road Work To Reduce Lanes On I-24 At Ohio River

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Motorists traveling on Interstate 24 between Paducah and Metropolis will encounter reduced lanes across the Ohio River starting today. The Illinois Department of Transportation says travel will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Then barriers will be added early in October to restrict maximum width to 12 feet, 3 inches. Highway contractors will be repairing joints, and the work is expected to take about two months.

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Environment
6:41 am
Mon September 23, 2013

TVA Seeks Volunteers For Public Lands Day Events

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The Tennessee Valley Authority is seeking volunteers to participate in National Public Lands Day on Saturday. TVA says it is sponsoring volunteer activities around the Tennessee Valley. National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. Interested volunteers should visit www.tva.com or contact the TVA Environmental Information Center at 800-882-5263.

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Government
6:39 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Judge Says Ex-Sheriff Can Stay Free During Appeal

A federal judge is allowing former Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton to remain free while he appeals his conviction on two counts of witness tampering. U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley concluded that Eaton has raised two reasonable issues that could result in his winning a new trial. Eaton had been scheduled to report to federal prison by Sept. 30 to begin serving an 18-month prison sentence.

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Politics
6:37 am
Mon September 23, 2013

IL Democratic Slating Inspires Talk Of Party Unity

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has called for the party to band together and work as a ticket despite recent clashes among top Democrats. His comments came Sunday during the state Democratic party's meeting to slate statewide candidates for the 2014 primary. The 23 state central committeemen unanimously voted to give the party's official endorsement.

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Society
6:35 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Second Person Dies From Murray House Explosion

The Kentucky State Police has been notified by the Nashville Medical Examiner’s Office that Barbara Parker, age 70, of Murray died at the Vanderbilt Medical Center on Friday. Parker is the second person to die from injuries after a house explosion on Cook Store Trail in Calloway County. 71-year-old Kenneth Story died on the scene. Kentucky Fire Marshal Bill Swopesays the most likely cause of the September 14 explosion was a leak in a liquid propane line. Kentucky State Police spokesman Jay Thomas says investigators haven't found any signs of foul play.

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Politics
6:34 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Paul: We Probably Can't Get Rid Of 'Obamacare'

Republican Sen. Rand Paul says President Barack Obama's health care law probably can't be defeated or gotten rid of. And he's suggesting there are few ways and little time for him and other congressional Republicans to stop it.

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Morning Cram
9:28 am
Fri September 20, 2013

The Morning Cram [up in smoke edition]

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From NPR: Under the proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency, new plants that run on coal would only be permitted to emit about half as much carbon dioxide as the average coal plant puts into the air today. Emissions from the electricity industry are already declining as utilities turn to natural gas and wind farms.

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Government
6:25 am
Fri September 20, 2013

TN DCS Out Of Compliance In Several Areas

The Tennessee Department of Children's Services has fallen out of compliance in several of the areas the federal court uses to measure its performance. DCS has been under federal supervision since 2001, when the court found serious problems with its treatment of foster care children. At a hearing yesterday, U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell asked when that supervision might end.

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Government
6:23 am
Fri September 20, 2013

KY Transportation Cabinet Selling Surplus Equipment

Old trucks, tractors and other government surplus equipment will be up for auction next week in Frankfort. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet scheduled the sale to begin at 9 a.m. eastern time on Tuesday at the Division of Equipment complex on Wilkinson Boulevard. Interested buyers can examine the items the day before the sale.

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Business
6:21 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Kentucky’s Jobless Rate Drops In August

The state unemployment rate declined slightly in August despite significant job losses in some key labor market sectors. The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training reports that the rate fell to 8.4%, down from 8.5% in July. State economist Manoj Shanker said the trade, transportation and utilities sector shed 2,100 jobs in August. Another 1,800 jobs were lost in various sectors.

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