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
8:09 am
Thu September 19, 2013

The Morning Cram [easy listening edition]

From NPR: Document requests by the ACLU of Northern California have produced an inside look at the records of suspicious activity reports gathered by federal authorities. The feds appear to be keeping files on people based on tips that fall far below the threshold of reasonable suspicion.

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Politics
6:50 am
Thu September 19, 2013

McConnell Gets Endorsement Of Anti-Abortion Group

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has been endorsed by the anti-abortion group National Right to Life. The endorsement was announced yesterday in Louisville. Carol Tobias, head of the national group, said McConnell has been "among the most effective legislative champions" in the fight against abortion.

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Environment
6:48 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Federal Decision Keeps TN Fish Hatcheries Open

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander says a decision by the Department of the Interior means that Tennessee fish hatcheries will remain open. Alexander said in a release yesterday that the nearly 900,000 Tennesseans who buy fishing licenses depend on the hatcheries to replace trout destroyed by federal locks and dams. The state's fish hatcheries are located in Erwin and Dale Hollow.

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Culture
6:47 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Website Tracks Kentucky's Fall Season

Kentucky is offering a website that tracks the fall foliage season for people wanting to view the state's autumn colors. The ColorFall website includes reports on stages of leaf changes from naturalists at parks across the state. The website also lists special fall events and a link to a Facebook page where people can upload digital photos of their own fall travels.

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Society
11:10 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Need Line Neighborhood Project Kicks Off

Listen to the interview here.

Need Line volunteer Amy Iddings interviews about the organizations new Neighborhood Project. The idea cam from a story Iddings and her friends heard and NPR story about the Ashland Food Project.   Instead of waiting for donations to come to them they plan to bring the cause to your front door. Listen to Amy describe how Need Line plans to go out into the neighborhoods of Calloway County, not just to find supporters, but to change the way we view hunger in the community.

Morning Cram
8:10 am
Wed September 18, 2013

The Morning Cram [question mark edition]

From NPR: Author Leah Hager Cohen says it's time to stop faking your way through conversations. "Once you finally own up to what you don't know, then you can begin to have honest interactions with the people around you," she explains.


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Politics
5:53 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Tea Party Group Still Pondering Bevin Endorsement

A national tea party group is seeking input from Kentucky conservatives on whether to endorse Louisville businessman Matt Bevin. Bevin is a political outsider challenging U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in next year's GOP primary. The head of the Senate Conservatives Fund, Matt Hoskins, said yesterday he would consider it a victory for Kentucky and the country if Bevin were to win the primary. Hoskins said Bevin won't win unless conservatives step up.

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Environment
5:51 am
Wed September 18, 2013

2nd Employee Leaving Fish And Wildlife

A second employee has left the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, and the agency's budget manager has been placed on administrative leave. The departure of Darin Moore, the division director for administrative services, follows that of Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Jonathan Gassett, whose resignation is effective Friday.

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Culture
5:50 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Archaeology Events Scheduled In KY

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site is offering special exhibits about archaeology and the importance of preserving sites when it celebrates Friends of Wickliffe Mounds Appreciation Day this month. An open house is planned, and the event September 28 is held in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution's Museum Free Day, when there is free admission to the site and museum. September is Kentucky Archaeology Month.

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Government
5:49 am
Wed September 18, 2013

IL Medicaid Cleanup Yielding Lower-Than-Hoped Savings

Illinois officials say the state saved about $44 million in five months because of a vendor's work to scrub unentitled Illinois residents from the Medicaid rolls. Department of Healthcare and Family Services Director Julie Hamos detailed the savings yesterday at a legislative hearing in Chicago. The work resulted in the state canceling Medicaid for more than 125, 000 people.

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