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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Politics
8:04 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Quinn Says He Respects Daley's Move To Quit Race

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  Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he respects William Daley's decision not to challenge him for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. The governor said a divisive primary would have only helped Republicans, "who want to take the state backward."

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Environment
8:03 am
Tue September 17, 2013

AFL-CIO Pushes For Waiver For Illinois Plants

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  The AFL-CIO wants Illinois' pollution control board to waive pollution controls at coal-fired plants being sold by Ameren Corporation. The labor coalition is making its position known hours before the Board meets in Springfield today.

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Morning Cram
9:21 am
Mon September 16, 2013

The Morning Cram [who’s fatherland? edition]

  From NPR: As many as 5,000 Syrian refugees are moving to Germany this month, but they aren't receiving the warmest welcome in a country where a growing number of Germans are unhappy about the steady stream of asylum seekers. Fanning the flames are extremists, who want Germany to close its doors to refugees.

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Politics
9:11 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Gov. Haslam Visits West TN In Tour

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  Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has a series of public events scheduled for West Tennessee. The governor starts out the week with a grant announcement at the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology in Memphis this afternoon. Haslam travels to Washington tomorrow for an education and workforce summit hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. 

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Health
8:51 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Health Summit Meets In Bowling Green

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  Leaders in business, health care and government are assembling in Bowling Green for a summit designed to improve health information technology. The annual e-Health summit begins tomorrow at the Sloan Convention Center. 

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Morning Cram
9:17 am
Fri September 13, 2013

The Morning Cram [a fighting chance edition]

From NPR: Lessons in optimism from very ill children inspire pediatric oncologist Jim Olson in his hunt for better treatments for brain tumors. If a boy too sick to get out of bed can still find a way to have a snowball fight with his older brother, then Olson figures he can find ways to improve brain surgery.

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Richie Farmer
8:53 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Farmer Scheduled In Court Today For Plea Deal

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  Richie Farmer is scheduled to appear in court to finalize a plea deal that could send him to prison for about two years. Farmer, who served two terms as state agriculture commissioner, is expected to enter guilty pleas in federal and state court on government corruption charges today. Farmer was accused of using Department of Agriculture employees to work on his Frankfort home, including building a basketball court in his backyard.

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Government
8:51 am
Fri September 13, 2013

TN Offers Veterans Driver's License

  Honorably discharged veterans may now obtain specially designated driver's licenses in Tennessee.The licenses recognizing veterans' military service were authorized under a 2011 state law, but the designation could not be included until a recent redesign of Tennessee driver's licenses. Veterans must present their discharge papers to receive the special designation on their licenses or photo ID cards. No extra fee applies for the designation when licenses are renewed.

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Government
8:32 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Vehicle Enforcement Officers Want Raises

  The commander of the Division of Vehicle Enforcement has asked lawmakers to provide pay raises to his officers. Lt. Col. Keith Peercy said KVE officers' starting pay is some $9,000 a year less than that of state police troopers. He said that needs to be changed to prevent turnover within the agency that's charged with enforcing laws regarding commercial vehicles traveling Kentucky highways. Beginning troopers make just less than $40,000 a year.

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Kentucky State Police
8:29 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Older State Police Cruisers Prove Costly

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  More than half of the cruisers now being used by Kentucky state police troopers have logged over 100,000 miles and are becoming costly to repair. State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer said financial woes are preventing the department from replacing older cruisers as quickly as he'd like. The result, he told lawmakers Thursday, has been high maintenance costs that have reached about $180,000 a month. 

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