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
5:47 am
Tue September 10, 2013

IDOT To Seek Public Input On Transportation Plan

Illinois transportation officials are announcing a series of meetings to allow public input on the state's long-range transit plan, which runs from for 2015 through 2020. IDOT head Ann Schneider says the meeting for IDOT's District 4 will be at the agency headquarters in Peoria on Sept. 16.

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Morning Cram
7:47 am
Mon September 9, 2013

The Morning Cram [red tape edition]

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From NPR: China runs the largest censorship machine in human history, researchers say. But Harvard studies of Internet postings in China suggest that even vitriolic criticisms of leaders and state policies are not what officials want to censor.

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Government
7:39 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Charges Against Animal Control Officer Dropped

A judge has dismissed charges against a former western Kentucky animal control officer. Prosecutor G.L. Ovey requested the charges be dropped against Abigail Tucker after the Kentucky Supreme Court issued an opinion on August 29 that changed the way offenses can be listed on an indictment.

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Politics
7:37 am
Mon September 9, 2013

McWherter Not Making Repeat Run For Governor

Former Tennessee Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike McWherter says he will not make a repeat run for governor next year. McWherter, son of former Governer Ned McWherter, lost to then-Republican candidate Bill Haslam in the 2010 gubernatorial election.

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Government
7:34 am
Mon September 9, 2013

I-24 Welcome Center Closing In Christian County

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The westbound Interstate 24 welcome center in Christian County is closing for several days starting today. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the down time is needed to allow a finish layer of asphalt to be placed along westbound lanes as well as the welcome center entry and exit ramps. If weather permits the work to be done as planned, the welcome center should reopen sometime on Friday.

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Education
7:33 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Murray State Will Name Building For Businessman

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Murray State University will name a new building on its Paducah Regional Campus after Harry Lee Crisp, the late founder of a regional bottling company.  Crisp’s family and company recently gave $1.3 million dollars to support the university and the Paducah campus.

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Environment
7:29 am
Mon September 9, 2013

TN Duck Hunting Begins This Week

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Tennessee’s Early hunting season for wood ducks and teal begins this week. According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the season runs from this Saturday to September 18 with a daily bag limit of four, not to exceed two wood ducks.

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Morning Cram
7:51 am
Fri September 6, 2013

The Morning Cram [and the winner is edition]

From NPR: Saturday in Argentina, the International Olympic Committee will announce the host of the 2020 Summer Games. The committee is choosing from among Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo. The contenders all have strong selling points but each also has serious issues clouding its bid.


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Government
7:46 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Quinn 'Concerned' About IL Capitol's Copper Doors

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A spokeswoman for Pat Quinn says the Illinois governor is "concerned" about an architect's choice to use nearly $670,000 copper-plated wooden doors as part of a Capitol renovation project. Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said yesterday that the governor believes any capital projects should be conducted in a "prudent and cost-effective manner." Critics have said the doors are too costly for the state when the Illinois pension fund is underfunded by $100 billion dollars.

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Government
7:44 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Haslam Announces TN Governor's Fellowship Program

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has created a fellowship program for college graduates. The Tennessee Governor's Management Fellowship is for applicants who want to learn under state government's top leaders. Applicants must have graduated from an undergraduate institution or graduate program between December 2011 and August 2014. Officials say they must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, a passion for serving their communities and outstanding character and leadership abilities.

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