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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Society
7:42 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Owensboro Man Arrested In Trigg Murder

An Owensboro man has been charged with murder in a five year old cold case. Kentucky State Police say that in 2008 64-year-old Harvey Choat of Trigg County was found dead in his home of multiple gunshot wounds. Yesterday, state police said the Trigg County sheriff's office had received a tip about the case. After state police and the sheriff's office interviewed 28-year-old Seth Hooks of Owensboro, troopers obtained an arrest warrant, and Owensboro police arrested Hook. Hooks was being held in the Daviess County jail and is set to appear in court.

Morning Cram
7:34 am
Thu September 5, 2013

The Morning Cram [not enough ribbon edition]

From NPR: With more than 300,000 residents, St. Louis, Mo., has a lot on its mind. Local poet Henry Goldkamp hopes to find out just what makes the city tick with his new public art project. He's installed 37 typewriters city-wide, asking for answers to the question, "What The Hell Is St. Louis Thinking?"

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Business
7:25 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Federal Grant to Assist Local Airport

The Mayfield-Graves County Airport will get more than $200,000 for runway and pavement rehabilitation. The money is part of a $3.5 million dollar grant four rural Kentucky airports will share. State officials say other grant recipients include Breckinridge County Airport at Hardinsburg, the Cynthiana-Harrison County Airport and the Stanton-Powell County Airport. The grants are from the U.S. Department of Transportation, but the state will help cover a portion of all four projects.

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Education
6:59 am
Wed September 4, 2013

The Morning Cram [ too many talons edition]

Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

From NPR: Decimated by hunters, insecticides and other human pressures in the 1960s and 1970s, America's emblematic bird is once again flying high. Roughly 10,000 mated pairs now nest in the continental U.S., up from about 500 in the 1970s. But more birds also means fierce competition for territory and mates.


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Politics
6:45 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Grimes Getting California Fundraising Help

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is getting fundraising help from a big name in the entertainment industry. Jeffrey Katzenberg is CEO of DreamWorks Animation. He is promoting a series of fundraising receptions for Grimes in Los Angeles on Sept. 26. In an email, Katzenberg introduced Grimes as the challenger to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in the most important election in the country next year.

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Politics
6:41 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Judge Rules Against Tea Party On Health Reforms

Credit http://blog.medi-share.org

Gov. Steve Beshear's expansion of Medicaid will be upheld in a court decision. Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd also upheld creation of the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange, which helps people find insurance coverage. Yesterday’s ruling says Beshear acted appropriately. Tea party activists had filed lawsuits challenging Beshear's authority to implement the reforms.

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Education
6:38 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Haslam To Discuss Plan To Increase 2-year Degrees

Gov. Bill Haslam is still pushing an initiative to increase the number of Tennesseans with at least a two-year college degree or certificate. The governor is scheduled to talk more about the "Drive to 55" plan in Nashville today. He announced the initiative in his State of the State address earlier this year and has been working on it over the past months. Today he is expected to give an update on its progress. 32% of Tennesseans have a two-year degree or higher. Haslam's goal is to raise that number to 55% by 2025.

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Politics
6:35 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Grimes Repeats Call For Higher Minimum Wage

Credit John Paul Henry

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is pushing the idea of raising the minimum wage in order to grow the middle class. The candidate for U.S. Senate distributed a news release yesterday touting what she believes would be the positive effects of increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

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Morning Cram
7:40 am
Tue September 3, 2013

The Morning Cram [midnight in the mountains edition]

From NPR: The Golden 1920s couple didn't fare as well in the 1930s, and the North Carolina mountain town was host to a particularly sad time. NPR's Susan Stamberg discovered a little-known story of the Jazz Age darlings, and their devastating connections to Asheville.

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Politics
6:48 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Dillard Picks Rep. Tracy For IL Lt. Governor

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard has chosen state Representative Jil Tracy as his running mate. Dillard announced his lieutenant governor pick late yesterday (Monday) on Instagram with a video message. Tracy is a Quincy Republican who first took office in 2006. She is part of the bipartisan panel trying to find a solution to Illinois' pension problem.

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