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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Education
8:04 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Cyberattack Entangles KY Education Department

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A cyberattack on the Kentucky Department of Education's Infinite Campus information network has kept thousands of parents from accessing online data about their schoolchildren. Officials say no private student data was compromised and workers were beginning to restore access Friday night.

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Government
8:01 am
Mon September 2, 2013

IL Lawmaker Term-Limits Re-Emerge For 2014 Campaign

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The issue of term limits for Illinois state lawmakers is about to be resurrected in connection with the accelerating campaign for governor next year. A political action committee chaired by Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says it will unveil plans this week to ask voters on the November 2014 ballot to impose term limits.

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Politics
7:57 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Quinn Keeps Pushing To Raise IL Minimum Wage

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is again making a push for raising his state’s minimum wage. The Chicago Democrat has been ramping up his 2014 re-election bid. Yesterday, he told members of a Chicago church that helping those who live in poverty is a biblical principle. Illinois last raised the minimum wage in 2010. The state's minimum wage is $8-25 and Quinn wants to bring it $10 an hour.

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Society
7:51 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Murray State Basketball Legend Crittenden Dies

Kentucky basketball legend and Murray State Alumnus Howard “Howie” Crittenden died Friday. He was 80. Crittenden played on the 1952 Cuba High School state championship team. He also held Murray State’s scoring record for 33 years. His number 19 jersey hangs from the rafters of the CFSB center. Crittenden served as principal at Henderson County high School for 21 years, and later as principal for Calloway County. He was a commissioned Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve and served on active duty for a year at Fort Chaffee, Ark. Crittenden’s funeral is tomorrow at 2p.m. in Murray’s First United Methodist Church. Visitation begins at 10 a.m.

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Morning Cram
7:31 am
Fri August 30, 2013

The Morning Cram [whoop whoop edition]

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From NPR: A decade ago, cranes that had never before migrated followed the lead of an ultralight plane to learn the route south. Several generations later, old cranes are teaching young birds to navigate that same route. It's a clue that migration is a combination of nature and nurture, researchers say.


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Environment
7:22 am
Fri August 30, 2013

McConnell And Paul Push To Lift Fishing Restrictions

U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are pressing to permanently lift restrictions on fishing below dams along the Cumberland River. Earlier this year McConnell and Paul, with help from congressional colleagues, passed a law that would temporarily block a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposal to erect barriers to prevent fishing in what anglers consider prime waters.

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Morning Cram
7:20 am
Thu August 29, 2013

The Morning Cram [not really lovin' it edition]

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From NPR: Fast food and restaurant work used to be seen as an entry point for the young. Today, the average such employee is 29, and nearly a quarter are parents. For these workers, current wages are hardly enough to support them, let alone their families.

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Government
6:46 am
Thu August 29, 2013

KY State Police Work To Reduce Holiday Wrecks

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Kentucky State Police will be trying to keep the number of vehicle collisions down during the upcoming holiday weekend. With troopers' "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, the agency will increase enforcement and use saturation patrols and safety checkpoints to improve this year's Labor Day weekend statistics. State police say there were 1,532 crashes last year with 470 injuries and nine fatalities.

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Education
6:44 am
Thu August 29, 2013

KY Receiving Funds For Student Tests

Kentucky will receive nearly a half-million dollars to help pay advanced placement test fees for low-income students. The U.S. Education Department says the funds are part of $28.8 million being given to 42 states for the effort. The grants are based on the expected number of students who will take the tests and other factors. The grants are meant to pay all but $10 of the cost of each test.

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Politics
6:40 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Louisville To Host Southern Governor's Association

Governors from across the South will convene in Louisville Sept.  7-9 to discuss regional issues, particularly expanding the manufacturing industry. The Southern Governor's Association, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, will also look at a variety of other issues ranging from energy to infrastructure at the annual meeting to be held at the Seelbach Hotel.

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