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
7:41 am
Mon August 26, 2013

The Morning Cram [50 years later edition]

From NPR: Joseph Burden and Martin Niverth, officers with the segregated D.C. police department, were both assigned to patrol the March on Washington. Burden, who is black, worked while wishing he could participate. And Niverth, a white man, was surprised to be assigned a black partner for the day.

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Education
7:09 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Mayfield High Wins First Junior Chef Competition

Mayfield High School won first place at the very  first Farm to School Junior Chef championship at the Kentucky State Fair. The three-member team from Mayfield came away with a narrow victory over Fern Creek at last week's competition.

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Politics
7:03 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Libertarian Candidate Enters KY Senate Race

Kentucky Libertarian David Patterson has announced his intention to run for U.S. Senate. The 42-year-old Harrodsburg police officer says he's making a bid to unseat Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell because voters are looking for an alternative. State Libertarian Party Chair Ken Moellman said he's pleased Patterson wanted to get into the race. Patterson will seek the party's nomination in an internal primary on March 1.

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Business
6:57 am
Mon August 26, 2013

TVA Donates To Kentucky Coal Miner Memorial

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The Tennessee Valley Authority is donating $5,000 for a coal miner memorial in Muhlenberg County. The project will be located at the County Courthouse and include the names of miners who lost their lives working in the area. TVA operates a coal burning power plant, Paradise Fossil Plant, on the Green River in the county.

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Education
6:56 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Beshear To Announce Race To The Top Grants Today

Governor Steve Beshear is announcing today a $41 million in ‘Race to the Top’ education grant to cooperatives of Kentucky school districts. The grant is being awarded to Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, or OVEC, in north central Kentucky and the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative, or GRREC, across south central Kentucky.

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Morning Cram
8:01 am
Fri August 23, 2013

The Morning Cram [say what? edition]

From NPR: There are no strings attached. People can spend the money on whatever they want, and they never have to pay it back.

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Society
6:51 am
Fri August 23, 2013

KY Reports County Jobless Rates

The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training says unemployment rates fell in 72 of the state's counties in the past year. They say the jobless rates rose in 42 counties and stayed the same in six others. The figures were released yesterday.

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Business
6:47 am
Fri August 23, 2013

KY Has New Economic Representative In Japan

Kentucky has a new economic development representative in Japan. The new point person is Hiraku Tamura, a Tokyo native with nearly four decades of international business experience. He last served as president of a Japanese logistics service company.  Tamura replaces Jiro Hashimoto, who announced his retirement in June after 28 years of service to the Commonwealth.

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Politics
6:43 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Beshear Stands Ready To Sign Redistricting Bill

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Kentucky’s redistricting bill that steamrolled through the House is scheduled for a Senate vote this morning.

Governor Steve Beshear says he stands ready to sign the measure into law today, after lawmakers finish redrawing boundary lines around House and Senate districts. The Senate State and Local Government Committee unanimously approved the proposal yesterday.

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Business
6:40 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Pilot Flying J Defends Settlement

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The head of a group filing lawsuit against The Pilot Flying J diesel retail chain says the group is not a "shell company" for the chain. The truck stop chain is run by the family of Tennessee governor Bill Haslam. Pilot Flying J has agreed to settle the lawsuit filed in Arkansas by National Trucking Financial Reclamation Services. National Trucking was founded by Arkansas Trucking Association President Lane Kidd just days after the FBI brought allegations Pilot reduced the amount of rebates smaller trucking companies were owed.

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