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
7:35 am
Thu August 22, 2013

The Morning Cram [i spy edition]

From NPR: The NSA says it's only examining traffic information, not the content of Americans' phone calls. How much can that information tell you? Quite a lot, and in some ways it's more useful than actual content. NPR's Larry Abramson learns what analysts can discover about his life and contacts just by looking at his Gmail account.

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Government
7:26 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Protection Grants Provide Gear To KY Agencies

Law enforcement in Oak Grove is receiving $19,000 dollars for body armor and stun devices. The money comes from a grant The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security. Homeland Security receives income from sales of confiscated weapons. Funds are then provided to buy body armor, weapons, ammunition and stun devices.

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Business
7:22 am
Thu August 22, 2013

KY High Court Considers Instant Racing Challenge

The Kentucky Supreme Court will soon decide whether Instant Racing is similar to betting on live racing or illegal gambling.

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Government
7:21 am
Thu August 22, 2013

IL Emergency Management Agencies Receive $4 Million Grants

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced $4 million in grants yesterday for 121 city and county emergency agencies. The Emergency Management Performance Grants are funded through a grant Illinois receives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The grants are awarded annually and can be used for day-to-day operations.

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Morning Cram
7:53 am
Wed August 21, 2013

The Morning Cram [young turks edition]

From NPR: The Internet and file sharing have transformed how young people think about possessing music, art, books — even cars. As the millennial generation questions ownership of nearly any possession, they are opting instead to spend money on experiences. And car companies are left scratching their heads.

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Politics
6:22 am
Wed August 21, 2013

KY Gov. Blasts Scott Over Recruitment Tactic

Credit governor.ky.gov

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is ripping into Florida Governor Rick Scott over what he calls a "crude" effort to lure businesses to the Sunshine State. On Monday Beshear sent a letter to Scott criticizing the Republican governor's attempt to get companies to relocate. He called the effort in "poor taste" and also said some of the information Scott sent to Kentucky businesses was misleading and false.

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Culture
6:20 am
Wed August 21, 2013

KY High Court To Take Up Instant Racing Challenge

The Kentucky Supreme Court is set to step into a long-running dispute over whether a slot machine-like device is legal in the state. The justices will hear arguments starting at 10 a.m. today from the state and The Family Foundation, which is challenging the Instant Racing game. Each side will have 30 minutes to make its case.

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Education
6:18 am
Wed August 21, 2013

KY ACT Results Lagging National Levels

This year's Kentucky high school graduates fell short when measured against national results for ACT college readiness benchmarks but the state is making improvements. In English, reading, mathematics and science combined, 18% of Kentucky's Class of 2013 achieved college readiness, compared with 26% nationally. The results were released today. Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says students and teachers have made progress during the past five years.

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Government
6:15 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Simon Urges Testimony At IL Budget Hearings

Credit Chicago Press Release Services

Illinois Lt. Gove. Sheila Simon is urging taxpayers to comment at public hearings about funding for state-run programs and services. The Budgeting for Results Commission will take testimony from the public today at the Illinois Department of Transportation office in Collinsville.

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Morning Cram
7:35 am
Tue August 20, 2013

The Morning Cram [it’s raining…kangaroos? edition]

From NPR: Sea level has been rising steadily as a result of global warming. But in 2010 and 2011, levels dropped sharply by a quarter of an inch. A new analysis says that's because extraordinarily heavy rainfall got trapped in inland Australia.

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