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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Politics
7:26 am
Tue August 20, 2013

KY House Panel To Take Up Redistricting Bill

Credit Kentucky LRC

The Kentucky House will try to keep legislative redistricting on a fast track on the second day of a special legislative session.

The House State Government Committee is scheduled to take up a redistricting bill today. House and Senate leaders are hoping to wrap up redistricting work Friday. It takes a minimum of five days to pass a bill in the Commonwealth.

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Government
7:24 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Quinn Boosts IL Interstate Speed Limit To 70 mph

Illinois Motorists will be able to drive a little faster on Illinois' rural interstates under legislation signed into law yesterday by Gov. Pat Quinn, a move that puts that state in line with dozens of states that already have a 70 mph or higher speed limit.

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Politics
7:21 am
Tue August 20, 2013

TN Sen. Corker Criticized For Working With Democrats

U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee insists his willingness to work with Democrats doesn't make him a moderate, but ardent conservatives think otherwise. According to The Tennessean the Republican came under fire throughout an eight-stop swing through Middle Tennessee during the congressional recess earlier this month.

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Education
7:20 am
Tue August 20, 2013

IL State Fire Marshal Urges Caution As School Starts

The Illinois state fire marshal is urging residents to drive slowly on neighborhood streets as the school year gets underway.

Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis is backing the national campaign "Keep Kids Alive, Drive 25." It urges speed limits of no more than 25 mph in residential areas. Matkaitis also says running stop signs is a too-frequent violation of the law which endangers not only kids but seniors.

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Morning Cram
7:30 am
Mon August 19, 2013

The Morning Cram [what am I doing? edition]

From NPR: Think buying health insurance through the Affordable Care Act will be confusing? You're not alone. NPR listeners asked questions that have been bugging them about student status options and penalties. Julie Rovner, NPR's health policy correspondent, explains how it's going to work.

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Politics
7:15 am
Mon August 19, 2013

TN Gov. Visiting KY Lake Region This Week

Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Haslam is visiting businesses in three rural counties west of Nashville this week. Haslam is headed to Benton, Humphreys and Houston counties in the Kentucky Lake region tomorrow. He plans to visit Jones Plastic and Engineering in Camden, DuPont Titanium Technologies in New Johnsonville and Glastonbury Southern Gage in Erin.

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Environment
7:12 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Fish And Wildlife Commission Proposing Increases

Kentucky's Fish and Wildlife Commission is asking for fee increases for some licenses and permits, but rates for basic hunting and fishing licenses for Kentucky adults wouldn't be affected. The recommendations must be approved by two legislative committees before becoming law.

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Education
7:10 am
Mon August 19, 2013

KY Schoolchildren To Receive Fresh Produce

Dozens of schools across Kentucky will receive help in a project to provide elementary school students with fresh produce. The Kentucky Education Department says the state received $2.78 million in funding for the program for the coming school year. Each of the 134 schools participating will receive operating funds based on about $50 per student enrolled as of last October.

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Morning Cram
7:51 am
Fri August 16, 2013

The Morning Cram [drones and cyclones edition]

Credit wikipedia.org

From NPR: To understand how and why tornadoes form, some researchers are taking to the skies with small unmanned aircraft. The drones, outfitted with an array of sensors, can provide valuable data about the storms, and don't require people to be in harm's way. The goal is to increase the warning time before storms become deadly.

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Environment
7:43 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Haslam Awards More Than $1.6M To Improve Parks

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is awarding more than $1.6 million in grants to improve Tennessee parks and recreational areas. The Recreational Trails Program is a federally funded program established to distribute funding for diverse recreation trail projects.

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