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
7:49 am
Tue August 13, 2013

The Morning Cram [the buck stops there edition]

From NPR: Free-standing emergency rooms, separate from hospitals, are popping up across the country. Many look like urgent-care centers, but the ERs charge much more. Many consumers don't realize the difference until they get the bill.

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Government
5:45 am
Tue August 13, 2013

TN Supreme Court Overturns Antiquated Rule

The Tennessee Supreme Court has overturned an antiquated rule classifying statutory rape victims as accomplices. Yesterday the court issued a unanimous opinion to eliminate the requirement that testimony of the victim be corroborated by other independent evidence. The ruling upholds the statutory rape conviction of DeWayne Collier of Shelby County. He was convicted of having sex with a 14-year-old Arkansas girl. The high court had expressed interest in issues raised by Collier's case, including whether the victim of a sexual offense can be a criminal accomplice.

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Politics
5:44 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Paul Has 3 Stops Scheduled In KY This Week

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, back in his home state during a congressional recess, has a series of stops scheduled this week in Kentucky. The Bowling Green Republican is set to speak to business leaders at a luncheon sponsored by the Louisville Forum at noon tomorrow. Paul will also speak Thursday to the Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce at noon and do a meet and greet at the McDonald's Restaurant in Greenville at 3:45 p.m. 

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Arts
5:41 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Land Conservation Fund To Sponsor Video Contest

Kentucky students will have an opportunity this fall to help raise awareness of the state's "Nature's Finest" license plate programs. The Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund is seeking creative and original videos from high school, college, trade or professional school students in the state.

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Education
5:37 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Top High School Prep Chefs To Compete In State Fair

A new state high school competition involving pots and pans will take place during the Kentucky State Fair. The state Agriculture Department says the first Kentucky Farm to School Junior Chef Cook Off will start Thursday and continue until Aug. 23 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

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Government
5:33 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Former Obion County Probation Officer Indicted

Credit tbi.gov

Authorities say a former Obion County drug court probation officer has been charged with stealing more than $63,000 from probationers she had been monitoring. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said yesterday 44-year-old Martha Sue Moore has been indicted on two counts of theft over $60,000 and one count of money laundering. Investigators say Moore reported incorrect amounts of money she collected from probationers while working for Westate Corrections Network.

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Morning Cram
7:20 am
Mon August 12, 2013

The Morning Cram [faster food edition]

From NPR: If you're a takeout or delivery customer, websites like Seamless and Grubhub are a marvel. Just type, click your order and the food is on its way. But if you're a restaurant, this shift to the web may not sit so well with you.

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Government
6:59 am
Mon August 12, 2013

IL Treasurer: Use Free State Site To Claim Property

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is reminding Illinois residents to use the state's official website to search for unclaimed property. Rutherford issued a warning Friday about websites that charge users to search for unclaimed property. He says the state's website is a free service provided by his office, a program knows as I-Cash.

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Business
6:57 am
Mon August 12, 2013

TN Exports Increase $300 million In First Half

Credit wikimedia.org

Tennessee's exports increased 1% in the first half of the year, setting a new record for the state. The International Trade Administration says exports were $16 billion, up $300 million from the same period last year. The biggest export gains were increases of 60%to Singapore, 26% to the United Arab Emirates, 26% to South Korea and 17%to the Netherlands.

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Government
6:54 am
Mon August 12, 2013

KSP To Offer Grants To Battle Underage Drinking

Kentucky State Police are accepting mini-grant proposals for underage drinking prevention projects. The agency will offer five $2,500 mini-grants and one $25,000 enforcement grant, which has been provided by a U-S Department of Justice block grant program. KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer says enforcement is vital to reducing underage drinking, but that effort must be accompanied by education that will bring more awareness.

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