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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Culture
6:52 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Kentucky State Fair Is Back Thursday

Credit Jessica Elliot / about.com

The 2013 Kentucky State Fair is only three days away — time for musical artists, world-class horses, fried food on a stick and handmade finery. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for those 55 and older ($1 on senior day), $6 for children 3 to 12 and free for anyone 2 and younger, plus $8 for parking. Admission is $2 cheaper if you buy advance tickets through Wednesday at Kroger.

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Society
6:50 am
Mon August 12, 2013

KSP And Other Agencies Make Major Drug Bust

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A multi agency investigation came to an end Saturday when the Kentucky State Police, Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, and McCracken County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant in Calloway County. The KSP arrested and charged five people after turning up 6 ounces of crystal methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $10,000 along with more than $16,000 and several firearms were located in the residence.

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Morning Cram
7:31 am
Fri August 9, 2013

The Morning Cram [sign of the times edition]

From NPR: When you're a teenager, there are many things you desperately want to find: friends, fun, a future, freedom. In American Graffiti, the iconic movie about teenagers set in 1962, the kids find all of that just by getting in their cars. But today, teens say they don't see cars the same way.


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Government
7:26 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Feds: Former IL State Worker Took $433,000 In Kickbacks

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Authorities say a onetime chief of staff to the former head of the Illinois Department of Public Health took $433,000 in kickbacks for steering grant and contract money to certain groups. An indictment released yesterday by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Springfield says Quinshaunta Golden faces one count of bribery and theft involving federal funds.

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Culture
7:24 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Grants Available To Make KY Arts More Accessible

Credit Kentucky Arts Council

The Kentucky Arts Council has some grants available to help increase access to the arts for people with limited opportunities. AAA Grants support arts programs in areas where age, geographic location, ethnicity, economic status, disability or other factors make enjoying the arts more challenging. Applications are being taken for programs for people age 65 or older.

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Government
7:22 am
Fri August 9, 2013

KY State Police Driving Academy Postponed

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A Kentucky State Police driving academy for teenagers that was scheduled to start later this month in Frankfort has been postponed until April. The agency says logistical issues and circumstances out of its control caused the Drive To Stay Alive program to be moved to April 9 through 13.

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Business
7:21 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Bredesen And Frist To Co-Chair Leadership Panel

Former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist will co-chair the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition's Tennessee state advisory committee. The panel intends to raise awareness of the important role U.S. foreign policy plays in Tennessee's economic growth and security.

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Government
10:34 am
Thu August 8, 2013

New Report Highlights "Toxic" Leadership In Military

Credit phc.amedd.army.mil

  Two military leadership researches say the U.S. Army has failed to address what they call “toxic” leadership in command training. Ethics consultant Joe Doty and Army Master Sgt. Jeff Fenlason authored an article in the Military Review earlier this year, defining leaders who are narcissistic, rude and disrespectful to their subordinates as “toxic.”

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Morning Cram
7:08 am
Thu August 8, 2013

The Morning Cram [all or nothing edition]

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From NPR: Less than eight weeks before the official launch of the new health care marketplaces, the Obama administration is ramping up efforts to encourage people to sign up. But some opponents want young people to pay a fine rather than sign up for health insurance, hoping to harm the new law.


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Business
7:01 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Number Of KY Coal Jobs Lowest Since 1927

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The state says Kentucky's coal jobs have dropped to the lowest level in the more than 85 years that the state has kept records of the number. The Energy and Environment Cabinet says eastern Kentucky mines cut 916 jobs from April through June, while western Kentucky mines added 65 jobs, an increase of 1.5%.

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