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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Government
6:59 am
Thu August 8, 2013

KY Drivers Could Lose Licenses For Texting

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Motorists in Kentucky could lose their licenses for repeated offenses of the state's law against texting while driving. Gov. Steve Beshear announced a change yesterday under which the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will assess "penalty points" against the licenses of drivers convicted of texting behind the wheel. Each violation would mean the loss of three points.

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Education
6:58 am
Thu August 8, 2013

KY Officials Celebrate Adoption Of Higher Dropout Age

Kentucky state officials are celebrating in the Capitol with an event to recognize 120 Kentucky school districts that have voted to raise the dropout age to 18. Gov. Steve Beshear, first lady Jane Beshear, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and Lawrence County High School senior Harley Ratliff are holding a news conference today afternoon to mark the achievement. 

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Politics
6:56 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Bevin Criticizes McConnell for Mudslinging

Republican Matt Bevin is criticizing Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of slinging mud in his latest TV ad that began running yesterday. Bevin is challenging McConnell in next year's GOP primary. The two have been trading political punches on Kentucky television stations for weeks already.

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Culture
6:53 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Families Moved 50 Years Ago Gather For Homecoming

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People who once lived in the Trigg County portion of the Land Between The Lakes are getting together this weekend for their 42nd annual homecoming. The event will be Sunday at Fenton. Between the Rivers homecomings are also planned for Stewart County, Tenn. on Sept. 1st and Lyon County on Sept. 21st.

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Morning Cram
7:20 am
Wed August 7, 2013

The Morning Cram [shock probation edition]

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From NPR: Eric Holder, the nation's top law enforcement officer, is calling for a sea change in the criminal justice system. The attorney general is joined by a bipartisan group of lawmakers who want to overhaul prison sentencing policies.


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Government
7:14 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Simon Launches Online Military Survey For IL Families

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Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon has launched a survey to get feedback from military families statewide. The survey asks questions about education, job training, quality of life and business climate. Simon's office says it will take less than 10 minutes to complete. In a statement, Simon says the idea is to learn how to make communities better places to live and work.

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Environment
7:12 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Groups To Protest Gas Pipeline At KY Capitol

Land owners and environmentalists are gathering in Frankfort to protest a proposed pipeline that would carry flammable liquids through several counties in northern Kentucky. A partnership of two energy companies announced a plan earlier this year to build the underground pipeline. The Bluegrass Pipeline would carry natural gas liquids from sources in the northeast to a connection in Breckinridge County.

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Society
7:10 am
Wed August 7, 2013

TN Gov. Haslam Announces Health And Wellness Initiative

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has announced a new statewide health and wellness initiative. Haslam visited the Church Health Center Memphis yesterday to launch the "Healthier Tennessee" program. Haslam said the initiative will encourage residents to be more physically active and eat nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables. The program also asks people to stop using tobacco, or never start. He noted Tennessee is one of the least healthy states, with high rates of high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes

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Morning Cram
8:07 am
Tue August 6, 2013

The Morning Cram [claim this edition]

From NPR: Sen. Max Baucus and Rep. Dave Camp skip much of Washington's formality when they're out traveling the country to try to drum up support for simplifying the tax code. They want to convince Americans — and their colleagues in Congress — that it's possible, and worth it.

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Government
6:57 am
Tue August 6, 2013

KY Teen Driving Academy Starts This Month In Capital

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Kentucky State Police are holding the teen driving academy known as "Drive to Stay Alive" again this summer, and the deadline to apply is approaching. The program is specifically geared toward teenagers, and they must be 16 years old or older, be a licensed driver, have good communication skills and leadership traits and have school permission to participate.

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