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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Society
7:31 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Local West KY Calls To Break In 10-digit Dialing

Local telephone calls in western Kentucky will soon require dialing 10 digits, but customers will have a six-month period to get used to the change, starting Saturday. The Public Service Commission says phone customers can use either seven or 10 digits when making calls in area code 270 until Feb. 1, when 10-digit dialing becomes mandatory.

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Politics
7:29 am
Fri August 2, 2013

McConnell's Chief Of Staff Moving To Campaign Side

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's chief of staff will step down temporarily today to take a more active role in the Kentucky lawmaker's re-election campaign as a senior adviser. Josh Holmes says he will also work with the National Republican Senatorial Committee on the GOP's efforts to win enough seats to take control of the Senate next year.

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Politics
7:26 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Whitfield Introduces Bipartisan Nuclear Worker Legislation

Kentucky Republican Congressman Ed Whitfield, along with two Colorado Democrats, is introducing bipartisan legislation known as the Nuclear Workers Health Advisory Board Act. The legislation would help ensure former employees at certain Department of Energy sites receive earned benefits and care.

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Morning Cram
7:55 am
Thu August 1, 2013

The Morning Cram [wall street take me home edition]

From NPR: A new fund that begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange is a collection of stocks in publicly traded companies that have one thing in common: the city they call home. The fund managers say it will be an opportunity for locals to invest in companies they know. If it succeeds, other cities could be next.

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Politics
7:32 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Quinn To Sign Medical Marijuana Bill

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign legislation later in the day that will make Illinois the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana. His remarks today at the University of Chicago will focus on providing relief to the seriously ill, including veterans. he Chicago Democrat will also tout Illinois' strict standards, which experts say are among the nation's toughest.

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Politics
7:30 am
Thu August 1, 2013

KY Republican Party Chief Gets National GOP Post

State GOP Chairman Steve Robertson has been appointed to head an advisory committee to the Republican National Committee. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus named Robertson chairman of the State Chairmen's Advisory Committee. Priebus said in a statement yesterday that he's grateful Robertson has taken on the role to help build the GOP.

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Government
7:28 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Kentucky AmeriCorps Programs To Receive Grants

A dozen Kentucky AmeriCorps programs will receive more than $3.8 million in new grant money. The state Cabinet for Health and Family Services says the grant recipients include programs to prevent student dropouts and help victims of domestic violence.

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Morning Cram
8:20 am
Wed July 31, 2013

The Morning Cram [grow this edition]

From NPR: Thousands of seasonal workers come to California's Salinas Valley each year to pick crops, and many of them seem destined for a life in the fields. Now, a training program run by ALBA Organics is giving these workers the skills they need to start farms and businesses.

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Sports
8:12 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Board Approves Churchill Grandstand Expansion

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Churchill Downs is planning to add  nearly 2,400 seats and a VIP hospitality lounge as part of a $14.5 million project at the home of the Kentucky Derby. The Grandstand Terrace project was approved this week by the board of the racetrack's parent company. Churchill officials said yesterday the new venue will be ready in time for the Derby and the Kentucky Oaks next May.

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Government
8:10 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Ledbetter Bridge Opening A Year Ahead Of Schedule

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Governor Steve Beshear and other officials are celebrating the grand opening of the new U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge in western Kentucky today. The four-lane bridge was originally scheduled to open next July, but state transportation officials and the contracting team came up with a plan to get the bridge partially opened with two lanes of traffic ahead of schedule. The bridge is an important river crossing for commuters and commerce in Livingston and McCracken counties.

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