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
8:18 am
Tue July 30, 2013

The Morning Cram [have it your way edition]

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From NPR: Picketers in seven cities say McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food chains should pay employees $15 an hour. But the restaurant industry says that would force those companies to cut jobs.

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Politics
8:12 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Abramson To Announce Governor’s Run Intentions Soon

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Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson says he's close to deciding whether he'll run for governor in 2015. Abramson said yesterday he expects to decide in the next couple of weeks. The former Louisville mayor is among several potential Democratic candidates eyeing the governor's race.

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Government
8:09 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Federal Grant To Help KY Unemployed Find Work

Kentucky has received a nearly $1.3 million federal grant aimed at helping the jobless get back in the workforce. Gov. Steve Beshear's office says the U.S. Department of Labor grant will be used for in-person assessments in local career centers.

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Government
7:54 am
Tue July 30, 2013

TN Judge Says DCS Back On Track With Records Release

A Nashville judge said the Tennessee Department of Children's Services has gotten back on track with providing records to the news media of children in the agency’s care who died or nearly died. In a hearing last month, Chancellor Carol McCoy suggested someone at DCS needed to go to jail for making extensive redactions to the records.

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Environment
7:50 am
Tue July 30, 2013

IL Pheasant Hunting Locations Announced

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will allow residents to hunt pheasants at 19 different locations across the state in the next year. Fifteen of the 19 sites are operated by the state agency. The remaining four are operated through a public-private partnership with the department and T. Miller, Inc.

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Morning Cram
7:43 am
Mon July 29, 2013

The Morning Cram [how to be green with…green edition]

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From NPR: The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California's Mojave Desert will power about 140,000 homes and will be a boon to the state's renewable energy goals. But it was no slam dunk. Now, California is trying to bring conservationists and energy companies together to create a smoother path for future projects.

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Politics
7:36 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Rand Paul Hits Back At Christie Over Surveillance

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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is hitting back at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the two Republicans' ongoing spat over national security. Last weak Christie criticized Paul's opposition to warrantless federal surveillance programs as harming efforts to prevent terrorism.

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Business
7:35 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Fireplace Manufacturer Closing TN Facility

A Nashville-based fireplace manufacturer says it plans to close a plant in Union City in 2014. Media reports that Innovative Hearth Products CEO Mark Klein says the move will allow the company "to remain the low cost producer and stay very competitive" in the industry.

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Government
7:33 am
Mon July 29, 2013

KY Cuts Number Of Jailed Non-Criminal Juveniles

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Judges in Kentucky have cut the number of children they’re sending to jail for non-criminal offenses such as skipping school and running away from home in half. Recently released data from Kentucky Youth Advocates shows that the number of juveniles jailed has steadily fallen to just over a thousand last year, down from almost 23 hundred in 2007.

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Society
7:32 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Two Calloway Men Charged For Murder And Arson

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A Calloway County Grand Jury has charged two Murray men in connection to a fatal house fire in Hazel on June 12th. The jury returned indictments against 39-year-old Hughron Payne and 43-year-old Royce Dale Earnest. The fire claimed the life of Patricia Bohne. Both men were charged with Murder, Arson in the third degree and Manufacturing Methamphetamine. Payne was additionally indicted for Persistent Felony Offender in the first degree. Kentucky State Police arrested both men Friday. The pair are being lodged in the Calloway County Detention Center. 

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