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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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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Morning Cram
7:29 am
Fri July 26, 2013

The Morning Cram [making it work edition]

From NPR: The factory in northern Greece once produced glue for ceramic tiles. But when the country's economy collapsed and workers lost their jobs, they took it over to make environmentally friendly laundry products. Workers do everything from accounting to driving. Their effort is a hit with left-wing groups, but it's not showing up in workers' paychecks.

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Government
7:22 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Keep Tennessee Beautiful Hires New Director

Keep Tennessee Beautiful has hired Melissa Marshall to be its new executive director. Marshall has more than 20 years of public service experience. Prior to her recent appointment, Marshall served nine years as director of communications and external affairs for the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Development Disabilities.

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Government
7:20 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Kentucky Broadens Scope Of Unemployment Offices

Governor Steve Beshear has unveiled a new name for the state's 75 unemployment offices. They've now officially been dubbed Kentucky Career Centers. Beshear says the new name reflects a new focus on services for both job seekers and job providers.

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Government
7:19 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Simon Announces Guide For Services In Rural Areas

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Illinois state officials are releasing an updated guide to state services that targets residents in rural areas. Lieutenant. Governor Sheila Simon says the online resources will help rural residents who often don't know about state programs that answer their needs.

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Morning Cram
7:37 am
Thu July 25, 2013

The Morning Cram [lawsuits and levees edition]

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From NPR: Since the 1930s, Louisiana has steadily been losing land that protects the city from hurricanes and other disasters. So the government group charged with shielding New Orleans from flooding sued about 100 oil and gas companies on Wednesday for their role in damaging coastal wetlands.

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Environment
7:29 am
Thu July 25, 2013

TN Bonds To Aid Energy Saving Capital Projects

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is launching the next phase of the state's Qualified Energy Conservation Bond Program for energy saving capital projects. The bonds were created by Congress in 2008 and expanded the following year by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Government
7:26 am
Thu July 25, 2013

KY, IL and TN Attorneys General: States Should Prosecute Online Sex Trafficking

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants Congress to help states better fight sex trafficking. Madigan and 48 other attorneys general, including Kentucky’s Jack Conway and Tennessee’s Robert Cooper, sent a letter to lawmakers yesterday, asking Congress to change the Communications Decency Act.

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