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
7:25 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Study Shows TN Debt Ratio Lowest In Nation

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A recent study shows Tennessee's debt ratio is the lowest in the nation. The state comptroller's office says the study was conducted by New York-based Fitch Ratings, one of the country's top bond rating agencies. The agency analyzed debt ratios in all 50 states and concluded that Tennessee's is the lowest.

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Politics
7:23 am
Wed July 24, 2013

McConnell Calls For Help At Fancy Farm

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has placed robo calls to GOP voters in Kentucky urging them to attend a church picnic in the western Kentucky community of Fancy Farm next week. Fancy Farm doubles as a raucous political showdown between Republicans and Democrats during an afternoon of stump speeches.

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Education
7:19 am
Wed July 24, 2013

TN ASD Students Show Progress After First Year

Tennessee’s Achievement School District says its students are showing signs of progress a year after it started operating some of the state's lowest performing schools. The district’s goal is to move the bottom 5% of schools in the state to the top 25% in five years.

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Morning Cram
7:22 am
Tue July 23, 2013

The Morning Cram [heart healthy edition]

From NPR: A new study finds that men who routinely skipped breakfast had a 27 percent higher risk of having a heart attack or dying from coronary heart disease compared to men who ate breakfast.

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Government
7:15 am
Tue July 23, 2013

TN Secretary of State Elected President Of National Group

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The National Association of Secretaries of State has elected Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett as its new president.  Hargett most recently served as the group's treasurer. He has been Tennessee's secretary of state since 2009.

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Education
7:12 am
Tue July 23, 2013

TN State Lawmaker To Propose Tuition Freeze

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A Tennessee Republican wants to freeze tuition at that state’s colleges and universities. Sen. Jim Summerville of Dickson says he plans to file legislation during the next session to keep tuition at the current rates. The Tennessee Board of Regents and the University of Tennessee system recently adopted tuition hikes ranging from 3 to 6 percent. Summerville says the hikes cause students to take out more student loans.

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Morning Cram
7:56 am
Mon July 22, 2013

The Morning Cram [off the wagon edition]

From NPR: In the unregulated heyday before Prohibition, distilleries in New York produced whiskey, gin, rum and other spirits. Then the industry was all but wiped out for the next 80 years. But state laws regulating distilling have been loosened and now dozens of new distilleries have sprung up.

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Politics
7:52 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Daley: Quinn Should Hold Marathon Talks On IL Pension

Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley is calling on Governor Pat Quinn to hold around-the-clock talks to resolve the state's $97 billion pension shortfall. Daley will hold a news conference in Chicago today to publicly urge the governor to get more aggressive in trying to solve the crisis.

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Environment
7:42 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Kentucky Contest To Honor Local Farmers

People who enjoy products from Kentucky farmers can vote for their favorite in a contest that will culminate in awards to be presented at next month's state fair in Louisville. Voting is underway for the first Local Food Hero awards at www.seedcapitalky.org/farmers and closes at midnight July 31.

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Government
7:38 am
Mon July 22, 2013

TN Drivers Centers Reduce Wait Times In 2013

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The wait time at driver service centers in Tennessee decreased slightly for the first six months of this year over the same period last year. According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the average wait time from January 1 to June 30 was 31 and a half minutes.

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