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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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

Credit www.en.wikipedia.com

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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Environment
7:36 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Dine With Hummingbirds At Land Between the Lakes

Credit Teresa Gemeinhardt

Land Between the Lakes is offering bird fanciers the opportunity to dine with the hummingbirds. On Aug. 2, the Woodlands Nature Center at LBL has a meal in the backyard as the hummingbird migration begins. The meal is $20 per person and requires full deposit and preregistration.

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Environment
7:34 am
Mon July 22, 2013

UT-Martin Installs Electric Car Chargers

The University of Tennessee-Martin has installed two electric car chargers on campus. One of the users of the service is Doctor Stan Dunagan, who says a recent full charge for his Nissan Leaf cost about $3.

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Politics
7:33 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Coal Tax Pays For $750M In Water, Sewer Projects

Credit kentucky.com

Kentucky House Floor Leader Rocky Adkins is touting figures that show the positive impact the state's coal severance tax has had on the mountain region. Adkins says revenue from the tax has provided $750 million to pay for water and sewer lines.

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Morning Cram
7:52 am
Fri July 5, 2013

The Morning Cram [disregard the tests behind the curtain edition]

From NPR: Under the No Child Left Behind law, states saw low test scores and the lowering of score standards. Advocates for the more rigorous Common Core standards, say it will be harder for states to hide their failing schools.

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Society
7:40 am
Fri July 5, 2013

TN Attorney General Lays Out Rules For Blue Lights In Funerals

A legal opinion issued by the state Attorney General Bob Cooper outlines exactly when it's legal for blue flashing lights to be used as part of a funeral procession in Tennessee. The opinion requested by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet says that only full-time law enforcement officers can use blue flashing lights while escorting funeral processions — as long as it's part of their official duty to do so.

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Education
7:36 am
Fri July 5, 2013

2nd Phase Of TN Common Core Training Starts July 9


State education officials are kicking off the second phase of training teachers on how to implement a new set of common core benchmarks for math and reading. More than 30,000 teachers from across the state signed up to be trained in sessions that started last month for math.

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Government
7:34 am
Fri July 5, 2013

KY DoA Creates Wine Trail App

A new mobile phone app is helping guide wine lovers to Kentucky vineyards around the state. John Walker has the details. The free Kentucky Wine Trails app offers places to buy Kentucky wines and also takes them to the wineries dotted around the state.

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