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
8:08 am
Thu July 4, 2013

The Morning Cram [oh say edition]

From NPR: Francis Scott Key wrote the words to the ballad after witnessing the Battle for Baltimore in 1814. According to author Steve Vogel, after it was published, Key's composition took the country by storm. But it didn't become the national anthem until more than 100 years later.

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Business
7:19 am
Thu July 4, 2013

KY High Court To Hear Case Over Instant Racing

The Kentucky Supreme Court will hear arguments in August over whether a slot machine-like device, known as Instant Racing, is legal in the state. The high court yesterday set a hearing in the case for Aug. 21 in Frankfort. The state and The Family Foundation, which is challenging the game, were given 30 minutes each to make their case.

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Government
7:18 am
Thu July 4, 2013

IL Halts Roadwork To Speed July 4th Traffic

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Illinois has suspended non-emergency roadwork to help keep traffic moving over the July 4th holiday weekend, the most heavily traveled summer holiday. The Illinois Department of Transportation says the halt to construction began yesterday afternoon and will continue through Sunday.

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Government
7:16 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Beshear 'Disappointed' By DOE Request For Offers

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The U.S. Energy Department has issued a request for offers for the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, a move that Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said "disappointed" him. Beshear said the request issued yesterday will delay a decision on the facility's future and that of its 1,100 workers.

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Morning Cram
8:06 am
Wed July 3, 2013

The Morning Cram [saturday night sinner, sunday morning…edition]

From NPR: Indiana is the only state where you can't buy packaged beer, wine and liquor on Sundays and the only state that regulates alcohol sales based on temperature. Convenience stores want to change the laws, but the state's liquor stores — who would seem to have the most to gain — are fighting back.

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Politics
6:42 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Judd Ready To Support Grimes Against McConnell

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Actress Ashley Judd says she's "ready to fight" beside Democrat Kentucky secretary of state Alison Lundergan Grimes, who announced this week that she will challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell next year. Judd, who had considered the race herself, showed her support for Grimes in a tweet yesterday. Judd wrote, "Even in thick woods outstanding news filters through.

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Government
6:39 am
Wed July 3, 2013

IL Legislative Committee Holds Second Pension Hearing

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An Illinois legislative committee working to forge a compromise on the state’s $97 billion pension crisis is holding its second public hearing. The 10-member bipartisan committee is scheduled to meet today in Chicago. Members will hear testimony from civic organizations and others on how to address the pension debt.

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Morning Cram
8:05 am
Tue July 2, 2013

The Morning Cram [hi ho silver edition]

From NPR: The Lone Ranger has long been a fictional hero, taming the Wild West with his trusty and often stereotyped Native American guide, Tonto. The new version of The Lone Ranger stars Johnny Depp and dabbles with that trope.

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Politics
7:16 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Quinn To Amend Concealed Carry Bill Today

The sponsor of Illinois' concealed carry bill says Gov. Pat Quinn will use his amendatory veto powers to rewrite the measure. Democratic State Rep. Brandon Phelps says the governor's office told him Quinn would issue the amendatory veto today. Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson declined to give details about Quinn's decision, saying only that "the governor will act in the interest of public safety."

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Government
7:15 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Law Enforcement Taking Part In 'Blue Lights'

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Kentucky Highway Safety Director Bill Bell says law enforcement officers will be working with his office to clamp down on traffic violations this month in a project called "Blue Lights Across the Bluegrass." The number of traffic fatalities in Kentucky has been dropping, but the Transportation Cabinet says there was a spike in June compared with the previous year.

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