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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Sports
8:08 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Popeye Jones' Son Drafted By NHL Predators

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The Nashville Predators have drafted a young standout with local connections. Seth Jones was taken fourth in the first round of the NHL Draft by the Nashville Predators. He is the son of Ronald "Popeye" Jones, who was a basketball standout for Murray State University in Kentucky and went on to play in the NBA.

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Education
6:52 am
Mon July 1, 2013

KY School Districts Rush To Approve Higher Dropout Age

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The rush among Kentucky school boards to raise their school dropout age turned into a stampede — set off at least partly by a cash enticement. Local school boards started voting last week to increase the dropout age from 16 to 18, and within the first two days 54 school districts did so.

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Politics
6:50 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Quinn Says Pension Debt Growing At Slower Pace

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois' massive pension shortfall will grow at a slower pace of $5 million a day during the next fiscal year. The daily growth was estimated at $17 million per day for the fiscal year than ends Sunday. But Quinn says taxpayers are still paying "a steep price" because the Legislature hasn't been able to pass pension reform.

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Business
6:48 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Young KY Adults A Target For New GE Products

GE's Kentucky-based appliance division is reaching out to young adults with a new line of appliances. The company has introduced its Artistry Series. It was created by a 27-year-old GE industrial designer in Louisville, who had his own generation in mind.

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Government
6:46 am
Mon July 1, 2013

KY Agency Donates To Gambling Problem Helpline

The Kentucky Department of Charitable Gaming has donated $2,500 to a telephone assistance line for people who think they may have a gambling problem. The Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling offers the helpline, also sponsored by the Kentucky Lottery Corporation and Keeneland Race Course. Charitable Gaming Commissioner Marty Hammons says the helpline received nearly 900 calls last year.

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Government
6:29 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Haslam Names Chief Of New TN Workers' Comp Division

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has named Abbie Hudgens to head the state’s new Workers' Compensation Division.  Hudgens, who had already been focusing on injured workers issues within the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, begins her six-year term today.

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Government
6:27 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Guns In Parking Lots Among New TN Laws

A Tennessee measure allowing people with handgun carry permits to store firearms in their vehicles no matter where they’re parked is among a number of new state laws taking effect today. The gun measure goes into effect despite questions about what it means for employment law in Tennessee. It allows workers to store guns in cars while parked in employers' lots.

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Education
6:25 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Beshear Elected Chairman Of Education Group

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has been elected chairman of the 80-member Atlanta-based Southern Regional Education Board. The board says Beshear will work with governors, lawmakers and state education leaders to improve public education student achievement. He succeeds Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal for a one-year term. Beshear was elected during the SREB's annual meeting in New Orleans last week.

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Morning Cram
7:55 am
Fri June 28, 2013

The Morning Cram [just sign the forms edition]

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From NPR: The interest rate on government-backed student loans is going to double on Monday. Policymakers in Washington could not agree on a plan to keep it from happening. If they don't agree on a plan soon, 7 million students expected to take out new Stafford loans could be stuck with a much bigger bill.

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Government
7:07 am
Fri June 28, 2013

101st Seeking To Save 'Band of Brothers' Regiment

The 101st Airborne Division is trying to save their 506th Infantry Regiment, which traces its lineage back to the "Band of Brothers" of World War II fame, from the Army's massive restructuring. The Army announced earlier this week that at least 12 combat brigades across the country are to be eliminated in the coming years, among them the 4th Brigade Combat Team at Fort Campbell, Ky.

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