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
7:07 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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Environment
7:05 am
Fri June 28, 2013

TN And KY Getting White Nose Disease Grants

Credit Ryan von Linden / New York Department of Environmental Conservation

Tennessee and Kentucky are getting maximum grants under a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service program to combat a disease that is killing bats. Tennessee and Kentucky will each receive more than $45,000. The agency awarded grants totaling nearly $1 million to 28 states.

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Government
5:43 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Quinn Scolds IL Lawmakers On Pension Problem

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is scolding lawmakers for not meeting sooner to hash out a solution to the state's pension crisis. Lawmakers from both parties held a first pension conference meeting yesterday. Quinn said at an unrelated event that lawmakers shouldn't have taken "their sweet time."

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Sports
5:41 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Canaan Chosen Early In NBA’s Second Round, Daniel Signs as Free Agent

Updated 12:28 p.m.

Murray State’s Isaiah Canaan is headed to the NBA as the newest player on the Houston Rockets. Canaan was the 34th pick in last nights draft selection. The two-time Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year watched the draft surrounded by family and friends in his hometown of Biloxi, Miss.

Murray State officials say the Rockets also signed Canaan's teammate Ed Daniel as a free agent Friday, which means he will play in the team's summer games.

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Morning Cram
8:03 am
Thu June 27, 2013

The Morning Cram [greenhouse gas guzzler edition]

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From NPR: Researchers are developing a technology that could draw carbon dioxide directly out of the air. It's very expensive now, but it works, and one company is already trying to identify a market for all that captured greenhouse gas.

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Government
7:04 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Quinn: Bad Credit Costs Illinois $130 Million

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says his state will pay an extra $130 million in interest on a bond issue this week due to lowered credit ratings because the state has not been able to solve its pension crisis. The state sold $1.3 billion in bonds to pay for transportation projects around the state, including redevelopment of a Chicago mass transit line, road repairs and new buildings at university campuses.

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Business
7:02 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Pilot Lawsuits Could Be Shifted To Single Court

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A dozen federal lawsuits filed against the truck stop chain run by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam could be consolidated before a single judge. The cases stem from a federal investigation into alleged rebate fraud by the sales team at Knoxville-based Pilot Flying J, the country's largest diesel retailer.

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Society
7:00 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Smoke Alarms Distributed In High-Risk TN Areas

The state fire marshal's office says it has distributed more than 25,000 smoke alarms to homes in high-risk areas across Tennessee. Research and a risk assessment conducted by the office in 2011 showed that smoke alarms were present in only 28% of the residential fatal fires in Tennessee.

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Morning Cram
7:52 am
Wed June 26, 2013

The Morning Cram [tweet nation edition]

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From NPR: The editor of The Daily Beast returns to recommend three compelling reads on the topic of the stories media tell about conflict in the world around them — and the surging force of social media, which increasingly sets the storytelling agenda.

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Politics
7:06 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Haslam To Put Adviser Ingram On Campaign Payroll

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he will soon start paying adviser and lobbyist Tom Ingram out of his campaign account instead of from personal funds. Ingram, a former chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, ran Haslam's successful bid for governor in 2010. He has since advised the governor on a series of political and administrative issues, while at the same time lobbying on behalf of private clients.

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