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
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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Government
7:04 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Bigger Posts Absorb Cuts As Army Downsizes

A new U.S. Army restructuring plan means Fort Campbell and Fort Knox will each lose an active duty combat brigade. The units to be eliminated by 2017 are Fort Campbell’s 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, currently deployed to Afghanistan, and the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox's only combat brigade.

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Education
7:03 am
Wed June 26, 2013

New Study Lauds TN Charter Schools

A new study shows Tennessee is among 11 states in which charter school performance has outpaced traditional public school growth in both mathematics and reading. The study is from the independent Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University.

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Morning Cram
8:26 am
Tue June 25, 2013

The Morning Cram [diversify your books edition]

From NPR: Nearly a quarter of all public school kids are Latino, but only 3 percent of kids' books are by or about Latinos. There's a similar dearth of Native American, black and Asian characters. Why? One editor says librarians, with their high demand for multicultural books, don't drive best-seller lists.

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Business
8:10 am
Tue June 25, 2013

USEC Shutdown Prompts Local Governments In Clean-Up Effort And Development

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The Paducah City Commission and McCracken County Fiscal Court are drafting a joint resolution to the Department of Energy concerning the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. The resolution would request the clean up of the site, the elimination CERLA waste cell construction plans, and the development of the site especially in regard to the Expressions of Interest.

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Government
6:54 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Iraqis Guilty In Terror Plot Getting New Prisons

Two Iraqi men sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to terrorism charges in Kentucky are getting new federal homes. The federal Bureau of Prisons lists 32-year-old Waad Ramadan Alwan as "in transit." Alwan had been serving a 40-year sentence at United States Penitentiary-Terre Haute, in a facility 70 miles west of Indianapolis.

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Government
6:52 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Gift To Support Colon Cancer Screenings In KY

Kentucky's largest health system is contributing $100,000 to the Kentucky Cancer Foundation to support colon cancer screenings. KentuckyOne Health said yesterday the gift will support screenings for low-income, uninsured Kentuckians between ages 50 and 64. Crit Luallen, a cancer foundation board member, says more screenings will save lives. Luallen is a colon cancer survivor.

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Government
6:50 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Independent Monitor Criticizes TN Children's Services

An independent monitor for the Tennessee Department of Children's Services says the agency's progress in 2012 was disappointing. The Technical Assistance Committee reports to a federal judge on DCS' performance as part of a 2001 settlement over the agency's treatment of foster children.

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Society
6:46 am
Tue June 25, 2013

TN Orchestra Strikes Deal To Save Concert Hall

The Nashville Symphony has reached a deal with creditors to avoid bankruptcy and prevent the sale of its Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Yesterday, Nashville Symphony Association board treasurer Kevin Crumbo said the organization reached a settlement to eliminate commercial bank debt of more than $80 million for a lump-sum payment of an undisclosed amount.

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