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
6:50 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Paul Raises Questions About NSA Programs

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is calling into question the effectiveness of the government's sweeping surveillance of U.S. communications to thwart terror plots. The Kentucky Republican said Friday he believes the government can be effective in catching would-be terrorists by obtaining warrants to review records.

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Education
6:49 am
Mon June 24, 2013

TN Board of Education Passes New Teacher Salary Plan

The Tennessee state Board of Education has passed a proposal that will change how teachers are paid. The measure changes the minimum teacher salary schedule, reduces steps in salary increases from 21 to four and eliminates incentives for doctorate degrees and post-master's training.

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Government
6:48 am
Mon June 24, 2013

KY Considers Enhancing Physician Recruitment

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Health care reforms could force Kentucky to strengthen physician recruitment in medically underserved areas to accommodate more than 600,000 additional people in the state who soon will be covered by Medicaid or private insurance. The planned expansion of Kentucky's Medicaid program coupled with a push to help the uninsured obtain health coverage through the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange is expected to exacerbate a longstanding shortage of physicians in many rural communities.

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Environment
6:46 am
Mon June 24, 2013

TWRA Steps Up BUI Enforcement On State Waterways

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The enforcement effort is called Operation Dry Water. The title has a lot more to do with the boaters than the lakes. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officers will saturate reservoirs across the state this weekend, looking particularly for operators boating under the influence. The fifth annual Dry Water event is aimed at reducing accidents during the next weekend, which is just after the Fourth of July.

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Education
6:45 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Murray State Creates Endowed Professorship

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Murray State University is creating endowed professorships thanks to contributions from one of its most generous donors. The school says Dr. Jesse D. Jones donated $500,000 at the end of 2012 to establish the endowed professorship that carries his name, and another $500,000 will follow. When fully endowed, four professorships will be funded.

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Morning Cram
7:49 am
Fri June 21, 2013

The Morning Cram [whooooo are you? edition]

From NPR: President Obama will nominate Jim Comey to be the country's next FBI director on Friday. Comey is best-known for raising alarms about a secret surveillance program during the Bush years. That issue has taken on new resonance after the latest revelations of government surveillance.

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Politics
7:39 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Democratic PACs Attack McConnell In Upcoming Ad

Two Democratic groups say they will air a TV ad in Kentucky attacking U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell who faces re-election next year. Senate Majority PAC and Patriot Majority USA released a 30-second spot yesterday morning that shows a clip of McConnell saying he has "lived on a government salary for 30 years."

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Politics
7:34 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Most IL Committee Members Backed Bigger Pension Cuts

Eight of the 10 members of a committee tackling Illinois' $97 billion pension crisis supported a proposal to unilaterally cut benefits. Lawmakers voted Wednesday to form a bipartisan committee to try to end a stalemate between the House and Senate. Legislative leaders appointed the members.

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Politics
7:33 am
Fri June 21, 2013

TN Democrats Bemoan Changes To Teacher Salary Schedule

State lawmakers are speaking out against a proposal by the state Department of Education they believe would eventually hurt teacher salaries in Tennessee. Democratic leaders held a press conference yesterday to oppose the measure that seeks to make changes to the minimum teacher salary schedule. They note the proposal would reduce steps in salary increases from 21 to four and eliminate incentives for doctorate degrees and post-masters training.

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Politics
7:31 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Supreme Court Ruling Doesn't Affect Tennessee

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Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett says a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling concerning Arizona's law requiring proof of citizenship for people registering to vote does not impact Tennessee's election laws. The justices' ruling Monday complicates efforts in Arizona and other states to bar voting by people who are in the country illegally. Hargett says Tennessee doesn't require that proof when registering to vote, but the voter must swear that he or she is a citizen.

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