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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Culture
6:47 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Urban Outfitters Pulls Pill Glasses

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Political leaders in drug-plagued Kentucky say they're pleased that retailer Urban Outfitters has stopped selling flasks, shot glasses and pint glasses that look like prescription pill bottles. The state's top leaders, including Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, had joined in a push to get the retailer to pull the items, saying they could encourage teens to misuse prescription meds.

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Politics
6:45 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Quinn Sets July 9 Deadline For IL Pension Reform Deal

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Gov. Pat Quinn has set a July 9 deadline for a bipartisan committee to come up with a solution for Illinois' pension crisis. The Chicago Democrat says lawmakers must move quickly to address the $97 billion unfunded pension liability. He says lawmakers' lack of action is hurting the state's economy.

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Morning Cram
7:52 am
Wed June 19, 2013

The Morning Cram [monet monet monet edition]

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From NPR: The Internet makes collecting and even investing in art much more accessible to ordinary people. As part of his adventures in investing, NPR's Uri Berliner pays $450 for an abstract flower study he's only seen online. Is it an investment or a painting he's just happy to have hang on his wall?

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Politics
7:44 am
Wed June 19, 2013

IL Special Session Expected To Form Pension Committee

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Illinois legislators are moving forward with plans to form a bipartisan committee to work for a compromise on pension reform. That’s ahead of a special session called for by Governor Pat Quinn.  The committee was announced after it became clear lawmakers would not break an impasse over whether the Senate's or the House pension reform plan should pass.

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Government
7:43 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Kentucky Guard To Celebrate 221 Years Of Service

Credit Kentucky National Guard photo by Sgt. David Bolton, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office

The Kentucky National Guard is getting ready to celebrate more than two centuries of service to the commonwealth and the nation. The celebration is set for Monday at Frankfort’s Boone National Guard Center. The event will recognize the Kentucky Guard's contributions over the past 221 years. The Kentucky Militia, the forerunner of the Kentucky National Guard, was formed on June 24th, 1792, by Governor Isaac Shelby.

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Government
7:42 am
Wed June 19, 2013

TN Workers' Compensation Changes Focus Of Conference

The Tennessee Workers' Compensation Educational Conference this week is expected to focus on changes to the state’s workers’ compensation system. The three-day conference begins today at the Nashville Airport Marriot. The gathering includes sessions on getting ahead of the prescription drug abuse issue, reducing costs with safety and health programs, and pain management.

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Politics
7:40 am
Wed June 19, 2013

IL House Speaker To Quinn: Sign Concealed Carry

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Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is urging Governor Pat Quinn to sign legislation allowing the carrying of concealed guns.  Madigan says a veto would be ineffective. The General Assembly approved a concealed carry law last month with enough votes to override any gubernatorial veto.

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Business
7:39 am
Wed June 19, 2013

3 More Plead Guilty In Probe Of Pilot Flying J

Three more employees of the truck stop chain owned by the Cleveland Browns' owner and Tennessee's governor have pleaded guilty in what authorities call a scheme to cheat trucking firms out of rebates. Regional sales manager Kevin Clark pleaded guilty to mail fraud in federal court in Knoxville yesterday.

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Politics
7:38 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Yarmuth Announces He'll Run For Another Term

The only Democrat left in Kentucky's congressional delegation says he will run for re-election next year. U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth sent an email to supporters yesterday announcing he'll seek a fifth term in 2014. Yarmuth has represented the Louisville area's 3rd District since 2007.

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Government
8:12 am
Tue June 18, 2013

The Morning Cram [talk the talk edition]

From NPR: President Obama says federal judges have been "overseeing" the recently exposed government surveillance programs. But few, if any, experts in the Bush or Obama administrations believe that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has the enforcement teeth it once had.

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