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
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

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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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Government
7:53 am
Tue June 18, 2013

TN To Review Proof Of Citizenship Ruling

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Tennessee election officials plan to review a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that says states can't demand proof of citizenship from people registering to vote in federal elections unless they get federal or court approval to do so. The justices' 7-2 ruling on Monday complicates efforts in Arizona and other states to bar voting by people who are in the country illegally.

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Sports
7:38 am
Tue June 18, 2013

KY Middle School Sports May Fall Under Regulations

Kentucky lawmakers are reviewing a proposal that would place middle school athletics under the purview of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. If approved, the measure would mark the first time middle schools fell under statewide oversight.

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Politics
7:35 am
Tue June 18, 2013

IL Court Fight On Pension Reform Termed 'Inevitable'

A spokeswoman for Lisa Madigan says the Illinois attorney general is "doing her job" to advise state lawmakers and make sure the Legislature's final plan on pension reform "survives an inevitable court challenge." Spokeswoman Natalie Bauer says the attorney general "for more than a year" has been providing lawmakers with legal advice and analysis of the constitutional issues involved in solving the state's nearly $100 billion pension shortfall.

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