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
7:53 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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Environment
7:33 am
Tue June 18, 2013

KY Water Report Shows Drop In Health-Based Violations

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A review of public water systems in Kentucky shows a drop in health-based violations. The annual report was prepared by the Kentucky Division of Water. It shows health-based violations dropped from 96 in 2011 to 48 in 2012. Julie Roney, coordinator of the division's Drinking Water Program, says the majority of violations last year involved administrative infractions rather than problems with water treatment.

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Education
7:31 am
Tue June 18, 2013

IL Colleges Plan Training For Gas Drilling Jobs

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Two colleges in southern Illinois have announced a cooperative agreement to provide training in the emerging field of high volume oil and gas drilling. Officials from Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg and Rend Lake College in Ina announced the plan Monday after Gov. Pat Quinn signed a new law establishing rules companies must follow during hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

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Sports
7:29 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Longtime Western KY Sports Writer Dead At 46

Longtime western Kentucky sports writer Joey Fosko has died after suffering an apparent heart attack. The Paducah Sun , where Fosko had worked 27 years, reported his passing at age 46 on its website yesterday. Fosko joined the Sun in 1986, covering high school sports. As of yesterday, arrangements were incomplete.

Politics
7:27 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Beshear: KY Congressional Redistricting May Be Redone

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says congressional redistricting completed last year may have to be redone in an upcoming special legislative session. That's because lawmakers who’ve been battling over legislative boundaries are looking to exclude federal prisoners from Kentucky's population count.

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Morning Cram
7:58 am
Mon June 17, 2013

The Morning Cram [black and tan edition]

From NPR: The capital of Northern Ireland is no longer the city of snipers that it was before the Good Friday Agreement, but novelist Stuart Neville still draws inspiration from the decades of violence. In The Ghosts of Belfast, he examines the shattered life of an IRA killer in the aftermath of The Troubles.

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Government
7:43 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Inspector General Confirms Wildlife Agency Probe

Kentucky’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has come under scrutiny in the past few weeks. Last week a legislative committee has ordered a review of the agency while another committee delayed a vote on a contract for the new wildlife commissioner, Jon Gasset. This weekend the Kentucky Cabinet for Public Protection said it is investigating the agency.

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Government
7:39 am
Mon June 17, 2013

KY Supreme Court Hears Kentucky New Era Case

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The Kentucky Supreme Court heard arguments late last week from attorneys representing the Kentucky New Era and the city of Hopkinsville.  The case stems from the Hopkinsville Police Department’s handling of citations and incident reports since 2010, when the department began a policy of categorically blacking out the addresses and phone numbers of victims and witnesses to crimes.

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