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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Business
7:34 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Union Miners And Supporters To Rally Again In St. Louis

Retired coal miners and their supporters are planning another rally in downtown St. Louis this morning in an ongoing dispute with Patriot Coal. The rally will be held in Kiener Plaza, with United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts expected to take part. St. Louis-based Patriot Coal wants to make significant changes to health benefits for retired miners and reduce pay and benefits for current workers. The company says the moves are necessary for survival. A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge has given Patriot the go-ahead for its changes.

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Government
7:32 am
Mon June 17, 2013

KY Personnel Cabinet Revamps Websites

State workers and job seekers have a revamped website to provide career information they may need. The Kentucky Personnel Cabinet says its website is at the same location — Personnel.ky.gov — but provides streamlined content, quick navigation options based on customer needs and advanced search functions.

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Government
7:30 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Free HIV Testing Events Scheduled in KY

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Some community-based organizations and local health departments in Kentucky are hosting free test events for HIV this month, as National HIV Testing Day is marked on June 27. The goal is to let individuals learn their status and be linked to services if needed.

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Politics
7:28 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Pension Fight Shows Democratic Leader Differences

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The Democratic-controlled Illinois Legislature is scheduled to address pensions again this week during a special session, but it's unclear if a solution is in reach. Gov. Pat Quinn called lawmakers back to Springfield after the legislature adjourned last month without settling on a fix for the state's $97 billion liability. The unfunded obligation to retired employees continues to grow by an estimated $17 million a day.

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Politics
7:27 am
Mon June 17, 2013

TN GOP Supermajority Struggles To Find Footing

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam began the year by dismissing what he called a "caricature" of Republicans struggling to manage their supermajority in state government. But by the end of the legislative session, infighting among the GOP led several key legislative proposals to go off the rails.

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Morning Cram
7:28 am
Fri June 14, 2013

The Morning Cram [father son edition]

From NPR: Bobbie Hanvey is a prolific photojournalist and radio interviewer from Northern Ireland. His son Steafán is a musician, currently on tour in America. Father and son reflect on the Troubles, art, and their relationship in a video featuring their photos and music.

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Environment
7:21 am
Fri June 14, 2013

KY Hemp Commission Has New Chairman

Harrison County farmer Brian Furnish has been chosen as the new chairman of the Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission. Furnish said yesterday that Kentucky is at the forefront of efforts to revive the crop. His election as chairman came during a meeting of the hemp commission.

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Culture
7:19 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Average KY Smoker Spends Thousands On Cigarettes

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Kentucky's health commissioner says the typical smoker in Kentucky spent $2,237 to buy 468 packs of cigarettes last year. Dr. Stephanie Mayfield told lawmakers yesterday nearly 962,000 Kentucky smokers over age 18 last year who purchased 450 million packs of cigarettes. Mayfield, speaking to the Program Review and Investigations Committee, said 28.4% of Kentucky adults smoked last year. She says 24.4% of pregnant women smoked as did 24.1%of minors.

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Government
7:17 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Charity-Funded Clinic To Help Fort Campbell Troops

A private foundation broke ground at Fort Campbell for a new clinic to treat the signature wounds of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in another push toward their goal to raise millions to treat post-traumatic stress and brain injuries. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund promised last year to raise more than $100 million to build nine of these centers at military installations across the country.

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Morning Cram
7:49 am
Thu June 13, 2013

The Morning Cram [but why? edition]

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From NPR: When parents aren't sure how to approach a difficult subject, they sometimes turn to other media — and Linda Ellerbee is happy to lend a hand. She's been the host of Nickelodeon's NickNews for 22 years, and her one rule of thumb is don't dumb it down.

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