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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Sports
7:40 am
Thu June 13, 2013

7 Athletes Being Inducted Into KY Hall Of Fame

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Seven athletes are being inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame today. They range from the never-nervous freshman center who helped Louisville win the 1986 national championship to the Centre quarterback who scored the only points in an upset of Harvard in 1921.

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Government
7:38 am
Thu June 13, 2013

TN Board Adds New Rules For Compounding Pharmacies

The Tennessee Board of Pharmacy says it has adopted new regulations for compounding pharmacies licensed by the state following recent outbreaks of illnesses associated with tainted medicines created at these specialty pharmacies. The Pharmacy Board said in a news release that the new rules will improve safeguards for public health while also ensuring that drugs in short supply will be available.

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Environment
7:36 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Bigger Wheat Crop Forecast In KY

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Kentucky wheat farmers are expected to harvest a larger crop this year. Winter wheat production in the state is forecast at 39.2 million bushels, up 35% from last year's harvest. The forecast comes from the National Agricultural Statistics Service's field office in Kentucky.

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Education
7:35 am
Thu June 13, 2013

New App Provides Access To KY Education Information

Android phone and tablet users can access a new app that compiles content from the Kentucky Department of Education. The free KDE News app is meant to enhance communications on education-related matters across the state. The app is available through the Google Play Store. The app is designed to provide users with immediate access to information on the Education Department's website. It includes Kentucky Teacher Magazine, messages to superintendents and teachers, headlines, videos and Education Commissioner Terry Holliday's blog.

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Government
7:31 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Haslam Names Burns Phillips New TN Labor Commissioner

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has named Burns Phillips the new commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The 64-year-old Phillips had been serving as acting commissioner of the department. He came over from the Finance Department where he was managing director of customer-focused government initiatives administration-wide.

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Education
7:30 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Dunn Signs Contract With YSU

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Outgoing Murray State President Randy  Dunn will become the eighth president of Youngstown State University on July 15 under an employment contract signed yesterday by Dunn and Sudershan Garg, chair of the YSU Board of Trustees.

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Politics
7:28 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Madigan Plans New Vote On IL Pension Plan

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is planning a fresh vote on his own plan to reform public-employee pensions despite a request from the governor for compromise with the Senate. The Chicago Democrat filed legislation yesterday identical to a bill the House OK'd last month but failed in the Senate. It doesn't mention a rival proposal by Senate President John Cullerton.

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Morning Cram
7:54 am
Wed June 12, 2013

The Morning Cram [don’t have a cow edition]

From NPR: No, your eyes aren't fooling you: Prices for burger and steak meat have been going up this summer. Why? The ongoing drought in the Midwest has created a shortage of feed, raising expenses for ranchers and forcing some to cull their herds. And economists don't expect the beef price hikes to let up this year.

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Government
7:41 am
Wed June 12, 2013

TN May Revenues More Than State Budgeted

Tennessee State Finance Commissioner Larry Martin says overall May revenues were $31.5 million more than the state budgeted. Martin says the sales tax growth rate rebounded in May mainly because of the sale of building materials and purchases of new automobiles.

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Government
7:38 am
Wed June 12, 2013

KY State Police Training New Class Of Recruits

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Ninety recruits have reported to the Kentucky State Police Academy to begin a 23-week training program. Those completing the course will become the next generation of state police troopers. Captain David Jude, commander of the state police Academy Branch, says the historic dropout rate is 20%.

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