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
7:33 am
Mon June 10, 2013

KY Looks At Creating Panel To Review Horse Deaths

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In a sport where 1,000-pound thoroughbreds stampede down the racetrack, there are inherent risks. Those hazards occasionally turn into tragedy. As a result, Kentucky horse-racing regulators are looking at creating an equine mortality review committee in the latest attempt to reduce horse deaths. The panel would dig into details about each horse leading up to its life-ending injury.

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Society
7:30 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Ex-Lawmaker Nunn Aims To Change Attack Plea

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Former Kentucky lawmaker Steve Nunn says in his first interview from prison that he's sorry for killing his former fiancee back in 2009. But the son of former Gov. Louie B. Nunn tells The Associated Press he wants to take back his guilty plea because he believes he got bad advice from his lawyer.

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Government
7:28 am
Mon June 10, 2013

KY Emergency Management Names Assistant Director -

Kentucky's emergency management agency has a new assistant director of administration. Kentucky Emergency Management Director John Heltzel says Stephanie Robey will fill the position. Robey has been the Kentucky Emergency Management’s recovery branch manager for more than four years.

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Politics
7:25 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Beshear To Meet With Legislative Leaders Next Week

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is expected to meet this week with House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate President Robert Stivers to try to work on a plan to resolve legislative redistricting. The governor made the announcement Friday. He says he’s confident the issue will be resolved in a special session sometime this year.

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Education
9:48 am
Fri June 7, 2013

MSU Board of Regents Approves Dr. Tim Miller as Interim President

The MSU Board of Regents approved unanimously this morning the appointment of Dr. Tim Miller as MSU's interim president at  a fiscal year salary of little more than  $266,000.  Miller assumes the post on the resignation date of current President Dr. Randy Dunn.

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Morning Cram
7:52 am
Fri June 7, 2013

The Morning Cram [one for the road edition]

From NPR: Among the many reasons for ongoing riots in Turkey: A recent law restricting the advertising and sale of alcohol. Secular Turks see the new rules as the latest effort by the ruling AK Party to impose religious values on the population.

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Government
7:19 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Moody's Joins Fitch In Downgrading IL Credit

A second major rating agency is downgrading Illinois' credit worthiness. Moody's Investors Service lowered the state's $27 billion in outstanding bonded indebtedness yesterday to A3 from A2. The new rating's three levels above junk status. Illinois has the worst credit rating among states. Fitch Ratings downgraded Illinois' credit Monday.

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Politics
7:17 am
Fri June 7, 2013

IL GOP Split On Special Session

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House Republican Leader Tom Cross says the sooner lawmakers return to Springfield to get the job done, the better. But Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno says she's not sure what dynamics have changed since lawmakers adjourned last week without a solution.

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Politics
7:15 am
Fri June 7, 2013

KY Lawmakers Blocked in Effort To Legalize Hemp

Kentucky's U.S. senators say they are being blocked in their efforts to legalize industrial hemp production. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul said yesterday they aren't giving up on winning congressional approval to allow farmers to grow the crop.

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Business
7:13 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Competition Set For KY Wines

Kentucky wineries will put their products to the test at a competition in Louisville this summer. Nationally recognized judges will sample the Bluegrass State wines at the Kentucky Commonwealth Commercial Wine Competition on July 27 in Louisville. The competition is open to wines from licensed Kentucky small-farm wineries. The judges will award gold, silver and bronze medals.

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