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
7:13 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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Morning Cram
7:48 am
Thu June 6, 2013

The Morning Cram [in-sourcing? edition]

From NPR: The Chinese computer maker Lenovo is trying to boost its brand and U.S. market share as other high-tech firms, including Motorola, plan to manufacture here. North Carolina officials say the plant in Whitsett is a sign of manufacturing's return from overseas.

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Government
7:40 am
Thu June 6, 2013

101st Commander To Discuss Sex Assault Prevention

The acting commander at Fort Campbell is convening a panel of experts today to discuss efforts to curb sexual assault and harassment within the 101st Airborne Division. The military has designated this week to focus on education and training as part of its Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Prevention program.

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Education
7:38 am
Thu June 6, 2013

TN Colleges To See Lowest Tuition Hike In Years

Credit newgre.org

Tennessee college students will see lower tuition increases thanks to improved state funding. The Tennessee Board of Regents Committee on Finance and Business Operations this week recommended increases of 3% for each of the state's 13 community colleges.  It also recommended a rise of between 1.5% to 6% for the Regents' six universities.

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Government
7:35 am
Thu June 6, 2013

New Illinois Lottery Game To Support HIV Treatment

A new Illinois Lottery game will benefit programs working to prevent the spread of HIV and help those living with HIV and AIDS. Since 2008, the lottery has contributed more than $4.7 million to such programs through various games. The new "Spread the Word" game is expected to raise another $1 million. All proceeds go toward prevention and treatment efforts.  The Illinois Department of Public Health will administer the grants.

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Politics
7:34 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Conway Gets Plum Gig To Emcee Democratic Dinner

Attorney General Jack Conway has landed a plum assignment as emcee of the annual Wendell Ford Dinner, a Democratic bash set for tonight in Louisville. The job will give Conway, one of a long line of potential gubernatorial candidates in 2015, face time with the state's top Democratic leaders who will attend the event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

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Politics
7:32 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Lexington Democrat Considers Challenging Barr

A Lexington Democrat who helps needy Kentucky students prepare for college is considering taking on Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr when he comes up for re-election next year. Elisabeth Jensen, co-founder of The Race For Education, told The Associated Press that she's "very seriously" looking at the 6th District race.

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Culture
7:31 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Southern Baptist Ranks Dip Again As Baptisms Fall

Membership among Southern Baptists has fallen slightly for the sixth straight year. The nation's largest Protestant denomination released in-house statistics yesterday showing that total membership dropped .66% in 2012. The annual report prepared by the Southern Baptist Convention's Lifeway Christian Resources and reported by the Baptist Press news service says there were 105,000 fewer Baptists in 2012 than the year before.

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Business
8:07 am
Wed June 5, 2013

USEC Sues DOE Seeking Funds For Decontamination

Credit http://www.usec.com/gaseous-diffusion/paducah-gdp

The United States Enrichment Corporation is suing the U.S. Department of Energy over 38 million dollars in fees it says is owed for work at its plants in Kentucky and Ohio.  USEC claims the federal government failed to properly reimburse them for work performed under contract at their Paducah and Portsmouth gaseous diffusion plants from 2003 through 2011. 

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Morning Cram
7:55 am
Wed June 5, 2013

The Morning Cram [this little light edition]

From NPR: The assassination of the NAACP field secretary galvanized a growing civil rights movement, the effects of which are still being felt across the South today.

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