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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Education
8:16 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Curris Announces Pick For Murray State's Interim President

Chairman of the Murray State Board of Regents Dr. Constantine Curris announced today he will recommend Dr. Tim Miller as interim president of the University while the board searches for a new president. The appointment would go into affect the date that Dr. Randy Dunn, now President-elect of Youngstown State University, resigns from the Murray State presidency and lasting until the next President of Murray State assumes this position.

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Morning Cram
7:30 am
Mon June 3, 2013

The Morning Cram [keep it secret, keep it safe edition]

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From NPR: Prosecutors say the soldier downloaded thousands of diplomatic cables and war field reports and sent them to the website WikiLeaks. His trial, which begins today, highlights the U.S. government's aggressive campaign to keep secrets.

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Environment
7:22 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Heavy Rain Causes Flash Flooding In Western KY

Heavy rains brought flash flooding to parts of western Kentucky this weekend, closing roads in several counties that officials say have not flooded before.  Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says highway crews in McCracken and Carlisle counties had difficulty getting signs up because water was over so many roads.

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Politics
7:20 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Sen. Paul: GOP Needs To Become A 'Bigger' Party

Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator Rand Paul says Republicans can win in heavily Democratic states like California by appealing to a more diverse group of voters and people who don't always agree. Paul told a crowd at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California that the GOP is consistently losing on the West Coast and in New England and there's a need for what he calls a bigger, more inclusive party.

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Education
7:18 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Paducah School Wins Green Playground

A Paducah elementary school has won a grant for a new, environmentally friendly playground. Morgan Elementary School received the $5,000 grant last week. The 400-student school is in an urban area and principal Vicki Conyer says the grant will help them develop more green space. Morgan won the grant through a nationwide contest sponsored by Discovery Education and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute's Education Foundation.

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Politics
7:15 am
Mon June 3, 2013

IL Legislative Failures Could Hurt Quinn In 2014 Bid

The Illinois Legislature's failure to act on the pension crisis could cause problems for Gov. Pat Quinn's re-election bid.  Quinn has said fixing Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension shortfall is his top priority. He also wanted lawmakers to legalize same-sex marriage and approve restrictions on high-capacity ammunition magazines.

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Politics
7:14 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Timing Of KY Special Legislative Session Uncertain

The timing of a special legislative session for the Kentucky General Assembly remains uncertain, though Gov. Steve Beshear and top lawmakers have been tossing around potential dates. Beshear wants lawmakers back in Frankfort before the end of the year to resolve the lingering issue of legislative redistricting, a politically divisive issue that tends to overshadow all other matters when it's up for consideration.

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Morning Cram
8:04 am
Fri May 31, 2013

The Morning Cram [double or nothin’ edition]

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From NPR: Interest rates on government-backed college loans are set to double July 1 — unless Congress agrees on a fix before then. The president is expected to urge Congress on Friday to block that increase.

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Government
7:53 am
Fri May 31, 2013

IL House Approves Gas And Oil Regulations

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, a manufacturers' association and representatives from the oil and gas industry are praising a measure to regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois. The House overwhelmingly approved the plan yesterday. The bill outlines rules that energy companies would have to follow during hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." The executive vice president of the Illinois Oil and Gas Association says efforts on the compromise bill were "monumental.

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Environment
7:48 am
Fri May 31, 2013

KY State Park Celebrates National Trails Day

Columbus-Belmont State Park is holding a living history program tomorrow in honor of National Trails Day. The park is a 160-acre Civil War site. For $2, features will include guided history hikes, encampments with cooking lessons, weapon demonstrations and a "school of the soldier." The fee includes museum admission and a bottle of water.

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