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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Politics
7:44 am
Fri May 31, 2013

KY Democrats Still Looking For McConnell Challenger

Kentucky Democrats, still working on finding a challenger to U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, will meet next Thursday in Louisville at the annual Wendell Ford Dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, will be the keynote speaker, but media attention likely will be on potential Democratic challengers to McConnell.

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Morning Cram
7:52 am
Thu May 30, 2013

The Morning Cram [oink oink edition]

From NPR: There were questions of whether U.S. regulators would approve the takeover of the iconic American company by China's Shuanghui International. There were also concerns that Shuanghui could ratchet up production to feed the growing demand for meat in China.

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Business
7:40 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Henderson-Based Company Adding 160 Jobs

A Henderson company is expanding its operations there with a $22.8 million investment and 160 new jobs. Gov. Steve Beshear's office says Gibbs Die Casting was established in 1965 and is owned by Koch Enterprises. It operates eight factories for aluminum and magnesium casting, machining, assembly and die building with facilities in Hungary, Brazil and China.

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Business
7:39 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Wal-Mart Foundation Gives To KY Recovery Centers

The Wal-Mart Foundation is providing grants to two substance abuse treatment centers in Kentucky. Commonwealth First lady Jane Beshear announced Wednesday that $10,500 will go to the Cumberland Hope Community Center for Women in Evarts and $10,000 will go to the Trilogy Center for Women in Hopkinsville.

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Politics
7:37 am
Thu May 30, 2013

IL Black Caucus Unsure On Looming Gay Marriage Vote

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Black Illinois lawmakers undecided on gay marriage are feeling increasing pressure as a vote nears, but are keeping mum on their plans. Few members of the House Black Caucus have publicly backed the measure, which would make Illinois the 13th state to allow same-sex marriage. Caucus members are being lobbied extensively by both sides.

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Business
7:35 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Probe Of Well-Connected Truck Stop Chain May Widen

The federal investigation into the truck stop chain owned by the family of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam led to its first convictions this week and threatens to widen against employees at Pilot Flying J.  Court documents allege that sales teams were being trained on how to scam the company's customers out of rebates and get away with it. Pilot's regional sales director and regional accounts representative both pleaded guilty yesterday  to conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

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Government
7:31 am
Thu May 30, 2013

IL Senators Expected To Discuss Pension Plans

Illinois state senators are poised to take up proposals dealing with Illinois' unprecedented pension debt. Three smaller pension bills are awaiting floor consideration. They deal with retirement age, salary caps and cost-of-living increases. Senate President John Cullerton says his Democratic caucus will discuss the plans and a strategy today.

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Society
7:30 am
Thu May 30, 2013

KSP Finds Body Of Missing Boy

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The Kentucky State Police have called off the search for a young boy who went missing last night near Lake Barkley yesterday. The Marshall County Rescue Squad’s dive team recovered 9-year-old Warren Patterson’s body late last night around the beach area of Kuttawa Harbor.  The Lyon County Coroner pronounced him dead on the scene.  Multiple agencies from several counties assisted the Kentucky State Police in the search.

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Morning Cram
6:43 am
Wed May 29, 2013

The Morning Cram [if at first you don’t succeed edition]

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From NPR: Voters in the state took the job of drawing district lines out of the hands of legislators and instead created an independent commission. But the resulting maps still sparked legal challenges and charges of a tainted process.

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Government
6:25 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Paducah City Commission Holds Budget Workshop

The City of Paducah will have a balanced budget next year.  Mayor Gayle Kaler and Commissioners conducted a budget workshop last night. City Manager Jeff Pederson started the meeting by going over the draft of the city manager’s budget letter which is the first section of the budget document. Pederson says three full-time positions have been eliminated from the budget through retirement and unfilled vacancies.  Personnel costs make up 71.8% of the general fund budget.

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