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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Environment
7:47 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Scenic Tennessee Launches Anti-Litter Campaign

The nonprofit group Scenic Tennessee is promoting an anti-litter campaign combining music, scenic photography and community cleanups with online videos and social networking. The effort begins June 1st with a month-long Pickin' Up Tennessee tour designed to drive home the campaign's message: Love the land. Lose the litter. Pickin' Up Tennessee has enlisted musicians in 20 tour locations to provide a soundtrack for the campaign. Organizers are now seeking clean-up volunteers.

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Politics
7:43 am
Tue May 28, 2013

IL Gambling Expansion Bill Being Tweaked

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The sponsor of a proposal authorizing new casinos across Illinois says the bill is undergoing various tweaks before fellow lawmakers can vote on it. The plan is expected to come in committee today. Democratic Rep. Robert Rita says the tax rates for new and existing facilities are still being worked out.

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Politics
7:41 am
Tue May 28, 2013

IL Senate Plans Changes To Gun Measure

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The Illinois State Senate plans to present a concealed-carry gun bill which keeps local firearms laws intact. But a spokeswoman for Senate President John Cullerton says Democrats will also consider a House version that overturns ordinances like Chicago's assault-weapons ban. Committee votes on both measures could come as early as today. The House approved a carry plan last week that also invalidates local firearms regulations. A federal appeals court gave Illinois until June 9 to adopt a concealed-carry law.

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Morning Cram
8:12 am
Mon May 27, 2013

The Morning Cram [soul food edition]

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From NPR: Bariatric surgery has a good track record in combating the health risks of obesity. But new health exchanges in Mississippi and other Southern states won't pay for it, even though those states have some of the nation's highest rates of obesity.

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Government
7:18 am
Mon May 27, 2013

IL Attorney General Releases Updated Guide For Veterans

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The Illinois Attorney General's office has updated a guide to federal and state benefits for service members and veterans.  Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office says the 2013 edition of Benefits for Illinois Veterans is available in time for Memorial Day. It features updates for veterans retraining programs and services for homeless veterans.

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Politics
7:16 am
Mon May 27, 2013

IL Lawmakers Weigh Gay Marriage As Vote Looms

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Illinois Gay rights advocates are vowing to call a vote in the state's House this week to make Illinois the 13th state to embrace same-sex marriage. The effort comes as lawmakers have just a few days left in Springfield before their scheduled May 31 adjournment. Proponents had hoped to see Illinois become the first state in the Midwest to make gay marriage law this year.

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Government
7:13 am
Mon May 27, 2013

IL Trying To Return 108 Forgotten War Medals

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The state of Illinois is holding more than a 100 lost or forgotten military medals in its vaults under the capitol and is trying to return them to the families of veterans. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is asking everyone to take a moment on this Memorial Day to see if they recognize any of the names on a list of veterans whose military honors are held by the state. 

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Morning Cram
7:53 am
Fri May 24, 2013

The Morning Cram [can’t stop edition]

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From NPR: Itch can be a useful warning sign, or a maddening symptom with no cure. But the origins of itch have long been a mystery. Scientists think they've come closer to understanding the origins of itch in a molecule that makes mice scratch like mad.

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Government
7:44 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange To Air TV Ads

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The Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange will begin an advertising campaign in mid-June to promote its work in TV spots that will run statewide. Gov. Steve Beshear ordered the creation of the exchange last year to help arrange insurance coverage for hundreds of thousands uninsured Kentuckians. It's an off-shoot of the federal Affordable Care Act.

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Politics
7:42 am
Fri May 24, 2013

IL House To Take Up Concealed Carry Law

The Illinois House is expected to vote on a compromise plan on concealed weapons that has generated the opposition of Governor Pat Quinn. Quinn says the bill is a "massive overreach" because it would curb local firearms regulations. He points to Chicago's ban on assault-style weapons, which would be eliminated by the law. The House Judiciary Committee endorsed Speaker Michael Madigan's plan 13-3.

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