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
7:26 am
Thu May 23, 2013

IL General Assembly Overrides 'Smart Grid' Veto

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Illinois lawmakers have overridden Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of legislation that addresses so-called Smart Grid technology.  The Illinois House voted yesterday to again approve the legislation, a day after the Senate approved it for a second time. Quinn vetoed it May 6, saying the proposal weakened oversight and forced automatic rate hikes. ComEd and Ameren pushed the bill to clarify legislation allowing the utilities to raise rates to fund the high-tech system.

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Society
7:24 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Canvass Finds Nearly 2,400 Homeless People in KY

Kentucky Housing Corp. is reporting the number of homeless in Kentucky now stands at nearly 2,400, down significantly from past years. The latest count was released yesterday by the state's housing agency. It covered 118 counties. The state's more urban Fayette and Jefferson counties were excluded. The count, conducted on Jan. 30, identified 2,392 homeless men, women and children.

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Environment
7:16 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Federal Grants Help TN Landowners Conserve Wildlife

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Federal officials have set aside more than $1 million for Tennessee landowners who help conserve wildlife. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said owners of agricultural and forest land can apply by June 10 for funding under the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program. Grants are available to help eligible landowners and operators develop or enhance planned upland, wetland, riparian and aquatic habitat areas on their property.

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Morning Cram
7:38 am
Wed May 22, 2013

The Morning Cram [golden girls edition]

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From NPR: Some single baby boomers are moving into group houses, a college-era solution to their modern needs. Housemates share costs, socialize, and cheer each other on through life's thick and thin.

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Environment
7:18 am
Wed May 22, 2013

KY Ranks No. 1 For WhiteTail Trophy Hunters

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A magazine says Kentucky is number one when it comes to whitetail deer hunting. The latest issue of Outdoor Life ranks the Bluegrass State as the top whitetail trophy state in the country. The publication says western Kentucky was especially noteworthy for producing a relatively high number of trophy bucks. In tallying the scores, Kentucky ranked second in the number of record-book bucks.

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Government
7:15 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Contract For KY Wildlife Chief Caps Pay

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Compensation for the head of Kentucky’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources would be capped at $218,000 for the next year under a new contract.   The state Legislature's Government Contract Review Committee will take a look at the contract next month. The contract sets Wildlife Commissioner Jon Gassett’s salary at $134,000 and adds $53,000 in benefits, pushing the total compensation package to $187,000.

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Government
7:13 am
Wed May 22, 2013

I-24 Welcome Center Reopening For Holiday

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Kentucky’s Interstate 24 welcome center in Christian County near the Tennessee state line will reopen today and remain open until after the Memorial Day holiday. The welcome center is for westbound I-24 travelers near Fort Campbell. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the facility will close May 28 for two more weeks to continue pavement work along the interstate between mile markers 85 and 93.

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Morning Cram
7:55 am
Tue May 21, 2013

The Morning Cram [luck o’ the irish edition]

From NPR: Tim Cook will address reports that his company pays billions less than it should in U.S. taxes each year at a Tuesday hearing in Washington. According to a report by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Apple avoids the tax payments by shifting profits to subsidiaries in Ireland.

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Politics
7:27 am
Tue May 21, 2013

IL Senate Panel Endorses Ammunition Limit

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Parents of two Sandy Hook elementary students killed by a Connecticut gunman last fall testified in favor of limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines in Illinois. The Illinois Senate's Executive Committee voted 12-3 Monday to advance legislation banning magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Mark Barden is the father of seven-year-old Daniel Barden. Daniel was among 20 children fatally shot Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn.

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Education
7:24 am
Tue May 21, 2013

UT-Martin To Offer Nursing Degree At Parsons

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The University of Tennessee at Martin says it will offer a degree in nursing at its Decatur County location beginning next year.  The center will have openings for up to 30 students annually, with 20 slots designated for traditional students and 10 slots for licensed practical nurses. Program graduates will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses. Initial funding for the program was included in this year's state budget.

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