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
7:42 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Louisville Zoo Polar Bear Dies

The Louisville Zoo says its oldest polar bear has died. The Zoo says Arki, a female, was 28 years old and died from unknown causes on Wednesday. Arki came to Louisville in 2011 from the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois. A news release from the Louisville Zoo says polar bears usually live into their mid-20s. Arki was considered one of the most prolific polar bears with five successful litters. One of the two remaining polar bears at the Louisville Zoo, 3-year-old Siku, is Arki's grandson. The Zoo says a necropsy will be performed on Arki to determine the cause of death.

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Politics
7:39 am
Fri May 17, 2013

ILL Lt. Gov. Simon Promotes College Scorecard Measure

Credit Chicago Press Release Services

Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon wants to see all colleges and universities in Illinois feature a link to the federal College Scorecard on their websites. She's encouraging the Illinois House to pass a joint resolution to encourage institutions in Illinois to link to the scorecard. The resolution also urges schools to work together to design and publish an Illinois College Scorecard with data that supplements the federal data.

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Politics
7:36 am
Fri May 17, 2013

TN Governor Signs Virtual Schools Legislation

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed into law a measure to tighten enrollment requirements at privately run online schools. The administration legislation allows beginning online schools to start with an enrollment of 1,500 and continue to expand as long as they meet performance requirements. If they fail to do so for three consecutive years, then the state education commissioner can cap enrollment, or direct the local school board to close it.

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Morning Cram
8:04 am
Thu May 16, 2013

The Morning Cram [senator who? edition]

From NPR: Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York is introducing legislation with other lawmakers Thursday that would change the way the military prosecutes sexual assault cases. It's the latest high-publicity move for a senator who was almost unknown four years ago when she was appointed to fill Hillary Clinton's Senate seat.

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Government
7:35 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Farmer's Trial Delayed Until October

Credit AP

Richie Farmer's federal trial on charges of misappropriating government resources when he was agriculture commissioner has been moved to this fall. Farmer’s lawyer, Guthrie True, said he needed more time to prepare for what he expected to be a complex case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Taylor objected to delaying the trial that long, and U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove ordered yesterday that it be continued until October 22.

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Politics
7:33 am
Thu May 16, 2013

ILL Gov. Quinn Gets Lower Voting Age Legislation

Illinois 17-year-olds would be able to vote in primary elections in some cases under legislation headed for Governor Pat Quinn.  The measure would allow voters as young as 17 to cast ballots in primaries if they will be 18 by the time of the general election.

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Government
7:31 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Memorial Service Held For Fallen TN State Troopers

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is honoring its fallen troopers this week. In honor of National Police Week, the agency, along with the state Safety Department and Homeland Security, will have its annual memorial service at 9 a.m. Friday at the Safety Department's headquarters in Nashville. Maj. Gen. Terry Haston, Tennessee's adjutant general, will be the keynote speaker. 

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Government
7:28 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Friday Is Wear a Life Jacket to Work Day in TN

Credit wikipedia.com

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is kicking off National Safe Boating Week with Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day tomorrow. The goal is to promote the use of life jackets as the 2013 summer boating season begins. Participants are asked to wear a life jacket to work in order to demonstrate how easy to wear one.

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Morning Cram
8:10 am
Wed May 15, 2013

The Morning Cram [ma’am yes ma’am edition]

From NPR: The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines must submit plans Wednesday for ending the policy that keeps women from serving in ground combat positions. The move will open up more than 200,000 positions in the military to them, but the change won't end questions about the role of women in the armed forces.

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Sports
7:59 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Paducah To Host NCB World Series

The National Club Baseball World Series is coming to Paducah this year. Brooks Stadium Commission Chairman Dr. Frank Hideg and Paducah Convention and Visitors Bureau Sales Director Fowler Black provided a preview of the upcoming event to Paducah’s City Commission last night.  Eight college teams will participate in the series, May 16th through the 22nd.

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