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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Society
7:56 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Memorial For Battle of Hamburger Hill Set

A memorial ceremony is being held at Fort Campbell to mark the 44th anniversary of the Battle of Hamburger Hill, one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. Members of the 101st Airborne Division's 3rd Brigade and other units fought for 12 days against North Vietnamese forces before U.S. and South Vietnamese forces captured the mountain that the Americans referred to as "Hamburger Hill." The ceremony today  is being hosted by soldiers and veterans from the 3rd Brigade.

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Education
7:53 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Domestic Kitchen Certification Course Offered In TN

People who want to sell food products in Tennessee made in home kitchens can become certified on May 20. The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and UT Extension have a day-long course at the Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville. It costs $100 and requires pre-registration. For information, phone (865) 974-7717. Certification covers such food as baked goods, jams and jellies and candies. People who cater birthday and wedding cakes are not required to take the course.

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Society
7:50 am
Wed May 15, 2013

TN Online Health Assessment Urged For Baby Boomers

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Tennessee health officials are urging people to take a five-minute online assessment about whether they are at risk for hepatitis C. Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner said baby boomers are five time more likely than the general population to have the disease.

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Morning Cram
8:17 am
Tue May 14, 2013

The Morning Cram [smooth operator edition]

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From NPR: The Associated Press is protesting what it calls a massive and unprecedented intrusion into its news gathering. The target of that wrath is the U.S. Justice Department, which secretly collected phone records for several AP reporters last year.

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Government
7:35 am
Tue May 14, 2013

NTSB To Name Cause Of Ship Striking Eggner's Ferry Bridge

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The National Transportation Safety Board is expected to reveal what caused a cargo ship to slam into the Eggner's Ferry Bridge near Aurora in January 2012. The incident is the subject of part of a board meeting this morning in Washington D.C. Late on the night of January 26th, the Delta Mariner ran into the bridge, causing a 322-foot section of the span to collapse.

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Education
7:32 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Foundation Gives UT Martin $100,000 For Rodeo

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The University of Tennessee at Martin rodeo program has received a $100,000 donation to fund scholarships for the state's only college rodeo. A charity founded by former Allegro Fine Foods chairman Dave Wilcox has pledged $20,000 a year in scholarships for the next five years. Wilcox was a fixture on the local rodeo scene until his death in 2011. The Betsy Ross Foundation, the charity he named in honor of his late wife, is donating the money.  The donation is the largest gift to rodeo in UT Martin's history.

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Government
7:31 am
Tue May 14, 2013

ILL To Receive $12 Million In Pharmaceutical Settlement

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Illinois is expected to receive more than $12 million in a settlement with a pharmaceutical company accused of selling diluted drugs. The state's Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced the settlement yesterday. The money is part of a $500 million federal and state settlement against India-based Ranbaxy. The federal lawsuit stated the company knowingly manufactured, distributed and sold 26 generic drugs whose strength, purity or quality fell below standards approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Environment
7:29 am
Tue May 14, 2013

USDA To Update Status Of Corn Plantings

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U.S. farmers are making the most of a respite from what has been a wet spring to get their corn crops planted. However, the pace still keeps them well behind schedule. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported yesterday that 28% of the nation's cornfields have been planted, up from just 12% a week ago. But the latest numbers are well short of the 65% of the crop that already was in the ground by this date over the previous five years. At this time last year, 85% of the corn was planted.

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Morning Cram
8:21 am
Mon May 13, 2013

The Morning Cram [ high in the sky edition]

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From NPR: Since 1958, researchers have been measuring the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere at the Mauna Loa Observatory. The remote outpost has just reported a carbon dioxide level of 400 parts per million — the highest it has climbed in the modern age.

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Government
7:37 am
Mon May 13, 2013

ILL Is Last Holdout On Concealed Guns

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The courts, the Capitol and the clock are complicating a debate over how to end the prohibition on carrying concealed firearms in Illinois. A federal court ruling in December ordered the state to enact a law by June allowing public possession of guns. It decreed the state's ban unconstitutional.

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