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
7:29 am
Tue May 14, 2013

USDA To Update Status Of Corn Plantings

Credit kyagr.com

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]

Credit climateprogress.org

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

Credit Wikimedia Commons

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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Politics
7:34 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Haslam Decision Due This Week On 'Ag Gag' Bill

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam must decide this week whether he will allow a bill to become law that requiring images documenting animal abuse to be turned over to law enforcement within 48 hours. Animal protection groups say the measure they’ve dubbed the "ag gag" bill is designed to prevent whistleblowers from collecting evidence of ongoing patterns of abuse. 

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Government
7:33 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Keller To Be Sworn In As KY Supreme Court Justice

Supreme Court Justice Michelle M. Keller will be formally sworn in at a Capitol ceremony tomorrow.  The event is set for 11 a.m. Eastern in the Supreme Court Courtroom. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear appointed Keller to the high court in April to fill the unexpired term of Justice Wil Schroder who resigned in January due to health issues. Keller had served as a Kentucky Court of Appeals judge for the past six years. With Keller's appointment, three of the Commonwealth's seven Supreme Court justices are now women.

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Education
9:16 am
Fri May 10, 2013

MSU Regents Revote On Dunn Contract, ISU Passes Over Dunn For Flanagan

The Murray State Board of Regents again voted 7-4 against renewing President Randy Dunn’s contract this morning. The vote came after controversy surrounding a social gathering prior to the March meeting of the board. The Kentucky attorney general later determined the gathering was an illegal business meeting after a Lexington attorney filed an open meetings complaint.

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Morning Cram
8:09 am
Fri May 10, 2013

The Morning Cram [the great coal debate edition]

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From NPR: Taking a page from the playbook of decades past, college students are once again pressuring schools to pull investment funding from specific sectors. This time it's big oil and coal companies. But these campaigns have effects beyond the university — they're launching a new generation of activists.

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Government
7:58 am
Fri May 10, 2013

NTSB To Hold Hearing Bridge Collapse

The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public hearing about the collapse of Eggner’s Ferry Bridge over the Tennessee River after a cargo ship struck it. The board is scheduled to meet on Tuesday morning of next week in Washington, D.C. to discuss the 2012 wreck near Aurora. Late The Delta Mariner caused a 322-foot section of the span to fall into the river.

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Politics
7:54 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Prosecutor Opposes Long Delay Of Farmer's Trial

Credit AP

A prosecutor is objecting to delaying University of Kentucky basketball icon Richie Farmer's federal criminal trial until February. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Taylor filed a court brief Thursday asking that the trial be scheduled for sometime this fall. Farmer faces charges of misappropriating government resources while serving as agriculture commissioner.

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Government
7:52 am
Fri May 10, 2013

TN Collects More Revenues Than Expected

Tennessee State Finance Commissioner Mark Emkes says overall April revenues were $160.9 million more than the state budgeted. Emkes says total collections in April marked the ninth consecutive positive growth month this fiscal year. He said corporate franchise and excise taxes and collections from the Hall tax on income contributed substantially to the large over collection last month.

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