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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Politics
7:49 am
Fri May 10, 2013

ILL Senate Approves Tighter Disclosure Rules

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The Illinois Senate is approving tighter rules for disclosure of public officials' economic interests. Park Ridge Democratic Senator Dan Kotowski's plan passed 52-1 yesterday. It's an initiative of Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon. The plan now moves to the House. It would require tens of thousands of public servants who file economic-interest statements annually to list outside sources of income, relationships with lobbyists and loans made or accepted on terms not available to the general public.

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Morning Cram
8:02 am
Thu May 9, 2013

The Morning Cram [do what you love edition]

From NPR: Tens of thousands of young college graduates about to enter the job force by following their passion. What about those who do not have a passion? One young college grad asks an economist for advice.

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Government
7:49 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Retired State Police Leader Now Chief Of Rangers

A retired Kentucky State Police lieutenant colonel has been named head of rangers for Kentucky State Parks.  Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker announced Joe West’s appointment yesterday. West began his career with the state police in 1978 and served in a variety of roles. He’s also been an instructor at Eastern Kentucky University, Prestonsburg Community College and the Kentucky State Police Academy. As chief ranger, West will be responsible for overseeing security at all of Kentucky's state parks.

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Culture
7:46 am
Thu May 9, 2013

TN To Host Workshop On Gathering Family History

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The Tennessee State Library and Archives is hosting a workshop to help individuals gather and record information for family history. It’s scheduled for June 1st at 9:30 a.m. in the TSLA auditorium. Author Jim Taulman will oversee the event. He has 35 years of writing and editorial experience and is a member of the Association of Personal Historians. The session is free to the public, but reservations are required due to limited seating in the auditorium.

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Politics
7:42 am
Thu May 9, 2013

ILL Medical Marijuana Backers Defend Enforcement

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The sponsor of legislation before the Illinois State Senate legalizing medical marijuana use said there are sufficient protections for motorists in the bill. Senator William Haine said the proposal requires users to submit to a field sobriety test if they're pulled over by police while driving.

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Education
7:40 am
Thu May 9, 2013

TN Offering Teacher Bonuses To Recruit Talent

The Tennessee Department of Education has rolled out a new package of incentives to help bring the best teachers to the state's worst schools. The department is offering to pay $7,000 signing bonuses to every new top-rated teacher who agrees to teach for at least two years in the some of the worst-performing schools in the state.

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Morning Cram
8:02 am
Wed May 8, 2013

The Morning Cram [what am i doing? edition]

From NPR: Jeffrey Selingo, an editor with The Chronicle of Higher Education, argues that American colleges have lost their way. In College (Un)bound, he describes the challenges facing American higher education and takes a close look at what college students are getting in return for their tuition.

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Society
7:19 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Middle TN Scouts Group Backs Current Policy

The Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts says it is not supporting a proposal to partially lift the group's long-standing exclusion of gays. In a statement released yesterday, the Nashville-based council said it will vote to support the current national membership policy at the Boy Scouts of America's National Council meeting during the week of May 20 in Texas.

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Government
7:14 am
Wed May 8, 2013

TN Governor Signs Workers' Comp Legislation

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a measure to change the way the state considers injured workers' claims.  The Republican governor held a ceremonial signing at a foundry in Clarksville yesterday. A major feature of the measure is that it removes workers' compensation cases from the state's trial courts and instead creates special panels appointed by the governor to hear claims and appeals. The legislation passed the Senate 28-2, and the House approved it 68-24.

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Education
7:11 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Madigan: ILL School Districts Should Pay Teacher Pensions

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is moving forward with a plan to require local school districts to pay their share of teacher pensions. Currently the state covers pension payments for teachers in suburban Chicago and downstate Illinois.  Madigan says it's a "free lunch" for those districts. He says the practice has exacerbated Illinois' nearly $100 billion crisis and "should come to an end as soon as possible."

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