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.

Pages

Education
7:19 am
Fri May 3, 2013

KY Education Department Says Testing To Resume Monday

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Kentucky education officials say they've been assured technical glitches affecting proficiency tests administered online have been resolved, and testing is scheduled to resume Monday. The state Education Department suspended online testing Wednesday after problems were reported with slow or dropped connections experienced by students taking the computer-based tests in about 25 districts.

Read more
Morning Cram
7:45 am
Thu May 2, 2013

The Morning Cram [car talk edition]

Credit wikipedia.org

From NPR: A young woman in Nigeria says God spoke to her in her dreams, guiding her to become a car mechanic. Despite initial resistance from her family, she fulfilled her vocation and has gone on to train other young women to do what one trainee calls "the best job in the world."

Read more
Politics
7:18 am
Thu May 2, 2013

ILL Lt. Gov. Pushing Ethics Reform Package

Credit Chicago Press Release Services

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon says the General Assembly should take action on an ethics reform package before the legislative session ends. Simon says lawmakers have many important issues to tackle before the session is scheduled to end May 31, but says they cannot allow ethics reform to fall to the wayside.  Simon supports legislation sponsored by Democratic Senator Dan Kotowski. His bill would require elected officials to disclose more information about their financial interests.

Read more
Environment
7:15 am
Thu May 2, 2013

KY Hunting And Fishing License Sales Set April Record

Kentucky has set a record with April's sales of hunting and fishing licenses. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says sales totaled more than $7 million. Fish and Wildlife Budget Director Scott King says the mark broke the previous record by $140,000 and is $800,000 more than the April average.

Read more
Society
7:13 am
Thu May 2, 2013

TN 2nd Bike Friendliest State In Southeast

Tennessee has been recognized as the second bike friendliest state in the Southeast. That's according to the League of American Bicyclists that recently released its latest Bicycle Friendly States ranking. Tennessee placed 17th nationally this year, up from last year's ranking of 26. 

Read more
Education
7:08 am
Thu May 2, 2013

KY Education Officials Suspend Online Testing

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Kentucky education officials have suspended online testing through at least today after glitches with the testing system used to administer end-of-course assessments. Kentucky students are among thousands in four states — including Indiana, Minnesota and Oklahoma — that have been kicked offline while taking tests in recent weeks. Kentucky Education Department spokeswoman Nancy Rodriguez says its vendor, ACT Inc., reported online issues in Kentucky and Alabama.

Read more
Government
7:06 am
Thu May 2, 2013

TN Legislature Leaves Open Question About Judges

Credit Wikimedia Commons

When the Tennessee Legislature failed to extend the life of the Judicial Nominating Commission, it effectively ended merit-based selection of judges in Tennessee. It also left open the question of whether there is any mechanism to replace a Tennessee judge who steps down, retires or dies.

Read more
Morning Cram
8:23 am
Wed May 1, 2013

The Morning Cram [ fast fashion edition]

From NPR: The Bangladesh garment factory collapse that killed hundreds made super-cheap clothing destined for American stores. Research shows customers will pay more for safely made clothes, but only to a point.

Read more
Government
7:31 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Illinois Senate Still Working On Pension Bill

Senator John J. Cullerton

A spokeswoman for Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says he will keep working to pass a pension reform bill he believes can survive a court challenge. Rikeesha Phelon says Cullerton and fellow Democrat House Speaker Michael Madigan have "the same goal but different approaches" to solving Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis. Madigan filed his pension plan yesterday. It caps the salary on which a pension can be based at $110,000 and limits annual cost-of-living increases. 

Read more
Government
7:21 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Illinois State Worker Union To Revote On Contract

The largest Illinois government employees' union will take a second ratification vote on its tentative three-year contract because of a continuing lawsuit over back wages. Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees OK'd the contract agreement with Gov. Pat Quinn's administration on March 20. But AFSCME announced yesterday it would schedule a new vote because Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office hasn't dropped a lawsuit Quinn had pressed over raises due in 2011 and 2012.

Read more

Pages