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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Morning Cram
8:18 am
Tue April 30, 2013

The Morning Cram [coffee break edition]

From NPR: With more employees working on the road and more distracting technologies in the office, some companies are creating new ways to improve efficiency.

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Environment
7:40 am
Tue April 30, 2013

U.S. Fish And Wildlife Holds GMO Meetings

Credit ky.nrcs.usda.gov

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold five public meetings across the South to hear people's opinions about using genetically modified crops on wildlife refuges as food for migrating waterfowl. Until this year, farmers working under a cooperative agreement could plant such crops on 44,000 acres, about 1 percent of the land in 129 refuges across 10 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The agency's Southeast Region barred biotech crops after environmental groups sued. 

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Environment
7:38 am
Tue April 30, 2013

ILL Planting Season Off To A Late Start

Credit kyagr.com

Illinois farmers still can't begin planting their corn crops thanks to the heavy rains that inundated the state in recent weeks and turned their fields to mud. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that as of yesterday there's been no significant planting done in Illinois because many fields are simply too wet for farmers to get out in them in tractors.

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Government
7:33 am
Tue April 30, 2013

ILL Seeks Federal Assistance With Floods

Credit wikipedia.org

Illinois and U.S. officials are collecting information to assess that state's flood damage. The data will go into Gov. Pat Quinn's request for federal assistance. If Illinois gets federal help, that could mean grants and low-interest loans for those affected by flooding. 

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Business
7:31 am
Tue April 30, 2013

KY Bourbon Tops One Million Barrels

The amount of bourbon produced by distillers in the Commonwealth has topped a million barrels for the first time in nearly 40 years.  The Kentucky Distillers' Association says 1,007,703 barrels were filled in 2012. The last time totals went over a million was in 1973. The group says bourbon production is up more than 120 percent since 1999. The distillers' association promotes and lobbies on behalf of the bourbon industry.

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Business
7:29 am
Tue April 30, 2013

ILL Approves Health-Care Co-Op

A new nonprofit organization, Land of Lincoln Health, is receiving an insurance license from the state of Illinois. The credential clears the way for the organization to offer health insurance coverage in the state in 2014 when the national health overhaul law goes into full effect.

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Education
7:27 am
Tue April 30, 2013

KY Creates New Education Position

The Kentucky Department of Education has created the new administrative position of chief of staff. The department announced yesterday Madison County superintendent Thomas Floyd has been named to the position, which pays $131,000 a year.  Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says the position is needed because of new initiatives related to state-mandated public school reforms and the No Child Left Behind waiver. The chief of staff will also work with what Holliday calls stakeholders and partner groups.  Floyd has been head of Madison County schools since 2008.

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Morning Cram
8:57 am
Mon April 29, 2013

The Morning Cram [show me the money edition]

From NPR: After at least three years of red ink, most states have budget surpluses. It's a sign of a recovering economy, and leaves states with a new dilemma — how best to spend the money?

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Environment
8:18 am
Mon April 29, 2013

TN Counties Have Flood Warning And School Closings

Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Digital Visual Library

Heavy rain and localized flooding has caused problems in northwestern Middle Tennessee. The National Weather Service says up to 6 inches of rain fell in Stewart County, on the Tennessee River. County school systems in Stewart and neighboring Houston counties called off classes today because of flood damage. No injuries were reported. Shelters were opened for a time and served about 50 people, but were not needed by later on Sunday.

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Environment
6:40 am
Mon April 29, 2013

TVA Approves Renewable Energy Projects

Credit tva.com

The Tennessee Valley Authority has approved more than 250 small-scale renewable energy projects for 2013, the overwhelming majority relying on solar energy. TVA officials say the demand for renewable energy projects across the Tennessee Valley is strong - so strong that the agency has met its application goals for 2013.

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