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
8:57 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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Government
6:38 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Calloway County Offices Closing Due to Loss of Longest Serving Clerk

Calloway County Clerk Ray Gene Coursey Jr. age 45, of Murray died Saturday at the Murray Calloway County Hospital. Coursey was born April 4, 1968 in Murray. He was a 1986 graduate of Calloway Co. High School, and a 1992 graduate of Murray State University.

He started in 1983 as a Deputy Clerk in the Calloway Co. Clerk's office; and on Nov. 7, 1995 he was appointed to the Clerks position. Coursey was the longest serving Calloway County Clerk. 

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Government
3:41 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Negotiations Continue On Madisonville-Hopkins County Library Construction

Credit Facebook

The future of a new Madisonville-Hopkins County Library is still uncertain as negotiations continue between the Library Board and the Library Foundation. The board’s working to renovate a building to move out of its current location in the Parkway Plaza Mall. Last week the foundation sent a letter to the board saying it would not co-sign a bank loan for $250,000 unless certain conditions were met. One of those conditions asks for finance committee chair Bill Smith to step down from his position. The board responded to the foundation’s letter with a counteroffer, taking out the provision on Smith. Library Foundation attorney Will Cox said they will consider the new offer. He said the project is being mismanaged and lacks transparency.

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Education
11:45 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Student Musicians Find Inspiration Through Video Games

  

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Traditionally Video games have been championed for their visual accomplishments. Just like any good movie, video games require a musical score to complete the package. Two Murray State students are exploring that music in a Video Game Concert this weekend.

The concert is the brainchild of music student Brittany Young. She said she found a way to bring together her two passions, music and video games.

“I just, was like, you know maybe I can get a little ensemble together maybe I can arrange a little bit,” Young said.

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Culture
3:41 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

One Of Nation's Most Valuable Quilts On Display At Paducah's Quilt Show

Many Quilt Week attendees are crowding Paducah's National Quilt Museum to see one of the nation’s most valuable quilts. The piece, called “Innocence”, was made by quilter Hollis Chatelain. Museum Director Frank Bennett said his museum is lucky to showcase the piece.

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Education
3:28 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

McCracken County School Board Studies Safety Options For New High School

The McCracken County school board says walk through metal detectors are not a feasible safety measure for the community's new high school. Supervising Student Resource Officer Larry Zacheretti researched the option when a when a school board member inquired into the possibility of using the metal detectors. Zacheretti said an efficient metal detector screens 350 people every hour. He said screening 1,800 people every morning is not feasible. But he is confident in the district's safety measures already in place.

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Government
12:46 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Western KY Counties Receive Funding For Road Paving Projects

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is awarding nine counties across the region almost $3 million for asphalt rehabilitation projects. The funding progresses a number of road paving projects, including a section of U.S. 45 in Fulton County and U.S. 62 in Hopkins County. In all, nearly 60 asphalt rehab contracts were awarded throughout the state in April, totaling more than $27 million.

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Education
3:39 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

KY Council on Postsecondary Education Approves 3% Tuition Cap

Credit Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education

Kentucky's Council on Postsecondary Education approved a 3% ceiling for tuition increases for the 2013-14 academic year for in-state undergraduate students at Kentucky’s public colleges and universities. It is the smallest average tuition increase for Kentucky public institutions in 15 years. Last year the Council allowed up to a 5% increase.

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