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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Education
2:07 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

McConnell To Give Murray State Commencement

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell will deliver Murray State's Spring commencement address on May 11th at MSU's CFSB Center.  Around 1,400 Murray State students  are expected to graduate. McConnell’s will be one of two nationally known political figures giving commencement speeches in Kentucky this May. Last week Eastern Kentucky University announced it will host First Lady Michelle Obama.

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Education
6:18 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

New Faculty Regent Is Optimistic About Position

Murray State Faculty selected Math and Statistics Professor Renee Fister to serve as the Faculty representative on Murray State's Board of Regents. Fister beat Pat Williams with an overwhelming majority of the vote. Fister says she wants to work for faculty raises and increase morale. She says she wants to see the board be more cohesive.

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Business
4:09 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Honeywell To Reopen With Fewer Jobs

Honeywell officials project lower employment levels when work resumes at the Metropolis plant this summer. The company announced in a letter to employees yesterday it plans restarting production by June.

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Government
2:31 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

KY Attorney General's Office Critical Of Hopkins County-Madisonville Library Records Keeping

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The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office says the Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library board subverted the Open Records Act by not producing renovation project documents requested two months ago by a local newspaper.

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Environment
4:44 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Politicians and Anglers Voice Concerns Over Dam Barriers

Congressman Ed Whitfield talks with Senator Mitch McConnell at the Freedom to Fish Rally Saturday.

    

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Politicians and Anglers are teaming up to stop the U-S Army Corps of Engineers from installing barriers next to its dams on the Cumberland River which will keep boats from accessing the dam’s tail waters. Senators Mitch McConnell, Lamar Alexander and Rand Paul, and Congressman Ed Whitfield took part in a “Freedom to Fish Rally” this weekend at Barkley Dam to protest to Corps’ plan.

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Environment
6:51 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Anglers, Politicians Join Forces at Freedom to Fish Rally

Politicians and anglers are teaming up to stop the US Army Corps of Engineers from installing barriers next to its dams to keep boats from getting too close.

Sens. Mitch McConnell, Lamar Alexander, Rand Paul and Congressman Ed Whitfield took part in a “Freedom to Fish Rally” this weekend at Barkley Dam to protest to Corps’ plan.

Whitfield has introduced a bill in Congress called “The Freedom to Fish Act,” but he says the effort doesn’t stop there. 

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Environment
3:38 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Olmsted Locks and Dam May Receive Larger 2014 Budget

Credit Courtesy: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

President Barack Obama's proposed 2014 federal budget would give the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ $163 million dollars for the Olmsted Locks and Dam project. The budget still needs to be authorized by congress. Corps of Engineers spokesman Jon Fleshman said finishing the projects as soon as possible is a priority.

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Education
2:33 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Dunn Interviews At Youngstown State

Murray State President Randy Dunn is interviewing for a new position today. He is among eight semi-finalists to be Youngstown State University's next president. The committee is expected to present the most qualified candidates to the Youngstown State Board of Trustees no later than May 15. The board will then determine which of the candidates to invite for campus interviews and will select the next president no later than the Board of Trustees meeting on June 12.

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Higher Education
5:18 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

2012 Student Survey Results Show Positive Results for Dunn

Depiction of Student Survey Results
Credit Chad Lampe

WKMS has obtained, through an open records request, a 2012 student survey assessing the performance of Murray State President Randy Dunn. The survey's results are overall positive. In a letter to the Board of Regents that accompanied the survey results Student Regent Jeremiah Johnson wrote “Judging by the survey, the student body is supportive of President Dunn and his administration. All of the questions/statements were rated in the 75-80% approval rating.”

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Education
4:05 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Local Schools Make National Performance List

Schools in Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Graves, Marshall and Muhlenburg Counties are on the 2012 National Center for Educational Achievement Higher Performing Schools List. The list recognizes schools that are raising student achievement levels more quickly than other schools with similar student populations.

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