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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Environment
11:19 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Murray Citizens And Leaders Meet With EPA in Development Workshop

Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency met with citizens, civic leaders and Murray State officials last night to discuss sustainable rural development strategies. Such strategies include how to increase green spaces, promote more biking and walking and adjust zoning for new and aging neighborhoods. EPA contractor Milton Herd said Murray is not alone in wanting to sustain its growth as well as its rural nature.

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Higher Education
5:07 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Student Regent Says His Vote Against Dunn Doesn't Reflect Survey Results

Murray State University ​student regent Jeremiah Johnson has recovered a ​student ​survey that assessed President Randy Dunn's performance​ he originally claim​ed​ to have been lost. Johnson now says the results were largely positive but he won’t release those survey results to the public​, claiming the university attorney should decide whether it is a public document​.

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Higher Education
3:53 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Student Regent Explains Vote Not To Renew Dunn's Contract

Murray State University's Board of Regents Student member Jeremiah Johnson is defending his vote to not renew President Randy Dunn’s contract. Johnson's vote was not based in any official position of the Student Government Association.

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Environment
3:06 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Kentucky Environmental Foundation To Study Health Impacts Of Shawnee Power Plant

The Kentucky Environmental Foundation will conduct a health impact assessment on the retrofitting or retirement of the Tennessee Valley Authority's Shawnee Fossil Plant near Paducah.

The Kentucky Environmental Foundation is an environmental advocacy group based in Richmond, Ky. with a history of working on chemical weapons issues surrounding the Blue Grass Army Depot. Recently it has become more involved in clean energy and chemical safety. KEF Energy and Health Coordinator Deborah Payne says the assessment comes at a time of change for the Plant and the assessment will be taking that into account.

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Business
2:12 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

USEC Still Undecided On PGDP Future

Credit http://www.usec.com/gaseous-diffusion/paducah-gdp

Workers at Paducah's Gaseous Diffusion Plant will remain employed for at least the next 60 days as United States Enrichment Corporation officials continue discussions regarding future operations. USEC Spokesperson Paul Jacobson says the company has not yet decided on what kind of workforce it will leave behind. The plant currently employs around 1100 people.

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Society
8:14 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Two Missing Children In Calloway County Have Been Found

Credit Photo Provided

UPDATE: The Calloway County Sheriffs' Office is reporting both Ben and Cameron Davis have been found near New Concord. The two were spotted walking through a nearby field by one of the family's neighbors this morning.

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Government
7:45 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Road Work To Begin On I-24

Credit Larry Miller, Flickr Creative Commons

Motorists should get prepared for lane restrictions along sections of Interstate 24. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the work zone restrictions are expected to go into effect on Monday. Lanes are expected to be closed on a stretch of I-24 in Christian County from near the 85 mile-marker to the 93 mile-marker near the Tennessee state line.

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Business
7:38 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Paducah Introduces Ordinance For New Business

Credit paducahtransit.com

Paducah’s Mayor and Commissioners introduced an ordinance Thursday for a memorandum of understanding between Macco Organiques, Inc., the Greater Paducah Economic Development Council, the Paducah-McCracken County Industrial Development Authority, the City of Paducah, and McCracken County. Macco wants to locate a manufacturing and distribution facility for food-grade pharmaceuticals in the city’s spec building.

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Morning Cram
8:41 am
Thu March 28, 2013

The Morning Cram [we got the guillotine edition]

From NPR: Overlooked by the industry, Bay Area rappers as different as E-40, Too Short and The Coup were free to make and sell music that didn't sound like anybody else's.

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Environment
8:26 am
Thu March 28, 2013

TN has $170K Available To Help Organic Farmers

Tennessee has $170,000 dollars available for certified organic farmers and those transitioning to organic agriculture. The money is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Organic Initiative, which helps plan and implement conservation practices that allow their organic operations to be environmentally sustainable.  Some of these practices include cover crops, nutrient and pest management and crop rotation.

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