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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Government
8:21 am
Thu March 28, 2013

TN Senate To Hear Bill Cutting Lawmaker Allowances

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Legislation to eliminate hotel allowances for some Tennessee lawmakers is scheduled to be heard by the Senate today. The proposal sponsored by Republican Senatro Ferrell Haile would eliminate a $107-per-night hotel payment for the 33 legislators who live within 50 miles of the state Capitol. The legislation would continue to provide a $66 daily meals allowance for all lawmakers. The companion House bill passed earlier this month.

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Society
8:19 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Man's Estate Donates To Every KY Animal Shelter

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A Muhlenberg County farmer who never turned away a stray cat has left a portion of his estate to every county-run animal shelter in the state. County officials around the Commonwealth received checks earlier this month from a man they never met. Muhlenberg County dairy farmer Bland Hardison made sure all of Kentucky's 120 counties will receive a check for $1,432.47.

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Politics
8:17 am
Thu March 28, 2013

KY Employees Offer Tips That Could Save State $5.4 Million

Kentucky State government employees have offered tips that could save the Commonwealth as much as $5.4 million dollars a year. Personnel Secretary Tim Longmeyer honored 64 workers yesterday or suggestions to improve productivity and government services.

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Politics
8:14 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Actress Ashley Judd Not Running For Senate

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Actress Ashley Judd says she won't run for U.S. Senate in Kentucky against Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Judd tweeted her announcement late yesterday afternoon.  Judd had hinted last week that she was nearing a decision about the race. The former Kentucky resident now lives in suburban Nashville, Tennessee.

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Morning Cram
8:20 am
Wed March 27, 2013

The Morning Cram [hot heads edition]

From NPR: For the first time, new federal science standards due out this month will recommend teaching K-12 students about climate change. Educators say many teachers have shied away from the polarizing topic, and an organized campaign to promote it as "controversial" leaves many students confused.

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Society
8:08 am
Wed March 27, 2013

KSP Trooper Catches Walkaway From Work Release

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Kentucky State Police say an escaped inmate was found riding as a passenger in a car stopped by police. A trooper pulled over a vehicle in Central City late yesterday afternoon and arrested Anthony Hunt, who was taken into custody without incident. Hunt was charged with second-degree jail escape. Muhlenberg County authorities said the 27-year-old walked away from the county Opportunity Center Monday while on work release. Following his capture, Hunt was taken to the Muhlenberg County Detention Center.

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Morning Cram
8:51 am
Tue March 26, 2013

The Morning Cram [death and taxes edition]

From NPR: How the Supreme Court decides the Defense of Marriage Act could mean changes for how same-sex couples file taxes. But experts say checking off the "married" box on tax forms will be a mixed bag for some gay couples.

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Business
8:40 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Allison Leaving Murray-Calloway County Chamber Of Commerce

Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce President Lance Allison is leaving his current post to be the next Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce President. Allison is a lifelong Murray resident. He assumes his new post May 1st. 

In a press release the Murray Calloway County Chamber of Commerce says the organization is both excited and saddened by Allison’s new position. 

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Government
8:24 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Illinois State Police Undergoing Reaccreditation

The Illinois State Police is undergoing reaccreditation. The agency announced yesterday it will be assessed by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. It's their seventh assessment by the group. The force will be rated on policy and procedures, management, operations and support services. The ISP has to comply with 364 standards to maintain accreditation, which is valid for three years.

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Environment
8:21 am
Tue March 26, 2013

TN Net Regulation Changes Aimed At Asian Carp

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The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved a change that could help fishermen catch more invasive Asian carp. Last week, the commission approved allowing wider gill net openings aimed at snaring more of the fish, which spread rapidly and crowd out native species.

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