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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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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Society
8:19 am
Tue March 26, 2013

KY Man Arrested After Standing Off With Police Twice

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Kentucky State Police and the Fulton County Sheriff's Office have a man in custody who twice held off officers yesterday morning. The KSP says the incident began in Fulton when a state trooper stopped 22-year-old Joshua White for a traffic violation and discovered he was wanted for failure to appear in court. When the trooper returned to the vehicle, White drove away.

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Morning Cram
8:27 am
Mon March 25, 2013

The Morning Cram [pay to play edition]

From NPR: The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments today in a case worth billions of dollars to pharmaceutical companies and American consumers. The issue is whether brand name drug manufacturers may pay generic drug manufacturers to keep their cheaper products off the market.

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Politics
8:08 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Lawmakers Reconvene For Last Two Days Of Session

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Kentucky lawmakers will reconvene at noon today to finish out the last two days of this year's legislative session. They face a stack of unfinished bills. Proposals include a measure to reform the state's underfunded pension system and legislation to legalize hemp farming. Lawmakers also could try to override a gubernatorial veto.

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