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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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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Environment
8:03 am
Mon March 25, 2013

KY Children Healthier Than National Average

New data shows Kentucky children are healthier on average than children across the nation.  Numbers released last week by the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health show over 85% of children in the Commonwealth were in very good or excellent health for a period covering 2011-2012.

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Politics
8:01 am
Mon March 25, 2013

TN House To Hear New Version Of Voter ID Bill

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Student identification cards issued by public universities could not be used to vote in Tennessee under legislation scheduled to be heard on the House floor this evening. The measure was amended in a House committee last week to remove the use of student IDs. Less than a week before, the Senate voted 21-8 to pass a bill to allow such IDs.

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Morning Cram
8:17 am
Fri March 22, 2013

The Morning Cram [master of puppets edition]

From NPR: At a heavy metal concert five years ago, physicist Jesse Silverberg had a "eureka" moment: The jumping, raucous fans at the show seemed to be moving about like molecules in the air we breathe. So he and friend Matt Bierbaum set out to understand the patterns within mosh pit motion.

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Environment
8:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Wiring Taken From Bridge, Cabinet Tries Solar

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Solar-powered lights have been placed on a western Kentucky bridge while authorities try to find who is responsible for removing wiring from the bridge's navigational lights. Engineers and technicians placed solar-powered lights on the Kentucky 453 Canal Bridge at Grand Rivers, the northern entrance to the Land Between  The Lakes National Recreation Area.

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Health
7:56 am
Fri March 22, 2013

KY Dept. of Public Health Gets Funding To Fight Diabetes

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The Kentucky Department for Public Health says a federal grant will help it fight the state's diabetes epidemic. The state was one of eight states to receive funding from the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to a statement, $134,380 will be used to target people with pre-diabetes in an effort to prevent them from developing diabetes.

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Politics
7:54 am
Fri March 22, 2013

TN Senate Speaker Named To Executive Committee Of RLGA

Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey is joining the executive committee of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association. The Blountville Republican was named this week during the association's annual leadership meeting in Washington.

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Environment
7:51 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Ill To Lead 5-state High-Speed Locomotive Buy

The Federal Railroad Administration has chosen Illinois to lead a group of five states hoping to buy high-speed rail locomotives for more than $800 million dollars. Governor Pat Quinn made the announcement Thursday.

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