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
7:50 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Commission Chooses Three Nominees For KY High Court

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Three attorneys have been selected as nominees to fill a vacancy on the Kentucky Supreme Court left by the retirement of Justice Wil Schroder in January.

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Business
7:48 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Teletech Expands In Paducah

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced yesterday TeleTech Holdings Inc.a global customer service company, is expanding its Kentucky presence with a customer experience center in Paducah, creating 450 new jobs. Last May, TeleTech announced a site opening in Hopkinsville, where the company plans to invest more than $12 million and create 500 to 700 jobs over the next few years.

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Society
7:47 am
Fri March 22, 2013

KSP Looking For Answers In Fulton Death

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The Kentucky State Police opened a death investigation on March 12 after receiving a call from the Fulton Police Department about a decomposed body located on Martin Luther King Drive in Fulton. An autopsy was performed and positively identified the remains as, Forrest Daniel Sommerfield, 39 years old from Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Morning Cram
8:15 am
Thu March 21, 2013

The Morning Cram [rockin’ robin edition]

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From NPR: The first tweet was posted seven years ago. Since then, the social media site has been used as a free speech platform to spread information, report on the Arab Spring and stay connected with millions worldwide. But critics say that as Twitter has grown, it has sometimes compromised its principles.

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Education
7:08 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Competing TN Voucher Bill Withdrawn

The sponsor of legislation competing with Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's proposal to create a school voucher program has withdrawn her bill. Republican Senater Dolores Gresham of Somerville withdrew the measure in the Senate Education Committee yesterday.

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Sports
7:06 am
Thu March 21, 2013

TN Concussion Policy Bill To Be Heard on House Floor

Tennessee legislation that would require schools and other organizations with youth athletic programs to adopt concussion policies is set to be heard today on the House floor. The legislation is similar to laws passed in 42 other states and the District of Columbia that have provisions requiring students to be removed from an event if they show concussion symptoms like headaches, dilated eyes or vomiting.

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Environment
7:01 am
Thu March 21, 2013

ILL Trout Fishing Season Opens Next Month

More than 40 Illinois lakes, creeks and ponds are stocked with rainbow trout in anticipation of this season's fishing opener. Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller said yesterday the 2013 trout fishing season will begin April 6.

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Morning Cram
8:48 am
Wed March 20, 2013

The Morning Cram [hall pass edition]

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From NPR: In the aftermath of the Newtown school shooting, there's a raging public debate over placing armed guards in schools. Some say it's impractical, but about a third of American schools already have some kind of armed security. One school police officer in Stockton, Calif., finds the job is part protector, part mentor.

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Government
8:40 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Two Placed On Leave In Farmer Ethics Probe

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Two people charged in an ethics probe involving former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer have been placed on leave while the investigation continues.

Farmer's sister, Rhonda Monroe, and deputy Agriculture Commissioner Bruce Harper were among seven people charged along with Farmer on Monday of ethics violations. They each face three counts. Monroe holds the position of assistant executive director in the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

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Politics
8:30 am
Wed March 20, 2013

ILL Government Workers Approve New Contract

Illinois state government workers represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees have voted to approve a three-year contract. AFSCME Council 31 officials announced Tuesday evening that its 35,000 members approved the agreement reached late February after 15 months of negotiating with Governor Pat Quinn.

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