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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Morning Cram
8:32 am
Tue March 19, 2013

The Morning Cram [come fly with me edition]

From NPR: Gustave Whitehead, a German immigrant who lived in Bridgeport, Conn., was the first to fly a plane, according to one expert who examined a photo recently unearthed in a Bavarian museum. This claim has reignited a debate among researchers, and a fight with the Smithsonian.

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Government
8:18 am
Tue March 19, 2013

ILL Lottery Private Manager Short On Profits

Illinois officials say the state lottery's private operator faces a $20 million penalty because it fell $66 million short of its promised profits. Authorities said yesterday Northstar Lottery Group promised to generate $823 million in net income in fiscal 2012, but brought in $757 million.

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Government
8:16 am
Tue March 19, 2013

TDOT Announces New Office To Work With Cities

Tennessee Transportation Commissioner John Schroer says his agency's new Office of Community Transportation is aimed at better coordinating transportation planning statewide. Schroer announced the office’s formation yesterday. He says the state wants to increase collaboration between TDOT and cities across Tennessee.

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Politics
8:14 am
Tue March 19, 2013

TN College Nondiscrimination Ban Passed By House

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The Tennessee House has passed a bill to bar public universities and colleges from implementing nondiscrimination policies for student groups. The bill sponsored by Republican Representative Mark Pody passed on a 75-21 vote yesterday. The bill does not include private institutions like Vanderbilt University, a provision that caused Republican Governor Bill Haslam to veto last year's version.

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Government
8:13 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Traffic Expected On New Ledbetter Bridge In Mid-Summer

Credit lanereport.com

Kentucky transportation officials say the new U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge will likely be ready for traffic by mid-summer. Transportation Cabinet chief engineer Jim LeFevre says the new bridge at Ledbetter is still on track to open well ahead of schedule. He says workers are making preparations to pour a deck on the new bridge's main truss span.

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Morning Cram
9:23 am
Mon March 18, 2013

The Morning Cram [army of her edition]

From NPR: For years, the Army has effectively ignored the ban against women in combat, though it's still hard for them to receive full recognition for what they've achieved. "Battle-fatigued female soldiers" is a new and uneasy concept for American society.

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Business
7:55 am
Mon March 18, 2013

CSX Train Derails In Western Kentucky, No Injuries

Emergency officials say a CSX train derailed in Hopkins County Saturday afternoon blocking a road, but nothing was spilled and no one was injured.  When responders arrived at the scene near Morton’s Gap, they found 14 cars overturned, including one tanker.

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Business
7:53 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Paducah Searching For Downtown Marina Operator

Paducah city officials are looking for a private investor to build a marina on its riverfront as a part of a larger riverfront development project. The city is planning to start the first phase of construction on the project in the coming months, but the completion will depend on whether the city can find a business partner to operate a marina.

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Society
7:51 am
Mon March 18, 2013

KY Judge To Hear Arguments Over Execution

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Attorneys for Kentucky are set to argue why lethal injections should be allowed to go forward for the first time in more than four years. Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd will hear arguments at 2 this afternoon in Frankfort. Earlier this year, the Commonwealth switched from using three drugs to carry out a lethal injection to a method that uses 3 grams of sodium thiopental or 5 grams of pentobarbital — similar to Ohio’s method.

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Government
7:42 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Farmer Could Be on Ethics Commission Agenda Today

Credit Ed Reinke / AP

The Executive Branch Ethics Commission has a meeting set for today where they could decide whether former University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer violated any rules when he was state agriculture commissioner.

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