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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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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Morning Cram
9:06 am
Thu March 14, 2013

The Morning Cram [it’s way too early to be thinking about that edition]

From NPR: From Chris Christie to Jeb Bush, a slew of potential candidates for president have been getting attention. Most of them are speaking this week at the Conservative Political Action Conference, but a few pointedly were not asked.

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Government
8:11 am
Thu March 14, 2013

KY Legislator Revamps State's Code Of Military Justice

Credit Kentucky National Guard photo by Sgt. David Bolton, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office

Kentucky State Representative Tanya Pullin has maneuvered a bill through the legislature that modernizes an aged code of military justice for the Kentucky National Guard.  Pullin chairs the House Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Safety Committee and she’s been working on the rewrites for the last two years.

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Education
8:09 am
Thu March 14, 2013

More Than $200K Donated to WKCTC

A $230,000 donation to the foundation that serves Western Kentucky Community and Technical College will be used for scholarships.  The donation came from the late Garline Clark, who died last September at the age of 102.  The college says the money will be used to provide scholarships for WKCTC business and accounting students from McCracken and Graves counties who plan to transfer to a four-year university.

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Education
8:07 am
Thu March 14, 2013

TN Charter School Authorizer Bill Advances

A measure that would create a special panel to authorize charter school applications is advancing in the Tennessee state Legislature.  The measure was approved on a voice vote in the House Government Operations Committee on Wednesday, and the Senate Education Committee unanimously passed the companion bill later that evening.

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Government
8:06 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Soldier Found Dead At TN Home

Police in Clarksville are investigating the death of an Army officer from Fort Campbell, Ky., who was found dead at his home over the weekend.  Fort Campbell spokesman Robert Jenkins said the officer was 24-year-old 1st Lt. Chris Rogan, who was assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. Jenkins said his family has been notified and he couldn't provide more details while the death was under investigation.

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Morning Cram
9:17 am
Wed March 13, 2013

The Morning Cram [fife and drum edition]

Credit murraystate.edu

From NPR: For commentator Frank Deford, it seems unfair that students who pursue other extracurricular talents — like music — should be placed in a subsidiary position to their classmates who happen to play sports.

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Politics
9:09 am
Wed March 13, 2013

KY Abuse Oversight Panel Gets Backing

A Kentucky panel that investigates the deaths and near deaths of children in abuse and neglect cases now has the official backing of the General Assembly. Governor Steve Beshear created the panel last year by executive order.

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