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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Environment
9:08 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Carp Anglers Compete in Western KY Competition

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Anglers are on the hunt in western Kentucky for a pesky fish whose exploding population is threatening two of the state's most popular lakes. They're seeking out the fast-breeding Asian carp, which is gobbling up food supplies and starving out other fish species.

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Education
9:07 am
Wed March 13, 2013

UT-Martin Receives Health Grant

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The University of Tennessee at Martin will receive a $706,000 state grant for the school's Healthy Families Initiative. U-T-M officials say the state Department of Health grant will fund three years of work to increase the number of healthy pregnancies and births in at-risk communities. The project will target women and at-risk children from Dyer, Lake and Lauderdale counties. The university says the percentage of children living in poverty in each of these counties exceeds the Tennessee average of 26.3 percent.

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Morning Cram
9:06 am
Tue March 12, 2013

The Morning Cram [white smoke edition]

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From NPR: In the Sistine Chapel, cardinals will begin voting. It takes the votes of two-thirds (77 cardinals) to become pope. If no one gets that many on the first ballot, the cardinals will be "busy murmuring in each others' ears over coffee and pasta" as they form alliances, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli says.

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Politics
8:12 am
Tue March 12, 2013

TN House Votes to Close Gun Permit Records

Tennesseans could be a bit more discreet about carrying a handgun under a bill approved in the state House last night. The legislation would close carry permit records to the public.

The bill gives just one exception. If someone is suspected of being a felon or illegal alien – precluded from having a carry permit – the person’s information could be released. But there has to be some sort of evidence to show the Department of Safety in the form of a government document, such as a warrant or a restraining order. 

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Politics
8:02 am
Tue March 12, 2013

TN Lawmakers Vote Against Hotel Allowances

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A proposal to eliminate hotel allowances for some Tennessee lawmakers passed the House today despite concerns that it might hurt those who use the excess to defray other unreimbursed expenses. The measure sponsored by Republican Rick Womick of Murfreesboro was approved 71-15 yesterday. It would eliminate a $107-per-night hotel payment for the 33 legislators who live within 50 miles of the state Capitol. The legislation would continue to provide a $66 daily meals allowance for all lawmakers. Womick said the main purpose is to let taxpayers know their money isn't being wasted.

Politics
8:01 am
Tue March 12, 2013

KY GOP Recognizes Sen. Paul’s Filibuster

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The Kentucky GOP executive committee has passed a resolution applauding U.S. Senator Rand Paul as a "shining example of Republican leadership" for last week's nearly 13-hour filibuster. Once a political outsider in Kentucky, the resolution suggests that Paul has won support even among establishment Republicans in the state.

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Politics
7:59 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Stumbo Says KY Hemp Bill Is Dead

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Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the state's industrial hemp bill is dead, although the measure’s proponents insist it's not too late to revive it in the waning days of the General Assembly session. The proposal would let Kentucky quickly license hemp growers if the federal government lifts its ban on the plant.

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Morning Cram
9:08 am
Mon March 11, 2013

The Morning Cram [we can do it! edition]

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From NPR:"The blunt truth is men still run the world," says Silicon Valley executive Sheryl Sandberg — and the problem begins as early as the playground, where assertive boys are called leaders, and assertive girls are called bossy.

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Politics
8:23 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Edelen Wants To See Woman Candidate In 2014 Senate Bid

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State Auditor Adam Edelen is looking for a 2014 democratic victory over Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell. Edelen was the keynote speaker at banquet sponsored by the Murray State College Democrats Saturday evening. He says although he would prefer to see Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes run over Actress Ashley Judd, he will support whoever the party chooses. But he doesn’t think that person should be a man.

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Politics
8:16 am
Mon March 11, 2013

KY General Assembly Rushing To Complete Session

Kentucky lawmakers are scheduled to reconvene today in a rush to pass some key measures before time runs out. Still pending are bills ensuring soldiers deployed overseas can vote in Kentucky elections and a bill raising the minimum school drop out age to 18.

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