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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Education
8:13 am
Mon March 11, 2013

TN Enrollment Bill To Go to Floor Tonight

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A proposal to tighten enrollment requirements at Tennessee’s online-only schools is expected to be on the Senate floor tonight.

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Politics
8:09 am
Mon March 11, 2013

ILL Gov. Quinn Proposes Tax Legislation

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says proposed legislation to end some corporate tax breaks is the best way to help pay $9 billion in overdue bills.

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Morning Cram
9:28 am
Fri March 8, 2013

The Morning Cram [it’s gettin’ hot in here edition]

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From NPR: In the past 100 years, average temperatures on Earth have changed by 1.3 degrees. Previously, that large of a swing took 5,000 years. That's the word from researchers who pored over temperature data going back to the end of the last ice age.

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Environment
9:16 am
Fri March 8, 2013

TennCare Preparing For Spend Down Open Enrollment

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TennCare officials have announced the open enrollment date for a program that helps with high unpaid medical bills for lower-income, elderly or disabled people.

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Politics
9:08 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Beshear To See Religious Rights Bill Today

A bill headed to Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear gives stronger protections in court to people who claim the government has infringed upon their religious freedom. The Senate approved the legislation Thursday, almost a week after the House passed the measure. A handful of House and the Senate lawmakers have claimed the bill could go too far and open a Pandora's box of litigation. They say the bill could allow organizations to undermine civil rights protections or deny social services based on religious beliefs. Proponents say such matters would be left to the courts.

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Morning Cram
9:20 am
Thu March 7, 2013

The Morning Cram [TANSTAAFL edition]

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From NPR: Two months ago, the popular political blogger left the comfortable world of big media and struck out on his own. His bold new plan: Ask readers to pay to subscribe to his blog.

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Politics
9:14 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Stumbo Wants To Shore Up KY Government Pensions

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Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo is calling again for passage of a measure to shore up government pensions in the waning days of the legislative session.

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Politics
9:11 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Democrats Win Redistricting In The House

Kentucky House Democratic leaders have won passage of a legislative redistricting plan that could strengthen their majority by forcing 11 Republicans to run against each other next year.

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Education
9:08 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Crittenden County Schools Awarded EPA Emission Reduction Funds

The Crittenden County school district will receive $80,000 dollars in federal funding to reduce diesel emissions from its fleet of buses.

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Politics
9:05 am
Thu March 7, 2013

ILL Gov. Quinn Has Nations “Worst Budget”

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says inaction on his state’s worst-in-the-nation pension problem has produced Illinois' worst-ever budget.

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