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
8:44 am
Wed March 6, 2013

The Morning Cram [full court press edition]

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From NPR: A powerful leadership group — the Catholic Seven — is stepping forward and heading in a bold new direction: basketball. These schools want out of the Big (football) East Conference. Find out why these schools are choosing a new direction when it comes to college sports.

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Business
8:12 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Clarksville Plant Layoffs Permanent

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Michigan-based silicon products company Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation says its layoff of 300 workers at Clarksville is now permanent.

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Politics
8:11 am
Wed March 6, 2013

ILL House Passes Semi-Automatic Weapons Ban

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The Illinois House has approved a series of measures that would ban semi-automatic assault weapons in Illinois.

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Government
8:08 am
Wed March 6, 2013

ILL Gov. Quinn Touts Budget Plan

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is expected to call today for additional cuts and scrutiny of money that's automatically sent to local governments, public transportation and other programs as he presents his proposed budget.

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Politics
8:07 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Hemp Legislation Vote Expected Today

The House Agriculture and Small Business Committee is expected to vote today on a proposal that could open the door to industrial hemp farming in Kentucky.

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Morning Cram
8:32 am
Tue March 5, 2013

The Morning Cram [it's just a piece of paper edition]

From NPR: Dale Stephens says many students would be better off ditching college and finding alternate ways to complete their educations. His new book, Hacking Your Education, explores that idea. "When you think about education as an investment, you have to think about what the return is going to be," he says.

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Society
8:22 am
Tue March 5, 2013

National Geographic Designates KY Bourbon Trail

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National Geographic has designated the Kentucky Bourbon Trail as one of its top 10 "Best Spring Trips." The Kentucky tourism attraction is showcased along with excursions and festivals in New Zealand, India, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, South Africa and Argentina.

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Government
8:20 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Fort Campbell Gets New General

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Fort Campbell will welcome a new general to the post this morning.  Brigadier General Mark Stammer will serve as the base’s acting senior commander while the 101st Airborne Division’s headquarters unit is deployed to Afghanistan.

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Politics
8:18 am
Tue March 5, 2013

ILL Governor Quinn To Lay Out Budget Plan

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the state budget he'll present this week will be hard and difficult because of Illinois' massive pension debt.

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Government
8:16 am
Tue March 5, 2013

TN Hunting And Fishing Licenses Require Renewal

Tennessee's new 2013-14 hunting and fishing licenses are now on sale.  Licenses can be purchased at any Tennessee Wildlife Resources office or agent as well as online.

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