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
5:09 am
Fri January 25, 2013

School Closings 1/25/13

Bands of rain and freezing rain are moving eastward across Tennessee and Kentucky this morning.

Many schools systems in Western Kentucky and Northwestern Tennessee are closed or delayed today. The full list is below.

Kentucky Transportation officials report bands of light drizzle rolling across the region.  Road conditions are mostly wet pavement at this hour, but with the system developing and conditions can change very quickly.

There is a crash on the Western Kentucky Parkway at the 84 mile marker in Ohio County involving 3 Semi-trucks.  Eastbound lanes are blocked at this time.  Tow trucks are having difficulty reaching the site due to icing conditions.  This along the Western Kentucky Parkkway between the Natcher Parkway Interchange and the Caneyville Exit.

There are also several vehicles off the roadway along Interstate 69 Northbound between the 98 and 100 mile marker (formerly WK parkway eastbound) in Hopkins County.  Traffic is down to one lane and moving slow at mile point 99.5.  This is between Dawson Springs and the Pennyrile Parkway Interchange.

KYTC spokesman Keith Todd says pre-treating efforts may not withstand the coming rain.

The KYTC Snow and Ice Response Team is concerned that as this weather event develops travel conditions can deteriorate very quickly, especially when freezing rain and sleet is involved.

Motorists are urged to use appropriate caution and closely monitor road surface conditions at their location.  Forecasters say the travel problems should be short lived.

Daytime temperatures are expected to rise to around 40 degrees.

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Morning Cram
9:04 am
Thu January 24, 2013

The Morning Cram [to thine own self be true edition]

It all started with two men in a pub. both scientists, were drinking beer and discussing a problem. Now the

British scientists have stored all 154 of Shakespeare's sonnets on tiny stretches of DNA.

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Education
8:32 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Reidland Teacher Fired for Letter

The Reidland High School teacher who asked a student to write a letter expressing concerns over school safety to the editor of The Paducah Sun has been fired.  Spanish teacher Shawnda Pacheco was let go last Friday.

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Society
8:30 am
Thu January 24, 2013

KY Surpasses 1 Million Vehicle Mark

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Automobile production in Kentucky surpassed 1 million vehicles last year for the first time since 2007, before the national economic downturn.

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Environment
8:28 am
Thu January 24, 2013

TN Wins Federal Grant for Food Safety Center

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Tennessee is one of five states receiving federal grant money to establish an Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence.

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Government
8:27 am
Thu January 24, 2013

ILL Unions Want Meeting With Quinn

Credit www.wikipedia.com

Illinois' public employee unions are asking for a meeting with Governor Pat Quinn and legislative leaders to come up with an agreement on pension changes.

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Society
8:25 am
Thu January 24, 2013

KTC Crews Pre-treating Highways

Kentucky Transportation highway crews continue pre-treating area highways in preparation for a winter weather system that could bring freezing rain, sleet, and/or snow to the region when it sweeps through tonight into tomorrow morning.

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Government
8:21 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Comer Starting Veterans Program on KY Farms

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is starting two programs to help military veterans find jobs in agriculture and markets for their farm products.

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Society
8:19 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Grimes To Speak in Washington at Voting Summit

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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is the keynote speaker at this year’s Voting Summit in Washington D.C.

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Government
8:18 am
Thu January 24, 2013

TN Judge Rules In Favor of Media

Credit www.wikipedia.com

A Nashville judge has ruled the Tennessee Department of Children's Services must provide records to the public regarding children who died or nearly died after the agency investigated reports of abuse or neglect.

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