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
11:28 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Coast Guard Considers Changes In Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater Transport On Rivers

Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Digital Visual Library

The U.S. Coast Guard is considering a policy change to allow the transport of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on inland waterways.

Oil and gas companies currently transport most of their wastewater by truck from the shale fields in Ohio and Pennsylvania to states with lighter regulations on storage, like Texas and Louisiana.

Now companies want to take the river route to save on fuel and personnel costs. But chemicals and other minerals in the wastewater could prove too risky to move by barge.

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Morning Cram
7:43 am
Wed November 6, 2013

The Morning Cram [global venue edition]

From NPR: Does a citizen of any country — not just the good ole U.S.A. — have an obligation to support its national teams? According to Frank Deford, in our world of global entertainment, passports don't matter and taste should trump nationalism.

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Morning Cram
7:52 am
Tue November 5, 2013

The Morning Cram [old man river edition]

From NPR: The reversal of a conservation law court decision to protect Michigan's Au Sable River is an unintended outcome from large donations by anonymous funders funneled through tax-exempt organizations. Known as 501(c)4s, these groups are becoming a vehicle of choice for big donors to hide large political donations.

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Business
7:18 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Union To File Complaint At Honeywell Plant

Members of United Steel Workers at the Honeywell Plant in Metropolis say the Nuclear Regulatory Agency blocked participation by Local Union President Stephen Lech during an inspection.

The Union says it will seek action against Honeywell and has filed a complaint against the NRC with the Office of the Inspector General.

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Morning Cram
7:44 am
Mon November 4, 2013

The Morning Cram [oh bully! edition]

From NPR: Roosevelt described the power of the presidency to shape public opinion as "The Bully Pulpit." That's also the title of a new book from presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, in which she explains the unique relationships Roosevelt forged with reporters.

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Morning Cram
7:37 am
Fri November 1, 2013

The Morning Cram [that broadcast brand edition]

From NPR: The value of a brand doesn't include anything physical. It's just the name of the company — and all of the customer loyalty attached to that name.

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Morning Cram
9:31 am
Thu October 31, 2013

The Morning Cram [wait what? edition]

From NPR: In a psychology study using Halloween candy, kids who got a candy bar and a piece of bubble gum were less satisfied than kids who got just a candy bar. The study shows that when we think about experiences, we are significantly biased by how the experience ends.

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Morning Cram
9:11 am
Wed October 30, 2013

The Morning Cram [how old are you? edition]

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From NPR: Social Security accounts for about 20 percent of federal spending. As Congress edges toward having to come up with a new spending plan, one argument in favor of cuts is that Social Security amounts to a huge transfer of wealth from the young to the old.

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Morning Cram
9:20 am
Tue October 29, 2013

The Morning Cram [who is watching edition]

From NPR: Law enforcement agencies across the country subpoena cellphone location data regularly. But civil liberties groups hope a series of state-level legal victories will usher in stronger protections for that often-revealing digital information.

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Morning Cram
8:10 am
Mon October 28, 2013

The Morning Cram [ship this edition]

From NPR: Amazon has been quietly making inroads into a new approach to retail, partnering with manufacturers to ship products directly from the warehouse to consumers, essentially taking out the middle man. The online retailing giant's move comes as it and its competitors experiment with faster delivery.

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