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
7:08 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Army Corps Tamps Down Barge Worries on Mississippi

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

The Army Corps of Engineers says its efforts to keep a crucial stretch of the Mississippi River open to barge traffic should help avert a shipping shutdown that river industry officials fear is imminent.

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Culture
2:59 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Lyon County Prepares For Alcohol Vote

Complicated alcohol laws are on the Lyon County's judge executive's mind if his county passes an alcohol referendum later this month. Elected leaders and residents met with Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control representatives yesterday to learn about the potential impact of the upcoming wet/dry vote there.

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Government
3:55 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

KYTC Files Claim In Bridge Lawsuit

Credit Chad Lampe / WKMS

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has filed a claim in Federal Court for damages in the amount of 7.1 million dollars against Foss Maritime for its role in the collapse of the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge. Foss Maritime owns the ship Delta Mariner, which struck the bridge at Kentucky Lake last January. KTC spokesperson Chuck Wolfe says the claim is a response to Foss Maritime’s federal lawsuit seeking to remove any liability from the collision.

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Politics
3:50 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Alexander Sworn In As Trigg Judge-Executive

Former Cadiz police Chief Hollis Alexander is officially Trigg County’s new Judge Executive. Governor Beshear appointed Alexander soon after former Trigg Judge-executive Stan Humphries won his bid to be the next 1st district state senator. After his swearing in ceremony today (Wednesday), Alexander said he's a little overwhelmed with his new job, but is ready to face whatever challenges come his way.

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Environment
9:49 am
Sun December 30, 2012

2012 Not A Good Year For River Industries

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

2012 was a terrible year to be a river, or own or work on a tow boat hauling barges up and down a river for that matter.

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Science
4:47 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Astronomers' Opinions Vary Over the Origins of Christmas Star

Many Christmas songs reference the star of Bethlehem. And tonight, if the sky clear you'll have great shot to see it.  The debate between astronomers over the origins of such a star has varied for years. But retired Astronomer Doctor Michael Molnar says the star is actually the planet Jupiter.

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Politics
3:50 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Governor Beshear Chooses Trigg County Judge-Executive

Credit kcjea.org

Cadiz Police Chief Hollis Alexander will finish out Senator-elect Stan Humphries' term as Trigg County Judge Executive. Humphries resigns at the end of the year to become first district state senator.

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Environment
4:02 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Corps of Engineers ahead of schedule at Olmsted Dam Project

Credit Army Corps of Engineers

The Army Corps of Engineers is ahead of schedule with its construction of the Olmsted Locks and Dam project. The Corps placed five concrete shells for the dam so far in 2012, and expects to finish a sixth by the end of the year. Previously workers have only completed 4 shells per year.

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Education
4:16 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

MSU Board of Regents Creates Dunn Contract Committee

Credit Murray State.EDU

Murray State Board of Regents Chairman Constantine "Deno" Curris announced a new ad-hoc committee Friday whose job it will be to evaluate President Randy Dunn’s contract.

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Education
3:36 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Two Paducah Women Join Prichard Committee For Academic Excellence

Two Paducah women are among the newest members of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.  The non-profit advocacy group for improved Kentucky Education appointed 18 new members this week.

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