Whitney Jones

News Reporter

Whitney grew up listening to Car Talk to and from her family’s beach vacation each year, but it wasn’t until a friend introduced her to This American Life that radio really grabbed her attention. She is a recent graduate from Union University in Jackson, Tenn., where she studied journalism. When she’s not at WKMS, you can find her working on her backyard compost pile and garden, getting lost on her bicycle or crocheting one massive blanket.

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Government
4:40 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Kentuckians Like Expanded Medicaid But Not The Legislation That Made It Happen

A new poll finds Kentuckians aren’t happy with the Affordable Care Act, but they do like benefits the legislation made possible.

According to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky study released today, this disconnect is consistent throughout the state, although people in the more urban areas—Lexington and Louisville—were at least nearly 10 percent more favorable of the ACA.

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Business
11:42 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Paducah’s Mail Processing Facility Set to Close, Could Lead to Longer Delivery Times

Credit wikipedia.com

Mail delivery times could lengthen in the Purchase area with the oncoming closure of Paducah’s processing plant.

The US Postal Service announced the consolidation of more than 80 mail facilities this week.

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Roads & Highways
3:22 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

US 68/80 Traffic Delays Expected Monday

Credit KyTC

People planning to drive on US Highway 68/80 near the Eggners Ferry Bridge on Monday should plan for delays due to construction work on the new Lagoon Bridge.

A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet contractor will start a concrete deck pour at 4 a.m. on the new span at the west end of the Eggners Ferry construction site on Kentucky Lake. The contractor plans to finish work by noon. 

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Culture
12:06 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Safiah Hassan Demystifies the Hijab, Talks Ramadan Traditions

As devout Muslims young and old across the country begin a month of fasting today with the start of Ramadan, a 19-year-old Muslim woman from Murray is working to spark discussions about her faith. 

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Government
2:55 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System Gets National Attention for Financial Transparency

Credit mspmentor.net

The Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System has been recognized nationally for its comprehensive annual financial report.

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada gave the award for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the retirement system’s Chief Financial Officer Mark Whelan for the report’s “spirit of full disclosure.”

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Education
10:51 am
Fri June 20, 2014

MSU No. 1 in KY for Elementary Program, Though No Institutions Fully Met Student Teaching Standards

Credit NCTQ

Updated 6/20/14 10:36 a.m.

A new National Council on Teacher Quality report has found that not a single Kentucky institution meets its standards for student teaching.

NCTQ says this is the most difficult standard to meet with only 5 percent of colleges and universities satisfying the group’s requirements. 

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Education
2:46 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Calloway County School Board Wanted Long-Term Leadership, Hired Retired Superintendent

Credit Calloway County Schools

The Calloway County School Board still has no details on its new superintendent’s contract after naming interim Steve Hoskins to the position last week.

Previous superintendent Kennith Bargo resigned in April after the board did not renew his two-year contract. The board said they were looking for long-term leadership, yet since Hoskins retired as superintendent in 2010 his contract must be reviewed each year as the Kentucky Teacher’s Retirement System requires.

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Government
3:24 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Non-Profit Says Kentucky, First District Would Benefit More Than Average If Minimum Wage Raised

Kentucky rounds out the top ten states that would benefit most from a higher minimum wage according to a new report from a non-profit that works to fight poverty and injustice.

Oxfam America finds 372,000 Kentuckians, more than 22 percent of the working population, would benefit from a $10.10 minimum wage. 

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Agriculture
10:47 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Wet Weather Could Have Harmful Effect on Tobacco As Farmers Operate on a Late Schedule

Credit wikipedia

This spring’s wet weather may have a detrimental effect on the fall’s tobacco crop.

Calloway County Agriculture Extension Agent Matt Chadwick says most farmers set their plants before Memorial Day, but this year many are on a late schedule. He also says the tobacco that has been set has suffered some damage from recent storms.

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Agriculture
3:40 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

The Shift from Farmer's Wife to Farmer: Women Are Now Running The Business

Whitney Jones WKMS

Women have helped on farms for generations, but now they’re beginning to take ownership of their duties, calling themselves farmers instead of just farmers’ wives. The US Department of Agriculture has found a steady increase of women farmers in the 2000s, which plateaued in the agency’s latest 5-year report.

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