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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Education
2:54 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Breakdown Of Who Takes Advanced Placement Tests At Regional Kentucky High Schools

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Non-profit Equal Opportunity Schools has found more than 650,000 high school students are qualified for Advanced Placement courses but aren’t enrolled in them. A Marketplace analysis of the 2011-2012 data shows how race is a part of that story. You can search for your school at Marketplace’s data tool below.

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Government
1:44 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Not Enough Funds For Paducah's Many Capital Projects

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Paducah has 54 capital projects planned for the next five fiscal years but the city doesn’t yet have the more than $70 million to fund them all, including rebuilding the crumbling City Hall.

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Education
4:19 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Free Lunch, Breakfast Continues At Elementary Schools In Hopkins County

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Hopkins County elementary school students will continue to get free lunch and breakfast through the Community Eligibility Provision.

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Society
3:25 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Ten Derelict Union County Homes Being Rebuilt With Help From Large Grant

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Ten dilapidated homes in Union County are being rebuilt for their homeowners through a Kentucky Community Development Block Grant.

Dustin Duncan with the Green River Area Development District says the project funding totals around $450,000 from Housing and Urban Development. He says it’s taken about three years to secure the grant.

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Government
12:28 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Christian County Officials Looking To Form Local Narcotics Task Force

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Several law enforcement officials are working to create a local narcotics task force in Christian County. The area is now part of the 11-county Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force but Commonwealth Lynn Pryor said there is need for a smaller unit in the high-crime area.

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Arts
3:46 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

American Quilter’s Society Show Kicks Off With Awards

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The American Quilter’s Society show is underway in Paducah this week. The quilt show kicked off last night as the group named winners in all of its categories.

Miriam Coffey of Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, has been coming to the show for a decade and entered her first quilt winning first place in the modern category.

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Society
10:53 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Poll: Rural Illinoisans Predict Gloom, Doom In Their Economic Future

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Western Illinois University's Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs has found people living in small communities in the state have a gloomy outlook for their future.

The institute’s Director Christopher Merrett said rural areas are often overlooked in comparison to more urban places like Chicago and his team is investigating ways to bring life back to these small towns.

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Education
3:24 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

New Training Available For Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Clean Up Jobs

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A West Kentucky Community and Technical College program set to begin in May will train people for potential Department of Energy work.

The Health Physics Training Program is a partnership between WKCTC and Paducah Economic Development to prepare people to clean up the gaseous diffusion plant.

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Education
3:13 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

McCracken County Board Of Education Looking To Add E-Cigarettes To Tobacco Policy

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The McCracken County Board of Education is looking to add e-cigarettes to it’s tobacco policy as national studies are finding teenagers are more likely to reach for them as opposed to traditional cigarettes.

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Government
3:53 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Some Murray Electric Bills, Payments Delayed Since March

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Some Murray Electric customers are not getting their bills through the mail, and the utility hasn’t been getting payments either.

General Manager Tony Thompson says the issue began at the end of March. He says the utility is investigating the matter, especially since it didn’t receive payment from several of its large commercial customers.

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