Whitney Jones


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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McCracken County Schools are getting more than $2 million in grant funding for afterschool programs.

The money for the community learning centers at McCracken County High, Lone Oak Elementary and Reidland Intermediate schools comes from three 21st Century grants of more than $600,000 each.

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Murray City Council has passed the first reading of a proposal that would, over three years, nearly double  water and wastewater rates.

City Finance Director Alan Lanier says average water bills run at about $7 and wastewater at nearly $13.50.

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

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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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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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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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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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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.