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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Business
2:10 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Massive Anthem Security Breach Affects Many, Including Murray State Employees

Credit Anthem Inc.

The health insurance provider Anthem is investigating a massive security breach with hackers accessing the information of 80 million people including the company’s own employees.

Murray State University is just one employer that provides Anthem benefits to its employees.  

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Government
10:46 am
Thu February 5, 2015

DOE Pulls Funding From Clean Coal Project In Illinois

Credit US Department of Energy / Wikimedia Commons

The Department of Energy is pulling funding from a central Illinois project that’s been heralded as the future of clean coal technology saying it can’t be completed before the initial deadline.

The project explores carbon capture and sequestration. Spokesman Lawrence Pacheco says without the federal funding the FutureGen Industrial Alliance project in Morgan County cannot go on.

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Business
4:05 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Honeywell Negotiations to Continue in February

Credit Honeywell

  Update: The bargaining date has been moved to Thursday, Feb 5. 

The Metropolis Honeywell plant and the United Steelworkers Local 7-6-6-9 are set to continue negotiations Feb. 4.

Honeywell Plant Manager Jim Pritchett said in a company letter today that the two groups have had informal talks during the past few months.

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Education
3:15 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Transgender Hopkins County High School Student Working on Petition to Use Bathroon of Choice

Credit Ted Eytan/taedc / Flickr (Creative Commons License)

Updated 1/31/15 12:22 p.m.  

A Madisonville North Hopkins High School transgender student is working on a petition to allow him to use the bathroom he chooses instead of the handicap one made available for those who identify as transgender. School officials haven’t yet received the petition, but say they’ll seek legal guidance although they aren’t aware of any laws regulating bathroom use.

Meanwhile State Senator C.B. Embry filed a bill this month requiring students use the restroom corresponding to their anatomical gender.

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Society
11:06 am
Thu January 29, 2015

A New Plaza is Coming to Downtown Madisonville

Credit City of Madisonville

The City of Madisonville and First United Bank are taking the former municipal building on East Center Street and turning it into a plaza with greenspace, a stage and public art display.

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Business
10:23 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Hopkins County Mine Set to Close, But Its Impact Expected To Be Negligible

Credit Alliance Resource Partners LLC / http://www.arlp.com/

An Alliance coal mine in Hopkins County is set to close in early 2016 as the Elk Creek site runs out of coal. But Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation President Gerald Cook says it’s likely the closure won’t have a big impact on the community.

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Arts
2:31 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Paducah's Yeiser Art Center Names New Executive Director

Credit Yeiser Art Center

The Yeiser Art Center has a new executive director after a two-month search. Lindsey Maestri is taking the position after Josh White resigned from the post in November.

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Business
10:35 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Warehouse Cleanup Finished, Work Continues on Clearing Soil Contamination

Credit Dylan Nichols / LATA Kentucky

LATA Environmental Services has finished cleanup at a warehouse at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant as the Department of Energy prepares to decommission the site.

The nearly 29,000 square foot space held equipment and materials from the facility. The cleanup project began in May 2014 and was accelerated after receiving additional federal funds early last year.

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Education
11:27 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Hopkinsville HS Students Allege Discrimination Over LGBT Related Yearbook Quote

Brooklyn Fosberg
Credit Change.ORG Petition

 

Hopkinsville High School has refused to run three students’ senior yearbook quotes that reference their LGBT lifestyles, and one of them has filed a petition against the school board saying its discrimination.

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Business
2:03 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

USDA Proposes New Standards to Reduce Salmonella in Chicken Parts

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has found about half of ground chicken is contaminated with salmonella, and the agency is proposing new standards to reduce the bacteria by 30 percent.

The new rule would mean more testing, which John-Mark Hack says is more expense for the processor. He is a co-founder at Marksbury Farm Market in Garrard County.

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