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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Society
12:30 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

New Calloway Ag Agent Shares Thoughts on State of Agriculture in Area

The Calloway County Extension office has a new Agriculture Agent. The fresh from college Matt Chadwick fills the position which has been vacant for more than six months.

Whitney Jones speaks with Chadwick about his background and big issues facing farmers in the region.

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Politics
5:41 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Western Kentucky Legislators Respond to Beshear's State of the Commonwealth Address

Rep. Myron Dossett
Credit www.lrc.ky.gov

Gov. Steve Beshear's State of the Commonwealth address focused on reinvesting in education and tax reform in addition to praising Kentucky's state health exchange, kynect. Below are responses to that address from both Republican and Democratic legislators who responded to calls.

REPUBLICANS

Rep. Myron Dossett took issue with Beshear's praise of kynect, saying the state health exchange had added many people to Medicaid rolls that the commonwealth is already struggling to pay. He is also concerned with expanding gambling.

Dossett on expanded gambling

Dossett was pleased to hear discussion about tax reform, but he wants a straight sales tax that would eliminate the state income tax.

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Society
2:53 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Kentucky Flu Outbreaks on the Rise, Prompt Officials to Raise Flu Level to Widespread Status

More than half of Kentucky’s regions have seen an increase in flu outbreaks in the past week prompting the state health department to raise the flu level to widespread. That’s the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s highest level for flu.

State epidemiologist Craig Humbaugh says this year the main strain is H1N1, which first emerged in 2009.

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Society
4:32 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Dodson to Cut Back on Weather Updates

Credit facebook

A volunteer meteorologist in Paducah says he is cutting back on his weather coverage this year.

Beau Dodson has volunteered with the McCracken County Emergency Management Agency sending weather updates online, but says after a decade of service he will stop sending email updates for the agency.

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Business
2:42 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Kentucky Public Service Commission Sets Final Meetings for Big Rivers Rate Case

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The Kentucky Public Service Commission holds the final public meetings for the Big Rivers Electric rate case next Wednesday.

The PSC’s meeting is in Frankfort, but the public may voice their concerns about a 20 percent rate increase through a video conference.

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Government
6:00 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Tennessee Sees Increase in Suspected Fraud Reports after Reporting Website Went Live a Year Ago

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has seen an increase in suspected fraud reports in the past year.

Comptroller spokesperson Blake Fontenay says a year-old fraud reporting website contributed to that increase.

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Society
6:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Illinois Coal Mines Increase in Mining Fatalities

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Illinois coal mining deaths increased sharply in the past year from one in 2012 to four in 2013.

Illinois Coal Association President Phil Gonet says the state Department of Natural Resources' Office of Mines and Minerals along with mine operators are using training and new mining technology to improve safety.

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Government
2:52 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Kentucky Won't Appeal Ruling Halting Executions

Kentucky will not appeal a judge's ruling that keeps a ban on executions in place with state officials opting instead to fight out a lawsuit inmates brought challenging the way lethal injections are carried out.

Justice Cabinet spokeswoman Jennifer Brislin says Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd’s concerns about executions aren’t leading to a rewrite of the regulations.

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Society
12:34 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Coroner Says Missing Woman Found in Calloway County Died of Natural Causes

Credit Calloway County Sheriff

Calloway County Coroner Ricky Harris says a missing woman whose body was found in a field off McDougal Road died of natural causes.

56-year-old Victoria Swygart was reported missing last Thursday. Law enforcement officials found and identified her body Friday after spotting her vehicle abandoned in a field off Kentucky 94 East.

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Government
3:56 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Judge Fines Kentucky Cabinet $756K in Records Dispute

A state judge has fined the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services more than $750,000 dollars because it "willfully circumvented" open-records law by not fully releasing records of child abuse fatalities and near deaths.

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled Monday that the cabinet made a "mockery" of the Open Records Act by maintaining that documents remain confidential. Shepherd ordered the cabinet to pay the plaintiff's attorney fees and costs to be decided.

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