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
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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Education
7:07 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Mid-Continent Put on Warning Status with Accrediting Group for Second Year

Credit midcontinent.edu

Mayfield's Mid-Continent University is on an accrediting group’s warning status for a second consecutive year.

Mid-Continent spokesperson Bill Bartleman says the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools approved remedies to 10 of the 13 issues it raised a year ago after Mid-Continent’s 10-year accreditation reaffirmation review.

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Politics
2:24 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Stivers Says Rising Property Values Could Decrease Need for Education Funding

Credit KY LRC

State Senate President Robert Stivers says rising Kentucky property values could ease the demand for school funding.

The Republican says he's open to increasing the state’s share of elementary and secondary education money. Education leaders are pressing lawmakers to restore funding to pre-recession levels. The Department of Education wants $336 million from the Commonwealth for the two-year budget cycle that begins in July.

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Education
4:11 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Transfer Rate Up in Kentucky, While Low-Income Students Face Some Hardships

A Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education report released today has found more than 12,000 students transferred from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System to four-year institutions, more than meeting its goal of 9,580.

The annual accountability report measures college readiness, student success, economic and community development and innovation for the 2011-2012 academic year with goals set to be met by the 2013-2014 academic year.

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Roads & Highways
3:19 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Starts Taking Bids for Kentucky Lake Bridge

Credit KYTC

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet began taking bids today for a new bridge over Kentucky Lake in Aurora.

The project includes demolishing and replacing the Eggners Ferry Bridge.

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Roads & Highways
3:14 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Some Sleet Expected Overnight, Could Cause Problems On Bridges, Overpasses

Credit KYTC

Some sleet is expected overnight and could cause some issues on bridges and overpasses.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesperson Keith Todd says pretreatment wasn’t an option because of rain leading up to the sleet.

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Society
1:30 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Gentry House Continues Searching for Funding to Stay Open

Board members of Murray’s Gentry House are working to keep the Murray non-profit housing for homeless families open past its Jan. 31 closing date.

Volunteer director Melinda Johnson says the board met with members of the Murray Human Rights Commission Thursday to further discuss the non-profit’s needs and possible long-term funding options.

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Politics
12:23 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Results Same After 7th District Recanvass

Credit Kentucky Republican Party

  Updated 2:49 p.m.

Democrat Kim Humphrey has conceded to Republican Suzanne Miles after results from a recanvass from Tuesday’s special election showed no change in the previous tallies.

Miles won the race by more 100 votes for the 7th District state House seat.

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Society
4:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Calloway Highest Ranking Western Kentucky County for Child Well-Being

Credit guidestar.org

A Kentucky Youth Advocates and Kids Count report has found Calloway is the top county in far western Kentucky for child well being.

Overall, Calloway ranked third behind Oldham and Boone counties. The report released Tuesday measured each county in four areas: economic security, education, health and family and community strength.

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Health Care
2:49 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Western Kentucky Short on Primary Care Physicians, Training Programs

Credit http://blog.medi-share.org

Under the Affordable Care Act, Kentucky chose to expand Medicaid eligibility, which means an additional 308,000 Kentuckians will qualify for health care coverage Jan. 1.

But with more patients able to visit primary care physicians comes a problem. There aren’t enough doctors.

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