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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Politics
2:45 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Mike Miller Running for 11th Term as Judge Executive

Credit http://www.kcjea.org

Marshall County Judge Executive Mike Miller said he plans to run for his 11th term next year as long as he remains in good health.

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Health Care
4:16 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

More West Kentuckians Than Expected Sign Up for Kynect

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More people than expected have signed up for health insurance through kynect, Kentucky’s health care exchange.

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Government
6:30 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Kentucky Coal Counties Take Issue with Severance Tax Distribution

Credit wikipedia.org

Coal counties receive a portion of coal severance revenue but several county officials say they aren’t getting enough. Webster County Judge Executive Jim Townsend says the state takes too much of the severance money to fund projects that are not in western or eastern Kentucky.

“I understand you’ve got to make your books balance and that but it doesn’t need to be taken away from the counties that are producing the coal,” he says.

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Morning Cram
7:48 am
Tue October 22, 2013

The Morning Cram [apples to apples edition]

From NPR: Last year, the Michigan apple harvest was dismal. But this year apple growers are worried there won’t be enough pickers for the crop.

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Politics
7:36 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Thousands Expected At Illinois Same-Sex Marriage Rally

Thousands of disappointed Illinois residents are expected at the state Capitol to rally for same-sex marriage.

Organizers say several thousand people are expected to take part in today's "March on Springfield." The grassroots effort is urging lawmakers to pass same-sex marriage legislation.

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Government
7:33 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Kentucky Opens New Emergency Operations Center

Credit governor.ky.gov

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear opened a new emergency operations center Monday that has been built to withstand any weather catastrophes that hit the state, including winds of up to 250 mph.

Beshear says the $11.8 million facility in Frankfort will be a lifeline to all of Kentucky's 120 counties in times of trouble.

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Government
7:31 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Kentucky Awarded $2.8M in Security Grants

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is giving Kentucky nearly $3 million in grants that will be distributed to agencies across the state.

The $2.8 million in grants will fund 119 projects. Governor Steve Beshear’s office says the money will fund training, citizen preparedness and equipment for first-responders, communications and infrastructure.

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Politics
7:20 am
Tue October 22, 2013

McConnell Gains Support of Another Tea Party Leader

Credit wikipedia

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has gained another tea party endorsement with Sen. Marco Rubio declaring his support earlier this week.

Rubio stated his support for McConnell’s re-election on FOX News Sunday. McConnell and his GOP primary challenger Matt Bevin have been competing for tea party endorsements.

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Government
6:56 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Furloughed Illinois Workers Must Repay Unemployment

Credit Facebook

Illinois officials say federal employees in the state who were furloughed during the government shutdown have to repay unemployment insurance benefits.

Illinois Department of Employment Security says preliminary data shows of the almost 3,000 workers who applied for unemployment insurance 577 were paid benefits that total more than $231,000. The department says it’s sending those employees notices that the money must be repaid. If it isn’t, department officials can take steps to recover the money like garnishing tax refunds.

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Government
6:41 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Audit Shows TVA Overbilled for Ash Spill Cleanup in Tennessee

Credit tva.com

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s inspector general says a company overbilled the federal utility for cleaning up a 2008 ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane, Tenn.

The inspector general’s office audited TVA’s bills from London-based AMEC Environment and Infrastructure Inc. and found it overbilled TVA nearly 2.2 million dollars. A summary of the report says AMEC loaded coal ash onto rail cars or trucks for off-site disposal under terms of a contract with TVA.

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