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
3:58 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

PTL President Establishes Employment Stock Ownership Plan, Keeping Jobs in Murray

Credit www.ptl-inc.com

Paschall Truck Lines President and CEO Randall Waller is putting all of the company’s stock into an Employment Stock Ownership Plan, or ESOP, that will keep the headquarters and jobs in Murray.

An ESOP provides employees with stock ownership through a trust, in this case with First Bankers Trust Services.

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Society
4:12 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Hopkins County-Madisonville Library Waits for Renovation Costs

Credit facebook.com

The Hopkins County-Madisonville Library board is waiting for renovation estimates for the library’s new home before asking for a loan to help pay off its prevailing wage debt.

Library Board President Carolyn Ferrell said Architect John Calhoun visited this week to hear suggestions from the library board of trustees, foundation and staff about the renovations and its cost.

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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

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

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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