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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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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Government
5:03 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Kentucky Transportation Official Says No US 68/KY 80 Speed Limit Increase Until Project Complete

Some officials are pushing for a 65 mile per hour speed limit on US 68/KY 80, but Kentucky’s transportation cabinet secretary said now isn’t the time.

Mike Hancock said he’s reluctant to change the speed limit since many tourists come to western Kentucky.

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Government
12:29 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Gentry House Plans to Close Next Year, But Will Discuss Suggested Funding Options

A Murray non-profit that provides housing for homeless families with children plans to close January 31.

Gentry House board members met with Murray’s Human Rights Commission Monday to discuss funding options that could keep the housing non-profit open. Volunteer director and board member Melinda Johnson says the meeting was an opportunity to clarify the difficulties it’s facing.

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Weather
6:57 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Winter Weather: Clarksville, TN Reports .4 of Ice and Numerous Power Outages

Snow plow in downtown Paducah.
Credit John Paul Henry

Update Monday Morning

According to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd  the region had fog overnight in many counties.  A band of light freezing rain that briefly turned to snow swept across Henderson and Webster counties about 2:00 a.m

Temperatures held in the mid-20s which helped salt to continue thawing roads in the overnight hours. 

However, there are still opportunities for re-freezing, as well as some remaining icy spots that require additional treatment.

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Speaker's Corner
6:13 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Speaker’s Corner: Curris Gives Last Murray State ‘Adventures’ Lecture

Credit Murray State.EDU

Dr. Constantine Curris speaks at this semester’s final installment of Murray State University’s seminar series, “Adventures: Life and Its Experiences” about events that shaped his life in his early twenties.

The series allows students, faculty, alumni and the community to interact with speakers who have a wealth of academic and entrepreneurial experiences. Speakers will discuss their experiences related to their successes and their challenges.

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