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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PGDP
1:51 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Global Laser Enrichment Could Bring New Laser-Based Technology to Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Site

Depleted uranium cylinders stored at PGDP
Credit Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy will begin negotiations with GE Hitachi's Global Laser Enrichment (GLE) for the sale of the depleted uranium hexafluoride inventory at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

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Education
4:03 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Mid-Continent Ready for Accreditation Review, Hopes to Be Taken Off Watch List

Credit midcontinent.edu

Mayfield’s Mid-Continent University will find out in the coming weeks whether or not it will receive reaccreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and School after being placed on warning status last year.

If an institution loses its accreditation it will no longer qualify for federal student aid.

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Government
3:50 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Some Kentuckians Will Get to Keep Current Health Care Coverage

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

Some of the 280,000 Kentuckians whose insurance policies don't comply with the Affordable Care Act will be able to keep their plans, at least for another year.

Kentucky Insurance Commissioner Sharon Clark told lawmakers today she doesn't know the exact number. About 130,000 Kentuckians have individual policies that don't comply with the federal health care reform. 

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Politics
2:45 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Voters Confused About Who Can Cast Ballots in District 7 Special Election

Some Kentucky voters don't know if they can vote in the upcoming special election to replace 7th district State Rep. John Arnold because of new district boundaries.

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Society
4:06 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Groups Collecting Donations for Brookport Tornado Relief

Credit John Paul Henry

The following agencies and groups are collecting certain items or donations for tornado victims in Brookport, Ill.:

Metropolis
Massac County Sheriff's Department is accepting donations of checks and gift cards only.
SIU Credit Union: all branches collecting monetary donations.
Victory Full Gospel Church: food and supplies.
Hope Unlimited Family Care Center: diapers, wipes, blankets, clothing, cleaning supplies and baby food.

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Weather
3:06 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Severe Weather, Tornado Watch Until 7 PM Tonight (Sunday)

Scene from Brookport, courtesy Toby Glass

Nearly all of our region is now under a MODERATE to HIGH Risk today.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 7 tonight  for all Kentucky counties west of Daviess, McLean, and Muhlenberg.  The watch area also includes Alexander, Massac, Pope, Johnson, and Pulaski counties in southernmost Illinois as well as Henry, Obion, Dyer, Lake, and Weakley counties in northwest Tennessee.

The watch is the result of a strong storm system rapidly moving east through our region out of the plains states.  This system will also bring high winds gusting up to 40 miles an hour and a chance of large hail.

A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes in the area.  Be ready to move to a safe place if threatening weather approaches.  Again we have a tornado watch in effect for our region until 7 tonight.  We'll keep you updated as the situation develops.

 See details on the National Weather Service Paducah site.

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Speaker's Corner
4:09 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Speaker’s Corner: Susan Guess Talks About Bullying in Murray State’s ‘Adventures’ Series

Credit www.noit.org

Susan Schafer Guess speaks at the fourth installment of Murray State University’s seminar series, “Adventures: Life and Its Experiences” about her daughter’s journey through bullying.

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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Society
4:14 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

In Wake of Typhoon Filipinos Need Money Instead of Supplies

Credit wikimedia commons

A Murray psychiatrist who grew up in the Philippines says Filipinos in need after Typhoon Haiyan need money more than supplies or volunteers.

Dr. Maria Ruiza Yee says one way Americans can help with disaster relief is through the University of the Philippines College of Medicine, which is sending a group of doctors to Tacloban under Dr. Eric Talens.

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Society
2:20 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Kentucky Baptists Elect Princeton’s Hutcheson as President

The Kentucky Baptist Convention selected Princeton newspaper publisher Chip Hutcheson as its next president.

The group appointed Hutcheson at its annual meeting in Paducah Tuesday. Hutcheson is the publisher of the Princeton Times-Leader and Oak Grove’s The Eagle Post.

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Education
2:30 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Kentucky Education Council Grants Funds to Universities

Credit mspmentor.net

The Council on Postsecondary Education is granting four universities, including Murray State, $839,000 to improve teacher quality.

Murray State is receiving $99,000 for a partnership program with Madisonville Community College, the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Academy of Technology Education. The funds will go to help show science and math teachers how simulations and interdisciplinary problem solving can improve their work with accelerated students. The program also involves six school districts.

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