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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Environment
2:30 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Illinois Pumpkin Farmers Enjoy Bumper Crop

Illinois farmers say this year’s pumpkin harvest should produce a bumper crop. Farmers in the nation’s top pumpkin producing state say the bountiful harvest is due to a wet spring and dry late-summer weather.

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Education
6:29 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Murray State Professor Answers Questions About ACA

With open enrollment for Kentucky’s health insurance exchange beginning this week, a Murray State University professor answered questions from the uninsured about the Affordable Care Act in an open forum yesterday. Although purchasing insurance can seem daunting for the uninsured under the new system, political science professor Ann Beck says that is not the case.

“It’s just a very doable process, and you will not have very high costs if you have lower income,” she says.

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Education
4:25 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

SIU Hires Firm to Help Find Next President

Southern Illinois University’s executive board has hired a Texas search firm and chose its 20-person search committee to help find its new president.

R. William Funk and Associates of Dallas specializes in higher education. The search committee includes faculty, staff, students and community members.

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Education
10:14 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Kentucky Releases Top, Bottom Performing Schools in Area

The Kentucky Education Department released report cards for all school districts in the commonwealth today, but none of the western Kentucky systems qualified for the highest honor called District of Distinction.

The District of Distinction should not be confused with distinguished school districts. Our listening area had seven distinguished school systems: Murray Independent, Marshall County, Lyon County, Calloway County, McCracken County, Daviess County and Logan County.

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Health Care
5:07 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Kentucky Not on Federal Exchange Premium List, But Kynect Releases Range of Prices

  

Updated: Sept. 26, 11:09 a.m.

The Department of Health and Human Services released insurance premium prices for federally-run exchanges today, including Tennessee, showing premiums in some states are lower than initially estimated. But Kentucky’s exchange called kynect is state-run and wasn’t on that list. 

Kynect has released the actual costs and range of plans for certain hypothetical situations. Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services spokesperson Gwenda Bond says people can find out their individual costs beginning Oct. 1, which is the first day to apply for open enrollment.

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Education
4:21 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Mid-Continent Names New Senior Vice President

Graves County’s Mid-Continent University named William Drake Jr. as its senior vice president today.

Drake served as Kentucky’s Midway College president for a decade before operating his own consulting firm. Mid-Continent president Robert Imhoff says Drake will help the university meet federal government and accrediting agency regulations.

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Society
12:22 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Oak Grove Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Tampering with Evidence in Double-Homicide

Credit Christian Co. Jail / Christian Co. Jail

A former Oak Grove police officer could serve three years in prison for tampering with evidence in an unsolved murder case nearly 20 years ago.

Leslie Duncan pled guilty Monday. Duncan’s arrest is the first in the unsolved case. He was one of the first officers on the scene and the lead investigator in the slayings of Gloria Ross and Candida Belt. They were shot and stabbed at a massage parlor that was later exposed as a front for a prostitution business.

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Government
2:41 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Beshear to Leave for European Economic Development Trip

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Gov. Steve Beshear leaves for Europe tomorrow to meet with overseas businesses interested in starting operations in Kentucky.

Beshear will showcase the commonwealth’s advantages in Germany, Spain and Austria and meet with European companies already established in Kentucky. European businesses employ nearly 26,000 Kentuckians. Twenty percent of new jobs announced last year in the commonwealth were from foreign-owned companies, including those coming to Fulton with Kayser Automotive Systems.

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Society
4:32 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

McCracken County Fiscal Court Postpones Grievance Hearing

The McCracken County Fiscal Court is emergency management director Paul Carter time to prepare for his grievance hearing. Carter was suspended five days without pay for a reported scuffle with a tow truck driver.

Carter alleged the Fiscal Court failed to follow proper protocol in disciplining him. He retained attorney Jeremy Ian Smith Monday to represent him in the grievance.

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Education
4:06 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

$4.5M Grant Awarded to School Systems Near Fort Campbell

Credit mspmentor.net

The Department of Defense Education Activity awarded two school districts near Fort Campbell with a $4.5 million dollar grant to help students in military families.

The grant is being split between school districts in Clarksville-Montgomery County, Tenn., and Christian County, Ky. The grant will fund a liaison at each school district to help connect with and involve parents.

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