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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Education
5:16 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Murray State Presidential Search Committee Weighing Confidentiality Suggestions from Search Firm

Credit nse.org

Presidential Search Committee Witt/Kieffer told a Murray State University’s Presidential Search Committee Wednesday that it would be best to keep the names and specific details of the search process confidential.

Witt/Kieffer Managing Partner John Thornburgh told the Presidential Search Committee keeping those details under wraps would open the pool to higher quality candidates who might not want their name announced publicly. Committee Chairman Pro-tem Harry Lee Waterfield said the regents want to bring the best candidates in and will consider Thornburgh’s advice.

We feel there’s a trend nationally for really good candidates to want to not be in an open process where their name is battered about and we don’t want to limit the pool,” Waterfield said. “We’re going to try to find a way to have a process that’s open but maybe not as wide open as some in the past.”

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Education
6:52 am
Wed September 4, 2013

MSU Faculty Senate Meets With Presidential Search Firm

Credit Murray State.EDU

Murray State University’s Faculty Senate met with the presidential search firm yesterday to discuss what they think the university needs. The top faculty priorities were having a transparent communicator who would consider their concerns, a strong fundraiser and a president committed to diversity. Faculty Senate President Kevin Binfield says most faculty members fall into one of two divided groups.

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Government
11:54 am
Tue September 3, 2013

TVA Won't Ask Congress to Raise Borrowing Cap

Credit tva.com

Tennessee Valley Authority says it’s not going to ask Congress to raise its borrowing cap for at least a decade.

The federal utility says slowing demand for electricity means it could reduce its net borrowing in the next two years and whittle down its debt by $5 billion in a decade. A few years ago TVA officials worried Congress’s $30 billion debt cap would be a problem. Now TVA expects its debt to peak just below the cap in 2015, then decline.

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Society
2:06 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Judge Clears Charges Against Former Fort Campbell Program Leader

Credit Department of Defense

A judge has cleared charges against the former head of a Fort Campbell sexual assault response program that stem from a domestic dispute.

Fort Campbell leaders fired Lt. Col. Darin Haas in May after his arrest for allegedly violating a protection order and stalking his ex-wife. Haas said he is relieved that the charges have been dropped, but that he cannot get his reputation back.

“As far as employment it’s bleak,” he said. “But I am happy that this is finally over and that I can at least put that chapter behind me and move on.”

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Business
2:20 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Barkley Regional Airport's Numbers Plateau

The number of passengers flying through Barkley Regional Airport has plateaued, and according to Airport Marketing Director Eddie Grant, it's the result of sequestration. He says cutbacks in government travel have stunted the airport's growth.

“We’re not showing any kind of decline which is always a good thing. We’re not showing any growth either but, you know, treading water is better than drowning.”

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Business
4:38 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Two Rivers Fishery Ships First Asian Carp Load

Wickliffe’s Two Rivers Fishery has shipped its first of many loads of Asian carp on Tuesday, and it’s going to China.

Plant manager Jeff Smith said the plant has a few orders in the United States and overseas, but he’s preparing for the processing plant’s largest order yet. Customers in China have placed an order for a million pounds of the Asian carp. Smith said that order has a large impact on the new fishery.

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Business
2:58 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Kentucky Oil Production Increased in Past Year

Credit DOE

Oil production in Kentucky over the past eleven years reached 31 million barrels but increased significantly in the last year. That’s what the executive director of the Kentucky Oil and Gas Association told a House panel in Frankfort today.

Andrew McNeill testified before the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee. He says the state’s average annual production during the period was 2.5 million barrels.

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Business
4:25 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Paducah City Commission Reviews Loan Offer for New Hotel

Credit paducahtransit.com

A new Paducah hotel that would connect to the Julian Carroll Convention Center downtown is one small step closer to coming to fruition.

The City Commission met with City Attorney David Denton in closed session this morning to review a loan offer for the project. A local bank gave the developer that offer this week. City spokesperson Pam Spencer says the plans are not final yet.

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Business
12:26 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Paducah Neurologist Settles Civil Rights Suit

A Paducah neurologist’s office has settled a discrimination suit with a hearing-impaired patient who alleges he was not provided a sign language interpreter during a May 2011 visit. 

Mike J. Young claims Comprehensive Neurological Services refused to provide the interpreter.  If so, this would violate the state and U.S. Civil Rights acts.  Comprehensive Neurological Services denied any violation, but the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights determined there is enough evidence that discrimination may have occurred. 

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Business
4:14 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Murray-Calloway County United Way Chooses Interim Director

Credit www.facebook.com

The Murray-Calloway County United Way board of directors has named Amy Gannon as its new interim campaign and project director.

Board Chair Tina Bernot says Gannon accepted the offer immediately starts Monday. Her duties include working with staff, volunteers and local businesses on the upcoming fall fundraiser.

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