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
12:28 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Christian County Board of Ed Denies It Wrongfully Closed Lacy Elementary

Credit http://lacy.christian.kyschools.us/

Updated 2:48 p.m.

The Christian County Board of Education’s lawyer has denied allegations that it wrongfully made plans to close Lacy Elementary School.

Attorney Jack Lackey’s response says the board of education does not have enough information to determine if some of the allegations are true, including the school board members’ surprise at the facility’s age and their comment that student’s “would survive” long bus rides to school.

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Government
3:58 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Kentucky Mine Safety Office to Restructure After Budget Cut

Credit alrp.com

After the Kentucky General Assembly cut the Office of Mine Safety and Licensing budget by more than $4 million, Governor Steve Beshear is mandating it to restructure. The office will become the Division of Mine Safety under the Department of Natural Resources effective June 1.

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Government
5:29 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Paducah Reviews Next Year’s Budget, Finds Evidence of Growing Economy

Credit Lance Dennee / WKMS

More revenue is allowing Paducah city officials to increase their budgets and consider some city updates.

Commissioner Carol Gault says this week’s budget workshop shows that the economy is slowly rebounding with a nearly four percent rise in revenue.

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Government
4:11 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Murray Fire Department Starts Storm Shelter Registry for Use in Natural Disasters

Credit www.murrayky.gov

Murray’s Fire Department starts a new program today making it easier to locate people in storm shelters after natural disasters.

Murray Fire Marshal Dickie Walls says emergency responders search all damaged structures after natural disasters, but storm shelters’ locations aren’t always obvious. 

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Government
10:46 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Sagging Paducah City Hall Needs Immediate Attention

Paducah City Hall
Credit Lance Dennee / WKMS

Paducah’s 50-year-old City Hall is showing its age and doesn’t meet modern seismic standards. Rust, cracks and concrete falling from the canopy can be seen around the building, prompting the Paducah mayor and City Commission to consider a nearly $16 million renovation.

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Politics
9:10 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Several New Faces Will Serve as Judges-Executive in Western Kentucky

Two incumbents and several new faces will serve as judge-executive starting next year. The results are as follows:

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Government
5:30 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Chart: Since Recession Food Stamp Usage Continues to Increase

A new analysis from a rural non-profit shows western Kentuckians using food stamps has continued to increase, but the region is faring better than the state as a whole.

An analysis of USDA data from the rural non-profit The Daily Yonder shows more than 17 percent of people in our region relied on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, or food stamps, in 2011. That number for the state as a whole that year: more than 19 percent.

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Education
12:24 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Christian County Residents File Lawsuit Against School Board for Closing Lacy Elementary

Credit christian.k12.ky.us

A group of Christian County residents has filed a lawsuit this week against the county school system for its plans to close Lacy Elementary.

Their complaint alleges the school met all requirements to be a permanent center but the school board named it a transitional center. But labeling the facility transitional is required for its closing.  

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Government
3:59 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Lovelaceville Water Utility Moving to Abandon Operations, Facing Difficulty Due to Size

Credit Wikimedia Commons

A water utility in Ballard County is working to abandon operations that serve 55 people and help them find another water source.

Public Service Commission spokesperson Andrew Melnykovych says the utility is the smallest in the state, making it a hard sell to merge with water districts in nearby counties.

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Environment
4:15 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

How Does Climate Change Affect Kentucky Farmers?

Credit Scot Bauer / USDA

The US Global Change Research Program released its third climate assessment this week, which found Kentucky farmers could continue to see rising summer temperatures and increased drought in the future.

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