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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Politics
3:53 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Stumbo Loses Redistricting Stay Bid

A three-judge panel has denied a request for a stay in two lawsuits asking that judges redraw legislative boundaries in Kentucky.

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo sought the motion for a stay. He says it's the General Assembly's job to set the boundaries.

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Sports
5:41 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Canaan Chosen Early In NBA’s Second Round, Daniel Signs as Free Agent

Updated 12:28 p.m.

Murray State’s Isaiah Canaan is headed to the NBA as the newest player on the Houston Rockets. Canaan was the 34th pick in last nights draft selection. The two-time Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year watched the draft surrounded by family and friends in his hometown of Biloxi, Miss.

Murray State officials say the Rockets also signed Canaan's teammate Ed Daniel as a free agent Friday, which means he will play in the team's summer games.

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Society
3:38 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Federal Judge Ed Johnstone Remembered for Changing Kentucky Prisons

Credit Larry Spitzer/Courier Journal / exploreuk.uky.edu

Federal judge Edward Johnstone who reformed Kentucky’s prison system died yesterday at age 91.

The longtime Princeton Kentucky resident served as a circuit court judge in Lyon, Trigg, Livingston and Caldwell counties in 1976 before President Jimmy Carter appointed him to the federal bench the following year.

Johnstone mentored Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham when he was a young lawyer. Cunningham says Johnstone was well respected in the law community even if people did not agree with his policies.

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Environment
4:52 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Ag Officials Say Mosquito Control Safe, But Farmers Still Concerned

Credit wikipedia.org

A means to control mosquito swarms this summer around Land Between the Lakes is a concern for an organic farmer that lives less that 10 miles from where the Department of Agriculture plans to spray.

Hillyard Farms owner Brad Lowe grows organic crops and raises cattle, hens and pigs in Murray. He says although the insecticide won’t have a direct effect on his farm, he is still concerned.

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Business
4:11 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Whitehall Industries Breaks Ground in Paducah

An auto parts manufacturer coming to Paducah broke ground on its nearly $13 million project today.

Whitehall Industries plans to create 150 new jobs to make aluminum automobile parts. Those parts are in high demand due to increasing fuel efficiency standards.

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Government
2:17 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Tennessee Governor Creates New Cabinet Position

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has hired a former IBM executive as the state's chief operating officer, a new Cabinet-level position in his administration.

Haslam announced today that Greg Adams’ role as COO will be to promote efficiency and effectiveness in state department operations. He starts his new job July 8 with an annual salary of $165,000.

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Society
4:11 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

WKCTC Gives All Clear after Possible Gunshots Heard on Campus

West Kentucky Community and Technical College officials have given an all clear after the school was locked down when what sounded like gunshots were heard on campus.

WKCTC spokesperson Tammy Thompson says the school issued the first safety alert at 2:20 p.m. Police then searched campus and found nothing.

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Society
4:42 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Land Between the Lakes Welcomes New Supervisor

Former National Forest System Ranger Tina Tilley is Land Between the Lakes new Area Supervisor. Tilley replaces Bill Lisowsky who retired at the end of 2012.

Before coming to LBL, Tilley worked in the National Forest System as a district ranger in North Carolina. She has also worked as an information specialist at the Tonto National Forest in Arizona.

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Education
4:12 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Disputed Teacher Prep Report Gives Murray State Low Scores

Credit NCTQ

A National Council on Teacher Equality report has caused a stir in higher education.

Murray State University’s College of Education Dean David Whaley like many teaching trainers in higher education is taking the NCTQ’s report with more than just a grain of salt. He says the group did not conduct any interviews with students or visit classrooms in their research of more than 600 institutions.

“I have to tell you NCTQ collected this information off of, it was merely a paper screening and primarily off of course syllabi,” he says. “And, you know, with course syllabi you can’t always put everything you want to do or plan to do within a course.”

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Society
4:39 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Flags at Half Staff for Two Fort Campbell Soldiers

Credit wikipedia.org

Two Fort Campbell soldiers who died earlier this month are being honored tomorrow with flags flying half-staff.

Second Lt. Justin Sisson of Phoenix and Spc. Robert Pierce of Huntingdon, Arkansas, died June 3 in Tsamkani, Afghanistan. Both were wounded when their unit was attacked by a suicide bomber.

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