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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Culture
2:31 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

The Annual Gathering of the Juggalos Has Illinois Police on Alert

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An annual music festival known for its rowdy attendees has Hardin County and Illinois State Police on alert.

The Gathering of the Juggalos annual festival is underway through Sunday in Cave in Rock, Ill. State Police expect 10,000 attendees at the event in the village of less than 1,000 residents.

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Society
2:22 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Kwanda Trice Talks About Visiting Home, Her Passion for Education

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Douglass High School was the African-American school in Calloway County before the schools were integrated in the 1960s and this past weekend alumni and their families came to Murray for the school’s annual reunion.

Kwanda Trice, founder of Eloquent Commitment to Helping Our Sisters, returned to her hometown to speak at the gathering. She talks with Whitney Jones about her connections to the school and her passion for education.

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Society
3:03 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

United Way Committee to Make Recommendations for Interim Director

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The United Way of Murray-Calloway County is close to naming its interim executive director.

Board Chair Tina Bernot says the executive committee will give the full board a one-person recommendation at its meeting Aug. 14. She says the board typically supports the executive committee’s suggestions leading to a quick decision on an interim.

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Education
3:23 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Murray State Student Tests Treats on Arthritic Dogs

Brooke Broderick sits with April, a labrador mix, as she does some routine tests.
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More than half of dogs older than 7 years have arthritis and University of Pennsylvania researchers found up to 80 percent of certain breeds are afflicted with the painful disease. A Murray State University student is testing new treats that aim to actually heal arthritic dogs, not just treat the pain.

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Business
2:03 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Kayser Automotive to Establish First US Plant in Fulton Bringing 121 Jobs

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Gov. Steve Beshear joined company and local officials today to announce A. Kayser Automotive Systems USA plans to establish a manufacturing facility in Fulton, creating 121 jobs and investing more than $17.5 million in the project. The company is a subsidiary of Germany-based A. Kayser Automotive Systems GmbH.

The operation will be Kayser’s first plant in the United States. The company’s decision to locate in Kentucky follows Gov. Beshear’s visit with Kayser officials during an economic development trip to Germany in January.

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Crime
1:46 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Sheriff's Office Looking for Information on Hazel Dog Shootings

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The Calloway County Sheriff’s Office is on the lookout after a series of dog shootings around Hazel.

Capt. Richard Steen says county residents have officially reported only one case of animal cruelty, but the sheriff’s office has heard of at least three other incidents where the dogs were killed. Steen says the reported incident involved Joe Pat Elkins of Puryear Tennessee and his border collie Levi.

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Government
3:41 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Cadiz-Trigg County Comprehensive Plan Overhaul in Beginning Stages

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The Cadiz-Trigg County Planning Commission is in the beginning stages of updating its comprehensive plan.

Planning commission Chairman Bob Brume says the update is routine and should cost approximately $10,000 to $15,000.

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Roads & Highways
3:29 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Ohio River Bridge Restrictions Begin Monday

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Traffic restrictions on the US 51 Ohio River Bridge connecting Wickliffe, Kentucky to Cairo, Illnois, begin Monday morning that will essentially limit traffic to passenger vehicles. The 50 day restriction allows Kentucky Transportation Cabinet contractors to repair deck stringers, replace 10 joints and patch the bridge deck. The work zone restrictions include dual wheeled trucks, buses, motor homes and vehicles pulling trailers

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Society
2:52 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Former Paducah Sun-Democrat Executive Editor Dies

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The first executive editor at The Paducah Sun-Democrat, which later became The Paducah Sun, has died. Preston Kennedy was 90.

The Paducah Sun reports Kennedy died early Thursday at St. Joseph Jessamine Care Center in Nicholasville. The Hager and Cundiff Funeral Home says arrangements are still pending.

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Society
2:49 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Paducah Police Chief Resigns

Paducah Police Chief James Berry has resigned to take a position as Kentucky State University’s Director of Safety and Security Affairs.

City Manager Jeff Pederson accepted Berry’s resignation this morning, which takes effect Aug. 9. Berry begins his new position in Frankfort Aug. 16.

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