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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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Longtime Hopkins County Clerk Devra Steckler withdrew her candidacy for the post minutes before the deadline Tuesday.

 “I had every, every intention of running at least one more time when I filed on Nov. 6. And after I went to my dad’s birthday party, his 79th birthday party, it just kind of hit me Friday night,” she said. “And I was wondering if I was doing the right thing by committing to another five years. I just feel like my parents… I just felt the need that I need to be there for them.”

A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet retiree from Marshall County is on the ballot for the state pension system’s Board of Trustees.

Peter Wolff says he’s concerned about the Kentucky Employees Retirement System.

With the deadline for open enrollment coming in March, the people behind Kentucky’s health insurance exchange kynect are reaching out to an important group of people.

Young Invincibles are those uninsured and between 18 and 30 years old. Wyatt Severs fits in that group. He’s a 30-year-old artist and teacher.

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Tennessee Valley Authority saw record demand for electricity this morning with single digit temperatures across the region.

TVA Spokesperson Scott Brooks said usage was the highest since summer 2007 and the third largest demand in TVA history.

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has sent the General Assembly the Recommended Highway Plan that if enacted would give nearly $7 billion of state and federal funding to road projects across the Commonwealth.

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The Tennessee Valley Authority is preparing once again for high energy demand with single digit lows predicted tonight and tomorrow by issuing an internal Conservative Operation Alert. That alert delays any non-emergency maintenance activities at some of its facilities to reduce risks to the power supply.

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A new judge has been appointed to a zoning case against McCracken County Judge Executive Van Newberry and Deputy Judge-Executive Doug Harnice.

Newberry’s attorney Will Kautz said Marshall County Chief Circuit Judge Dennis Foust will hear the case after McCracken County Judges Craig Clymer and Tim Kaltenbach recused themselves.

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Water containing pollutants from a chemical spill in West Virginia is making its way down the Ohio River, causing water treatment plants throughout Kentucky to take special precautions.

Paducah Water General Manager Glen Anderson said the plant will use activated carbon when the plume reaches the city tomorrow afternoon. He said the ORSANCO River Group has been monitoring the pollutant levels along the Ohio River.

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A Madisonville lawmaker has filed a countersuit regarding allegations he misused $31,000 of his company’s money to fund campaign activities.

Rep. Ben Waide is the president of Liberty Rehabilitation. His fellow shareholders Lawrence Holmes and Jason Myers charged Waide with using company money to pay for travel and other expenses while pocketing his legislative reimbursement.

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For a fee area travelers can now bypass taking off their shoes and removing laptops and liquids from their carry-on luggage with a new option for expedited airport security checks.

The TSA PreCheck program requires an $85 application and, if approved, lasts for five years for passengers flying through large airports like Memphis and Nashville. Memphis International Airport spokesperson Glen Thomas said PreCheck can be helpful.

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