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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The Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library asked the city for the same amount of operating funds as it prepares to move to its new location on East Center Street later this year.

Library Director Joel Meador said the $180,000 allows them to continue programming like their health initiative.

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Hickman County Sheriff Mark Green is repaying the county Fiscal Court more than $5,000 after an audit found mishandled spending from Green’s office.

The Fiscal Court determined that the sheriff owes $3,900 for mileage on his personal vehicle and $1,375 for personal expenditures.

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Western Kentucky is lacking mental health care providers according to the latest Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings.

Pennyroyal Center interim executive director Eric Embry said it’s difficult to attract mental health professionals in the mostly rural western Kentucky.

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The top legislative priority in the Kentucky House failed to pass this legislative session. The local option sales tax bill called LIFT passed the house but never made into a Senate Committee.

First District Republican Sen. Stan Humphries of Cadiz says representatives from heavy industry wanted to be exempted from charging the tax and that partially led to its demise.

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Calloway County Public Library board member and lawyer Ricky Lamkin is hopeful an appellate court decision allowing library taxing districts to continue to tax without a petition won’t be overturned.

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As small, rural hospitals continue to adapt to changes and challenges from the Affordable Care Act, Muhlenberg Community Hospital is joining the larger Owensboro Health system.

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The Kentucky Court of Appeals has reversed a ruling today to allow library districts to raise taxes by four percent each year without requiring a vote from taxpayers.

This move changes the outcome of a 2012 lawsuit filed by the Campbell County Tea Party which claimed the districts could not raise taxes without a voter referendum if they were created by a petition. About 80 Kentucky library districts were created by petition.

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Updated 9:52 a.m. 3/19/15  

A Camden, Tennessee, non-profit has allegedly misused more than $730,000 in federal funding.

The Comptroller’s Office reports ABC Nutrition Program administered the funding for more than 330 daycare homes and centers in Tennessee.

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The Kentucky Nonprofit Network worked with legislators to form and ultimately pass two pieces of legislation this General Assembly giving nonprofits clarification and reducing unnecessary paperwork.

KNN Executive Director Danielle Clore says House Bill 440 modernizes and clarifies parts of the law governing Kentucky nonprofits.

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With the arrival of drier weather, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has crews out with the drier weather working on potholes created after the past few weeks’ large swings in temperature and winter storms.

KYTC Spokesperson Keith Todd says it’s usual for crews to be busy filling holes in March and April but recent weather has been ideal for create the pesky holes.

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