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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Environment
6:31 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Flood Warnings for Kentucky, Tennessee Near Mississippi River

The National Weather Service is issuing flood warnings in Kentucky and Tennessee as the Mississippi River starts to slowly rise from northern floodwaters, but officials say the rising water should not have a significant impact.

NWS Meteorologist Marlene Mickelson in Memphis says the lower part of the Mississippi River will see elevated levels through the next two weeks.

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Morning Cram
8:09 am
Mon April 22, 2013

The Morning Cram [caffeine me, please edition]

From NPR: Coffee doesn’t just get you going in the morning, it’s bringing the world together. Even though there is a divide in the coffee growing industry between beans from smaller specialty farms and commodity coffee, the lines between the two are blurring. So when you slurp down you cup of jo this morning – whether it’s instant or fancy and freshly ground – know you are participating in a ritual happening all over the world.

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Politics
7:35 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Federal Grand Jury Convenes to Probe Richie Farmer

Credit AP

Prosecutors released no information Friday about the findings of a federal grand jury looking into whether former UK basketball player-turned politician Richie Farmer violated criminal laws during his eight years as state agriculture commissioner.

It's not clear what the grand jury is investigating, but Farmer was accused last month of 42 ethics violations, including accusations Farmer gave jobs to friends, had state employees build a basketball court on his property and gave state-purchased laptops to his family members. 

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Roads & Highways
7:30 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Cairo Bridge Work to Cause Major Detour for Truckers

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is reviewing bids this week for a planned project impacting truck traffic on the U.S. 51 Ohio River Bridge between Wickliffe and Cairo, Ill.

Trucks will be have to be rerouted for approximately 70 days beginning in June while workers make repairs on deck stringers and replace several bridge decking joints. KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer Jim LeFevre says the maintenance will begin sometime after June 10.

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Society
7:26 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Quinn Continues Tour of Flooded Illinois Areas

Gov. Pat Quinn is touring areas hit hard by the floods and has declared 44 Illinois counties as disaster areas.

The designation means expanded access to emergency resources. Sunday, Quinn visited Marseilles, where more than 200 people have been evacuated along with 60 nursing home residents. An elementary school has also been closed.

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Health Care
7:12 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Despite Law Some Kentucky Parents Lack Autism Coverage

Some Kentucky parents of autistic children say they've received little or no insurance coverage for treatment despite a 2010 state law mandating benefits.

Kentucky insurers say the law has required a smoothing-out period to address legal gray areas and other unforeseen challenges. But autism advocates argue insurers have had plenty of time. Meanwhile, parents say they can't sustain the tens of thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket treatment costs. 

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Morning Cram
9:04 am
Fri April 19, 2013

The Morning Cram [sick as a bird edition]

From NPR: A new strain of bird flu – H7N9 -- has been founding China. A dream team of experts there say there are still many unknowns, especially about how the virus could spread.

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2013 TN General Assembly
8:57 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Tennessee Distillery Bill Goes to Governor's Desk

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Legislation that provides requirements for setting up a distillery in Tennessee is headed to the governor for his consideration.

The measure was given final approval after the Senate voted 23-6 Thursday to concur with changes made by the House. Under the proposal, after July 1, a manufacturer would petition to the local county mayor, and the county commission would have 45 days to vote on the request.

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2013 TN General Assembly
8:53 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Tennessee Bill to Ban Hiring Preferences Dead This Session

A proposal seeking to ban basing government hiring preferences on race, gender or ethnicity is dead this session.

Members of a special committee formed to work out differences in the House and Senate versions of the proposal failed to do so Thursday.

The House version says preference wouldn't be based "solely" on a candidate's race, sex or ethnicity. State higher education officials said they were more comfortable with that language.

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Society
8:34 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Pilot Worker Says Haslam Knew of Rebate Fraud

An FBI agent's affidavit says a Pilot Flying J employee told authorities that Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam knew about rebate fraud at the truck stop chain his family owns.

The 120-page document was filed Thursday in federal court in Knoxville, where Pilot is based. It identifies the employee only as a confidential source.

Haslam says the foundation of the company is integrity and pledged to cooperate with the investigation.

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