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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2013 TN General Assembly
8:21 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Tennessee Charter School Authorizer Bill Passes House

A measure seeking to change the way certain Tennessee charter schools are authorized has passed the House.

The proposal was approved 62-30 Thursday. It's similar to the Senate version, which is expected to be taken up today on the Senate floor.

A number of attempts by Democrats to amend the bill failed.

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2013 TN General Assembly
8:17 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Tennessee School Security Bill Heads to Governor

Credit tcpalm.com

A proposal allowing Tennessee school districts to allow people with police training to be armed in schools is headed to Gov. Bill Haslam for his consideration. He is expected to sign it.

The measure was moved Thursday evening after the House voted 72-15 to concur with changes made by the Senate.

The proposal would allow schools to hire retired law enforcement officers after they meet certain requirements, such as completing a 40-hour school security course. The bill would make information about which teachers are armed or which schools allow the guns confidential to anyone but law enforcement.

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Business
8:10 am
Fri April 19, 2013

TVA Board Chair Says Utility a 'Good Model'

Credit tva.com

The chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority has expressed confidence in the organization following a proposal in the 2014 Obama budget last week that suggested a possible sale of the public utility.

At a board meeting Thursday, Bill Sansom said the board welcomes a proposed strategic review of the agency and any suggestions for ways to better serve the people in its seven-state region.

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Politics
7:30 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Concealed Carry Measure Fails in Illinois House

The Illinois House has defeated a proposal allowing the carrying of concealed guns in public.   

The vote was 64-45 in favor of the bill. But it fell short of the needed 71 votes. A supermajority was necessary because the law would pre-empt the home-rule powers of several cities.

The legislation sponsored by Democratic Rep. Brandon Phelps would have required authorities to issue concealed-carry permits to anyone who passed background checks. Phelps used a legislative procedure that will allow him to recall the bill later for another vote.

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Government
7:09 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Quinn Issues Emergency Declaration After Illinois Flooding

Gov. Pat Quinn has issued an emergency declaration following the flooding and severe weather affecting areas across Illinois yesterday.

The action allows the state to access federal resources including generators, pump systems sandbags and additional funds. It is a step below a disaster emergency declaration.

Quinn says the American Red Cross has opened two shelters in north central Illinois. One is in Oglesby and another in Roanoke.

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Roads & Highways
6:25 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Cumberland River Bridge Lane Restriction Begins Monday

Credit KYTC

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is restricting traffic to one lane on the US 68/KY 80 Cumberland River Bridge at Canton starting Monday.

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Morning Cram
9:18 am
Thu April 18, 2013

The Morning Cram [a kryptonian home companion edition]

From NPR: Superman’s hometown celebrates as the Man of Steel turns 75. But it’s not on Krypton, Kansas’ Smallville or Metropolis, Ill. It’s Cleveland.

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Business
9:09 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Aluminum Smelter Notifies Employees of August Shut Down

Credit centuryaluminum.com

The Century Aluminum smelter in Hawesville has notified employees that it plans to shut down operations Aug. 20 unless it can get lower electric rates.

The aluminum smelter has been in negotiations with its power supplier, Big Rivers Electric Corporation, for more than a year. Both parties say they are still trying to negotiate a deal before time runs out.

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Politics
8:25 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Paul Considering 2016 Presidential Bid

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Kentucky’s junior Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul says he’s considering a 2016 presidential bid but will not make a decision before next year.

Paul told attendees at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor he wants to be part of the national debate and that being considered a potential candidate gives him what he calls a larger microphone on issues.

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Politics
8:21 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Richie Farmer to be Subject of Grand Jury Meeting

Credit AP

A Kentucky basketball icon turned politician could be the subject of a federal grand jury meeting Friday.

Frankfort defense attorney Guthrie True says the grand jury will look at former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer. The Executive Branch Ethics Commission charged Farmer last month with 42 administrative ethics violations for allegedly misusing government funds and employees while in office.

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