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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Politics
8:16 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Ashley Judd Purchased House in Kentucky

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Actress Ashley Judd purchased a house in the northeastern Kentucky when she was considering running for U.S. Senate.

Boyd County Property Valuation Administrator Chuck Adkins says Judd paid $120,000 for the house that once belonged to her father, Michael Charles Ciminella. The deal was finalized in March, about a week before Judd announced her decision not to run against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

To run for Senate, Judd, a resident of Tennessee, would have had to establish a residence in Kentucky.

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Government
8:09 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Feds Move Forward with Plans to Build Kentucky Prison

The Federal Bureau of Prisons is moving forward with plans to build a prison in Kentucky, commissioning an environmental impact study on two potential sites in the southeastern part of the state.

U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers says both locations are in Letcher County. The plan to build a federal prison in Kentucky has been in the works since 2006, when Rogers secured $5 million in Congress to begin the planning process.

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Politics
8:01 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Former Illinois Transportation Secretary Fires at 'Anonymous Allegations' in Report

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The former assistant secretary at the Illinois Department of Transportation says a report on improper hiring at the agency mischaracterizes what he told investigators.

Former congressman David Phelps disputed a report the Office of Executive Inspector General released Monday. The report says Phelps did "little work" and mostly engaged in "misconduct and abuse." Phelps says he told investigators he answered requests for information from job-seekers but did nothing improper.

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Politics
7:57 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Madigan: Supreme Court Pass on Guns Ripples in Illinois

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to stay out of the gun debate in New York will influence Illinois' concealed carry discussions.

The justices declined Monday to hear a challenge to a strict New York law making it difficult to get a license to carry a concealed handgun in public.

In Illinois, lawmakers are crafting guidelines for concealed carry after a federal appeals court said Illinois' ban was unconstitutional. It's the only state with a concealed carry ban nationwide. Lawmakers have until early June.

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Society
7:51 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Illinois Marathon Weighing Security Concerns

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Officials at the Illinois Marathon in Champaign and Urbana say they will meet Wednesday to talk about security ahead of their April 27 event after explosions at the Boston Marathon.

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2013 TN General Assembly
7:47 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Tennessee House Passes Bill Letting Cities Form School Systems

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A measure that would clear the way for Tennessee cities to form municipal school systems has passed the House.

Republican Rep. Curry Todd of Collierville sponsored the proposal that passed 70-24 Monday. The companion bill was also scheduled to be taken up by the full Senate.

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2013 TN General Assembly
7:41 am
Tue April 16, 2013

EpiPen Bill Goes to Tennessee Governor

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Legislation requiring at least two epinephrine auto-injectors in all Tennessee public and private schools is headed to the governor for his consideration.

The Senate unanimously approved the measure Monday before the House passed it 90-0.

The so-called EpiPen is a device designed to quickly treat serious allergic reactions. Under the proposal, a prescribing doctor or administering nurse would be protected from any injury to a child, unless there was "an intentional disregard for safety."

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2013 TN General Assembly
7:35 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Tennessee Senate Panel OKs School Security Bill

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A proposal allowing Tennessee school districts to hire individuals with prior law enforcement experience to handle security is headed for a full Senate vote.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Frank Niceley passed the Senate Finance Committee 6-2 Monday. The companion bill is set to be heard on the House floor today.

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. Police officers are typically required to have about 400 hours of training. 

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Government
7:28 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Tennessee DCS to Improve Abuse Investigator Training

The Department of Children's Services is reorganizing following problems that led to former Commissioner Kate O’Day’s resignation.

One of the biggest changes includes teaming with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to better train child abuse investigators.

Interim Commissioner Jim Henry says district attorneys sometimes are unwilling to prosecute a case because of problems with the investigation. Henry also says DCS is moving forward with a new process for reviewing child deaths that officials hope will be a "gold standard" for the nation.

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Society
7:15 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Calvert City Teenager Missing

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Marshall County officials are looking for a missing 15-year-old Calvert City girl.

Sgt. Eddie McGuire with the Sheriff’s Office says Brandy Clark’s father reported her missing Monday at 2 p.m. Clark was last seen at her home around 8 in the morning. She was supposedly on her way to school, but did not show up.

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