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
7:16 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Tennessee Senate Leader Says ‘All or Nothing’ on School Voucher Bill

Credit tcpalm.com

Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris says that lawmakers will either have to approve Gov. Bill Haslam’s approach to a school voucher program or face the measure being withdrawn entirely.

The Collierville Republican told reporters Tuesday that he perceives a growing level of comfort with Haslam’s more measured approach to the bill that would supply a limited number of parents of children in the state’s worst schools with public money to pay for a private education.

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2013 TN General Assembly
6:57 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Tennessee Wine in Grocery Store Bill to Get Second Chance

Legislation to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores isn’t quite dead yet.

A tie vote in the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday morning initially indicated that bill had failed for the year. But a spokesman confirmed later in the day that Democratic Sen. Douglas Henry, who abstained on that vote now wants to vote in favor of the measure after receiving assurances that it would no longer include a provision allowing Sunday liquor sales.

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2013 TN General Assembly
6:28 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Tennessee Bill Sealing Handgun Permit Records Moves to Senate

A proposal to seal Tennessee's handgun carry permit records from public scrutiny is headed for a full Senate vote.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Ferrell Haile unanimously passed the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday. The companion bill passed 84 - 10 in the state House last month.

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Politics
6:23 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Illinois' Republican Senator Supports Gay Marriage

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Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois says he supports same-sex marriage. Kirk said in a post on his blog yesterday that same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage. He says what matters in life is who you love and "government has no place in the middle."

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Morning Cram
7:16 am
Tue April 2, 2013

The Morning Cram [the race card edition]

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From NPR: Two different families talk about the identity struggles of being a mixed race. For one man, the ability to check both Asian and white on his last census form brought some unexpected tears.

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Environment
7:01 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Whitfield Wants Details of Corps' Access Decision

A Kentucky congressman is continuing his fight against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to restrict access to water near dams along the Cumberland River and its tributaries.

U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield sent three and a half pages of questions and document requests Monday  to the Nashville Corps of Engineers commander and asked for a response by Friday. The letter asks for documents that led to the decision to restrict water access, relevant documents where the Corps obtained $2.6 million to install barricades and other information.

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Politics
6:57 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Beshear Still Considering What to Do on Hemp Bill

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Gov. Steve Beshear has until Saturday to sign or veto a bill that would open the door to industrial hemp farming in Kentucky. So far, he hasn't said what he'll do.

The General Assembly passed the bill last Tuesday in the final minutes of this year's legislative session, giving the governor 10 days excluding Sundays to veto it.

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Society
5:55 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Quinn Launches Cyber Security Contest

Gov. Pat Quinn is launching a statewide competition to identify and train Illinois residents for jobs in cyber security. The Illinois Cyber Challenge is free and open to anyone, but Quinn says it will specifically target veterans, many of whom already have training in the field.

The challenge will involve three online tests, each with a pre-test tutorial. The top scorers in the online exams will be invited to a championship competition. A special Veterans Cyber Camp is also being held this summer.

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Politics
5:52 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Illinois Businesses Push Immigration Reform

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A new group of business leaders wants to recruit 300 CEOs and 1,000 small businesses in Illinois to push for "common sense" bipartisan immigration reform.

The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition includes leaders from Peoria-based Caterpillar as well as Motorola Solutions, the University of Illinois, trade groups and immigration-rights advocates. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel also backs the coalition.

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Morning Cram
8:08 am
Mon April 1, 2013

The Morning Cram [sorry i’m not sorry edition]

From NPR: Your mother told you wrong. A new study has found that not apologizing has psychological benefits – ones that are sometimes more powerful than fessing up and saying you’re sorry. But really, you should still eat a piece of humble pie before it’s too late to apologize.

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