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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Morning Cram
8:21 am
Mon April 8, 2013

The Morning Cram [protect ya neck edition]

Credit last.fm

From NPR: The Wu-Tang Clan looks back on 20 years of making “home-cooked, real” rap music and talks about what each member brought to the group.

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Society
7:49 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Eggner's Ferry Bridge Undamaged from Loose Barge

Eggner’s Ferry Bridge remains open and undamaged this morning after a barge broke loose from its mooring upstream from the bridge this weekend.

Kentucky State Police closed the bridge that crosses the Kentucky Lake and Tennessee River between Marshall and Trigg counties briefly Saturday afternoon until the runaway barge was recaptured. Boat crews retrieved the barge about a mile upstream from the bridge.

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Crime
7:46 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Police Investigating Fatal Shooting of Clarksville Woman

Police are investigating the fatal shooting of 32-year-old Clarksville woman.

WKRN-TV reports that officers responded to a shooting in progress around 3 a.m. Sunday. When they arrived on the scene they discovered a woman had been shot and was lying between two buildings. She was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

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2013 TN General Assembly
7:44 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Most Top Issues Decided as Tennessee Session Hits Final Lap

Republican legislative leaders in Tennessee are glad the most contentious issues of this session are largely decided as they enter the final weeks.

Gov. Bill Haslam's decision last week to withdraw his limited school voucher proposal highlights the sometimes contentious nature of his relationship with fellow Republicans in the Legislature, who now hold a supermajority. The governor was unable to persuade a faction led by Sen. Brian Kelsey to refrain from trying to expand the bill to more families.

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Politics
7:37 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Kentucky Lawmakers Treated to Lavish Parties

Lobbyists have treated Frankfort lawmakers to lavish parties spending more than $77,000 in just January and February.

Financial reports filed with the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission show the most expensive of those get-togethers was at the Buffalo Trace bourbon distillery and cost nearly $15,000.

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Morning Cram
7:37 am
Fri April 5, 2013

The Morning Cram [make it weird edition]

From NPR: Vice Media CEO Shane Smith admits people think the media group is strange, but he says he wishes it was weirder. The media-conglomerate makes videos about music, news, books and television – but with a not-so traditional voice. And it’s reaching the much desired 18-24 age group.

Kentucky: The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking information about how religious groups are granted access to elementary school classrooms. The group says allowing Gideons International into the classroom is a violation of the law. 

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Education
7:14 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Grant Available for Kentucky Adult Students

Credit newgre.org

Kentucky higher education officials say some adult students may be eligible for student aid known as the Go Higher Grant with awards as much as $1,000.

The grants are for students 24 or older who are enrolled less than half-time at a participating Kentucky college or university and are seeking their first undergraduate degree.

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2013 TN General Assembly
7:03 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Tennessee House Approves Food Tax Reduction

The state House has unanimously approved Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to cut the state's sales tax on groceries.

If approved by the Senate, the state's tax on groceries would drop by a quarter percentage point to 5 percent. Lawmakers last year enacted a cut of the same amount. The state's sales tax on non-food items is 7 percent.

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Government
6:44 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Audit Finds Lack of Mine Inspectors in Illinois

Credit www.dailyyonder.com

State auditors say the Illinois Department of Natural Resources didn't employ enough mine-safety inspectors the past two years to comply with state law.

An Illinois Auditor General's report released yesterday says the department had 10 inspectors for more than 40 mines. The state Coal Mining Act calls for at least 16 inspectors.

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2013 KY General Assembly
6:30 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Beshear Signs Election Day Alcohol Measure

Kentuckians can buy alcohol at restaurants, bars and retail stores on the next Election Day now that Gov. Steve Beshear has signed legislation lifting the Prohibition-era ban.

The state House and Senate both voted overwhelmingly last month to allow alcohol sales during hours the polls are open.

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