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
7:37 am
Tue April 9, 2013

McConnell Fundraising Nearing $12 Million for Re-election

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has raised nearly $12 million so far for his re-election bid, giving him an enormous head start over any potential Democratic challengers.

Campaign manager Jesse Benton says McConnell will file a report with the Federal Election Commission later this week showing he has raised another $1.8 million since January and that he has about $8.6 million on hand. Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson says McConnell also raised more than $500,000 since January for the state GOP that will work to support his re-election. 

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Politics
7:33 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Tennessee State Senator Unapologetic in Disposition

Credit http://www.capitol.tn.gov

Tennessee State Sen. Stacey Campfield calls it "laughable" that a former House candidate is suing him in a $750,000 libel lawsuit.

Roger Byrge is suing Campfield, a Republican, for falsely stating on his blog in the weeks before the 2008 general election that Byrge had a criminal record. Byrge, a Democrat, lost the state House race to Republican Chad Faulkner by fewer than 400 votes. 

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2013 TN General Assembly
7:29 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Income Tax Ban to Go Before Tennessee Voters

The Tennessee House has given final approval to a proposed constitutional amendment to ban a state income tax.

The chamber approved the measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Glen Casada 88 - 8 Monday. The vote completes a lengthy process for constitutional amendments, which must pass both chambers in consecutive General Assemblies before they can go before the voters in the same year a governor's election is held. 

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2013 TN General Assembly
7:23 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Tennessee Cock Fighting Bill Dead This Session

Legislation that makes cock fighting a felony in Tennessee is dead this session after failing to pass the Senate. Under the bill, a first offense for cock fighting would have remained a misdemeanor. But a second offense would be considered a felony punishable by six years in prison and a fine of up to $3,000.

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Environment
7:20 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Crews Work to Contain Shawnee Forest Blaze

Credit www.en.wikipedia.com

Crews are working to contain a fire that has damaged at least 14 acres of the sprawling Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois.

U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Patricia York says at least one-quarter of the blaze is contained at Little Grand Canyon near Pomona, southwest of Carbondale, in Jackson County. 

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Politics
7:18 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Illinois GOP Leader in Favor of Gay Marriage

An Illinois House Republican leader has announced his support for legalizing gay marriage in the state.

Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr. says his mother-in-law influenced his position. She's been in a lesbian relationship for about 20 years.

Sullivan is the second GOP House member to support gay marriage and the first member of Minority Leader Tom Cross's leadership team.  The proposal got Senate approval in February and a House vote is expected soon.

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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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