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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Education
7:30 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Muhlenberg Schools to Make Major Cuts, Including Teachers

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Muhlenberg County Schools is preparing to cut all of its non-tenured teachers and slice pay about 8 percent.

The school board-approved pay cuts for all employees totaled 9.8 percent but the Kentucky Department of Education required them to then give a two percent raise.

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Business
10:43 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Paducah Power System Board Interviewing General Manager Candidates This Week

Interim PPS CEO Mark Crisson (Left) and PPS Board Chairman Hardy Roberts.
Credit Lance Dennee

The Paducah Power System Board is interviewing general manager candidates this week for the permanent position.

Interim General Manager Mark Crisson joined the utility in October after Dave Clark stepped down from the position amid community concern about high bills.

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Government
4:13 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Medicaid Commissioner Steps Down for Private Sector Job, Deputy Lisa Lee Steps In

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Kentucky’s Current Commissioner for Medicaid Lawrence Kissner is stepping down to take an out-of-state private sector job.

Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes has appointed Deputy Commissioner Lisa Lee to his post.

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Politics
4:07 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Haslam Calls Special Session to Discuss, Vote on Tennessee's Expanded Medicaid Alternative

Credit Bill Haslam, Facebook

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has called a special legislative session for next month to tackle his alternative to expanded Medicaid.  

The two-year pilot program called “insure Tennessee” would provide health insurance to 200,000 Tennesseans who earn less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

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Business
4:55 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority Works to Get Foreign Trade Zone Approved

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The Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority is sending its Foreign Trade Zone application next week for final review in a move that could bring more industry and jobs to the region.

The designation would allow imports or exports to stay within that zone duty free.

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Society
11:05 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Warming Centers Open Throughout Region as Temperatures Fall

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With cold wind and temperatures falling well below freezing this week, warming centers are opening throughout the region for those without shelter to keep them warm. 

Below is our list of those warming centers:

Murray
St. John’s Episcopal Church
1620 Main Street
A bed, warm meal and breakfast are provided.

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Society
7:13 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

7-Year-Old Girl Braves Cold Night, Woods as Sole Survivor of Family's Plane Crash

Sailor Gutzler
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Seven-year-old Sailor Gutzler survived a plane crash this weekend in Lyon County, Kentucky, but lost her parents, Marty and Kimberly; her older sister, Piper and cousin Sierra Wilder.

Kentucky State Police Lt. Brent White says when Sailor emerged from the upside-down twin-engine to find help, she was in the middle of the woods, with no houses – or help – in sight.

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Society
9:29 pm
Sat January 3, 2015

Illinois Community Mourns Loss of Gutzler Family in Fatal Plane Crash

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National Transportation Safety Board Investigators begin work Sunday following a fatal plane crash Friday in Western Kentucky.

The twin engine plane crash killed Marty and Kimberly Gutzler, their 9-year-old daughter Piper and her 14-year-old cousin Sierra Wilder. Seven-year old Sailor Gutzler survived and walked nearly a mile before reaching a home to report the crash and seek medical attention for her minor injuries.

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Society
9:00 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Some Kentucky Hospitals See Increase in ER Visits Since ACA But That's Not the Case Statewide

Murray-Calloway County Hospital CEO Jerry Penner has seen an increase in emergency room visits this year, which he says is likely because of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and expanded Medicaid.

He says some newly insured have used the emergency room like a health clinic in the past but haven’t yet gone to a primary care physician.

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Education
6:30 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Murray State Prepares for Campus-Wide Shutdown But Doesn’t Expect It to Happen This Winter

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Murray State University plans to be better prepared this winter to prevent another campus-wide power outage that caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage last year.

MSU’s contract with the TVA requires the university to power down during times of high demand in return for a price discount.

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