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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Society
12:47 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Baptist Health Madisonville CEO to Retire

Baptist Health Madisonville’s president and CEO is retiring in July after 35 years in healthcare management. Berton Whitaker has been with the Madisonville healthcare system since 2006 and led the transition from Trover Health System to Baptist Health, the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Kentucky.

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Business
11:15 am
Fri March 29, 2013

JPEC to Increase Electric Rates $20 in August

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Jackson Purchase Energy Cooperative residential customers can expect an approximate $20 monthly increase in August. But that money won’t be going to JPEC.

The cooperative’s president and CEO Kelly Nuckols said the extra revenue is going straight to Big Rivers Electric. JPEC buys its electricity from Big Rivers, which is losing almost half its revenue in August with the closure of the Century Aluminum smelter. Nuckols said he wants to inform customers as early as possible of the rate increase.

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Society
4:09 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

National Weather Service to Use New Warning System

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The National Weather Service is using a new severe weather warning system in Kentucky starting April 1. NWS spokesperson Rick Shanklin says the Impact Based Warning System is primarily for tornado warnings, especially after the 2011 Joplin, Mo., tornado.

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2013 KY General Assembly
3:23 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Kentucky Legislative Leaders Reach Deal on Pensions; Vote Expected Today

Kentucky legislative leaders have reached agreement on a plan aimed at shoring up the state's underfunded pension systems, staving off the need for a special session of the General Assembly.

The new plan would reduce a personal tax credit of $20 to $10, generating roughly 33 million in revenue that would go to General Fund, but lawmakers would use for pensions. It would also use revenue from technical changes in the state's tax code, as well as money from federal tax changes.

Overall, the plan would generate $96 million in the 2015 fiscal year and $100 million in 2016 fiscal year.

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Sports
12:04 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

MSU's Canaan Named to Lou Henson All-American Team

Murray State basketball player Isaiah Canaan is a Lou Henson All-American. The team, named after the retired coach and Division One player, consists of 25 top basketball players.

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Environment
6:55 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Fighting Back the Asian Carp

Byron Hopkins holds up a bighead carp caught at the Carp Madness tournament while his grandfather Ronnie Hopkins looks on.
Whitney Jones WKMS

The invasive Asian carp are multiplying rapidly throughout the Mississippi and Ohio rivers and their tributaries. They're a scourge for native fish, tourists and commercial fishermen. Whitney Jones went to the first Asian carp fishing tournament to find out why Asian carp are such a destructive nuisance.

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Education
3:51 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Murray State Gives Lifetime Achievement Award to Retired Education Official

Murray State University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs has bestowed a retired Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education official with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sherron Jackson of Frankfort served as CPE’s associate vice president for budget, policy and planning. He retired in December after 34 years of service. The award honors African Americans for their contributions to their communities and the Commonwealth.

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Crime
3:47 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Fulton Traffic Stop Leads to Possible Hostage Situation

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A morning traffic stop led to what seems to be a hostage situation in Fulton. Kentucky State Police spokesman Jay Thomas says after police stopped a Fulton man this morning he fled to an apartment on Vernon Avenue where he held a woman and two children for several hours.

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Government
3:15 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Edelen Finds Lack of Oversight in Statewide Audit

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Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen says there's a lack of oversight by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services over Medicaid Managed Care Organizations.

In the second part of the statewide audit released today, Edelen says the MCOs didn't provide enough information to ensure grievances from members and providers were handled timely or that federal compliance requirements were met.

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Politics
1:16 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Madisonville City Council Names New Councilman

The Madisonville City Council has a new Ward 2 councilman. Madisonville’s Customer Service Director Leslie Curneal says longtime banker Tom Morgan was named to the position after a 4-1 vote yesterday Thursday. The council nominated two candidates, Morgan and C.D. Palmer.

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