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
8:03 am
Fri February 22, 2013

The Morning Cram [living in an amish paradise edition]

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From NPR: The Amish may have chosen to go without many of the delights of the modern world, but they still need to drill, sand and cut wood. So they come to the Buckeye Tool Expo in Dalton, Ohio, for loopholes that allow them to get their hands on power tools. These Amish-friendly alternatives include tools powered by compressed air instead of electricity and industrial skylights that replace gas lamps.

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Politics
7:39 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Illinois Medicaid Cuts Fall Short of Projections

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Illinois officials say savings from cuts to the state's Medicaid program have fallen short by $464 million. That’s about 30 percent of the expected $1.6 billion in cuts to the health program for the poor.

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services Director Julie Hamos says nearly half the gap is because of a delay in implementing a program to check Medicaid recipients' eligibility. The federal government also denied permission to carry out some planned cuts.

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Politics
7:32 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Quinn Says Proposed Fracking Rules Good for Illinois

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Gov. Pat Quinn is praising a bill that would regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois, saying it'll help the economy. Two state lawmakers have introduced a bill that would establish ground rules for hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."

The method uses high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals to crack open rock formations and release oil and gas. The industry is eyeing southern Illinois' New Albany shale. Quinn says he's committed to protecting the environment and creating jobs.

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Society
7:19 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Clarksville Event Helps Guard Against Identity Theft

Clarksville area residents can get their documents shredded for free Saturday at an event that aims to protect against identity theft. The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security is spearheading the project.

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2013 KY General Assembly
7:10 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Kentucky House Passes Bill to Take DNA After Felony Arrest


The House has passed a bill that would require police to take DNA samples from people they arrest on felony charges. The vote was 68 to 27 Thursday. The bill will proceed to the Senate for consideration.

If the measure becomes law, Kentucky would join the federal government and 25 states that take DNA samples from felony arrestees. The U.S. Supreme Court this year will consider the constitutionality of the testing based on a Maryland case.

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2013 KY General Assembly
7:06 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Senate Passes Bill to Raise Dropout Age to 18

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The Senate has passed its own version of legislation that would require students to stay in school until they're 18, up from the current dropout age of 16. The vote was 36 - 2 yesterday. The House unanimously passed a similar proposal last week. Each chamber will consider the other's legislation.

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Politics
6:52 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Alexander Plans to Delay Army Corps of Engineers

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U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee is promising to delay the Army Corps of Engineers from restricting access near Cumberland River dams and says he might even restrict their funds. Alexander is the senior Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Energy and Water, which has jurisdiction over the Corps.

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Morning Cram
8:24 am
Thu February 21, 2013

The Morning Cram [animal style edition]

From NPR: In-N-Out Burger has one, Dairy Queen has one, and now Panera Bread has a secret menu too. Many restaurants keep old items or concoct special orders to make customers feel like they’re insiders. But sometimes they do it just because they don’t want to print out a whole slew of new menus.

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Government
8:22 am
Thu February 21, 2013

State Auditor to Review Kentucky Cybersecurity

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Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen is promising a closer review of cybersecurity within state government agencies. Edelen says he is concerned about dozens of findings in a yearly audit related to security breaches, including the accidental posting of the Social Security numbers of more than 100 current and former state employees on a publicly accessible website last April.

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2013 KY General Assembly
8:20 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Panel Approves Bill Giving Lawmakers Say on Medicaid

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A Kentucky State Senate panel has approved two measures requiring legislative approval before the Commonwealth could expand Medicaid or operate a marketplace that sells insurance.  The bills passed along party lines in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, which has a Republican majority.

The proposals now go to the Republican-controlled Senate for a full vote. The bills are expected to die in the mostly Democratic House.

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