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
7:46 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Maker's Mark to Restore Alcohol Content to Whiskey

Credit kybourbon.com

After backlash from customers, the producer of Maker's Mark bourbon is reversing a decision to cut the amount of alcohol. The company's chief operating officer says they will restore the alcohol volume of its product to its historic level of 45 percent, or 90 proof. Last week, it said it was lowering the amount to 42 percent, or 84 proof, because of a supply shortage. 

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Morning Cram
7:54 am
Fri February 15, 2013

The Morning Cram [out with the old, in with the new edition]

From NPR: Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is doing his best to eliminate income taxes in his state. But to get rid of the old he’s going to have to do something radically un-Republican: raise other taxes.

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2013 KY General Assembly
7:15 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Kentucky House Passes Bill Raising Dropout Age to 18

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Students wouldn't be allowed to drop out of school before their 18th birthday under legislation that passed in the House Thursday.

Two-term Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has been promoting the legislation for years, most recently in his annual State of the Commonwealth speech. The proposal would increase the dropout age incrementally from 16 to 18 over a period of years, giving both students and school districts time to adjust to the change.

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2013 KY General Assembly
6:58 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Bill Passes to Extend High School Age for Refugees

Local school boards could allow refugees and foreign-born students to extend their stay in high school from age 21 to 23 under a bill passed the House Thursday. State Rep. Jody Richards, a Bowling Green Democrat who sponsored the bill, says it would help these students catch up after arriving in this country with a poor education.

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2013 KY General Assembly
6:54 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Stivers Pledges to Get Military Voting Bill Filed

Senate President Robert Stivers says he intends to file legislation to ensure that Kentucky soldiers deployed overseas can cast ballots back home. The designation "Senate Bill 1" has been reserved for the proposal, signifying it is the Senate's top priority, but the legislation wasn’t filed as of Thursday, and the deadline is today.

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Politics
6:42 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Illinois Senate Votes to Legalize Gay Marriage

The Illinois Senate has voted to legalize gay marriage, advancing a proposal that would make the state the 10th in the nation allowing same-sex couples to wed.  Lawmakers approved a measure to lift a state ban on same-sex marriage yesterday with a 34 - 21 vote. The bill now moves to the House, where Democrats also hold a majority.

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Crime
6:30 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Hearing Reset for Man Accused of Killing Hickman Mayor

A pre-trial hearing for a western Kentucky man charged in the fatal shooting of the Hickman mayor has been reset. The hearing was held Thursday in Fulton County Circuit Court where a prosecutor and the defense attorney for 30-year-old Tommy Lattus agreed to another pre-trial hearing March 4. 

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Morning Cram
8:30 am
Thu February 14, 2013

The Morning Cram [forbidden love edition]

From NPR: It’s a pre-independent India love story. Now 90 years old, Debika Ghosh , recalls how she jumped off a train and went without the family blessing just to marry the husband she lived with for 60 years.

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2013 KY General Assembly
8:10 am
Thu February 14, 2013

House Panel Moves Bill to Take DNA After Arrest

The House Judiciary Committee has passed a bill that will require police to take DNA samples when they arrest people on felony charges. If the measure is approved by the full Legislature, Kentucky would join 25 other states that take DNA samples from felony arrestees.

The vote was unanimous and will proceed to the full House for consideration.

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Environment
7:50 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Kentucky Forest Fire Hazard Season Begins

Credit www.en.wikipedia.com

Spring forest fire hazard season begins Friday across Kentucky. The Division of Forestry says burning anything within 150 feet of woodlands during daylight hours is illegal between Feb. 15 and April 30. Debris fires may be legally set after 6 p.m., when conditions are less likely to spread flames.

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