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
9:10 am
Tue February 26, 2013

The Morning Cram [shadowy figure edition]

From NPR: Benedict XVI’s inspiration to voluntarily step down as pope fell to the last man to do that: Celestine V. To find his place in history you have to go back all the way to 1294. The frail hermit is thought to even be referenced in the classic Dante’s Inferno.

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Society
8:23 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Kentucky State Parks Offer Adventure Quest

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Kentucky's state parks are offering a trivia and digital photo contest for families and friends. The Family Adventure Quest presents a series of challenges that teams complete by seeking out places or subjects in state parks and supplying a photo as the answer.

Teams of two to six people have until Dec. 5 to complete the quests.

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Environment
8:12 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Army Corps Reports on 2011 Mississippi Flood

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the near-historic Mississippi River flood of 2011 caused $2.8 billion in damage and tested the system of levees, reservoirs and floodways like no other flood before it.

The Army Corps released a report Monday saying the Mississippi River and Tributaries system was operated as it was designed to work and was mostly successful in fighting the flood along of the nation's most important inland waterway.

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2013 KY General Assembly
8:08 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Kentucky Panel Passes Bill Closing Amusement Ride Loophole

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Kentucky is coming closer to closing a loophole that allows amusement ride operators to avoid paying fines for safety violations.

The House Committee on Agriculture and Small Business has approved a bill that requires operators to pay fines regardless of a change in their business's name or ownership. Operators have been able to dodge fines after transferring ownership or renaming themselves, according to Sen. Morgan McGarvey, the bill's sponsor.

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Politics
8:05 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Liberal Group Airs Second Ad Attacking McConnell

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A Washington-based group has started airing its second TV ad in Kentucky criticizing U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell on his pro-gun record.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee began airing the spot Monday, saying it spent $100,000 on both ads. The newest ad focuses on Gary Nutt, a Cub Run resident and gun owner who supports a reinstatement of a ban on military-style weapons. Nutt criticizes McConnell's support from the gun lobby and for "blocking reform" and asks who’s side the senator is on.

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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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