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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Business
4:36 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Honeywell Officials Say Picketing Union Workers Breaking Conduct Standards

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Honeywell officials say locked out union workers are breaking conduct standards at the picket line in advance of a new round of bargaining starting next week.

Honeywell spokesperson Peter Dalpe says union picketers have blocked the Metropolis plant’s entrance by walking in front of vehicles, left nails at the entrance and used slurs directed at workers going into the plant. But United Steelworkers Local 7-669 spokesperson John Paul Smith says that’s not the case.

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Education
4:03 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Free Bullying Tip Service Allows Worried Students to Send Information Anonymously Online

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Several Kentucky school systems are signing up for a free bullying tip service as the school year begins.

The Kentucky Center for School Safety has offered the online tipline since this spring but KCSS Postsecondary Director Karen McCuiston says many systems are signing up with the start of the academic year after receiving summer training for the program.

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Government
3:45 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Paducah City Officials Seeking Community’s Input On What To Do About City Hall

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The Paducah City Commission is seeking input from the public about its preferences for a new or just improved city hall.

City spokesperson Pam Spencer says a canopy on city hall has drooped 9 inches, causing Paducah officials to both limit access to that area and consider either renovating the building or moving to a new one. But Spencer says the 1960s era building has more than just structural issues.

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Health
3:20 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Skin Cancer Rates Rising, But Best Way to Reduce Risk is Still Avoiding Too Much Sun

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A western Kentucky dermatologist says he sees multiple cases of skin cancer a day as the U.S. Surgeon General is warning of a steady increase of people with the disease.

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Science
4:21 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Hemp Oil Not a Source of CBD Which Could Be Used in Epilepsy Treatments

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An industrial hemp official is working to clear up some confusion about the plant’s oils and extracts and their uses as Kentucky researchers work toward finding uses for potential treatments with cannabidiol, or CBD.

Hemp Industries Association Executive Director Eric Steenstra says the non-profit trade group has received several calls from customers who have bought hemp oil at health stores and want to know if their purchase has CBD in them.

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Business
4:28 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Murray Downtown Disasters: How the City’s Handling Collapsing, Burned Buildings

The burned downtown buildings as of this afternoon.
Troy Taylor WKMS

Murray Mayor Bill Wells says the city was in talks with the Kentucky League of Cities for clarification on its legal involvement in keeping downtown buildings safe and maintained before this morning’s fire broke out.

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Business
6:28 am
Wed July 23, 2014

[Slideshow: Afternoon Photos Added] Early Morning Fire on Murray Court Square

Firefighters work to contain the fire from 5th Street
Troy Taylor

(Click on the above photo to see the slideshow. More photos on our Facebook page)

UPDATE - 7/24/14 11:30 AM -- Murray firefighters remain on the scene since they are concerned about the possibility of small rekindling flames. The fire department is continuing to investigate the start of the fire, which they believe began at Wilson's Florist. Roads surrounding the damaged buildings remain closed.

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Government
10:52 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Hopkins County-Madisonville Library Considering Next Steps For New Location After High Bids

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The Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library is looking for ways to stay within its budget after recent bids for an ongoing renovation project came in far above budget.

The board took no action at a meeting Thursday, but it is moving forward to find ways to stay within its budget of less than $400,000. The bids for the renovation of 425 East Center Street ranged from nearly $604,000 to $813,000.

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Business
4:14 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Honeywell, United Steelworkers Begin Negotiations Next Week

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Contract negotiations begin next week between the Metropolis Honeywell plant and the local union.

The last contract negotiation began in 2010 and lasted more than a year with several workers taking other jobs during the work stoppage.

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Education
5:09 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Campbellsville University Distances Itself From Kentucky Baptist Convention

Updated: 5:21 p.m. 7/16/14

Campbellsville University is seeking looser ties with the Kentucky Baptist Convention so it can appoint its own trustees. But the move will cause the loss of KBC funding.

Baptist paper The Western Recorder reports the university's trustees voted to revise its bylaws allowing the board to appoint its own trustees.

Board Chairman Joseph Owens and President Michael Carter wrote a letter saying it wants a self-perpetuating board to avoid “undue influence and the imposition of theological and doctrinal control.”

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