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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Education
4:23 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

KSBIT Members Facing Assessment for $60M Deficit

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Past and present Kentucky School Board Insurance Trust members need to pay an assessment to fix a $60-million deficit in its worker’s compensation and property and liability pools. KSBIT protects school districts from incidents ranging from employee injuries to school bus accidents.

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Weather
2:32 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Weekend Storm Temporarily Alleviates Dropping Water Levels

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This weekend’s rainfall has briefly alleviated dropping water levels on the Mississippi River, but it didn't put a dent in persisting drought conditions in the area. National Weather Service meteorologist Robin Smith says most places in western Kentucky got 4 to 5 inches but they are still up to 20 inches below average rainfall. The Mississippi River levels are between 12 and 13 feet but Smith expects those levels to drop back to 5 feet in just a few weeks.

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Roads & Highways
12:19 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Part of Pennyrile Parkway Closed

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UPDATED: 3 p.m.

A portion of the Pennyrile Parkway was closed this afternoon after the cab of a tanker truck carrying hydrochloric acid caught fire this morning. Both north and southbound lanes from the 49 to 54 mile markers are now open. However, only the left southbound lane is open, so expect some traffic as crews continue some environmental remediation work.

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Society
3:00 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Kentucky Flu Outbreak Continues

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Kentucky has spent five weeks at its highest level of flu, which is far more than last year. That means more than half of the state’s regions have reported an increased number of cases. 

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Government
12:07 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Paducah Planning Commission Tables RAMP Again

The Paducah Planning Commission tabled its discussion earlier this week on a plan to improve the downtown area. The Renaissance Area Master Plan has been in front of the commission for about eight months. Paducah Riverfront Development Authority director Steve Doolittle says the commission tabled the plan to sort out some outstanding issues such as riverfront properties that currently serve as parking lots.

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Environment
12:18 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Grand Rivers Hosts Water Restriction Meeting

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hosts a public meeting tonight in Grand Rivers to discuss and answer questions about water restrictions around dams on the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The Corps announced in December that it would restrict all water access above or below 10 dams including one on Lake Barkley because the areas are dangerous.

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Politics
12:09 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Cadiz Names New Police Chief

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The Cadiz City Council appointed Sgt. Chad Grace as the city's police chief this week. City Clerk Lisa Rogers says Grace was sworn in Tuesday. Grace fills the open position left by new Trigg County Judge Executive Hollis Alexander. The Governor appointed Alexander to fill the open seat left by now 1st District State Sen. Stan Humphries.

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Society
9:04 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Public Support for KY State-Wide Smoking Ban Rises

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A new poll shows more than half of Kentuckians interviewed last fall support a state law to ban smoking in indoor public places. The poll from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati finds about 6 out of 10 would support such a ban. That’s up from fewer than half of those polled in 2010.  However, the measure isn’t getting much political support because so much of the region depends on tobacco farming.

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Morning Cram
7:56 am
Tue January 8, 2013

The Morning Cram [lil' pythagoras edition]

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From NPR: One Maryland high school math teacher is using rap to capture his students’ interest. Expect rhymes about the quadratic formula and the Pythagorean Theorem from Mr. Scott’s alter ego, 2 Pi.

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Politics
7:34 am
Tue January 8, 2013

IL House Committees Pass Medicaid Expansion, Immigrant ID Measures

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Two separate measures for expanding the state’s Medicaid program and allowing illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses are ready for an Illinois House vote. The Human Services Appropriations Committee voted 9 to 5 Monday to make up to 600,00 uninsured residents eligible for Medicaid. The measure is necessary to implement the national health care law next year. The federal government would pay all costs of the new Medicaid recipients for three years starting in 2014. The Medicaid expansion would also need Senate approval.

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