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
8:04 am
Thu January 3, 2013

No Traffic Deaths in KY During New Year's Holiday

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Kentucky made it through the New Year holiday without any highway fatalities. Kentucky State Police say seven people died in seven separate crashes between Dec. 26 through Jan. 1, but preliminary statistics show none of those occurred during the New Year’s holiday. That time period ran from 6 p.m. Dec. 28 through New Year’s Day.

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Government
8:01 am
Thu January 3, 2013

IL Officials Launch Effort to Check Medicaid Eligibility

Illinois officials are launching an effort to ensure the only people that receive Medicaid are those eligible. The eligibility checks include an annual verification of income levels and residency of the state’s 2.7 million Medicaid clients. Virginia-based Maximus Incorporated began the work Wednesday that aims to improve the system, eliminate a backlog and make recommendations to state caseworkers.

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Politics
7:57 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Barr to Take Oath in DC

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Republican Andy Barr will be sworn in this afternoon in Washington as Kentucky’s newest U.S. congressman. The Lexington attorney won the November election over Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler in a bitter 6th District race.

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Environment
7:54 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Snowfall Not Expected to Fix Drought Damage

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Although western Kentucky has already seen its first snow storm of the season, experts say much more will have to fall to ease farmers’ pain from the past summer’s drought. The Dec. 26 snow storm dropped up to 7 inches of snow in Kentucky and up to a foot in some places in Illinois. But climatologists say it would take at least 8 feet of snow to return the soil to its pre-drought condition in time for spring planting. The average snowfall for Paducah is 10 inches, so the large amount of snowfall isn’t likely to happen.

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Morning Cram
8:48 am
Wed January 2, 2013

The Morning Cram [fatty mcfatfat edition]

From NPR: During the season of weight loss and diet change, there is some good news. One researcher has found that having a little bit of extra body weight might actually help you live longer. But many other researchers aren’t buying it.

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Society
8:22 am
Wed January 2, 2013

KY Mining Deaths Cut in Half in 2012

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The number of Kentucky coal miners killed on the job in 2012 fell by half from the previous year. Four died working in the mines this past year, and Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett says the industry is making progress at protecting miners. But he says there’s still work to be done.

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Government
8:20 am
Wed January 2, 2013

IL Could Get $275 Million for Roads

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Illinois could have $275 million more for road and bridge projects this year if lawmakers approve a Department of Transportation funding plan. DOT officials have found $400 million mostly in extra federal and free-up state money to pump into the transit improvement program over the next five years. One lawmaker says the DOT wants immediate legislative approval so work can begin when the weather warms up. If the legislation passes it would be a 15 percent increase from the almost $1.8 billion dollars the DOT said it would spend in the fiscal year ending June 30.

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Health Care
8:15 am
Wed January 2, 2013

TennCare Doctors See Boost in Pay

Doctors who treat TennCare patients will get a New Year's pay raise.  Practitioners in family medicine, general internal medicine, pediatrics or a related subspecialty are now going to be reimbursed at Medicare rates, more than 25 percent above what they were being paid.  TennCare officials say the boost will give qualifying Tennessee doctors an extra $55 million over the next two years.

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Politics
6:31 am
Wed January 2, 2013

KY Congressmen Divided on Fiscal Cliff Deal

Although the tax agreement preventing the fiscal cliff has passed in both the House and Senate, Kentucky congressmen remain divided on the issue. In the Senate, minority leader Mitch McConnell who was heavily involved in the negotiations voted yes while small-government proponent Rand Paul voted no. Kentucky’s representatives in the House were also equally divided. Both Democrats Ben Chandler and John Yarmuth along with Republican Harold Rogers supported the tax increase on the wealthiest of Americans. Republicans Ed Whitfield, Brett Guthrie and Thomas Massie all voted against the measure.

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Environment
10:30 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Christmas Tree Disposal Options

People wanting to keep their Christmas trees out of a landfill have several options in western Kentucky and Tennessee. All of the Christmas tree disposal options require the trees to be completely undecorated.

Paducah residents can drop their trees off at the city’s compost facility on 1560 North 8th St. The facility is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, but will be closed on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. City of Paducah spokesperson Pam Spencer says Paducah residents can leave their trees with their garbage for pick up, but those will probably end up in and landfill.

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