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
9:36 am
Mon December 31, 2012

The Morning Cram [we all fall down edition]

From NPR: There are actually reasons to love the fiscal cliff. For one, it allows Congress to sell a tax increase as a tax cut. Want an explanation? Find it here.

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Society
9:22 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Madisonville Hospital Bans Smoking

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Hospital patients, employees and visitors will be banned from smoking, using chewing tobacco and puffing on electronic cigarettes at Baptist Hospital Madisonville and its various campuses around western Kentucky. The hospital is implementing the new rule on Tuesday. Hospital CEO Bert Whitaker says both patients and visitors have objected to entering the hospital through a cloud of cigarette smoke that wafted over from nearby smoking areas.

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Society
9:20 am
Mon December 31, 2012

IL Adults Hosting Teen Drinking Parties Face Fines

A new Illinois law that punishes adults who host parties with underage drinking at their home is taking effect Tuesday. The legislation makes it a Class A misdemeanor to host or allow gatherings where teenagers drink alcohol. Fines will be at least $500. It's a Class 4 felony if the underage drinking results in injury or death. Adults who discover minors drinking alcohol on their property won't be charged if they call the police to help put a stop to the party.

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Education
9:17 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Owensboro Teacher Given Milken Award

An Owensboro teacher has received a the Milken Award, which honors exceptional educators with a $25,000 gift. Cravens Elementary School teacher Ryan Williams was one of 40 people across the nations to be bestowed with the honor.

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Business
9:11 am
Mon December 31, 2012

KY Plants Uses Sorghum to Make Ethanol

A Hopkinsville energy plant has helped a Tennessee sustainable feedstock producer reach an important milestone. Memphis-based Delta BioRenewables delivered a commercial-sized batch of sweet sorghum juice this month to the Commonwealth Agri-Energy plant. The plant’s machines that turn corn into ethanol are now using sweet sorghum for the same process.

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Government
9:08 am
Mon December 31, 2012

IL Drags Its Feet on Pension Problem

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With its pension funds are the most underfunded in the U.S., and a shortfall approaching $100 billion, Illinois lawmakers will meet again next week in hopes of fixing the problem. Solutions other states adopted as long as five years ago are on the table. They include higher retirement ages, asking workers to contribute more and switching to 401(k)-style plans.

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Politics
9:05 am
Mon December 31, 2012

KY Lawmakers Wrestle with Redistricting

Kentucky lawmakers are at odds on whether to postpone redistricting for a year to avoid gumming up an upcoming legislative session that's already chock-full of hefty issues. Incoming Republican Senate President Robert Stivers says there’s no rushed to redraw legislative boundaries because the next round of elections isn't until 2014. Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo wants the process over as quickly as possible after the session convenes Jan. 8.

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Politics
8:59 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Harwell Wants to Cap Filed Bills

Credit Tenn. House Speaker Beth Harwell

Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell’s announcement that she wants to impose a cap on how many bills are filed each year has lobbyists scrambling. Under Harwell’s proposal each lawmaker would be limited to 10 bills each session. That’s an average of about two bills a piece for the more than 500 lobbyists registered at the state Capitol.

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Society
8:56 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Extended Unemployment Benefits End

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About 30,000 Tennesseans and 24,000 Kentuckians are set to lose extended federal unemployment benefits this Wednesday. Congress created the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program in 2008 to help workers who had exhausted what they were receiving from the states.

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Sports
8:54 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Basketball Scores

In Racer basketball, the men’s team fell to the Valparaiso Crusaders 64 to 66 Saturday and will face the U-T Martin Skyhawks this Thursday.

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