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
7:38 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Simon Urges Holiday Help for IL Hungry

Credit Chicago Press Release Services

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is encouraging residents to spend some time this holiday season helping curb hunger. Simon wants to highlight volunteering time, giving money or donating food to help children, seniors and families access nutritious food while the economy continues to recover.

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Politics
7:32 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Leatherwood Named TN GOP Executive Director

Brent Leatherwood
Credit tngop.org

A spokesman for the Tennessee House Republican Caucus will be the state GOP’s executive director starting in January. Brent Leatherwood of Chattanooga succeeds Adam Nickas, who left the position to run the Tennessee office of the Mississippi-based lobbying firm Capitol Resources. Leatherwood is a former congressional staffer and has worked on several U.S. House and Senate campaigns. He joined the state legislative staff after running Republican Scott DesJarlais' successful campaign to unseat Democratic U.S. Representative Lincoln Davis in 2010.

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Politics
7:28 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Grimes to Explore Early Voting

Credit ky.gov

Kentucky's secretary of state is planning to explore whether the state should permit early voting. Alison Lundergan Grimes says she plans to hold meetings statewide next year to discuss whether the Commonwealth should change its election laws to allow early and unexcused absentee voting.

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Health Care
7:24 am
Thu December 20, 2012

KY Overdose Deaths Up 282 Percent

Credit www.nlm.nih.gov

A new study shows drug overdose deaths in Kentucky rose 282 percent between 2000 and 2010. The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center analyzed information from emergency rooms, in-patient hospitalizations and mortality records.

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Morning Cram
8:46 am
Wed December 19, 2012

The Morning Cram [fake malaria pill edition]

From NPR: Fake malaria drugs are being sold in Myanmar, and their distribution is causing people to die from taking pills that don’t actually treat the fatal disease and to become resistant to one of the strongest anti-malarials, artemisinin.  

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Culture
8:43 am
Wed December 19, 2012

KY Has New Travel Resources

Credit wikipedia.co

A new guide and smartphone app is now available to help people pinpoint Kentucky tourism hot spots. The Travel and Tourism Department has made its 2013 Kentucky Official Visitor’s Guide available at welcome centers throughout the state, and the Kentucky Historical Society has released its latest installment of its free smartphone app Explore Kentucky History guiding people through historical markers all over the Commonwealth.

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Roads & Highways
8:17 am
Wed December 19, 2012

TDOT Stops Highway Construction for Holidays

Tennessee’s Department of Transportation is stopping all lane closures on interstates and state highways in expectation of heavy holiday traffic. Almost all construction activity will halt Dec. 22 and resume Jan. 2. Only a few long-term closures will remain between Christmas and New Year’s Day for safety purposes.

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Society
8:14 am
Wed December 19, 2012

IL Department Gives Weather Warning to Aging Adults

Illinois officials are reminding older adults to get ready for the approaching cold weather. The state’s Department on Aging says people should have their furnace checked to make sure it’s in good shape before colder temperatures roll in. They also advise older adults to set their thermostats above 65 degrees. Lowering the thermostat to reduce heating bills carries a risk for older adults, who are more susceptible to hypothermia.

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Politics
8:11 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Gregory Wins Special Election for Senate Seat

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Republican Kentucky State Rep. Sara Beth Gregory will replace former State Sen. David Williams after winning a special election for his southern Kentucky seat. Gregory defeated Democrat Bill Conn by more than a 4 - 1 margin. Gregory was elected last year to represent the 52nd House District and won a second term last month.

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Society
7:37 am
Wed December 19, 2012

KY Joins Drunken Driving Campaign

Kentucky is joining a national campaign to help end drunken driving deaths and injuries. Governor Steve Beshear launched the HERO Campaign yesterday, encouraging people to drive sober and participate in designated driver programs.

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