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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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

Credit www.sarabethgregory.com

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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Education
7:34 am
Wed December 19, 2012

TN Hosts School Safety Summitt

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The Tennessee Department of Education is planning a statewide School Safety Summit for next month. Department spokeswoman Kelli Gauthier says the meeting is a result of concerns following last week’s deadly elementary school shooting in Connecticut.

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Society
7:10 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Reidland Threat Actually Students Discussing Video Game

Reidland High and Middle schools are back in session today after the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department found that what was reported as a threat was actually two students discussing a video game. The department reports that yesterday afternoon detectives obtained the author’s name of a letter originally sent to The Paducah Sun with concerns about safety at Reidland High School.

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Morning Cram
8:59 am
Tue December 18, 2012

The Morning Cram [canteen girl edition]

From NPR: Before Skype or other video calls, troops relied on the Canteen Girl to lift their spirits with her voice on the radio. Now 96, Phyllis Jeanne Creore reflects on the letters she received and young homesick troops during WWII.

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