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
8:36 am
Mon December 17, 2012

The Morning Cram [the one ring edition]

From NPR: The Hobbit released this weekend and was the No. 1 movie at the box office. But being the top movie isn’t necessarily all it’s cracked up to be. The ranking doesn’t necessarily mean the movie will make much money. But for the Middle Earth adventure that probably won’t be the case.

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Society
8:34 am
Mon December 17, 2012

New Director Improves Henderson Animal Shelter

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Henderson County’s animal shelter has cut its euthanasia rate to 5 percent thanks to work from its new director. Humane Society of Henderson County President Josh Williams credits the decrease to Josh Cromer, who’s been the organization’s director for just over a year. When he started last October, Cromer said his goal was to cut the number of euthanized animals in half. During the first nine months of 2011, the shelter put down 862 animals. For the same time period this year, it’s euthanized just 65.

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Education
8:30 am
Mon December 17, 2012

KY Law Mandates School Safety Plans

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Western Kentucky is a region whose residents have known the horror of a deadly school shooting. Since the 1997 Heath High School shootings in Paducah where three students were killed and five wounded, state law mandates that every public school have a safety plan. Those plans deal with a range of possibilities: from fire, train derailment, and earthquakes to an armed intruder or angry parent.

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Society
8:24 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Workers Say Charity Gave Little Money to Vets

Former employees of a veterans charity already under scrutiny in Tennessee say the organization handed out only a fraction of the money it raised in the form of gift cards. Florida-based Veterans Support Organization is under fire for its fundraising methods that brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars and for threatening to fire workers if they did not meet fundraising quotas.

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Society
8:18 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Generic Painkillers Pose Threat in Addiction Fight

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Kentucky officials say curtailing prescription-pill abuse will suffer a major setback if a wave of generic painkillers reaches the market without safeguards. OxyContin and Opana ER patents are set to expire next year allowing for generic versions of the powerful drugs. The brand-name painkillers were popular sources for abusers until tamper-resistant formulas were added.

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Society
8:13 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Aviation Brigade to Detail Afghanistan Progress

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Leaders from Fort Campbell’s 101st Combat Aviation Brigade will speak with the media today about their first 100 days of deployment to Afghanistan. The brigade went overseas this year to provide helicopter support throughout two regions of the country, including areas where other Fort Campbell units are deployed.

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Government
8:00 am
Mon December 17, 2012

IL Faces Hard Decision with Gun Law

The clock is ticking for Illinois legislators to come up with a law approving the concealed carry of weapons after a federal appellate court decided last week to throw out the state's ban on concealed guns. The legislature has 180 days to craft a new law and has the option of using a law already in place in one of the other 49 states.

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Crime
7:58 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Three Men Escape Calloway County Jail

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Law enforcement is on the lookout for three men who escaped Calloway County Jail Sunday by jumping over the facility’s barbed wire fence. The three are Terry Hardin, Tab Delancey and Bradley Cathey. Hardin is a 5’ 7” black male, Delancey a 5’ 7” white male and Cathey a 5’11” white male. Hardin and Delancey were both incarcerated for burglary and Cathey for violating probation. The men may be with Lasey Jones and Ashley Bessette in a red 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix.

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Society
7:54 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Public Service Commision to Reveal New Area Code Plan

Kentucky’s Public Service Commission will announce today whether or not it will create a new area code for the western part of the Commonwealth. The cell phone boom has resulted in using nearly all of the numbers available with the current 270 area code. The new area code would be designated as 364.

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Society
7:51 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Judge Overturns Conviction for Paducah Woman

A McCracken Circuit judge has overturned the conviction of a woman accused of improperly euthanizing animals at a Paducah shelter. This past August, a jury deliberated only 30 minutes before returning the guilty verdict against Dalena Hall for actions taken last year at the McCracken County Humane Society. Police say she was not certified to euthanize animals but was doing so anyway. Hall appealed the conviction and Circuit Court Judge Tim Kaltenbach ruled in her favor.

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