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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Crime
8:07 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Pittman Sentenced to 15 Years in Jail

A Marshall County jury has recommended the maximum sentence of 15 years of jail time for a Paducah woman convicted of second-degree manslaughter, first-degree wanton endangerment and DUI. Stephen “Jimmy” Harper was killed when Tiffany Pittman hit his truck with her car in Marshall County last year. 

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Crime
8:05 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Ex-Soldier Gets Prison Time for Shooting Wife

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A former Fort Campbell soldier convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of his wife was sentenced to the maximum six years in prison Tuesday. 35-year-old Jonathan Downing testified during his trial last October that he shot his wife multiple times following an argument at their home in Clarksville in 2009. But Downing said he didn't plan it and had no memory of the shooting.

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Roads & Highways
8:02 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Paducah Road Closure

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North 32nd Street in Paducah will be closed Wednesday and Thursday so Paducah Water Works can replace a water line. The closure near the Levin Avenue intersection should last from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. both days.

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Government
8:00 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Federal Computers Donated to Help IL Veterans

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Illinois state officials are donating computers from the federal government to help veterans find jobs.  The Illinois Department of Central Management Services and state Veterans Affairs says 100 refurbished computers will be given to organizations throughout the state so veterans can get online access to job training and state and federal resources.

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Society
7:28 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Memorial Honors Soldiers Killed in 1985 Crash

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The 101st Airborne Division and its 2nd Brigade Combat Team will hold a memorial service Wednesday to mark the anniversary of a 1985 plane crash that took the lives of 248 Fort Campbell soldiers. It’s been 27 years since Arrow Airlines Flight 1285 crashed in Gander, Newfoundland killing soldiers were from the 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.

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Morning Cram
8:27 am
Tue December 11, 2012

The Morning Cram [making a cliff out of a molehill edition]

From NPR: Tax experts say the upcoming fiscal cliff is really more like a pot of water getting ready to boil. The country won’t jump to its doom Jan. 1, the heat will just be turned up then. The experts say people won’t immediately be affected. The changes will come slowly, and probably won’t be noticeable until around the end of January.

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Society
8:23 am
Tue December 11, 2012

IL Crime Commission Declares War on Heroin

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The Illinois State Crime Commission is declaring war on drug dealers who supply heroin to teenagers. The commission and the Police Athletic League of Illinois plan to air television ads offering a reward for turning in drug dealers. Officials say they'll give a one thousand dollar reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of people who provide heroin to young people.

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Politics
8:18 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Death Penalty Opponents Ask Beshear for Support

Activists with the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty have sent Governor Steve Beshear more than 1,500 postcards asking him to sign no more death warrants and get rid of the punishment. Each card calls the death penalty “a risky, arbitrary, unfair, ineffective and costly distraction from justice.”

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Culture
8:09 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Family to Restore Utica Historic Cemetery

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A Daviess County family is planning to restore a cemetery in Utica that’s the resting place for a Revolutionary War soldier who was friends with Thomas Jefferson. Charles Evans says he plans to set the tombstones back up in the family plot south of Owensboro and fence it off. He also plans on applying for a historical marker. Evans’ great-great-great grandfather was Capt. Benjamin Field who was commissioned as a captain in the American Revolution by Jefferson.

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Crime
8:03 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Prosecutor Seeks Murder Case Info From Trigg Co. Sheriff

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A Kentucky sheriff offering his own reward money in hopes of solving three murder cases is being asked to turn over his information in one of the slayings. Commonwealth's Attorney G.L. Ovey has filed a motion asking Trigg County Sheriff Ray Burnam to appear in court Wednesday with his file on the Chantell Humphries murder case. Humphries' body was found on a Trigg County cattle farm a decade ago. A trial earlier this year ended in a mistrial.

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