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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Government
8:20 am
Fri December 7, 2012

IL Extended Federal Unemployment Insurance Ending

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says a federal program that provided unemployment insurance beyond the state's initial 25-week coverage expires Dec. 29. Congress extended the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program earlier this year, but the extension included a provision to end the program later this month. It has provided long-term unemployed people with benefits for 20 weeks beyond the state program financed by Illinois businesses.

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Culture
8:16 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Historical Society Releases Abe Lincoln App

Credit wikipedia

If you want to know more about Abraham Lincoln in the Commonwealth, there's an app for that. The Kentucky Historical Society has released a free app guiding users along a statewide tour of all of Abraham Lincoln's Kentucky connections. It maps out his birthplace, his wife's childhood home and other significant Civil War sites.

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Environment
8:13 am
Fri December 7, 2012

99,000 Deer Taken During IL Firearm Season

Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says hunters harvested more than 99 thousand deer during this year's firearm season. The preliminary total is about 2,500 higher than last year.  I-D-N-R Forest Wildlife Program Manager Paul Shelton says hunters probably benefited from this year’s split season because of warmer weather.

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Education
8:10 am
Fri December 7, 2012

IL Gets Grant for Early Childhood Education

Credit mspmentor.net

Illinois is getting almost $35 million of federal aid for early childhood education. The Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant is funding a website informing parents of the quality of school programs in an effort to help them find the best place that matches their children’s needs. The money is also going toward professional development for early-childhood teachers, investments in efficiency, streamlining program administration and data systems and program evaluations.

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Society
7:53 am
Fri December 7, 2012

TN Health Clinics Offer Free Flu Vaccines

Tennessee's county health department clinics are offering free flu vaccines to people of all ages until supplies are depleted. The state Health Department says seasonal influenza is already widespread in Tennessee. The department operates clinics in 89 of the state’s 95 counties.

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Crime
6:40 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Grand Jury Indicts Zay Jackson

Credit Lance Allison, goracers.com

A Calloway County grand jury has handed down two felony indictments against Murray State basketball player Zaveral “Zay” Jackson. The Paducah Sun reports the jury charged Jackson Thursday with one count of second-degree assault and one count of wanton endangerment. His pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Dec. 11. Jackson is accused of hitting Jason and Alia Clement of Paducah with his car in Murray’s Wal-Mart parking lot. When details of the Sept. 10 incident surfaced, Jackson was suspended from the basketball team.

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Morning Cram
8:37 am
Thu December 6, 2012

The Morning Cram [meet me tonight in atlantic city edition]

The Morning Cram [meet me tonight in atlantic city edition]

From NPR: It’s a month after Hurricane Sandy, and Atlantic City wants its visitors back. Very few of the tourist attractions like casinos and restaurants suffered damage although television coverage of the storm left many potential visitors with the idea that the boardwalk was destroyed. Now the city is taking action to show that all is well and up and running.

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Environment
8:32 am
Thu December 6, 2012

TN Wildlife Resources Releases Rainbow Trout for Fishing

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is releasing more than 90,000 rainbow trout in Middle and West Tennessee. The stocking continues through March and will provide many close-to-home trout fishing opportunities for anglers.

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Government
8:25 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Quinn's Budget Cuts Stand

The Illinois House has not overridden Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget cuts that are forcing some prisons and other state facilities to close. The House did not consider an override vote Wednesday before adjourning the last day of veto session. House Speaker Michael Madigan did not think it was necessary to take action against the measure.

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Government
8:21 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Waste Tire Projects Can Seek Funding

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Projects using recycled waste tires in places like athletic fields and playgrounds could be eligible for an Energy and Environment Cabinet grant.  The funding comes from the Waste Tire Trust Fund that the General Assembly established in 1998 to receive fees collected from new tire sales.

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