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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Education
7:24 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Ky. Schools Receive Grants to Improve Teacher Quality

Credit mspmentor.net

Murray State is among several Kentucky universities receiving federal grants to improve teacher quality.  The grants from the Council on Postsecondary Education total $859,000. MSU and three other lead universities will partner with high-need school districts and five colleges, including Madisonville Community College.

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Society
7:17 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Owensboro Reinstitutes Juvenile Drug Court

The City of Owensboro and Daviess County are restarting their juvenile drug court.  County Attorney Claud Porter says both are putting up 88,000 dollars per year to fund the program. The juvenile drug court was discontinued because of state budget cuts.

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Health Care
4:20 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Kentucky Top State for Antibiotic Overuse

Credit www.nlm.nih.gov

Kentucky is the top state in the country for antibiotic over-use according to a new study from the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy. Antibiotic over-use can cause some infections to become resistant to treatment. Dr. Ramanan Laxminaryan is director of the CDDEP’s Extending the Cure project. 

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Business
4:37 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Lyon County to Vote on Alcohol Sales

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Lyon County residents have an alcohol referendum scheduled for Jan. 15. Judge Executive Wade White says the petition to bring alcohol to the county began in May and was turned in Nov. 2 with around 650 signatures. Only 579 were required.

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Business
4:43 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Rural Post Offices to Reduce Hours in 2013

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The United Postal Service will reduce hours at more than 25 rural post offices in western Kentucky next year. Nationally, the USPS proposes reducing hours at 13,000 post offices to help save money. United States Postal Service Spokesperson David Walton says the two-year plan to reduce hours is an alternative to closing small branches. He says,

“We look at it as a win-win situation. You know, we can keep the post offices open and make the community happy but at the same time we’ll be able to reduce the hours at these locations, which will in turn save the Postal Service money as well.”

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Business
3:19 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Teletech Moves Forward with Hopkinsville Call Center

The Teletech call center in Hopkinsville is expected to open in the first quarter of next year. Hopkinsville-Christian County Economic Development Director Mitch Robinson says the company originally anticipated opening this fall, but pushed back the date because they did not have a committed client.

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Society
3:53 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Second Evacuation Ordered for Louisville Derailment

Credit Louisville Metro

People living within a half-mile radius of the site of a Paducah & Louisville Railway derailment in Jefferson County are facing another set of evacuations. Emergency Management  Spokesperson Jody Duncan says the evacuation affects 31 homes. That is just a fraction of those affected in the initial evacuation almost two weeks ago after a chemical fire erupted at the site.

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Government
4:02 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Haslam Makes No Change to Open Records Laws

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam won't change how the executive branch handles open records requests. Haslam says his initial concerns about the abuse of open records laws have been put to rest. He has instructed his cabinet to expedite getting records to the public and news media.

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Business
2:36 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Beer Comes to Princeton

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Princeton’s Heaton's Marathon convenience store received its first shipment of beer today making it the first local business to sell alcohol since city residents voted to allow such sales August 7th. Alcohol Beverage Control Administrator Brent Thompson says Heaton’s was the first local business to apply for a license after the vote.

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Education
3:25 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Tenn. Democrats Want Pre-K Expansion

Rep. Mike Turner

Tennessee’s education commissioner says he doesn’t plan to request funds for expanding pre-kindergarten classes, but democratic leaders say they plan to speak with Governor Bill Haslam about considering an expansion.

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