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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Business
11:21 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Initiative Focuses Shoppers on Local Retailers for the Holiday

Downtown businesses in Murray, Ky.

Many holiday shoppers rush out for Black Friday, but an initiative for local businesses is urging people to visit smaller shops on Saturday. Holiday shopping is crucial for many businesses as they recover from a rough economy. Small Business Saturday is an effort to encourage shoppers to check items off their gift list within their communities.

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Morning Cram
8:48 am
Wed November 21, 2012

The Morning Cram [rolling, rolling, rolling, keep those prices rolling edition]

From NPR: Wal-Mart continues to try to better serve its customer, now with a same-day delivery for certain online items. The experiment is only being tried in a few markets. The same-day delivery is targeted toward densely populated urban areas where many customers may not have cars to make the short drive to the nearest superstore.  

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Government
8:23 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Vaught Retires from Director of IL DCEO

Credit www.ecidc.com

The director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is retiring from full-time employment with the state. 65 year-old David Vaught retired Wednesday. His retirement came after an Illinois Inspector General’s Office report that found abuses of hiring laws at DCEO. It also criticized the DCEO for failing to adequately review appointees’ qualifications.

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Government
7:34 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Conway Joins Effort to Extend Tax Relief to Hurting Homeowners

Credit conwayforcongress.com

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway joined an effort to urge Congress to extend tax relief to homeowners who have had mortgage debt canceled or forgiven because of a decline in housing values. Since 2007 mortgage debt that is forgiven after a foreclosure or short sale can be excluded from a taxpayer’s taxable income. But that exclusion will expire at the end of this year.

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Environment
7:08 am
Wed November 21, 2012

IL Hunters Take More Deer This Season

Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says deer hunters in the state have killed more than 5,000 deer than they did last year. Just in last week’s firearm season opening weekend hunters killed more than 72,000 deer.

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Morning Cram
8:06 am
Tue November 20, 2012

The Morning Cram [the me, myself and i edition]

Credit Wikinedia Commons

From NPR: More than half of shoppers are using holiday sales to self-gift, waiting until the Christmas season to buy extravagant items at reasonable prices. The National Retail Federation has found that shoppers who self-gift spend an average of $140 on themselves while many people are out shopping solely for friends and family.

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Government
7:56 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Beshear's Administration Gave Away $31K in Olympic Tickets

Officials with Kentucky’s tourism department say they gave away Olympic tickets worth more than $31,000 after canceling plans to send a delegation. The state's 20 tickets were nonrefundable and couldn't easily be resold under Olympics rules. So tourism officials gave them to two British tour companies that sometimes do business in Kentucky.

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Business
7:50 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Small Businesses Key to Job Creation in Delta Region

New data shows small businesses have led the Mississippi Delta region in job creation. The Delta Regional Authority released private-sector data Monday showing 90 percent of all new jobs in the area over the last 20 years have come from businesses with nine or fewer employees.

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Government
7:46 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Haslam Blames Feds for Health Insurance Delay

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says the lack of information from the White House is to blame for the delay in the state’s decision about running its own health insurance exchange under the new federal health care law. Haslam says President Barack Obama’s administration has refused to answer questions about health insurance raised by Republican governors.

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Government
7:13 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Kentucky Smokers Might Have to Pay More for Cigarettes

Credit wikipedia

Smokers might have to pay more in Kentucky for cigarettes if a proposal to raise the cigarette tax passes. The Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform suggests raising the tax from $.60 a pack to $1. Governor Steve Beshear appointed the tax panel earlier this year to simplify the tax code and generate enough revenue to meet the state’s needs.

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