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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Society
4:21 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Half-Staff Flags Honor Fallen Soldier

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Governor Steve Beshear has ordered all Kentucky state buildings to fly flags at half staff tomorrow in honor of a fallen Fort Campbell soldier. Twenty-year-old Shane Wilson of Kuna, Idaho, died Oct. 18 in Afghanistan. He was a private first class in the 101st Airborne Division.

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Weather
1:22 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy to Bring Strong Winds to Ky.

Credit NASA

Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall on the southern Jersey Shore tonight, but the storms won’t reach western Kentucky. Four Purchase Area Red Cross volunteers have already deployed to the East Coast to assist with relief. National Weather Service meteorologist Greg Muffert says strong winds with gusts up to 30 miles per hour are all people in the area should expect tomorrow.

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Weather
3:07 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Ky. to Stay Dry After Hurricane Sandy Hits East Coast

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While the East Coast prepares for Hurricane Sandy, western Kentuckians don’t have to worry about storms on Halloween. National Weather Service Meteorologist Ryan Presley says the area will stay dry after the hurricane hits the coast. 

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Society
12:59 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Paducah Wins Tourism Awards

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The Paducah Convention and Visitors Bureau won six awards this week from the Kentucky Travel Industry Association for its creative and informative tourism marketing. Paducah won first place for its 2012-2013 visitors guide, its promotional video, and for its newsletter and billboard. And Paducah’s use of social media and quilting brochure placed second. The state travel association judged entries based on their ability to serve tourists and differentiate their location from others in the state.

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Jobs
2:46 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Unemployment Rates Drop Throughout Ky.

The latest Kentucky job numbers show Fulton County still has highest unemployment rate in the Commonwealth at just over 16.5 percent. Still, the state Office of Employment and Training reports most counties improved in September, with jobless rates increasing in only 12. Woodford County had the lowest at 5.3 percent. Union County posted the lowest numbers in western Kentucky at almost 6 percent.  Calloway was next, just under half a point higher.

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Politics
2:41 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Forrester Isn't Running for Tenn. Democratic Party Chairman

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Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester says he won't seek a third term as state party head. Spokesman Brandon Puttbrese confirmed Forrester’s decision to stay out of the race today. Since Forrester became chairman in 2009, the Democratic Party has lost 14 state house seats, three in the U.S. Congress and the governorship.

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Society
3:53 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Easter Seals Announce Child Care Program

Easter Seals West Kentucky is opening a new regional program for children with special health care needs. The group kicks off “The Lily Pad at Easter Seals West Kentucky,” Friday in Paducah. It's the first Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care program in western Kentucky. The new program opens facilities to give daytime nursing care to medically fragile children.

Developing
3:41 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Jackson Suspended for 2012-13 Basketball Season

Lance Allison, goracers.com

Murray State University basketball player Zaveral “Zay” Jackson isn’t playing in this year’s basketball season. Director of Athletics Allen Ward says he will still attend team activities such as practice and conditioning. Ward will assess Jackson’s behavior at the end of the season to decide if he'll come back to the court next year. Jackson pled guilty earlier this month to attacking two people with his car in the Murray Walmart parking lot in September. His sentencing is scheduled for November 13.

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Society
2:46 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Ky. Ranks Second in Job Growth

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks Kentucky as the second highest state in the nation for job growth. From September 2011 to September of this year Kentucky’s added 47,000 jobs. Its net job growth was 2.6 percent, which is more than twice the average of competitor states. Those states include Indiana, Tennessee and Missouri. Much of Kentucky’s job growth was in the central area of the state. But Murray gained a few manufacturing jobs with the expansion of R.T. Vanderbilt in August. North Dakota edged out Kentucky in the rankings.

Education
2:34 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Ky. Shares Grant to Improve Teaching Special Needs Students

Kentucky will share a $24 million grant with more than 20 states to improve training for teachers working with children with disabilities. Kentucky will receive more than $1.1 million in the grant’s first year to train teachers to better prepare students with special needs to graduate and pursue either a career or further education. State Department of Education Spokesperson Lisa Gross says there is still a lot of work to do to close the achievement gap between special needs students and those without disabilities. She says,

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