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.

Pages

Government
4:22 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Corydon Mayor Favors Dissolving City

www.en.wikipedia.com

The mayor of a Henderson County town suggests new leaders consider dissolution. Corydon Mayor Hilda McCormic says financial issues that plague the city of about 700 people would be difficult to rectify since current officials cannot find past financial records. The lack of records shows that the city has not had an audit since 2010. Mayoral candidate and councilman Philip Brewster Jr. says dissolving the city would be a last resort. If elected he said he would address the financial problems before dissolution.

Morning Cram
7:55 am
Fri October 19, 2012

The Morning Cram [frozen eggs edition]

Wikimedia Commons

From NPR: More and more women are using frozen eggs to have babies later in life, and the infertility treatment is no longer being called experimental.

Read more
Society
7:36 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Social Media Sensation Dies of Cancer at 13

http://www.facebook.com/PrayersforLaneGoodwin

The western Kentucky boy known for his thumbs-up campaign has lost his battle with cancer. The announcement of his death was posted on his Facebook page, which had 369,000 followers. 13-year-old Lane Goodwin from Beech Grove died Wednesday. The Thumbs-up for Lane campaign has social media fans from all over the world including country music stars, Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari and The Turtleman, Lane’s favorite celebrity. Lane was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and fans held signs supporting Lane during the baseball playoffs.

Politics
7:16 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Firs Lady BeShear Announces Grants for Western Ky. Trails

wikipedia

First Lady Jane BeShear has announced several grants that will create or improve walking trails throughout western Kentucky. Beshear delivered a $50,000 grant to Trenton for a 3,000 foot-long concrete trail that will run along U.S. Highway 41. Democratic Representative Martha Jane King joined BeShear at the Thursday presentation, which has drawn some criticism from Republicans who claim Governor Steve BeShear and his wife have been traveling under the guise of official business to campaign for Democratic legislative candidates.

Read more
Business
7:10 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Ill. Gas Prices Stay Steady This Winter

www.ameren.com

Ameren Illinois officials say consumers should expect natural gas prices this winter to be similar to last year’s prices. The Peoria-based gas delivery company serves 1.2 million electric and more than 800,000 natural gas customers in southern and central Illinois. Ameren gas supply manager Ken Dothage says prices should stay the same this winter because North American gas supply has increased. He says slower U.S. and global economies along with a decreased worldwide demand for energy also play a role in the steady price of natural gas.

Government
7:04 am
Fri October 19, 2012

US Ag Secretary Visits Tennessee

wikipedia

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack makes a Tennessee visit today to discuss the importance of passing comprehensive food, farm and jobs legislation. He will also talk about revitalizing small rural businesses and communities. Vilsack's stops include Cedar Hill and Clarksville. Officials say Tennessee farm income rose from $447 million in 2010 to almost $800 dollars in 2011.

Society
7:00 am
Fri October 19, 2012

New Area Code Meeting Draws Small Audience

Wikimedia Commons

The meeting about the new area code for western Kentucky drew a small audience Wednesday. Only three people attended meeting at Hopkinsville Community College. Kentucky Public Service Commission spokesman Andrew Melnykovich says the meeting was held to explain the reasons behind a new area code and the options for adding a new one. One solution is an overlay, which means the 364 area code would apply to all of western Kentucky in addition to the existing 270 area code. The other option is a split.

Society
6:55 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Ky. Lawmaker Honored with Historical Marker

The first Kentucky lawmaker to head the state legislative ethics board who also served as House speaker in the 1960s will have a historical marker in his honor in Benton. Shelby McCallum was born in Tennessee in 1917 but he moved to Benton just before 1940. McCallum opened several theaters and founded WCBL in December 1954. He was a state representative in the ‘50s and ‘60s and presided over passing civil rights legislation. McCallum died in 1987. The ceremony for the marker honoring McCallum is today in Benton.

Morning Cram
8:32 am
Thu October 18, 2012

The Morning Cram [read their lips: taxes edition]

From NPR: Economists share their tax dreams, all of which would destroy any politician’s chance of being elected: no mortgage-interest deduction, no employee health benefits deduction and no corporate tax.

Read more
Crime
8:28 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Paducah Man Denied Probation for Motorcycle Death

A McCracken circuit judge has denied probation for a Paducah man whose stepdaughter was killed while riding with him on a motorcycle. Kira Bryant was just 14 when she died in a summer 2011 crash.  Jamison Turney pled guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the case. Authorities say his blood-alcohol level was .09 percent and that Kira Bryant was not wearing a helmet. Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Raymond McGee opposed the probation request, saying early release of a drunk driver who killed a teenager unduly depreciates the seriousness of the crime.

Pages