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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Weather
6:30 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Tornado Touches Down in Mayfield

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An EF-1 tornado hit Mayfield early Sunday morning injuring one and causing moderate damage to several buildings. The tornado touched down southeast of the Highway 80 and Purchase Parkway intersection around 6:35 a.m. with peak winds at 105 miles per hour. Several cars were shifted in a parking lot and one business lost part of its roof. No fatalities were reported.

Morning Cram
7:44 am
Fri October 12, 2012

The Morning Cram [the boozing it up edition]

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From NPR: A Native American tribe sues big beer makers for selling millions of cans each year to a town of 11 people where residents of a nearby dry reservation come to drink it up on an almost daily basis.

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Crime
7:36 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Ky. Trio Charged with Stealing Trade Secrets

Three men charged with stealing trade secrets from a Hopkinsville company who tried to use the information as leverage with a competitor are set for arraignment Nov. 15 in Paducah. A federal grand jury indicted Phillip Groves, Gregory Wampler and Eric Tinderholt this week. The men are charged with using USB drives to steal thousands of files from White Drive Products in 2007 and 2008. The jurors say the men went to another hydraulic motor maker and used the files to get jobs.

Business
7:32 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Daviess County Business Expands

www.valleytruckequipment.com

Valley Truck Equipment LLC will triple its workforce and improve its facilities in Daviess County. Governor Steve BeShear announced Thursday that the Utica business will expand adding 12 jobs and making $678,000 in improvements. Valley Truck Equipment began business in 2009 during the beginning of the economic downturn. Yet it has continued to thrive throughout the recession. The company sells, installs and repairs a variety of equipment for vehicles and currently has six employees.

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Education
7:16 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Community College to Return State Funding for Adult Education Program

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West Kentucky Community & Technical College will return state funding after the school inaccurately reported adult education testing scores. 

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Education
7:00 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Ill. Lt. Governor Says College Should Be Affordable

newgre.org

Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says she supports making college tuition more affordable. She visited the University of Illinois-Chicago Thursday and presented a plan to stop rising tuition costs. She says both state and federal officials need to work together to bring costs down. While at the university, she shadowed two students in a chemistry lab work-study program. Simon’s office says increases in college tuition and fees have outpaced inflation, citing a Pew Research Center report that found students had an average of more than $26,000 in student loans in 2010.

Society
6:33 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Engineer Company Returns to Fort Campbell

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A group of Fort Campbell soldiers will return home today after a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan. The group includes soldiers from the 887th Engineer Support Company, 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade and 101st Airborne Division. The unit provided direct support to the 172nd Infantry Brigade at the Forward Operating Base Sharana and is comprised of heavy equipment operators. The soldiers will be welcomed home in a ceremony at the Personnel Processing Center.

Morning Cram
8:29 am
Thu October 11, 2012

The Morning Cram [the bad boy of the rabbit world edition]

From NPR: Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson says she loves that Peter Rabbit has disrespect for authority. She plans to revive the classic children’s book.

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Education
8:06 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Adult Student Testing Practices Cost Community College

Inaccurate reporting of testing scores from McCracken County’s adult education program has allowed West Kentucky Community and Technical College to get more money from the Commonwealth than it was qualified to receive. Kentucky adult education officials found student testing practices at WKCTC were not in compliance with state and federal policies and established ethical standards. Kentucky’s Adult Education agency requires the programs it funds to administer tests establishing a baseline education level teachers can plan around.

Society
8:01 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Injured Vets to Ride Through Ft. Campbell on Bikes

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More than 200 injured veterans, troops and their supporters will ride bicycles and hand cycles through Fort Campbell, Ky., today. The Ride 2 Recovery Bluegrass Challenge started in Cincinnati Sunday and will end Friday in Nashville. The ride is a way for veterans to improve their health by cycling. Most of the participants are from Warrior Transition Units that help troops rehabilitate from injuries. The cycling veterans include some from Clarksville, Dickson and Murfreesboro.

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