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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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

Credit tndp.org

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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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.

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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.

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