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
7:32 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Daviess County Business Expands

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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

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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.

Politics
7:53 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Two Ky. Political Foes to Offer Spin at VP Debate

Two former Kentucky political foes are offering spin at the vice presidential debate Thursday in Danville. Republican Sen. Rand Paul and Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway will be among the pundits speaking to reporters covering the matchup between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan. Conway and Paul faced off in the heated 2010 Senate race. Paul won, and Conway was elected for a second term as Kentucky’s attorney general.

Society
7:48 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Ill. Sees More Foreclosures This Year Than Last

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Illinois foreclosures are up more than 30 percent from the same time last year. A RealtyTrac report shows third-quarter foreclosures totaled more than 42,000. That’s one of every 126 housing units, 4 percent higher than the second quarter.  That puts the state at the fourth highest foreclosure rate in the U.S.  Illinois foreclosures did drop 20 percent in September when compared to August. The three highest foreclosure rates are in Florida, Arizona and California. But nationally, foreclosure filings hit a 5-year low last month. The last time the rate was this low was in December 2007.

Morning Cram
8:25 am
Wed October 10, 2012

The Morning Cram [the like a virgin edition]

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From NPR:Virgin Group Founder Richard Branson says success isn’t always found on the traditional path. The high school dropout talks about dyslexia, his new book and American Airlines.

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