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
6:30 am
Fri November 29, 2013

During Holiday Shopping Season, Small Businesses Get Their Own Day

An alternative to Black Friday starts Saturday, focusing on much smaller businesses for holiday shopping.

Murray State Small Business Development Director Chris Wooldridge said Small Business Saturday is an initiative to support mom and pop stores who don’t have the reach of large retailers.

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Government
7:00 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Heating Subsidy Program Could See Cuts for Crisis Element

The crisis element of the Low Income Heating Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, could face a five percent cut, lessening the aid for people in need during the coldest months of the year.

Community Action Kentucky Energy Program Director Mike Moynahan said LIHEAP faced a five percent cut last year because of sequestration, and it is unclear if it will face more cuts this year. He said he’ll know if the program faces the same cut it did last year in December. But, Moynahan said that’s not his biggest concern.

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Business
6:45 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Kentucky Encouraging Businesses to Export as Transportation Projects Develop

Credit kyexports.com

Kentucky Export Initiative officials are encouraging businesses throughout the Commonwealth to consider exporting their products.

KEI Project Manager Morgan Pierstorff said exports are a growing portion of the commonwealth’s economy, and although just three percent of Kentucky companies export, they totaled $22 billion in sales in 2012.

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PGDP
1:51 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Global Laser Enrichment Could Bring New Laser-Based Technology to Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Site

Depleted uranium cylinders stored at PGDP
Credit Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy will begin negotiations with GE Hitachi's Global Laser Enrichment (GLE) for the sale of the depleted uranium hexafluoride inventory at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

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Education
4:03 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Mid-Continent Ready for Accreditation Review, Hopes to Be Taken Off Watch List

Credit midcontinent.edu

Mayfield’s Mid-Continent University will find out in the coming weeks whether or not it will receive reaccreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and School after being placed on warning status last year.

If an institution loses its accreditation it will no longer qualify for federal student aid.

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Government
3:50 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Some Kentuckians Will Get to Keep Current Health Care Coverage

Credit http://blog.medi-share.org

Some of the 280,000 Kentuckians whose insurance policies don't comply with the Affordable Care Act will be able to keep their plans, at least for another year.

Kentucky Insurance Commissioner Sharon Clark told lawmakers today she doesn't know the exact number. About 130,000 Kentuckians have individual policies that don't comply with the federal health care reform. 

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Politics
2:45 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Voters Confused About Who Can Cast Ballots in District 7 Special Election

Some Kentucky voters don't know if they can vote in the upcoming special election to replace 7th district State Rep. John Arnold because of new district boundaries.

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Society
4:06 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Groups Collecting Donations for Brookport Tornado Relief

Credit John Paul Henry

The following agencies and groups are collecting certain items or donations for tornado victims in Brookport, Ill.:

Metropolis
Massac County Sheriff's Department is accepting donations of checks and gift cards only.
SIU Credit Union: all branches collecting monetary donations.
Victory Full Gospel Church: food and supplies.
Hope Unlimited Family Care Center: diapers, wipes, blankets, clothing, cleaning supplies and baby food.

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Weather
3:06 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Severe Weather, Tornado Watch Until 7 PM Tonight (Sunday)

Scene from Brookport, courtesy Toby Glass

Nearly all of our region is now under a MODERATE to HIGH Risk today.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 7 tonight  for all Kentucky counties west of Daviess, McLean, and Muhlenberg.  The watch area also includes Alexander, Massac, Pope, Johnson, and Pulaski counties in southernmost Illinois as well as Henry, Obion, Dyer, Lake, and Weakley counties in northwest Tennessee.

The watch is the result of a strong storm system rapidly moving east through our region out of the plains states.  This system will also bring high winds gusting up to 40 miles an hour and a chance of large hail.

A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes in the area.  Be ready to move to a safe place if threatening weather approaches.  Again we have a tornado watch in effect for our region until 7 tonight.  We'll keep you updated as the situation develops.

 See details on the National Weather Service Paducah site.

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Speaker's Corner
4:09 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Speaker’s Corner: Susan Guess Talks About Bullying in Murray State’s ‘Adventures’ Series

Credit www.noit.org

Susan Schafer Guess speaks at the fourth installment of Murray State University’s seminar series, “Adventures: Life and Its Experiences” about her daughter’s journey through bullying.

The series allows students, faculty, alumni and the community to interact with speakers who have a wealth of academic and entrepreneurial experiences. Speakers will discuss their experiences related to their successes and their challenges.

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