Whitney Jones

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.

Agriculture
5:44 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

USDA Proposes New Standards to Reduce Salmonella in Chicken Parts

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has found about half of ground chicken is contaminated with salmonella, and the agency is proposing new standards to reduce the bacteria by 30 percent.

The new rule would mean more testing, which John-Mark Hack says is more expense for the processor. He is a co-founder at Marksbury Farm Market in Garrard County.

“As a company that employs 36 Kentuckians, any additional expense is significant to us,” Hack said. “We’re not a mulit-million dollar, multi-national poultry processor that can easily absorb those kind of expenses.”

The USDA increased standards for whole chickens in 1996, but now knows the chance of salmonella increases as chicken is processed. The further processed meat like chicken wings and breasts make up 80 percent of the chicken available for purchase.

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Military
8:19 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Fort Campbell Listening Session Sees Highest Turnout

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 4:26 pm

More than 1,500 western Kentucky and northwestern Tennessee residents gathered at Fort Campbell Tuesday night to share concerns about potential cuts.

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Regional
1:57 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

New Federal Rule Requires Mining Companies to Put Proximity Detectors on Machines for Safety

Credit Office of Mine Safety and Licensing

In a new rule issued this week, the Mine Safety and Health Administration is requiring underground coal mines to equip their continuous mining machines with proximity detectors

The technology shuts off the equipment if a worker gets too close. Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett says the Alliance owned company called Matrix has developed the technology. He says many Alliance mines, which make up a third of those in Kentucky, already have proximity detectors.

“It is anymore a fairly common sight, you know, along with the methane detectors,: said Bissett.  "When you’re underground you often see them now.”

Mine operators will have up to 36 months to retrofit their continuous mining machines and train employees to use them. The rule goes into the Federal Register January 15th and becomes effective 60 days later.

Regional
9:42 pm
Sat January 3, 2015

Illinois Community Mourns Loss of Gutzler Family in Fatal Plane Crash

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 9:35 pm

National Transportation Safety Board Investigators begin work Sunday following a fatal plane crash Friday in Western Kentucky.

The twin engine plane crash killed Marty and Kimberly Gutzler, their 9-year-old daughter Piper and her 14-year-old cousin Sierra Wilder. Seven-year old Sailor Gutzler survived and walked nearly a mile before reaching a home to report the crash and seek medical attention for her minor injuries.

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Health
5:39 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Skin Cancer Rates Rising, But Best Way to Reduce Risk is Still Avoiding Too Much Sun

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 10:37 am

A western Kentucky dermatologist says he sees multiple cases of skin cancer a day as the U.S. Surgeon General is warning of a steady increase of people with the disease.

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Health
11:01 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Hemp Oil Not a Source of CBD Which Could Be Used in Epilepsy Treatments

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 4:23 pm

An industrial hemp official is working to clear up some confusion about the plant’s oils and extracts and their uses as Kentucky researchers work toward finding uses for potential treatments with cannabidiol, or CBD.

Hemp Industries Association Executive Director Eric Steenstra says the non-profit trade group has received several calls from customers who have bought hemp oil at health stores and want to know if their purchase has CBD in them.

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