Becca Schimmel

Multimedia Journalist (for Ohio Valley ReSource, WKU)

Becca Schimmel is a Becca Schimmel is a multimedia journalist with the Ohio Valley ReSource a collaborative of public radio stations in Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio. She's based out of the WKU Public Radio newsroom in Bowling Green.

Previously, she was a reporter for WKMS News.

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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet,

Kentucky’s six-year road plan will focus on maintaining existing roads and bridges.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet used a new data driven approach to determine the most important projects.

LRC Public Information

A Kentucky lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that would require elementary, middle and high school students to be taught what are known as “soft skills.” The goal of the new curriculum would be to better prepare students for the workforce. 

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A new report said Kentucky’s per-pupil education funding has actually decreased over an eight-year period when inflation is taken into account. An analysis by the Council for Better Education shows inflation-adjusted state funding decreased by nearly 500-dollars per-pupil from 2008 to 2016.

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At a recent conference in Lexington, Kentucky, economists and community leaders gathered to talk about the state’s current budget crunch and possible economic future.

Peter Hille, president of Mountain Association for Community Economic Development, said Kentucky and other Appalachian states need to do more to build a new economy and move from dependence on a single source.

Pennyrile Forest,

National parks are ready to welcome back visitors after a brief government shutdown.

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Kentucky has the 9th highest incarceration rate in the nation. The commonwealth is seeing an increasing prison population at the same time the national incarceration declined for the third consecutive year.


  A southern Kentucky lawmaker has introduced a new bipartisan bill to simplify auditing requirements for the state’s volunteer fire departments.

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  A state Senator from Owensboro who serves as co-chairman of Kentucky’s Public Pension Oversight Board won’t seek another term in office later this year.

Still from White House video

President Donald Trump made coal a central theme of his first year in office. So after a year in office, what does his record tell us? The Ohio Valley ReSource series, “One Year, Under Trump,” looks at what the president has done on some of the region’s key issues. As Becca Schimmel reports, despite the coal-heavy rhetoric, the area’s industry has seen only minor change in employment.

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  A new survey shows more people moved out of Kentucky last year than moved into the state.