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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The Calloway County School Board is considering outsourcing custodians to reduce spending and increase efficiency. Graves County Schools Head Custodian Matthew Powell is leading an effort against the possible effort. He says the county could save $130,000 a year by outsourcing but that they will regret it.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Deadline to register to vote for the May primary in Kentucky is April 18. 

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The Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection will join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the cleanup of a significant arsenic site in Ohio County. 

Dr. Therese Saint Paul, via Facebook

Therese Saint Paul, French professor at Murray State University woke up to a phone call from a friend asking her if she had heard the bad news. She immediately went online to find out her home country, Belgium had been attacked.

Whitney Jones / WKMS

Half of Tennessee farmers who participated in the state’s return to industrial hemp farming have yet to apply for a permit to grow the highly regulated seed again. 

In 2015, approximately 50 farmers signed up to grow the crop. With two weeks left to apply, WBIR-TV reports that only 25 farmers have applied.  

Cocke County farmer Chuck Mason says he thought the crop would be a "gold mine," but when seeds arrived more than a month late due to customs delays, the crop turned into a bust. Mason says he will return to growing hay this year.


Jeffersontown Police Chief Richard Sanders is the new Commissioner for Kentucky State Police.  

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Austin Peay State University banned hoverboards and other self-balancing scooters following an investigation by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Facebook

Governor Matt Bevin appointed Retired Brigadier General Norman E. Arflack as the new Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs.

Commissioner of Education Dr. Stephen Pruitt is holding 11 listening sessions in Kentucky. Sessions begin tonight in Shelbyville and end April 28. He says he wants to know what people value in Kentucky education.

courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority

The Paradise combined cycle gas plant project is a year old this month. When the plant opens it will provide about 30 to 40 jobs in Muhlenberg County. Tennessee Valley Authority spokesman Scott Brooks says the plant is a major project for TVA.