Nicole Erwin

Multimedia Journalist (for Ohio Valley ReSource, WKMS)

Nicole Erwin is a Murray native and started working at WKMS during her time at Murray State University as a Psychology undergraduate student. Nicole left her job as a PTL dispatcher to join the newsroom after she was hired by former News Director Bryan Bartlett. Since, Nicole has completed a Masters in Sustainable Development from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia where she lived for 2 1/2 years.

Nicole also worked in South Korea as a journalist where she anchored the local English TV news, hosted a national radio show and freelanced with the Jeju Weekly. She is an avid traveler with more than 25 countries under her belt and finds beauty in the environment and the stories within it.

Nicole Erwin, Ohio Valley ReSource

  The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to some limits on the use of a controversial herbicide called dicamba, which farmers throughout the region have blamed for crop damage. A change to the label on the chemical will restrict sales of dicamba to certified users. 

Courtesy of Keith Taylor

  A California company hopes to develop a $30M  hemp processing plant in western Kentucky.

Kings Royal Biotech of San Diego, California along with an unnamed Chinese partner plan to begin the processing of more than a thousand acres of hemp in Carlisle and Hickman Counties, with the 2018 Hemp harvest.

Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State University

Murray State University will see a $4.5 million dollar increase in pension obligations if state legislators can’t come up with a plan in a special session expected this fall. That’s according to President Bob Davies in a letter to faculty and staff today on Monday.

Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World

 UPDATE: The House Judiciary Committee has postponed a vote on H-2C. 

  United Farm Workers of America is calling a bill, set for a House committee vote Wednesday, that aims to reform the guest-worker program a threat to the industry.

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) is pushing his recent Agricultural Guestworker Act, also called H-2C only two days after its release. Goodlatte said a revision to the current H-2A program is needed, calling it“outdated and broken.”

Courtesy 101st ABN DIV (AASLT)

The 101st Airborne Air Assault Division is on its way to Puerto Rico Wednesday as part of the Defense Department’s Defense Support of Civil Authorities mission to support Hurricane Maria relief.

PGDP Department of Energy

  Power has been restored to the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant after it was forced to temporarily shut down for several hours Tuesday due to a maintenance issue.

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

  Delegates from eight UNESCO Creative Cities from around the world have arrived in Paducah for the annual Crafts and Folk Arts international meeting. It’s the city’s first opportunity to host since it became a UNESCO member in 2013.

Nicole Erwin, Ohio Valley ReSource

  Talks on renegotiating NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, are set for later this month and farm country is concerned about the potential fallout from a trade dispute. Pork producers are especially nervous about the implications of a threat from President Trump to place a 20 percent tariff on Mexican food imports.

Pam Holland

Australian artist Pam Holland has spent the last 13 years quilting a re-creation of a famed tapestry involving a war that later led to the writing of the Magna Carta. As the American Quilter’s Society Fall QuiltWeek wrapped up in Paducah, Holland discussed how she finds inspiration for her ‘intricate’ undertakings.

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

  A quilt inspired by a National Geographic cover of two horses nuzzling in the cold has won Best in Show at the first American Quilter’s Society Fall QuiltWeek in Paducah.