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 / WKMS

West Kentucky small business owners are voicing concern that legal complexities could stave off future efforts in the region. Banking, tech, entrepreneurship and government contracting leaders provided testimony to U.S. House Small Business Committee member and first district Congressman James Comer, in a field hearing in Paducah this week.

Nicole Erwin / WKMS

  Kentucky Democrats are positioning themselves for the November election cycle hoping to make gains in the Republican Controlled state legislature. House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes are leading the charge at political events including the recent Purchase Area Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

Carl Bradley, University of Kentucky

As farmers are combining their grain crops an increase in some diseases could impact their bottom line. University of Kentucky Extension Plant Pathologist Carl Bradley said a number of diseases that affect the heads of crops like wheat, barley and rye, have been observed in Kentucky the last few weeks. 

Nicole Erwin, Ohio Valley ReSource

 

 The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee has passed it’s version of the Farm Bill with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s provisions to remove hemp from a list of Schedule 1 controlled substances.

Graves County Jail

Graves County Jailer Randy Haley has been indicted for a Class C felony offense. The Grand Jury returned the indictment against Haley on Thursday.

MCCRACKEN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPT.

McCracken County Jailer Tonya Ray has a pretrial conference scheduled for September 7th in Graves County for charges including a first degree perjury indictment and misdemeanor offense.

 

 

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

Time is running out for dairy farmers in the Ohio Valley to apply for the USDA Margin Protection Program.

Producers in the past have shied away from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Margin Protection Program due to complaints of high costs and low returns. The 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act made several changes to the safety-net program to provide better protections for dairy producers from shifting milk and feed prices.

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

 First District U.S. Congressman James Comer is concerned about a recent decision by the Department of Justice to approve a $66 billion dollar Bayer-Monsanto seed and agrochemical merger.


"Government’s responsibility is to prevent monopolies, you are getting pretty close to a monopoly there." Comer said he has been anxious about the government's repsonse. "You know, how big is too big. Apparently the government decided that wasn't too big, but it is certainly a concern in agriculture.”  

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

President Donald Trump’s hardline approach towards foreign policy involving China and North Korea “hasn’t been popular” in Kentucky’s First Congressional District, Congressman James Comer said during Tuesday’s town-hall event in Fulton. But it’s an approach that Comer said he believes will benefit the region in the long-run if things go as the president plans.  

Kentucky Department of Agriculture

  Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has appointed a west Kentuckian to a two-year term on the Plant Variety Protection Board.

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