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.

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Clarksville’s Austin Peay State University is implementing a new training program to help cater to its nearly 25 percent student population who’ve served in the military.

Military Student Center Coordinator Jasmin Linares says identifying those students is an effort to make the transition from military life to student life as easy as possible, and to do that the university is implementing a Green Zone training program.

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Former Confederate President Jefferson Davis is getting a lot of heat in the commonwealth in lieu of the most recent shootings in South Carolina. Even a lightning bolt that struck the Jefferson Davis Historic Site's obelisk in Fairview on June 26th became newsworthy because of the controversy surrounding the role of the confederate flag. This year, the Kentucky State Parks' site  hosted its inaugural 4th of July celebration.

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  Fireworks have been a part of Mack Bucy’s family his entire life. His family owns “Stateline Fireworks” in Murray.  Bucy says everyone love’s fireworks, and for him, they represent one thing.

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As the University of Tennessee- Knoxville Athletics program evolves from their moniker “Lady Vols” other universities with gender distinguishing titles are being asked if they will change as well.

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A state park honoring confederate leader Jefferson Davis will play host to its first Independence Day celebration this weekend. The “Friends of Jefferson Davis Historic Site” suggested the Fairview park host the event. The decision comes despite national controversy over the confederate flag and its heritage.  Parks Manager Rod Syndor denies any controversy at his park and said the celebration will be focused on U.S. independence.

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The son of a Murray couple is poised to take over a landmark public radio program.

If you hadn’t heard the rumors, Kathy Thile, mother of 34-year-old Chris Thile, says it is true - her son will be the next host of “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Kathy says the arrangement is very much in the formative stages and an official statement has yet to be released.

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Kentucky soybean farmers are dealing with a pesky invasive weed that could choke out their crops.

Palmer amaranth, commonly called pigweed, is resistant to most herbicides and, for the first time, was spotted on Mike Burchett’s farm in Calloway County.

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Friday's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage in the U.S. ended the debate on its legality, but Murray Human Rights Commission chair and Murray State University LGBT coordinator Jody Cofer Randall says the conversation only just started on the possible consequences same-sex couples could face, like how the decision will impact other issues like parenting.

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A vacant lot on South Second Street in downtown Paducah is being converted into a "pocket park" for local art.

A pocket park is a small space for public gatherings and Paducah city planner Steve Ervin calls it the perfect revitalization effort for a municipal space now used mostly for refuse collection.

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If your life flashed before your eyes, what would you see or contemplate? Maybe the last time you'd seen a certain loved one or perhaps undone items on your bucket list? Not so for a young man in Paducah. He has a passion for brewing beer. And that was the only thing on his mind after surviving a terrible car accident that left him unconscious for weeks.

Bryan Canavan, affectionately introduced himself as a boy from Vermont, “I lived there for 14 years, which I think statistically there are still more cows in that state than people.”

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