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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The Tennessee Labor Department is hosting it’s 4th “Paychecks for Patriots” job fair Thursday. The statewide effort involves 70 plus employers across the state, offering full time opportunities for unemployed veterans. Melinda Kelsey is with the Department of Labor, she said close to 1,400 veterans attended last year.

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  Kentucky law enforcement officials are gearing up for another “Take Back Program” to collect unused prescription drugs. Last spring the state collected  11,152 pounds. But, the costs for the program are high and there might be another way to pay for it.

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UPDATE 5:28PM More information has come to light about the events leading up to the fatal shooting of a Kentucky State Police Trooper on I-24 last night. 

KSP Spokesman held a press conference this afternoon at Post 1 Headquarters in Mayfield. 

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  Kentucky’s Bow Season for deer is underway and represents  just one aspect of a $770 million dollar industry for the state.  Richard Aiken is an Economist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. Aiken reports of the 347,000 hunters in the state,  301,000 of them hunt for deer, where the other majority hunt for Turkey.

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  A Weakley County poultry farm lost its contract with Tyson Foods and McDonalds after an undercover video purported abuse of the chickens. A Mercy For Animals video revealed birds being painfully beaten, stabbed, and impaled by makeshift clubs.  Mercy for Animals’ Matt Rice said s an investigator was at T&S Farms in Dukedom, Tennessee for three weeks before handing over their footage to the local officials, who have now taken the lead in the investigation.

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  A review of federal education data shows more than 30,000 Kentucky students are homeless. The projection puts the Commonwealth at the nation’s highest rate of student homelessness.

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A new 20,000-student study from Harvard University finds that children are increasingly learning to value personal success above all else. According to the Making Caring Common Project, the results of that mindset can contribute to a growing population of young people that lack empathy. Despite some challenges, local efforts have taken root to help teach both understanding and basic kindness.

National Low Income Housing Coalition / http://nlihc.org/sites/default/files/oor/OOR_2015_FULL.pdf

  It’s been a year since the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development mandated a flat rate increase for public housing. Some local housing officials thought it would price people out of the homes as HUD set rates based off of fair market value prices. 

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The Monarch population has rapidly declined in the last 10 years and naturalists are urging people to plant more milkweed and pesticide free nectar plants, which comprise a butterfly waystation. Former president of the Kentucky Garden Association Joanna Kirby calls the Monarch the 'canary in the coal mine' indicating a problem in the environment. She speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about her monarch waystation efforts and the dedication of three in Paducah and Mayfield this weekend.

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There are two main Butterfly emergence periods throughout the year, June and September. While the butterfly population will appear plentiful during this time, there is one species you won’t see as frequently as you would have ten years ago, the Monarch.

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