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 Defense Department has announced that Maj. Gen. Andrew P. Poppas will take over as commanding general at Fort Campbell.

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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says Calloway and Muhlenberg Counties are among six from a random drawing to undergo independent inquiries for irregularities during the General Election. The Kentucky Election Integrity Task Force met Tuesday to review the administration of the November 8th election. 

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The Kentucky Board of Elections has certified the results of the November 8 general election, officially completing the administrative process by distributing certificates to candidates receiving the highest votes.

Moscow Ballet

 

  The Great Russian Nutcracker is an iconic holiday program, and the Moscow Ballet is bringing the performance to Paducah's Carson Center. The performance will feature some local ballerinas, too. WKMS’ Nicole Erwin went to the audition session and brings us this report from a principal ballerina and a local teen who will be in the spotlight.

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has appointed five new field representatives including western Kentucky native (and former WKMS Program Director) Mark Welch of Murray.

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has agreed to sell depleted uranium from the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant to enrich at a new state-of-the-art facility in western Kentucky. 

Construction and operation of the $1 billion facility by GE-Hitachi's Global Laser Enrichment is estimated to bring approximately 800 to 1,200 jobs to the local community. 

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The historic Smedley-Yeiser house in Lower Town Paducah was filled with winning candidates Tuesday evening as the Brandi Harless "election night watch party" celebrated as Paducah residents voted for a change in leadership.

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Dairy prices have continued to decline for the last two years, rivaling any other decrease in recent history according to a new University of Kentucky economic policy update.

UK Livestock Economist Kenny Burdine says the usual suspects have affected the industry: increased production, decreased export levels and a strong U.S. dollar. Burdine says the record lows have motivated the USDA to extend the Dairy Margin Protection Program sign-up deadline to December 16th,

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The Kentucky Division of Forestry is asking the public to refrain from outdoor burning. 

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  Livestock transport could be causing an increase in a deadly blood parasite affecting the commonwealth’s cattle industry. Murray State University Breathitt Veterinary Center department head Lucky Pittman says their diagnostic lab in Hopkinsville receives calls daily about anaplasmosis, a parasite carried mostly by ticks, biting flies and even surgical instruments.

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