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.



  As poultry production booms in Kentucky, more Farmers are using chicken feces as fertilizer, but there is still much to learn about maximizing its potential. University of Kentucky Associate Extension specialist Dr. Brad Lee and his team have built a rainfall simulation plot in a corn field in Calloway County where they’ve treated the soil with two different types of poultry litter and later take measurements of the run-off. Typically poultry farmers apply two different chemicals to the chicken feces to keep ammonia levels down, sodium sulphate or aluminum sulphate. Lee says too much will kill the chicks, and then the remnants stick to the litter.

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture / National Farm to School Program

  School gardens are sprouting across the Commonwealth as Kentucky leads the way in the National Farm to School program.  The state was allocated thirty one $5,000 mini grants to implement a non-traditional market for local producers.  Kentucky Department of Agriculture Spokeswoman Tina Garland says she sees the program as a cornerstone of rural development.

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  A record number of tobacco barn burnings are taking place as Kentucky's statewide fire ban begins today.

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.

FDA photo by Michael J. Ermarth / Federal Drug Administration

  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.


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.