Liam Niemeyer

Ohio Valley ReSource Reporter & Assistant News Director

"Liam Niemeyer is a reporter for the Ohio Valley Resource covering agriculture and infrastructure in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia and also serves Assistant News Director at WKMS. He has reported for public radio stations across the country from Appalachia to Alaska, most recently as a reporter for WOUB Public Media in Athens, Ohio. He is a recent alumnus of Ohio University and enjoys playing tenor saxophone in various jazz groups."



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Tony Silvernail swings a heavy machete at a stalk of bushy hemp and chops the plant near the root, grabbing the five-foot-tall shoot with his sun-weathered hand.

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  Hemp company GenCanna owes construction and engineering companies more than $13 million dollars in unpaid labor and materials to build a hemp processing plant in Graves County, according to liens filed in the Graves County Clerk's Office.

15 construction companies have filed liens against Gencanna over the past month, stating they haven’t been paid for labor or materials in building the Mayfield plant. These debt claims range up to over $3 million dollars.

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Republican Governor Matt Bevin and his opponent, Democrat Attorney General Andy Beshear continued to battle over contentious campaign issues at this fall’s first gubernatorial debate Thursday in Paducah. 

The two candidates for governor discussed issues ranging from how to control the invasive Asian Carp in west Kentucky reservoirs, infrastructure investment including the state’s middle-mile broadband system KentuckyWired, economic development with recent layoffs in west Kentucky and how to continue to fund the state’s pension.

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  U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said he believes the whistleblower, who filed a complaint alleging President Trump in a phone call asked the President of Ukraine to investigate a political rival and that White House staff intervened to “lock down” the record of the phone call, should identify themself.


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Kentucky and Tennessee wildlife conservation leaders and government officials are pushing for the U.S. House to approve millions in federal funding to combat the invasive species Asian Carp. 

A release by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office said on Thursday $25 million was included in a U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations bill to support initiatives fighting Asian Carp across the country. 

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  LGBTQ community members held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in downtown Paducah on Tuesday after months of planning to open a LGBTQ-oriented resource center. 


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  Kentucky’s chief election official on National Voter Registration Day wants to remind Kentuckians the voter registration deadline for this fall’s general election is two weeks away.

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  Murray State University's Center for Agricultural Hemp hosted hundreds of people Thursday for a hemp field day to highlight developing research and learn more about the crop and the significant risk still involved with the industry. 


Center staff took attendees on tours around the university’s West Farm Complex, showcasing studies including experimentation with hemp fertilization and feeding hemp to livestock including hogs and chickens.


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  West Kentucky economic development leaders, welfare organizations and government officials are developing initial plans to help more than 600 employees affected by the pending closure of Murray’s Briggs and Stratton manufacturing plant.

  The Paducah Police Department on Monday arrested the Paducah-Tilghman High School cheerleading head coach on a charge of tampering with physical evidence.

Police said in a release that David Wade, 43, of Paducah allegedly texted several cheerleaders a video of a male individual masturbating. Police said Wade told dectectives he had accidentally sent the video to the cheerleaders and that they were not the intended message recipients.