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."

 

  

Courtesy Animal Wellness Action

  An animal rights advocacy group published a report Thursday that says Kentucky is “a center” for illegal cockfighting breeding that ships tens of thousands birds across the world to the Philippines, Mexico, and other countries.

USDA/Alice Welch.

  Tyson Foods sought and received federal permission to increase the operating speed at poultry processing plants in Kentucky and southern Indiana even as public health officials reported dozens of coronavirus cases among Tyson workers. Now, a union representing workers at meatpacking plants in Kentucky and southern Indiana is one of several plaintiffs suing the federal government over waivers that allowed Tyson Foods and other companies to operate faster.

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources via Facebook

  Two Illinois men are dead after a boat the men were on capsized Thursday near Smithland Lock & Dam in Livingston County. 

Courtesy Michael Robinson

  Murray faith leaders are creating a video for social media calling for unity and empathy amid divisions over COVID-19 safety measures including face masks. 

Matt Markgraf / WKMS

  Engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton Corp. is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy almost a year after the corporation announced it would be closing its long-time plant in Murray, affecting 600 employees. Yet, a local economic development leader says he expects the bankruptcy proceedings to ultimately have little local impact.

Courtesy of Alexis Millsaps

A student government leader at the University of Tennessee at Martin says about a dozen protesters -- making up faculty, students, and community members -- gathered on campus Friday to urge university administration to require students to take an African American History and Thought class. This follows the university launching an investigation into a video of UT Martin students using racial slurs, still under investigation. 

Liam Niemeyer / WKMS

  More than 60 people gathered in front of a Confederate monument on Calloway County courthouse grounds the evening of July 15, the majority of protesters urging for the removal of the monument. This protest follows the county fiscal court unanimously approving a resolution the same day keeping the monument there. 

Liam Niemeyer / WKMS

  The Calloway County Fiscal Court unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday stating a Confederate monument on county courthouse grounds will remain there. County leadership at their monthly meeting said their decision does not prevent future action and discussion on the monument, yet advocates calling for the removal and relocation of the monument say the resolution is a “disappointment.”

AppHarvest / Wikimedia Commons

  The founder of an east Kentucky company creating a 2.76 million square-foot greenhouse to grow and ship produce regionally says the coronavirus pandemic shows a need for resilience with regional food systems, something the company aims to create in its larger vision of making Appalachia an “AgTech capital.”

Alexandra Kanik / Ohio Valley Resource

  A west Kentucky television station manager told his employees they need his permission before getting tested for coronavirus, after an employee at the station tested positive for infection by the virus. Some employees of the station’s parent company, Paxton Media Group, say that policy discourages them from getting a test. Health and legal experts say the station policy is problematic, putting employees of the station and the public at large at risk for spreading the virus.

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