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."

 

  

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Kentucky State Police spokesperson Jay Thomas says former Hickman County Sheriff Mark Green was indicted Thursday morning on a class D felony charge of “abuse of public trust.”

Murray State Athletics via Facebook

The Murray State Racers crushed the Marquette Golden Eagles Thursday afternoon by 19 points, 83-64, to advance to the second round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Nancy Herring / Murray State Athletics

  The Murray State University Racers will play their first game in the NCAA Tournament Thursday afternoon in Hartford, Connecticut, against a Marquette University squad that has struggled as of late.

 

Liam Niemeyer / Ohio Valley Resource

As the Trump administration’s trade talks continue with China and other countries, farmers are feeling the pain from the president’s year-long trade war. Tariffs on agricultural goods are compounding problems caused by low crop prices and over-production, and small farmers are suffering the most.

Nicole Erwin, Ohio Valley ReSource

West Kentucky Soybean Farmer Jed Clark, like many Ohio Valley farmers, is in a tighter financial situation because tariffs from the trade war and market forces have depressed crop prices.

“We’ve had a collapse in our grain markets,” Clark said. “We’re seeing some of the lowest commodity prices for wheat we’ve seen in a long time.”

National Weather Service

Update: The National Weather Service confirmed this was an EF-1 tornado with estimated peak winds around 110 miles per hour. Read their assessment.  

Severe weather and tornado warnings swept through west Kentucky Thursday morning that led to one confirmed tornado touchdown in McCracken County. The National Weather Service is sending crews Friday to Union, Henderson and Carlisle Counties to determine whether tornadoes caused the reported damage.

Timothy Wilkins | Provided

  The Fulton County-Hickman County Economic Development Partnership announced Wednesday a 60-bed drug rehabilitation center will move into the former hospital building in Fulton this summer.

 

The center, which will also have a 12-bed detoxification unit, plans on accepting patients this summer.

 

Matt Markgraf / WKMS

The Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture announced on Tuesday hemp processing company GenCanna will be its second “foundational partner” for the school’s new Center for Agricultural Hemp.

Liam Niemeyer | WKMS

  Ballard County and regional officials celebrated a ribbon-cutting for a new industrial hemp processing facility on Saturday. Officials see the facility as an example of the nascent hemp industry’s potential to bring jobs and investment to the region.

 

Aerosource-H Co-Founder and Manager Deborah Pape said more than $2.5 million was invested to renovate the warehouse. Pape said the Kevil facility began shipping out Cannabidiol extract, also known as CBD, in mid-February.

 

Nicole Erwin / WKMS

The Kentucky Fish & Wildlife Commission voted Friday to move forward with a proposed emergency regulation that would allow year-round commercial fishing of Asian carp every day on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. A spokesperson for the commission said the proposal is expected to be made official by April.

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