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Monica Harkins joined the ABC 36 News team in June 2019 as a Multimedia journalist and Anchor/Producer. She’s born and raised in Austin, Texas and headed “North,” as she calls it, to study broadcast journalism and business at the University of Missouri. While at Mizzou she anchored and reported for KOMU 8 News, an NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri all four years. During her childhood she played almost every sport, but they always called her “Hollywood” for her love of theatre. In high school, she realized her excitement for theatre and performing was only a small piece of the puzzle. It’s story telling that’s her passion. She’s especially passionate about social media and creative platforms to tell stories. Her most recent experiment is being a FAA certified drone pilot. As a proud Texan she says she’s made of country music, Southern hospitality and Sweet Tea. When she’s not at work you can find her trying new recipes, listening to crime podcasts, reading the latest romance novel or rockin’ out to live music with friends. She says she’s only a tweet or Facebook message away, so say hi and send her the latest on your community. @MonicaHarkinstv or Mharkins@wtvq.com

Winchester demonstrators make point, state says it’s working on crosswalk safety

They've been trying to add them for a year, after a Bob Tabor was hit crossing the road, nearly killing him.

UPDATE: Manslaughter charges sent to grand jury in crash that killed siblings

Zachary Smith has now been charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter, according to Fayette County Detention Center records.

UK says it can vaccinate about 250 an hour at its new Kroger Field location

Uk healthcare says on its first day opening the link for people interested in signing up, Friday, it had about 50,000 requests for appointments.

‘Southern Kentucky’s Got Talent’ drumming up attention

The 2nd annual performance event has 20 contestants this year with acts ranging from impressionists to musicians to comedy.

‘Kamala Pecan’ ice cream celebrates women making history, not a political statement

Crank and Boom Craft Ice Cream in Lexington says with only one day hitting the shelves, it's nearly out of its new release inspired by Vice-President elect Kamala Harris.

Dealership donates new car to family after drive-by shooting

The general manager of the dealership tells ABC 36 that it was their way of giving back after hearing the family's story.

How to heal from insurrection at U.S. Capitol, UK professor weighs in

As Josh Douglas from the UK College of Law explains the volatile times we're in shouldn't come as a surprise.

Self-Proclaimed Patriots hold Second Amendment rally in Frankfort

Following the violence that erupted in the nation's Capitol earlier this week, people rallying in Frankfort this afternoon told ABC 36 that they were disappointed by the events that unfolded.

UPDATE: Ky. Abortion bills move to governor’s desk within first few days of session

In the Kentucky Statehouse, several bills are on the fast track during this shortened legislative session and that includes two about abortion.

Distillers relieved $14k fee connected to making hand sanitizer removed

Distillers across the country had a close call with a giant bill they'd have to pay at the end of 2020.

Political Analyst Stephen Voss talks power balance for Gov. Beshear and Sen. McConnell

There's a run-off in Georgia for both senate seats and it's not just a vote in Georgia, it could shift things for the entire country.

Lexington mother says eviction process is confusing, barely avoids it herself

Now, the mother we talked to is living out of bags for fear of losing her home at any minute.

Barricaded suspects cause wild afternoon for office workers

Evacuation causes anxious moments for office workers. Three suspects arrested.

New program develops drone program to deliver PPE to Eastern Kentuckians

The Jericho Project was born in March 2020, after a trip to Washington D.C.

UK HealthCare begins vaccinating its front-line health care workers

Medical center starts giving first 1,950 shots.

WATCH: Lexington hip hop artist/activist releases tribute song for late Manny Caulk

Devine Carama said he wanted to pen something from the heart that honored a person that made a huge impact on his life.

ER doctor, nurse assistant, housekeeper, nurse, intensivist first to get vaccine at Baptist

"If they saw what we saw, they would be lining up to take the vaccine," Joy Murphy, ICU nurse, said.

Governor Beshear hopeful as 2020 comes to an end

Even though there have been public protests and lawsuits against his restrictions Governor Beshear stands by his decisions.

Some frustrated, confused about Bath County property tax increase

A tax hike is leaving some people not just angry, but confused as to where to aim their frustration.

Lexington Housing market booming for sellers

In fact, in Lexington supply can't keep up with demand.