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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

Business owners save hundreds in unemployment insurance taxes

State lawmakers passed House Bill 413 to allow the tax schedule for unemployment insurance stay frozen at the rate it was at before the pandemic.

Buc-ee’s groundbreaking in Richmond sparks excitement for the Texas sized gas station

The $30 million property will have 120 pumps for gas and a 53,300 square foot shopping facility, you won't miss it once its built.

LFCHD open Johnson and Johnson vaccine appointments for April 16

No walk-ins will be accepted, and this is not for anyone needing to schedule a second dose. 

Lexington Police investigating three homicides in the span of three days

One youth advocate and community leader says gun violence is a second pandemic.

State business owners battle fraudulent unemployment claims

Governor Beshear says unemployment insurance fraud, related to the pandemic, is surging.

UK starts Johnson and Johnson vaccine clinic on campus for students

The University of Kentucky has a supply of Johnson and Johnson vaccines it's using for students beginning Tuesday.

Ky Democrats, Republicans power struggle over how to battle the pandemic

The Republican supermajority flexing its muscles, overriding veto after veto from the Democratic Governor on the first day back in session after a ten day break.

24-year-old man accused of stabbing woman to death

She was taken to the hospital, but she died from her injuries they say.

Laurel County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing woman over, found safe

30-year-old Samantha Stephens was last seen off Pleasant View Road on Friday evening.

UPDATE: Supreme Court says it will evaluate law students’ exam concerns

The Student Bar association at the University of Kentucky is circulating a petition to get rid of a mental health question on the bar exam.

Governor Beshear reports a positivity rate of 3.07%, 25 deaths

Governor Beshear reports a positivity rate near three percent for Saturday.

Kentucky likely to see historic election reform, how House Bill 574 changes voting

 "I really couldn't be happier," Sec. Adams said. "We put together a bill that enhances security in our elections without limiting access."

Rally at Capitol Tuesday to try urge lawmakers to ban conversion therapy

Ban Conversion Therapy Kentucky hosted the event and says while it's called therapy, it's more like child abuse.

Lexington’s Heritage Baptist Church collecting donations for flood victims

Volunteers will drive to various communities in need to deliver boxes of goods on Wednesday.

Ky Man warns of faulty gasoline and how it’s costing him thousands

"I'm 45 years old and I've been driving since I was 16 and I never had bad gas in my vehicle," Rodriguez said.

Female restaurant leaders host pop-up dinner event

Monday, on International Women's Day, female chefs and restaurant owners came together for a one night dinner event.

Ky. experts discuss possible impacts of next stimulus package

And part of giving money to governments is to help with COVID vaccinations, something Clark says goes hand-in-hand with seeing an economic recovery.

Families living along Rockcastle River assess damages from flood

"Seriously I can't believe this is happening, it feels like a bad dream," Susan Jones said.

Perryville American Idol contestant’s audition airs Sunday

Despite performing her whole life, Alyssa Wray says there's nothing like auditioning for American Idol.

Ky doctors involved in clinical trials says J&J vaccine would be a game changer

Johnson and Johnson's vaccine only requires one shot to be completely vaccinated, which could drastically speed up the rate of vaccinations nationwide.