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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

UPDATE: Franklin County Sheriff’s deputy’s personnel file provides “mixed bag of praise and pause”

Two Franklin County women are suing over what they say was an abuse of power moment by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Pride events happening statewide over the weekend

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) - Despite the full blown Lexington Pride Festival postponed until September, this weekend there's a handful of Pride events. On Friday, June...

UPDATE: Parks and Recreation board makes changes following Little League fight

Some parents on Facebook have also claimed their kids got hurt in the confusion.

Local restaurants face layers of challenges during rebound, ‘your dollars matter’

"And the thing that I think people need to understand from the perspective of the consumer is that your dollars matters significantly," Swan said.

22 mile walk brings awareness to U.S. veterans suicide rate; 22 every day

"If it would save one person's life, when we got to the finish line we'd turn around and walk back," Joynt said.

Ky Bourbon industry boom helping tourism make a comeback

The expansion in the industry goes for existing distilleries and new alike.

ABC 36 EXCLUSIVE: Ky Bourbon Trail to release new Field Guide, exclusive offerings

KDA President Eric Gregory says the guide is different than the Bourbon Trail passport, but similar in idea. 

Ky. AG’s new task force battles search warrant process

Attorney General Daniel Cameron, R - Ky, created that task force after the death of Breonna Taylor with the goal of improving how Kentucky secures and executes its warrants.

‘Readers to Leaders Story Book Trails’ brings reading outside at Pulaski County trails

The idea is to set up a series of plaques showing a page or two of a book on each one.

What to do if you lose your COVID-19 Vaccination card

While the CDC is a federal agency and then states helped with vaccination roll-out, requesting a new COVID-19 vaccination card falls on the organization that gave you your shot.

UPDATE: UK wide receivers coach pleads not guilty in DUI case

37-year old Jovon Bouknight is accused of driving drunk and going at least 26 miles over the speed limit, according to Kenton County public records.

Soldier’s homemade Derby hat featured across the world

It's not everyday you get to go to the Kentucky Derby and one first time attendee knew she had to make the most of it.

New KSP K9 can sniff out electronic evidence, doubles as emotional support

In less than two months on the job, May has already assisted on four search warrants, saving investigators hours looking for evidence.

Corporal Punishment legal in Ky. despite state’s disapproval of the practice

A video taken in Florida of a principal paddling a student has revived conversation around corporal punishment and if it's an antiquated form of punishment in schools or not.

Lexington discusses ordinance that would ban no-knock warrants

Police Chief Lawrence Weathers has been included in discussions. His opinion was made clear Tuesday.

New Frankfort food market and pizza pub plans to battle food desert

Locals Food Hub and Pizza Pub is aptly named offering a hybrid of a farmer's market and a locally sourced pizza pub.

Kentucky Derby fans grateful for sunshine and being back in-person

With a year off from the Kentucky Derby, fans say it makes being back even better.

Kentucky Oaks fans back at the track

Friday was a bustling and beautiful day at Churchill Downs for The Kentucky Oaks.