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Thursday marks the beginning of the fall wildfire season across the Commonwealth.  This week’s rainfall is welcomed by Division of Forestry firefighters.

The cost of getting into some national parks increases on Thursday.

The rates will go up despite the fact that visitation at parks is up, which means bigger crowds, congested traffic and busier visitor centers. But more people aren't translating into a big boost for park budgets. For example, visitation at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is up 20 percent so far this year and Yosemite, Yellowstone and Zion are also seeing double-digit increases. The parks are also seeing the strain. About 100 parks are planning an entrance fee hike.

The Environmental Protection Agency has released a final version of updated rules intended to keep farmworkers from being poisoned by pesticides. The previous "worker protection standard" for farms has been in effect since 1992.


A barge that teaches students about river ecosystems is beginning its fall tour in Louisville this week. 

Sarah Zukoff / Flickr (Creative Commons License)

A study out of Southern Illinois University Carbondale suggests that bats save farmers across the globe from the loss of $1 billion a year in crop damages.



Another of Kentucky’s coal-fired power units will be shut down in the next few years, further reducing the state’s carbon dioxide emissions.

Owensboro Municipal Utilities announced last week that it plans to shut down Unit 1 of the Elmer Smith Power Plant sometime between 2019 and 2021.

ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and the Image Science & Analysis Group, Johnson Space Center / National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Kentucky state regulators are warning people to avoid recreational contact with the Ohio River from the West Virginia border, past Louisville all the way to the Cannelton Locks and Dam in Hancock County. Over the past two weeks, a harmful algal bloom has spread, releasing toxins into the water.

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Recovery efforts continue in the Mississippi River near Columbia, Kentucky to clean up a recent clarified slurry oil spill. Coast Guard crews are focusing on two anomalies near the site where a vessel collided September 2nd.


A western Kentucky coal miner was killed early Wednesday morning at a mine in Webster County.

According to a news release issued by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, 29-year-old Rickey Thorpe of Dawson Springs was repairing a continuous miner head when it fell, crushing him.


A new study found that hydraulic facturing, or “fracking,” in or near public parks could cause tourists to stay away. 

The survey included 255 park users in Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia. Thirty-three were from Kentucky.