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Calls to stay off area roadways are coming from Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Officials and Governor Matt Bevin as the second round of winter weather approaches tonight.

Near blizzard like conditions are expected overnight and into tomorrow. The region is under a winter storm warning from 6 o'clock this evening until midnight Friday. 

Citing concerns over pricing and pollution, the Obama administration on Friday unveiled a moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands. The change won't affect existing leases, which generated nearly $1.3 billion for the government last year.

The Department of the Interior says it wants to make sure the money it's charging for coal leases takes into account both market prices and what's often called the "social costs" of coal — its impact on climate change and public health.

The agency says federal lands account for roughly 40 percent of all U.S. coal production.

Keeping honeybees healthy has become a challenge for beekeepers. One main reason is a threat that has been wiping out bees since the late 1980s: the varroa mite.

"It's a parasitic mite that feeds on the blood of adult bees and on the brood. It also transmits virus, and it suppresses the immune system of the bees," explains Penn State honeybee expert Maryann Frazier.

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The Tennessee Valley Authority is holding an open house in Paducah on Tuesday to discuss plans to close a coal ash storage facility at its Shawnee Fossil Plant. 

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Slick roads left over from Saturday night's icy precipitation have caused some schools to tell students to stay home or open with a delay.  

Here's the list of closures and delays in our listening area as of 6:51AM. 

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A Murray State University professor is spearheading a study on the movements of Asian carp in Kentucky Lake.

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A federal complaint has been filed against a barge company alleging they discharged sewage and polluted wastewater into the Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois for more than half a decade.

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Winter is the peak season for eagle viewing at Land Between the Lakes, where more than 100 bald eagles and some golden eagles can be seen residing and hunting for fish. On Sounds Good, Austin Carter speaks with naturalist Monica Main about the series of van tours and river yacht cruises through Land Between the Lakes to see these birds in the wild.

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The Tennessee Valley Authority is planning to close coal ash storage facilities at several of its coal-fired power plants. Coal ash is waste generated from burning coal and contains contaminants like mercury and arsenic.

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Eleven coal miners died on the job in 2015, marking a new record low for coal mine deaths in the U.S. Two of the victims were in Kentucky.

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