Environment

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There’s no dearth of research on health disparities in Appalachia. But a newly-formed group of researchers at Virginia Tech says there is a dearth of scientific research into why these disparities exist, and how environmental factors could be contributing.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has proposed spending $275 million to upgrade defenses against an invading force. The enemy? A fish. Specifically, Asian carp that are threatening to break through to the Great Lakes.

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Republican candidates for Tennessee governor aren't wasting much time in taking aim at each other. 

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A Kentucky judge says the state's death penalty law is unconstitutional for defendants who were under the age of 21 when they allegedly committed their crimes. 

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A federal judge is ordering the nation's largest public utility to dig up coal ash at a Tennessee power plant and move it to a lined waste site where it doesn't risk further polluting the Cumberland River. 

Tennessee Valley Authority via Facebook

Solar farms and panels in the path of totality will lose power during the August 21 solar eclipse -- but the Tennessee Valley Authority says its electric grid is ready.

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In three weeks, a total solar eclipse is expected to bring nearly 500,000 visitors and traffic delays to ten counties in the path of  totality across west Kentucky.

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Kentucky is receiving a $200,000 federal grant to research ways to better monitor dams and warn nearby residents of flooding.

Fountain Avenue Neighborhood via Facebook

Paducah’s Health Park has nearly completed the first phase of a two-part construction effort.

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

An environmental group’s new report shows a broad range of contaminants occur in many drinking water systems in the Ohio Valley, even though the water meets federal requirements. The research highlights the gap between what regulations require and what many scientists and health advocates recommend for safe drinking water.

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