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Environment
3:26 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Report: 13 Percent of Country's Coal-Fired Power Plants Have Already, or Will Be, Retired

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 3:16 pm

A new report by the federal Government Accountability Office raises concerns about electricity reliability in the United States as coal-fired power plants close to comply with environmental regulations.

The GAO report updates one the office originally published in 2012. That report estimated anywhere from two to 12 percent of the country’s coal-fired power plants would be retired by 2025. But now, the new data suggests the number is actually 13 percent.

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Environment
5:18 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Madisonville Chamber Head Participates in National Infrastructure Conversation

Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce President Lee Lingo
Credit madisonville-hopkinschamber.com

Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce President Lee Lingo is in Washington DC this week, meeting with a 140 participant U.S. Chamber of Commerce committee appointed to meet twice a year to discuss the nation's infrastructure issues. Kate Lochte learns more about these issues on Sounds Good, in a conversation with Lingo, how it can affect our roads, waterways and airways.

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Environment
5:18 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Harmful Algal Blooms Not a Concern for Most of West Kentucky, So Far

Credit LBL Forest Service

The Kentucky Division of Water has identified potentially harmful algal blooms, or HABs, in 15 Kentucky lakes this summer, including Carpenters Lake in Daviess County. The lakes are still open, but the DOW advises the public to avoid exposure to HABs, which can cause skin irritation and stomach pain.

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Puppies Sound Good
2:15 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

[Slideshow] Puppies Sound Good! Meet Stella

This month's featured adoptable puppy is Stella, a 10 week old Doberman/Hound mix, available for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County. She was a stray found by a good Samaritan who turned her in to the Humane Society. She is currently in foster care with cats and is crate trained. She loves to play with toys and meet new people/pets. She has had her first shots, been wormed and is on flea preventative. Stella was very sweet at WKMS and enjoyed being loved on and picked up. She was very well behaved in the studio. Hear the conversation from Sounds Good:

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Environment
9:26 am
Tue September 9, 2014

More Than Half Of U.S. Bird Species Threatened By Climate Change

A Baltimore oriole perches near apple blossoms in Mendota Heights, Minn.
Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 7:33 am

People in Maryland love their Baltimore orioles — so much so that their Major League Baseball team bears the name of the migrating bird. Yet, by 2080, there may not be any orioles left in Maryland. They migrate each year and, according to a new report, could soon be forced to nest well north of the Mid-Atlantic state.

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Environment
2:14 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

As Coal Jobs Leave Kentucky, Where Are the Renewable Energy Jobs?

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 9:07 am

Kentucky doesn’t distinguish itself in a new report quantifying so-called “clean energy” jobs announced around the country in the second quarter of 2014.

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Environment
7:14 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Area Grape Harvest Ahead Of Schedule

River Ridge Winery's vineyard located in Commerce, Mo.
Jen Gradl

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 1:31 pm

The recent heat wave in the Midwest has sped up the harvesting process for local wine producers. In addition, the heavy amount of rainfall throughout the spring has cost some vintners a significant amount of money. 

According to Jerry Smith, owner of River Ridge Winery in Commerce, Mo., vintners want little to no rainfall after late June.Vintners need it to be dry when they harvest their grapes.

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Environment
1:20 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Weather Channel Seeks Tornado Footage

Credit NOAA, wikipedia.org

Producers from the Weather Channel are asking for help in gathering video of the tornadoes that ravaged Kentucky and Indiana on March 2nd, 2012.

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Environment
4:53 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

'The Astronomy Channel' Comes to Hopkinsville for Pre Solar Eclipse Event

The Astronomy Channel minivan at Middle-Tennessee State University
Credit Lonnie Puterbaugh, Facebook

The Hopkinsville Christian County Convention and Visitors Bureau sponsor a pre-solar eclipse event this Saturday with Lonnie Puterbaugh, designer of "The Astronomy Channel," a mobile observatory from Brentwood, Tennessee. Puterbaugh says the sun is quite active in its post solar maximum stage and invites the public to see the flares and prominences, as the community gets ready for the 2017 total eclipse.

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Environment
3:56 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

What Just Bit Me? Biting Flies Explained

Black Horse Fly
Credit R. Bessin, University of Kentucky

You're going for a walk through your neighborhood and suddenly a large horse fly starts buzzing aggressively around your head. Or maybe you're sitting at a picnic table and you have to keep shifting your legs because a little deer fly bites at your ankle. UK Research and Education Center at Princeton's entomologist Dr. Doug Johnson briefs us on the family Tabanidae, or biting flies, on Sounds Good.

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