Environment

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The City of Mayfield is moving forward with a multi-use bikeway trail that would extend across town. 

Common blood tests for lead can give falsely-low results in certain cases, according to a new warning from the Food and Drug Administration.

The tests, manufactured by Magellan Diagnostics, are commonly used in doctors' offices and clinics, and on its website the company calls itself "the most trusted name in lead testing." But the FDA now says that its tests can give inaccurate results when used to test blood drawn from a vein.

Becca Schimmel, WKU Public Radio

Kentucky is coal country, and is heavily reliant on the dirty fossil fuel for power. A study underway at Western Kentucky University is examining the effectiveness of a water-based clean coal solution. Becca Schimmel from member station WKYU takes a closer look at what a mushroom has to do with reducing emissions.

City of Paducah

Plans for a new pocket park in a vacant space in downtown Paducah are nearly complete. Planner Sheryl Chino told the Paducah Board of Commissioners in a meeting Tuesday night that bidding is expected to start late fall.

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Mammoth Cave officials say a popular trail tour has been running twice a day after a project making it safer finished. 

via UK Ag News, Katie Pratt, UK Agricultural Communications

A University of Kentucky Entomologist has discovered 10 new genera of parasitoid wasps in southwest Asia and named two of them after students.

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Kentucky officials say grants totaling $4.6 million have been awarded to Kentucky counties for recycling, household hazardous waste and composting.

Updated at 5:45 p.m. ET

The Department of Energy has declared an emergency at a nuclear-contaminated site in Washington state, after soil caved in over a portion of a tunnel containing rail cars contaminated with nuclear waste.

"All personnel in the immediate area have been accounted for — they are safe — and there is no evidence of a radiological release," Destry Henderson, spokesperson for the Hanford site's emergency operations center, said in a brief statement on Facebook.

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U.S. Forest Service officials are urging caution in the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois due to flooding following last week’s heavy rain. 

For 51 years, a small federal program has been paying scientists to keep American waterways healthy. It's called Sea Grant — part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — and President Donald Trump"s proposed budget for next year would eliminate it.

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