Environment

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A coalition of environmental groups is formally protesting the upcoming auction of federal lands in Western Kentucky for possible oil and gas drilling.

Carter Caves State Resort Park, via Facebook

Five Kentucky state parks will be seeing $3 million dollars in safety and aesthetic improvements over the next couple of years. The announcement came Tuesday from Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Secretary Don Parkinson during a visit to Carter Caves State Resort Park.

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Hydroelectric generating capacity is on the rise with the construction of new power plants along the Ohio River in Kentucky and West Virginia. 

Kara Lofton, West Virginia Public Radio

People in West Virginia are still recovering from floods that tore through communities like vengeful gods. When you look at the pictures and videos of the June flood – thick, brown, furious, unrelenting – it’s not hard to imagine how our ancestors believed supernatural beings were behind the devastation. Today, of course, we have better insight into the natural forces at work, and science shows us that the damage from nature’s wrath has a lot to do with human behavior.

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A prolonged heat wave is in the forecast for the region today and through Sunday night. Most of the WKMS listening area west of Land Between the Lakes is under an excessive heat warning. The rest of our region is under a heat advisory.

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At a committee hearing on Tuesday, state lawmakers discussed how 400 tons of low-level radioactive waste ended up in a landfill in Estill County.

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An Illinois agency will soon collect used tires from abandoned properties and rural roads in an effort to reduce the risk of illnesses carried by some mosquitoes.

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Numerous media outlets are reporting that increased amounts of ‘corn sweat’ could be affecting the heat index across the U.S. increasing rates of heat exhaustion. Paducah National Weather Service Meteorologist Kelly Hooper says there might be some confusion.

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Kentucky will use s$6 million in federal AmeriCorps dollars to support 19 programs and more than a thousand members. AmeriCorps supports service programs including those at EKU and Berea College. 

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The state attorney general’s office has determined there is insufficient evidence to seek criminal charges in the disposal of radioactive waste in an Estill County landfill. 

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