U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District reopened navigation traffic Wednesday morning at Ohio River Locks and Dam 52 at Brookport, Illinois, after workers successfully raised the dam.

According a news release, the locks at 52 were closed after the dam lost three wickets when their base connections failed and attempts to raise remaining wickets were unsuccessful because of river and dam conditions. The Corps had announced it could take up to seven days to reopen the river to commercial traffic.

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Officials at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area are looking for volunteers on National Public Lands Day to help clean up trails. 

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A 25-mile section of the Ohio River from Smithland, Kentucky, to Brookport, Illinois, will be closed to shipping traffic later this week for up to four days of emergency repairs. It’s all due to something called a “wicket.”

It's 3 a.m. and Whiskers has decided it's time for breakfast. He jumps up on your bed, gently paws at your eyelids and meows to be fed. Annoyed? Cat behavior specialist Sarah Ellis says you have only yourself to blame.

Ellis says that cat owners reinforce negative behaviors when they give in to them. "Cats are not necessarily born meowing and screaming at us for food, it's a behavior that they learned," Ellis tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Kentuckians planning to plant trees can order seedlings from the state Division of Forestry. The agency says there are more than 50 species of trees from which to choose, including bald cypress, black walnut, white oak, yellow-poplar, dogwood and redbud. 

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It could be months or years before a final resolution is reached regarding the dumping of radioactive waste in a central Kentucky landfill. A county leader is interested in preventing any future similar incidents. 

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The toxic algae blooms that were lurking in the Ohio River this time last year could be making a comeback. Last fall the reports of the poisonous algae started coming in around Labor Day weekend and continued up through November. 

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The prestigious National Academy of Sciences recently announced a comprehensive study on the health effects of the controversial coal mining practice known as mountaintop removal. For coalfield residents who have long questioned what impact the dust, blasting, chemicals and water contamination was having, the announcement comes as welcome news, if somewhat overdue.  

Land Between the Lakes news release

Land Between the Lakes officials are proposing a timber salvage sale as part of ongoing cleanup efforts after a series of devastating storms in July. 

Tropical Storm Hermine, in the Gulf of Mexico, is growing stronger as it approaches the Florida coast, the National Hurricane Center says.

The storm, which has been moving very slowly, is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane before making landfall north of Tampa likely early Friday. It's then predicted to pass overland toward the coasts of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, weakening as it goes.