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Environment
10:23 am
Tue June 10, 2014

With Concern For Environment, Illinois Bans Microbeads

Researcher Sherri Mason looks for microbeads in a water sample from Lake Michigan.
Cheryl Corley

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 12:27 pm

Illinois became the first state in the union to ban microbeads, the tiny bits of plastic found in consumer products like skin exfoliants and soap.

As NPR's Cheryl Corley reports, environmentalists say that when microbeads wash down the drain, they're usually missed by filtration systems, which means they become food to fish and other wildlife.

Cheryl filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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Environment
6:16 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Summer Storm Causes Damage in Calloway County

A view from the WKMS balcony during Saturday's storms.

Severe weather in Calloway County over the weekend caused some minor damage and power outages.

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Environment
3:14 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

Tornado Watch Tonight, Isolated Severe Showers Possible

Update 6:00 pm:

Main power restored to Murray State campus. We were off the air briefly this afternoon due to storms and on a backup generator shortly thereafter.

Our live broadcast tonight from the Pennington Folk Festival featuring Rhonda Vincent and the Rage is still scheduled to broadcast at 8 pm.

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Environment
4:39 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Doughnut Day Downer: Palm Oil In Pastries Drives Deforestation

Doughnuts at a Krispy Kreme store in Washington, D.C. An environmental coalition says leading doughnut companies like Krispy Kreme source palm oil from suppliers who are clear-cutting rain forests and destroying wildlife habitat.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 6:29 pm

On National Doughnut Day, it's hard to imagine how our love of doughnuts might be contributing to deforestation halfway around the globe.

But here's the connection: You know that oily smudge left on your fingers after you polish off a doughnut? That's not just sugar. It's also palm oil.

The major doughnut retailers — from Dunkin' Donuts to Tim Hortons and Krispy Kreme — fry their sweet treats in palm oil, or in blends of oil that include palm oil.

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Environment
3:02 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Olmsted Dam Work Proceeding with Target Completion Date 2020

Olmsted Locks and Dam
Credit US Army Corps of Engineers

It was 1987 when the Corps of Engineers formally recommended to Congress that a new dam be built near Olmsted, Illinois. The Olmsted Locks and Dam would replace old wicket dams between Paducah and Metropolis and between Joppa and Olmsted. It's a massive project in an erratically flowing river. The locks were finished long ago. Today, we get an update on the building of the dam and learn more about the controversial construction method being used for the dam, called "in-the-wet." Kate Lochte speaks with Olmsted Division Chief Mike Braden of the Louisville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Listen to the conversation:

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Energy
7:28 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Natural Gas Companies Brief Lawmakers On Industry's Future

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Members of the Kentucky interim joint committee on natural resources and the environment and a special energy subcommittee got an update Thursday on where natural gas is, and where it could head, in Kentucky.

Republican State Senator Jared Carpenter is chair of both committees and says natural gas will grow as a portion of the state’s energy sources, but not at the expense of coal.

“I think they are going to be a major player now, because the federal regulations are being so impossible, to reach the regulations they're wanting to pass. Coal is going to be impacted by it, like it has been, but coal's not going to go anywhere. Everybody understands the importance of 

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Weather
6:49 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Flash Floods Threaten West Tennessee

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Following heavy rain and thunderstorms yesterday and more rain in the forecast today , most of West Tennessee is under a flash flood watch through this evening, including Henry, Lake, Obion, and Weakley Counties. The National Weather Service warns some locations may receive rainfall in excess of two inches, quickly flooding low water crossings.

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Weather
7:09 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Severe Weather Sweeps Through Western KY and Southern IL

Funnel Clouds were spotted in several communities in our region last night.
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Communities throughout western Kentucky and southern Illinois are contending with high water, hail damage, and downed trees this morning following severe storms that passed through our region last night. 

Residents in Beulah in Hopkins County reported a large funnel cloud at about 7:30 p.m., and a large wedge-shaped tornado close to a mile wide was reported in Christian an hour later.  Winds of up to 70 miles an hour were recorded near Elkton in Todd County. 

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Environment
5:54 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Paducah NWS Meteorologist Reflects on Spring, Looks to Summer Months

Pictured: sea surface temperature in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. El Niño is characterized by unusually warm temperatures and La Niña by unusually cool temperatures in the equatorial Pacific.
Credit NOAA

A local meteorologist says while the region has had a relatively mild spring, the coming summer months could bring severe weather, especially lightning. 

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Environment
6:50 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Construction of Natural Gas Plant Underway at Paradise Fossil Plant

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Construction crews have cleared about 60 percent of the land needed to begin building a new natural gas plant at the Paradise Fossil Plant in Muhlenberg County. The new plant is scheduled to open by Spring of 2017, and will take the place of two coal burning units currently in operation at the Tennessee Valley Authority facility. 

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