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7:36 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Beshear Asks EPA To Rethink Proposed Coal Regulations

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is calling for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to rethink proposed greenhouse gas regulations that he said would effectively ban new coal-fired power plants. Beshear made the request in a letter to the EPA last week. The Kentucky Democrat asked the EPA to drop the proposal that would require coal-fired power plants to meet the same emission standards as those that use natural gas or oil.

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Environment
7:35 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Anglers Get Day Of Free Fishing In TN

Tennessee's annual free fishing day is coming up this weekend. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will allow fishing without a license in the public waters on Saturday. The annual event is part of an effort aimed primarily at youngsters to increase interest in fishing in the state. Children ages 13 through 15 will able to fish without a license through June 14.

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Coal
5:07 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Crowd Expected at Henderson UMWA Rally

The United Mine Workers of America will stage a protest in Henderson Tuesday over Patriot Coal’s move to end its contract and reduce wages and benefits for active union members.

The UMWA will bring more than 30 busloads of supporters from around the Midwest and Appalachia to the Henderson County Courthouse in western Kentucky. A ruling by a federal bankruptcy judge last week authorized Patriot to make a variety of financial moves during reorganization.

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Environment
7:22 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Heavy Rain Causes Flash Flooding In Western KY

Heavy rains brought flash flooding to parts of western Kentucky this weekend, closing roads in several counties that officials say have not flooded before.  Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says highway crews in McCracken and Carlisle counties had difficulty getting signs up because water was over so many roads.

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Environment
10:19 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Widespread Flash Flooding of Roadways in Western Kentucky

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From the American Red Cross:

The Paducah Area Chapter of the American Red Cross has opened a temporary shelter for those in need due to flooding at First Baptist Church, 2890 Broadway, Paducah, KY 42001. If you need to seek shelter, bring your medications or other necessary items with you. If you need immediate disaster assistance, please contact American Red Cross at 270-442-3575. 

From Keith Todd, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

Update at 10:09 am: Floodwaters have shorted out the traffic signal at the I-24/US 60 Exit 4 Interchange in McCracken County.  4-Way stop signs will be put out at this intersection as soon as floodwaters recede. Hickman County reports KY 80 is closed by floodwaters at the 3 mile marker in the Arlington West End area. KY 1628 is closed between the 1 and 3mm in Hickman Co. Motorists should avoid these areas. Also, City of Paducah Parks are closed due to flooding, Live on Broadway canceled. 

Update at 8:35 am: Additional counties are now reporting widespread flooding of roadways. Calloway reports flooding at the intersection of KY 94 at KY 1660/Johnny Robertson Road and at several spots along KY 121 in the county.  A tree is reported blocking KY 121 in the New Concord area. Trigg County reports water over various highways.  Water is over US 68 between the 11 and 12 mile marker.  This is near the entrance to Lake Barkley State Park. Hickman County reports KY 58 is CLOSED by floodwaters at the 10 mile marker near Clinton. KY 1820 is CLOSED by floodwaters at the Graves-Hickman County line. Water is over roadways at other locations too numerous to list. Motorists are urged to avoid unnecessary travel.  If you do have to travel slow down and use extreme caution. 

Latest weather conditions from Paducah National Weather Service.

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Environment
4:33 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Summer Events at the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden

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Did you know western Kentucky had a botanical garden? It's located at 25 Carter Road in Owensboro and open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week during growing season (March until mid-November). Kate Lochte speaks with Susie Tyler on Sounds Good about summer events and activities, such as the Hot Air Balloons and Dazzling Daylilly Festival on June 21. The garden offers self-guided and guided tours, educational events, and rentals for weddings, business meetings, etc.

See beautiful pictures of the garden, ways to volunteer, and more.

Environment
7:48 am
Fri May 31, 2013

KY State Park Celebrates National Trails Day

Columbus-Belmont State Park is holding a living history program tomorrow in honor of National Trails Day. The park is a 160-acre Civil War site. For $2, features will include guided history hikes, encampments with cooking lessons, weapon demonstrations and a "school of the soldier." The fee includes museum admission and a bottle of water.

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Environment
8:41 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Heavy Rainfall in The Four Rivers Region

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From the National Weather Service in Paducah: A severe thunderstorm warning in effect for portions of Western Kentucky until 9:30 p.m. Winds moving up to 50 miles per hour, capable of producing damaging winds of 60 mph or greater and hail up to 1 inch.

Updates at Paducah National Weather Service.

Earlier Forecast:

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Environment
2:32 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Shawnee Fossil Plant Not Affected by USEC Shutdown

The United States Enrichment Corporation’s shutdown at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant will not affect the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Shawnee Fossil Plant near Paducah.

TVA Spokesman Scott Brooks said that Shawnee, like all of TVA’s fossil plants, provides power to the general grid and characterizes USEC’s closing as the loss of one customer.

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Environment
11:15 am
Tue May 28, 2013

WKMS News Presents "Kentucky Dam: Power for the People" 6/2

WKMS News continues its Sounds Good Documentary Series with its latest offering, Kentucky Dam: Power for the People. The hour-long program debuts Sunday, June 2nd at 9:00 a.m. The Kentucky Dam is the Tennessee Valley Authority's largest at 8,500 ft. long moves more than a million cubic feet of water per second. 

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