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Update: WKCTC has ended their campus alert for evacuation of the Allied Health Building and Emerging Technology Center.   

A natural gas leak near West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah this morning prompted evacuations of nearby buildings. According to a news release, a contractor for Atmos Energy reported damaging an 8-inch high pressure gas transmission line. 

Erica Peterson | wfpl.org

Even in what has historically been the country’s coal-fired stronghold, coal’s share of the electricity market is declining. The drop of coal-fired electricity generation in the Southeast — and a corresponding rise in natural gas and renewables — is reflecting what’s happening to the nation as a whole.

Sergey Lavrentev, 123rf Stock Photo

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is planning a second public forum on the state's plan to protect pollinators such as honey bees.

Tim McCabe, http://photogallery.nrcs.usda.gov

Tennessee is receiving federal grant funding to support wetland enhancement for two separate projects. Projects include easements to improve water quality, expand habitat for federally protected species, reduce soil erosion, and additional outdoor recreation opportunities.

Rob Canning, WKMS

Some counties in our region are declaring states of emergency to deal with damage from Wednesday's storms. 

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Coal giant Murray Energy says it is not expecting to lay off any of the 4,400 coal miners in six states who recently received notice that they could lose their jobs.

NOAA Paducah, weather.gov

Severe thunderstorm warnings:

  • Todd and Muhlenberg County until 3:30. Line moving northeast at 60 mph

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for our listening area until later tonight.

National Weather Service, water.weather.gov

This year, as in previous years, it’s likely summer in Kentucky will come with an occasional harmful algal bloom.

"Knee-high by the Fourth of July" is an old favorite saying, when you'd drive past a field of corn out in the country. And many of the old favorite varieties, called heirloom corn, have lots of new friends.

In recent years, seed companies have been reporting big sales numbers for these varieties. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds in Missouri says sales are "skyrocketing" — a fitting verb for the fireworks holiday.

National Weather Service Paducah, weather.gov

The National Weather Service says the region is under a flash flood watch until 7 this evening. Periods of strong to severe thunderstorms will bring heavy rain tonight as a cold front moves east. Flash flooding is also possible.

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