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Environment
4:57 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Kentucky Noted as 'Most-Improved' in Annual Energy Efficiency Rankings

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 1:55 pm

An energy policy non-profit today released its annual ranking of states by energy efficiency programs.

Though Kentucky is still in the bottom half of the list, it was recognized as one of the “most-improved” states.

Indiana, on the other hand, fell the furthest and is currently ranked 40th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Environment
4:08 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Families Join Tree Frog & Friends at Nature Station 'Howl-O-Ween' Bash

Credit landbetweenthelakes.us

The season of Halloween may be just too frightening for some, so Land Between the Lakes' Woodlands Nature Station offers a family friendly activity this Saturday. The 20th Annual Howl-O-Ween is a kid-friendly, non-scary daytime event featuring Tree Frog and his Superheroes. Families take a guided walk through a forested trail, meeting costumed animal characters along the way, with singing and treats. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Nature Station's Aviva Yasgur about the event.

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Environment
3:41 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Kentucky Biofuels Division Director Outlines Rewnewable Energy Plan

MSU Agriculture Dean Tony Brannon gives update on KDA Hemp Project at Bioenergy Day event
Credit Murray State University, Facebook

Murray State University hosts representatives from Frankfort and statewide agencies in the energy sector today for an observance of National Bioenergy Day (#bioenergyday) at the Equine Center. Sessions include conversations on energy strategies involving advanced biofuels, woody biomass and the first modern legal harvest of industrial hemp in Kentucky (today at Murray State).

The observance also includes the official lighting of Murray State's bio-burners and the announcement of a state wood energy grant. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte gets the details from Tim Hughes, Director of the Division of Biofuels of the Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence. 

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Environment
4:19 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

These Beetles are Making a New Kind of Sound

A beetle of the Hydrophilidae family, more specifically the Tropisternus genus.
Credit user Fredlyfish4, via Wikimedia Commons

At some point, many of us have taken time to just sit down and listen to the birds sing. Ornithologists and avid listeners can usually identify birds just by their calls. MSU Biology professor Michael Flinn and former grad student Nissa Rudh are trying to ID something a little different.

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Environment
10:20 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Study Shows Direct Connections Between Mountaintop Removal Dust Exposure and Lung Cancer

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 4:11 pm

A new epidemiological study adds to the growing body of scientific evidence that mountaintop removal coal mining is harmful to the health of nearby residents.

The study published last week in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science and Technology used dust samples from homes near a mountaintop removal site in West Virginia, as well as a control site far from mining in the eastern part of the state.

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Environment
3:04 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

TVA Seeking Public Feedback on Shawnee Fossil Plant Emissions

Credit TVA, Wikimedia Commons

The Tennessee Valley Authority wants input on the future of two of its coal-burning units at the Shawnee Fossil Plant in McCracken County.

The 2011 Clean Air Act agreement requires TVA to reduce its units’ air pollution emissions by 2017. 

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Weather
7:24 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Purchase Area Avoids Major Storm Damage

Credit http://www.spc.noaa.gov/

The Purchase Area avoided major damage from a large storm system that proved fatal in other parts of the Southeast yesterday.

Straight line winds caused damage to structures in Obion County and downed trees and power lines were reported in Ballard, McCracken, Ohio, and Union Counties, but no injuries have been reported in the WKMS listening area.

Yesterday’s storm system spawned tornadoes in Arkansas and led to the death of one person in Arkansas, one in Alabama.

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Environment
9:13 am
Mon October 13, 2014

(Developing - School/Business Closings) A Moderate Risk For Severe Weather As Storms March Northeast

Current Storm Prediction Center Outlook.
Credit Storm Prediction Center

Updated 6:50 p.m.  

Widespread and severe weather possible this evening. Strong winds, large hail, torrential rain and isolated tornadoes are possible as the line of strong storms moves across the region. 

Tornado watch in effect until midnight for: Christian, Daviess, Massac, McLean, Montgomery, Muhlenberg, Pope, Todd

Update 4:09 p.m. - Severe Weather Warnings and Watches

The severe thunderstorm warning for previously listed counties has been lifted. The tornado watch remains in effect. 

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Environment
11:46 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Kids Can 'Tame the Wild Outdoors' at LBL Nature Station This Weekend

Credit landbetweenthelakes.us

LBL's Woodlands Nature Station's Aviva Yasgur describes its weekend of outdoor activities with critter observation as well as hands-on workshops in outdoor cooking, kayaking and atlatl spear chucking. Nature Center spokesperson Aviva Yasgur is here with all the details about this weekend's first ever "Tame the Wild Outdoor Kids Festival," and speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about activities from critter observation, outdoor cooking, kayaking and atlatl spear chucking. 

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Puppies Sound Good
4:08 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

[Slideshow] Puppies Sound Good: Meet Mona

Second Wednesdays monthly, we meet one (or more) puppies up for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County, as well as an update on events and activities from director Kathy Hodge. Today, we met Mona, a miniature pinscher/terrier mix. Even though she's 12 weeks old, she's still incredibly tiny and will probably remain a small dog when fully grown. She was calm and curious in the studio, and appeared to enjoy being held by WKMS staff and students. Todd Hatton speaks with Kathy Hodge on Sounds Good.

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