Environment

Farming
11:39 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Christmas Trees Another Crop Victim of Summer Drought

For some, a natural Christmas tree is the only way to go for the holidays.

The evergreen trees sold during the Christmas season take up to seven years to reach maturity. During that growing season, weather and animals are the tree farmer’s biggest enemies. This year the region’s industry was another victim of the 2012 drought.

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Environment
10:11 am
Wed November 21, 2012

2012 Could Be Hottest Year on Record for Region

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This year could go on record as the hottest year ever, both nationally and regionally. The National Weather Service says the year to date average temperature for the Paducah region is 63.6 degrees, 1.2 degrees higher than the second warmest year in 1954.

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Environment
7:08 am
Wed November 21, 2012

IL Hunters Take More Deer This Season

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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says deer hunters in the state have killed more than 5,000 deer than they did last year. Just in last week’s firearm season opening weekend hunters killed more than 72,000 deer.

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Agriculture
6:00 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Comer: Marijuana Votes in Other States Bolster Kentucky Hemp Efforts

James Comer
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Kentucky Agriculture Secretary James Comer said recent measures in Washington and Colorado to legalize marijuana use will only strengthen efforts to allow industrial hemp in the commonwealth.

Marijuana and hemp are considered cousins. Hemp is grown for its fiber and oil and it can'’t be used as a drug like marijuana can.

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Environment
8:14 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Illinois Deer Season Ready to Start

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The Illinois firearm deer season begins tomorrow and runs through Sunday.  It will conclude November 29th through December 2nd. Hunters harvested more than 98,000 deer during 2011's seven-day hunt. So far this year, about 334,000 permits have been issued.

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Environment
2:28 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Corps of Engineers plan to reduce Mississippi water flow worries barge industry

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A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decision to limit Missouri River's flow into the Mississippi has representatives of the barge industry worried. The Corps plans to cut the amount of water discharged at Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota by 30 percent because of concerns of another drought in the Midwest next summer.

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Environment
8:26 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Second Evacuation Ordered for Train Derailment Cleanup

Officials are evacuating more than two dozen homes near a train derailment that occurred two weeks ago in southwestern Jefferson County. Louisville-Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Jody Duncan says 31 homes within a half-mile of the derailment are being evacuated to allow workers to remove hazardous chemicals from some of the tanker cars.

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Environment
8:24 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Geologists Say Earthquake not Cause by Fracking

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Geologists say the 4.3 magnitude earthquake that shook eastern Kentucky over the weekend was not induced by the region's underground mining activity. The epicenter was about 10 miles west of Whitesburg, in the heart of Kentucky's coal country, where underground mining and surface blasting are common.

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Environment
7:48 am
Mon November 12, 2012

New Trail Opening in Land Between the Lakes

Visitors to Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area will be hiking and biking along a new scenic trail between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. The Central Hardwoods Scenic Trail runs east and west, parallel to U.S. 68/Kentucky 80.

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Environment
7:42 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Grants Will Help Pay for Kentucky Recreational Trail Development

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About 20 local governments and other agencies will share more than $1.1 million in grants to develop and maintain recreational trails across Kentucky. The money will also help pay for the acquisition of easements and for trailhead facilities for motorized and non-motorized use.

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