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Environment
11:55 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Recycling Center Catches Fire Again

A Union City, Tenn., recycling center has erupted in flames for the second time in two months. A previously unburned part of Greenway Recover & Recycle caught fire shortly before 10 a.m. yesterday. Union City Fire Chief Kelly Edmison says a fire crew remains on site to control the blaze. Edmison says fires in bales of plastic have been difficult to put out because of the type of material. He says plastic from the first fire in September continues to smolder.

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Environment
8:53 am
Thu November 1, 2012

P&L Railway Opens Outreach Center After Train Derailment

Paducah and Louisville Railway opened an outreach center this morning for displaced residents affected by a train derailment in central Kentucky. The train crashed Monday, releasing butadiene into the air. It’s a hazardous chemical used in making tires. A statement from the company says the outreach center will help resident seeking reimbursement for money spent on lodging, food, lost work days, and travel expenses. Residents near the crash evacuated for safety. And yesterday, three workers were injured when a fire broke out during clean up efforts.

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Environment
3:17 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Kentucky Agriculture Fares Better Than Predictions

Credit wikipedia.org

Kentucky’s agriculture industry is faring better than early predictions.  The agriculture industry, which includes crops, cattle and horses, earned more than $5 billion.  That figure is beyond Kentucky’s reach this year, but University of Kentucky Agriculture Economist Will Snell says many farmers should still do okay.

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Hurricane Sandy
2:18 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Red Cross Seeks Blood Donation Following Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy victims take advantage of American Red Cross shelters.
Credit American Red Cross

UPDATE: Nearly 300 Red Cross blood drives have already been canceled due to the storm, and more cancelations are expected. This represents a loss of as many as 10,500 blood and platelet products.

The American Red Cross is asking people to give blood to help meet the needs of those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Paducah Area Red Cross Executive Director Jessica Toren says close to 100 Red Cross blood drives in the northeast are cancelled due to the storm. Toren says that number will likely increase as the week goes on.

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Breaking
10:58 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Shelter-In-Place Warning Expanded to 2 Miles After Train Derailment

Update: 11:10 a.m.

EMA/MetroSafe is now saying the evacuation and road closures will likely last 24 hours after the incident.

Update: 10:55 a.m.

The evacuations and road closures caused by a train derailment and chemical leak in southwestern Jefferson County will likely last for at least 14 hours.

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Weather
3:07 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Ky. to Stay Dry After Hurricane Sandy Hits East Coast

Credit NASA

While the East Coast prepares for Hurricane Sandy, western Kentuckians don’t have to worry about storms on Halloween. National Weather Service Meteorologist Ryan Presley says the area will stay dry after the hurricane hits the coast. 

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Environment
12:23 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Contractors to Remove and Sell or Recycle Bridge Debris

Repair crews at the Eggners Ferry Bridge earlier this year.

Contractors are removing debris from the Eggners Ferry Bridge crash site. Accident debris has remained at the bottom of Kentucky Lake since January, when the cargo ship Delta Mariner rammed the bridge, knocking out one section. Delta Mariner owner Foss Maritime has hired contractors to pull pieces of steel and concrete from the lake bed and transport it to Bailey Port, Inc., in Calvert City.

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Environment
4:27 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Mammoth Cave Powered Entirely with Alternative Fuel

Mammoth Cave Tour
Daniel Schwen (Wikimedia Commons)

Mammoth Cave in Kentucky has become the first national park to be powered entirely with alternative fuel. That’s what the executive director of the Kentucky clean fuels coalition told state lawmakers in Frankfort Wednesday. 

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Developing: Weather
12:25 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Damaging Winds and Severe Weather This Afternoon

UPDATE: 3:48 p.m.  National Weather Service Forecasters predict wind gusts up to and possibly exceeding 40 m-p-h in advance of a cold front that will bring severe thunderstorms to southeast Missouri, southern Illinois and the purchase region of western Kentucky.  Forecasters say the storm system will impact our region between 4:00 p.m.

Recycling
2:26 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Curbside Recycling Program Saving Madisonville Money

Madisonville’s new curbside recycling program is bringing down city sanitation costs. City Sanitation Superintendent Robert Janes says when more people recycle the city makes more money from material sales, and spends less money on dumping fees. Janes says about 25 percent of city residents are using the free program, which started October first. He says they’re now trying to expand it. He says,

“The ultimate goal for us is to do curbside recycling every week instead of every other week, and then doing our trash pickup every other week. That’s our ultimate goal.”

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