Environment

Environment
4:27 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Mammoth Cave Powered Entirely with Alternative Fuel

Mammoth Cave Tour
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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.”

Health
3:22 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Tennessee Continues to See Increase in Fungal Meningitis Cases

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Tennessee health officials reported that the number of cases of rare fungal meningitis has increased by five to 49 cases. The number of deaths in Tennessee from the outbreak remained at six as of noon today. At least one person in our region has been diagnosed, according to the Union City Daily Messenger. Six Kentuckians have fallen ill, and one has died. The Kentuckians were infected in Tennessee and Indiana hospitals.

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Environment
11:07 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Drought Impact on Kentucky Agritourism Still Unknown

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It could be next year before Kentucky agriculture officials will know how much drought affected state agritourism. Visits and tours of working farms peak in August, September and October, but drought has caused some farmers to scale back their events, like corn mazes and apple picking. State Agritourism Director Ben Shaffar says some Kentucky farmers realize as much as a 200 percent revenue boost from agritourism activities. But until the season ends, Shaffar can’t say what the numbers will look like this year.  

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Environment
11:27 am
Mon October 8, 2012

TVA Becoming Less Coal Dependent

The Tennessee Valley Authority's reliance on coal has dropped and the use of natural gas as fuel to generate electricity has increased. The Commercial Appeal reports TVA's use of gas climbed 70 percent in the fiscal year ended September 30. At the same time, coal-fired generation declined 30 percent from fiscal year 2011.

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Environment
7:56 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Drought Creates Conditions for Active Wildfire Season

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Officials with the Kentucky Division of Forestry say this summer’s lack of rain, along with tornadoes that have knocked down trees have created the conditions for a potentially bad wildfire season.  The recent drought has dried out state forests in the Commonwealth, and fallen trees and limbs means there’s plenty of fuel for wildfires.  State forester Leah MacSwords says this could lead to an active fire season and be dangerous for firefighters.  She says people should take extra precautions and watch out for forest arson, the leading cause of Kentucky’s wildfires.  This fall’s fire season

Environment
3:38 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Birdwatcher Joe LaFleur Talks Bird Walks at Kentucky State Parks

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Joe LaFleur lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia, but his Better Birdwatching business brings him to Kentucky on a long weekend. The twenty year collector of bird videos and songs gives programs and birdwalks at both Kenlake State Resort Park (9 to 10:30 a.m) and Pennyrile State Resort Park (1 to 2:30 p.m.) on Sunday. See more about the Kentucky bird walks at his website betterbirdwatching.com. He spoke with Kate Lochte Tuesday on Sounds Good.

Environment
9:18 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Settlement Cuts Cost of Pollution Control Plan

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A federal court ruling on power plant emissions has prompted a settlement cutting the cost of Big Rivers Electric’s pollution control plan by $225 million. The Kentucky Public Service Commission announced the settlement Monday. The electric company had proposed spending more than $283 million on pollution control systems for the plants in Hawesville, Centertown and two in Sebree in order to comply with federal rules. But in August, a federal court overruled some emission control regulations set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Environment
8:49 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Drought Hurts Corn Mazes

This year’s drought hasn’t just lessened corn crops in our region. It’s also left stalks too low for the fall tradition of corn mazes.

Sam Brown of Mayfield’s A-Maize-ing Farms says instead of the usual 20-acre corn maze, it will offer other activities such as a petting zoo and paintball. The owners of Paducah’s Blooms ‘N Gardens say if it hadn’t been for their irrigation system, they would’ve lost their 8-acre maze.

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