Environment

Tiny particles of plastic are showing up all over the world, floating in the ocean, buried in soil, in food and even in beer. Now there's new research that's found microplastics in fertilizer — organic fertilizer from food waste, in fact.

Collecting food waste to make fertilizer is a big deal in parts of Europe and is catching on in the U.S. But Ruth Freitag, a chemist at the University of Bayreuth in Germany, says there's a problem.

USDOE

  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry stopped at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant on Thursday to show a commitment to funding clean-up efforts at the site.

J. Tyler Franklin, WFPL

Kentucky's Republican governor has vetoed a bill that would make it easier for agencies to leave the state's troubled retirement system.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

A line of severe thunderstorms caused some structural damage when it swept across west Kentucky and southern Illinois Tuesday.

There is a paradox with living as a human nowadays.

A 2014 article from the United Nations states that about 54 percent of the human population lives in urban areas (more by now), a proportion that is projected to increase to 66 percent by 2050. By 2045, the report says, more than six billion people will crowd cities.

Heavy Storms Move Through West Kentucky Region

Apr 3, 2018
Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Update: Thunderstorms with heavy rain are moving out of the region Tuesday evening. Driving conditions may still be hazardous in the region. The storms brought several tornado warnings and a few confirmed tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service in Paducah:

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Southern Illinois conservation partners are testing a new information-sharing system using their smartphones.

KYTCDistrict1, via Facebook

Crews are preparing for the explosive demolition of the Old Lake Barkley Bridge on the morning of April 11. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said in a release on Monday the demolition team has begun cutting steel at key locations to weaken the structure. 

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     The Tennessee Valley area is rich with wildlife, nature, and sites of historical and archeological significance. To keep these areas in good condition, the Tennessee Valley Authority founded an outreach program that allows members of the community to aid in the preservation of these public lands. 

Aquascape, Inc.

  The City of Paducah is encouraging residents to setup their own rain gardens in an effort to help reduce storm water runoff.

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