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4:56 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

As Lake Barkley Water Levels Rise, Army Corps of Engineers Releases More Water into River

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Significant rainfall and the expectation of more tonight have led the Army Corps of Engineers to increase the water released from Lake Barkley into the Cumberland River.

The Army Corps’ Lake Barkley Manager Mike Looney says water levels are currently near 360 feet, which is half a foot higher than usual for the time of year. He says he isn’t concerned about flooding.

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Environment
8:00 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Western KY Bluebird Population Weakened by Winter Weather

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A Friends of LBL and Lake Barkley volunteer and bluebird expert says the regional population may be the lowest it's been in 25 years due to the extended winter weather.

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Environment
3:08 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Estimates Put Asian Carp Fish Kill Near 500,000 on Cumberland River

Remnants of the nearly 500,000 dead Asian carp floating below Barkley Dam.
Credit Paul Rister (KDFWR)

Scientists are studying the cause of a massive fish kill in western Kentucky, which state wildlife officials are saying is the largest kill of its kind recorded.   

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Environment
8:06 am
Fri April 25, 2014

KY Fish and Wildlife Investigating Carp Deaths

  The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is investigating a massive die-off of invasive Asian carp discovered Wednesday in the Cumberland River below Lake Barkley.

The fish kill is estimated to have impacted tens of thousands of the invasive silver carp over a 24-hour period. Specimens will be collected and taken to Kentucky State University for disease testing.

Evidence of the fish kill has been documented to the confluence with the Ohio River. Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley do not appear to be impacted at this time, Rister said. 

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Environment
6:45 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Atmos Energy Annual Rate Increase Approved

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Atmos Energy Corporation customers will see their bills rise after the company won approval for an $8 point 5 million annual revenue increase. The Kentucky Public Service Commission PSC stated that the adjusted rates will be “fair, just and reasonable.” 

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Environment
3:16 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Bands Convene For Paducah's Earth Day in the Park

Bands convene at Carson Park this Saturday (April 21) for an Earth Day Concert benefiting recycling in Paducah.  The event seeks to bring the community together to help plant sunflowers, which will bloom in July/August. Tracy Ross speaks with David Nickell of West Kentucky Community and Technical College for a preview. 

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Environment
4:32 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Kentucky Natural Lands Continues Buying Heavily-Forested Land to Restore, Connect Wild Lands

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As this year's observance of Earth Day approaches, the Kentucky Natural Lands Trust continues to buy up property in typically heavily-forested areas. It's a statewide land trust with a mission to protect, restore, and connect wild lands. 

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Environment
3:56 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Outdoorsman on 'Transformative Places' Ahead of MSU Talk

Outdoorsman, author, Murray native and Maryville College professor, Kim Trevathan speaks at Murray State University tonight (April 17) at 6:30 about his journeys on America's waterways. He visits Sounds Good for a preview of his talk, titled "Transformative Places" and addresses the questions of how we determine what constitutes beauty in a landscape and how we make decisions regarding preservation and development.

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Environment
8:13 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Last Minutes of 2014 Legislative Session Included Nuclear-Coal Debate

 

The waning hours of the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly session found senators debating nuclear and coal-based power. The discussion occurred during consideration of a bill to help AK Steel, a manufacturer suffering sizable job loss. 

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Environment
10:26 am
Tue April 15, 2014

What Kentucky's New Law on Carbon Dioxide Emissions Actually Means

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 1:47 pm

Ignoring words of caution from his own administration, Governor Steve Beshear signed a bill directing the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet to create a Kentucky-specific plan for regulating carbon dioxide emissions into law earlier this month.

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