Environment

Stream Restoration
5:00 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Obion Creek: Fixing Nature That's Been Tinkered With

The Earth’s ecosystems operate on a fragile balance between soil, water and wildlife.  In the early 20th century, a local drainage district upset this balance when it straightened and widened a Hickman County stream. It hoped to drain the land to add farmable soil to the area, but the stream clogged and farmers wound up with more water instead of less.

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FLW Fishing Report
8:01 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

FLW Fishing Report: Bass and Crappies Lead the Parade

Scott Ellison says fishing is busting out all over, with bass and crappies leading the parade. 

This is the time of year when you’re reminded what is so great about living near Kentucky Lake. Fishing is busting out all over, with bass and crappies leading the parade.

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FLW Fishing Report
7:57 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

FLW Fishing Report: Varsity Bass Fishing

Scott Ellison talks about Kentucky’s newest high school varsity sport—Bass Fishing.

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Environment
2:58 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Land Compensation for Wetland Wilderness

nrcs.usda.gov

The Nature Resources Conservation wants to turn flood lands in Fulton, Hickman, Carlisle, Ballard, and Graves Counties into wetland wilderness. Owners of easily-flooded crop or woodlands in those counties may be eligible to receive compensation for up to $3895 per acre of crop land and up to $1948 per acre of woodland while still retaining ownership. Western KY Project Director Shelly Morris says this is part of a nationwide effort to restore wetland habitats along the Mississippi River.

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Bridge Collision
7:47 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Lake Barkley Bridge Struck

The US 68/KY 80 bridge over Lake Barkley at Canton is open again to traffic this morning following a strike by a fourteen barge tow early this morning.  The U.S. Coast Guard reports the Motor Vessel EVT was pushing the empty barges downriver when a gust of wind forced a controlled landing against one of the bridge piers.  The collision was severe enough that the lead barge was taking on water.  Kentucky Transportation spokesman Keith Todd says the Cabinet dispatched an inspector who reported no structural damage to the bridge.

Environment
4:30 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Two Missing After Capsize

Crews search for boaters after capsize near Kentucky Dam.
WPSD

Two men are missing after a pontoon boat capsized on the Tennessee River around 11 this morning. The Grand Lakes Rescue Squad responded to the call after the boat was torn apart below Kentucky Dam. One man was rescued and taken to an area hospital. WPSD reports that crews from 7 different agencies are still searching for the two missing men.

Severe Weather
4:43 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Doctor Describes Aftermath of Tornadoes in West Liberty

There have been twenty-one confirmed deaths in Kentucky after tornadoes tore through the state on Friday. Seven of those deaths were in Morgan County, where the county seat, West Liberty, was leveled by the storms. Louisville resident Alex Wright is a doctor with Norton Healthcare Systems. West Liberty is his hometown, and his extended family still lives there. He headed to the town Saturday morning to see how he could help, and described the scene he saw driving through downtown to Kentucky Public Radio’s Erica Peterson.

Roads
2:37 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Bridge in Cairo Reopening

The US 60/62 Mississippi River Bridge at Cairo will reopen tomorrow after being shut down for over a year. Officials say the bridge was closed to repair a deteriorated floor beam system damaged by an excessive number of overweight trucks crossing the span. The Illinois Department of Transportation says the bridge will reopen to all vehicles with a maximum gross weight of 40 tons and a maximum axle weight of 10 tons.

 

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Kentucky Tornadoes
1:13 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Tornadoes in Kentucky Could Fuel Community "Re-Invention"

Kentuckians are just beginning the gauge the economic cost of the weekend’s disaster.  A more complete picture will become apparent once damage assessments are complete.  However, there are economic trends that follow a tornado.  For example, economist Kevin Timmons says full recovery is likely. In fact, Timmons says some communities re-invent themselves after devastating weather.  He spoke with reporter Charles Compton.

Kevin Timmons is a professor of economics at Austin College in Texas. He’s co-author of “The Economic and Societal Impact of Tornadoes” and “Deadly Season.”

Environment
4:20 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Stopping White Nose Syndrome

Ryan von Linden New York Department of Environmental Conservation

Since 2006, White Nose Syndrome has been decimating bat populations east of the Mississippi. Last month, the disease was found in Breckinridge County, Kentucky, and biologists expect it to spread further. Kentucky Public Radio’s Erica Peterson went with state researchers into a Meade County cave to see what’s being done to stop White Nose Syndrome.

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