Environment

Earthquake
6:41 am
Tue February 21, 2012

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake in Southeast Missouri

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Some area residents may have felt a rumble this morning as US Geological Service officials say a magnitude 4 earthquake took place in Southeast Missouri. Reports say the quake started around four o’clock this morning, about 5 miles north of East Prarie, Missouri. The epicenter was around 3 miles deep. There are no reports of damage at this time.

River Business
3:08 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Harbor Gets Dredging Money

The Hickman Fulton County Riverport has received money for much-needed dredging. Director Greg Curlin says the Army Corps of Engineers told him earlier this month that $1.9 million dollars in disaster relief money would be used for a one-time dredging at the riverport. Curlin says without the dredging, low summertime water levels would have made it difficult for barges to make it into the harbor.

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Environment
8:29 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Delta Mariner Departs Paducah

The Delta Mariner departed James Marine of Paducah Friday night more than three weeks after colliding with the Eggner's Ferry Bridge. Foss Maritime officials say the ship will resume hauling rocket parts to Cape Canaveral for use in the Delta and Atlas rocket programs. The 312- foot ship was docked at James Marine for several days for minor repairs. The American Bureau of Shipping and U.S. Coast Guard deemed the ship safe to travel following weeks of inspection.

Environment
4:23 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Bridge Piers Not Damaged

An inspection of the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge piers has revealed no major damage despite being hit by an 86 hundred ton cargo ship in January. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock says results of the emergency inspection were encouraging, and meant they were getting closer to repairing the damaged span. Governor Steve Beshear said during a press conference this week the KYTC is moving toward the use of a ferry service during the several months it will take to install a replacement span.

Environment
2:48 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Forest Service Payments

Projects to improve roads and forest trails in rural Kentucky counties are facing their last round of funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The agency announced Friday that more than $307 million will be distributed to states with national forest lands, marking the final payment under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. Kentucky, which is home to Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area and the Daniel Boone National Forest, will get a final check for $1.8 million.

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The Bridge
4:26 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Beshear to Hold Press Conference Concerning Bridge

Governor Steve Beshear will make an announcement Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. regarding the Eggners Ferry Bridge. The Governor will hold a press conference at the eastern section of the bridge. While details of the speech aren’t public, it is likely that Governor Beshear will address the future of that crossing at Kentucky Lake.

Environment
3:45 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

I Love Mountains Rally in Frankfort

Environmental activists are urging state lawmakers to stop supporting mountaintop removal coal mining and throw their weight behind renewable energy legislation. Today is I Love Mountains Day at the state capitol, and more than one thousand are expected to attend a rally. They’re supporting the Clean Energy Opportunity Act, which would mandate a certain percentage of energy in Kentucky come from renewable or efficient sources. Recent studies have linked mountaintop removal to birth defects, cancer and other diseases.

Winter Weather
11:49 am
Mon February 13, 2012

National Weather Service Updates Snow and Ice Forecast

National Weather Service forecasters say the predicted snow for our region could begin around 3:00 p.m. in far western Kentucky moving east by 9:00 p.m. The best chance of ice, forecasters say, is after midnight. We could see up to one tenth of an inch of ice and possibly an inch of snow.

Highway Crews are not pre-treating roadways today because rain ahead of the snow would wash away the pre-treating chemicals. The road crews though will respond throughout the afternoon and evening as the rain changes to sleet and snow.

 

Environment
4:19 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Mild Winter Good For Bugs?

University of Kentucky

We are in our first extended cold snap of 2012 following a warm couple of months. While the cold weather means layering your clothing to keep warm, it also to some has historically been a predictor for a normal spring insect population.   Entomologist Doug Johnson from the University of Kentucky's Extension office in Princeton digs into details of insect population predictors and their coping strategies during the cold months.  

Environment
2:44 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Group Holds Mountion Top Removal Sit-In Skit

Members of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth are preparing for next week's I Love Mountains Day rally in Frankfort.

Several members performed a skit in the Capitol Rotunda today depicting fake legislators and coal operators trading cash while the sick and needy looked on. KFTC member Chris Schimmoeller says the point of the skit was to show the cozy relationship coal companies have with lawmakers.

“Big coal has big money running the state and it’s holding our state back from so many things we need to be doing,”  she says.

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