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An investigation into an accident that killed a coal miner in Western Kentucky last year found he was crushed after workers propped up an 18-ton machine with a stack of wooden boards that gave way.  

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Widespread lead contamination in Flint, Michigan is prompting Kentucky officials to double check state procedures.

A state workgroup has been formed to assess Kentucky’s water system.

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Forecasters predict possible severe weather in our region Wednesday evening, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.

 

According to the National Weather Service in Paducah, the biggest risk is Wednesday night through tomorrow morning as the system and accompanying cold front arrive from the west.

 

Our region is categorized as an enhanced risk and could see strong winds or hail.

 

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The Kentucky Senate adopted a resolution Tuesday recognizing Hopkinsville as the “best place on Earth” to view next year’s total solar eclipse.

The resolution was introduced by 3rd District state Sen. Whitney Westerfield.

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Originally published March 28, 2016  

Update: On Tuesday afternoon, Calloway County Sheriff's Department confirmed the smokey air in Murray is from the controlled burns.

The U.S. Forest Service plans to hold a pair of prescribed burns at Land Between the Lakes starting Tuesday.

Sections of the Buffalo Trail and Franklin Creek areas will be affected.

Kentucky’s Civil War battlefields are in need of some spring cleaning. 

The Civil War Trust, a national non-profit, is looking for volunteers to help clean and restore ten landmarks in Kentucky on Saturday. 

"People do everything from picking up trash, lawn work, and minor repairs," said Meg Martin, communications manager for The Civil War Trust.  "They might clean signs, clear trails, things that will allow the sites to be better interpreted and provide better educational and recreational opportunities for the parks."

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Community groups and the Boy Scouts are conducting a tree planting on former mine lands in western Kentucky this weekend.

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State regulators have told an Eastern Kentucky coal mine to immediately cease operations after a pond overflow released iron-laced water into a stream last week and killed hundreds of fish.

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Kentucky's attorney general has sued Volkswagen, claiming the automaker's emissions-rigging scheme violated the state's consumer protection law. 

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Nearly $70 million in federal funds is now available for coal mining communities across the country. The Appalachian Regional Commission and the U.S. Economic Development Administration announced the funding on Thursday. 

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