Environment

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

  In an effort to develop a set of recommendations for Kentucky to comply with President Obama’s clean power plan, a nonprofit group called Kentuckians for the Commonwealth has visited each congressional district for input. In Paducah Thursday night the group concluded a series of roundtable discussions focused on the opportunities and challenges of the state’s energy future.

Nineteen people have been rescued from a cave in south central Kentucky, officials say. Seventeen cavers and two police officers who tried to help them had been trapped by floodwaters in Hidden River Cave, WBKO reports.

NOAA Paducah, weather.gov

Some strong storms continue to move through the region this evening. Here are the latest updates from the National Weather Service:

The TransAmerica bicycle trail is now marked through western Kentucky. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has placed signs along the route north of Madisonville and through Marion before continuing into Cave-In-Rock, Illinois. 

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A new statewide survey shows that many school principals in Kentucky have received no training on how to carry out policies to prevent student bullying. 

Mike Dito / Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area

Officials at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area are continuing with a planned timber thinning and sale this week.  

The Paradise Timber Sale on the north end of LBL paused for five-months during the winter season, but will now resume as soil conditions have improved.  

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National Weather Service Paducah is holding a public town hall meeting tonight to discuss the tornado that struck Mayfield earlier this month. 

The meeting includes a presentation on tornado safety followed by a panel discussion with meteorologists and emergency management staff. 

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A small earthquake occurred in the New Madrid Seismic Zone in far western Kentucky Tuesday night. According to the University of Memphis Center for Earthquake Research and Information a magnitude 2.4 earthquake happened 6.2 miles west of Bardwell. 

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Kentucky regulators are looking for proposals to spur economic development on Appalachia’s abandoned surface mines.

Jackson Purchase Foundation and City of Paducah

A local conservation organization is putting an artistic spin on sustainable water practices. The Jackson Purchase Foundation partnered with the City of Paducah, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, and students at Paducah Tilghman High School to implement Water Smarter! The Artistic Rain Barrel Partnership Project. The students designed and painted rain barrels that will be auctioned off tonight at the Clemens Fine Arts Center.

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