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Environment
4:42 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

After Protest, LBL Maintenance Contract Awarded to South Carolina Company

The federal government has given final approval to an $8.5 million maintenance contract at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

The U.S. Forest Service awarded South Carolina-based EnviroSmart the 5-year contract in August which prompted a protest by union workers contracted with Swift & Staley - the Kevil company which has conducted maintenance operations at the park since 2010.

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Environment
6:42 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Eagle Watching Opportunities To Open

Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Eagle watching is on the calendar early next year throughout the region, where several weekend viewing trips are available through Kentucky State Parks and Land Between the Lakes.

The state park tours go by excursion yacht or van, and prices range from $25 to $50 per adult.

Programs are scheduled January 10 through 12 at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, January 24 through 26 at Lake Barkley State Resort Park and January 31 through February 2 at Kenlake State Resort Park.

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Environment
7:41 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Fracking Goes To The Ballot Box In Johnson County, Ill.

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 4:21 pm

Voters in Johnson County, Illinois will have a chance to voice their opinions about hydraulic fracturing at the ballot box. 

A group of Johnson County citizens submitted 1,001 signature to county officials on Thursday to put a non-binding resolution on the March 18 primary ballot that asks if fracking should be banned within the county. They only needed to gather 374.

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Environment
12:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Puppies Sound Good: Meet Sugar

Sugar is a 10-month-old Poodle/Jack Russell Terrier mix up for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County. She's mostly white with brown ears and some brown patches on her tail. Even though she's part terrier and a puppy, she was very calm and sweet at WKMS, and was eager to meet all the staff and students that wanted to see her. Upon meeting Whitney, she climbed right into her lap and loved being petted on. Sugar had one previous owner, who could no longer afford to care for her. The Humane Society is seeking a loving and forever home for Sugar.

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Environment
7:15 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Whooping Cranes Land In KY

Credit wikipedia

Kentucky wildlife officials say a small number of whooping cranes have shown up in the state. They said yesterday that wildlife biologists confirmed the presence of five of the birds in Hopkins County and received a report of a sixth bird in Barren County.

Whooping cranes are a federally endangered bird that may not be hunted.

Whooping cranes are similar in silhouette to sandhill cranes. However, sandhill cranes have gray bodies and are smaller than whooping cranes.

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Weather
11:55 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Winter Storm Closings and Cancellations

Credit Angela Hatton

Below are winter storm-related closings and cancelations. Updated Sunday 7:40 pm

THE FOLLOWING  SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED MONDAY, DEC. 9.

Ballard County Schools

Carlisle County Schools

Christian County Public Schools

Dawson Springs Independent Schools (Opening on a 1-hour delay)

Hopkins County Schools

Lyon County Schools

Marshall County Schools

Massac County, IL Unit 1 Schools

McCracken County Schools

Murray Independent Schools (Opening on a 1-hour delay. Including Murray Head Start.)

Paducah Public Schools

Trigg County Public Schools

Other events that have been rescheduled:

MSU Children’s Christmas Party sponsored by the Staff Congress  is now Dec. 14. The event will be held 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Dance Lounge of the Curris Center.

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Environment
2:11 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Group Files Lawsuit Seeking Clarification on Eminent Domain for Bluegrass Pipeline

Opponents of the Bluegrass Pipeline rallied in Frankfort this summer.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 2:17 pm

A group of Kentuckians that opposes the use of eminent domain for a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky has filed a lawsuit, hoping to clarify the state’s laws.

Kentuckians United to Restrain Eminent Domain (KURE) filed the declaratory judgment action in Franklin County Circuit Court this afternoon. The group is asking the court to clarify whether the Bluegrass Pipeline—a project that build 500 miles of new pipeline across Kentucky and Ohio to carry natural gas liquids from gas fracking operations—could invoke eminent domain if landowners in the pipeline’s path refuse to grant easements.

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Weather
4:59 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

What Can You Expect with Ice and Wind... See Our Resources For Winter Weather

Credit National Weather Service

Below are links to helpful resources available in our area. 

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Environment
3:48 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Southern Illinoisans Express Concern About Fracking at Public Hearing

Credit http://energy.umich.edu

Some Southern Illinois residents are concerned about hydraulic fracturing related water quality, chemical trade secrets and the size of fines levied on the industry.  

The comments came from among the 175 present at an Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ public hearing on fracking last night at Rend Lake College in Ina. A six-member panel listened to a range of public comments about the IDNR’s proposed fracking regulations.

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Environment
7:22 am
Mon December 2, 2013

TWRA Unleashes New App

Credit wikipedia.com

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has a new mobile app that allows users to take along the latest agency info wherever they go.

The new app includes access to all hunting, trapping, fishing and boating guidelines. Hunters can keep a hunting diary, access their harvest logs and upload their trophy photos. Anglers can access a mobile fish identification guide.

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