Environment

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Today we meet Rue, a 2-year-old rat terrier up for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County. Rue is a calm lapdog that weighs 12 or 14 pounds. She has a typical rat terrier appearance, with a white body and black ears and eyes. She was brought in from the county with her puppies, who are also up for adoption. Rue doesn't bark or talk much, but lives in a foster home with adults, cats and another dog her size and they love to play. 

Rebecca Diane Carter, 123rf Stock Photo

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is treating for noxious and nuisance weeds along roadways this month. Among the 11 targeted plants are Johnson grass, poison hemlock and kudzu. 

Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund, via Facebook

Many state supported organizations are facing significant funding cuts as outlined in Governor Matt Bevin’s budget plan. One such group made its case for funding preservation to lawmakers last week. 

With a July 1 deadline looming, Congress was scrambling this week to quickly set a national standard for labeling food products that contain genetically modified ingredients.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Grant funds for projects that clean up polluted streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater or protect water resources are available from the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection’s Division of Water. The grants would provide funding for watershed restoration projects and plan development and projects reducing and preventing runoff pollution.

For the past several years, a scientist in Brookings, S.D., has been engaged in an escalating struggle with his employer, the USDA's Agricultural Research Service. The scientist, Jonathan Lundgren, says that he has been persecuted because his research points out problems — including harm to bees — with a popular class of pesticides called neonicotinoids.

At the Lee Valley consignment sale near Tekamah, Neb., dozens of used tractors, planters and other equipment were on the auction block for farmers trying to save a few extra dollars. It was a muddy day, with trucks and four-wheelers leaving deep black ruts — fitting conditions for an industry wallowing in bad news.

landbetweenthelakes.us

A wildfire at Land Between the Lakes is currently under investigation by Forest Service law enforcement officers. Fire management specialist Todd Lerke says they have been actively working the fire for the past three days.

Chances are, you've never heard of flubendiamide. It's not among the most toxic insecticides, and it's not among the widely used chemicals, either. In recent years, it has been used on about a quarter of the nation's tobacco and 14 percent of almonds, peppers and watermelons.

Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, energy.gov

Defense contractor Lockheed Martin has agreed to a settlement resolving years of litigation over hazardous waste handling at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. 

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