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Environment
6:11 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Legislation Intends to Help Landowners Control Crop-Eating Wildlife

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The state of Kentucky is working to give farmers more options when it comes to dealing with wildlife that eat their crops. The primary target of the legislation is deer.

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Environment
2:22 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

LBL Will Not Reopen Thursday Due to Ice, Road Travel Discouraged

Credit Angela Hatton

Offices and facilities at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area will not re-open Thursday as initially planned.

Staff have been working to clear layers of ice from LBL roads and parking lots in preparation for the return of visitors, but Area Supervisor Tina Tilley says the roads remain too slick for driving. 

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Weather
6:46 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Winter Weather Update: Avoid Travel

Road Conditions 10:25 A.M.
Credit Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

UPDATE: 2:25 p.m.

A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman says I-24 is clearing due to plowing and salt, but other western Kentucky roads remain snow-packed after the last 24 hours of winter weather. Keith Todd says to avoid unnecessary travel, and that recommendation won't change until sometime Tuesday as temperatures rise to 30 degrees and road salt starts working. But Todd says KYTC salt supplies are running out.

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Weather
12:03 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

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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Weather
2:10 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

[Update] NWS: Significant Ice Threat... Strong Winds... Possible Prolonged Power Outages

Credit National Weather Service

UPDATE 3:30 P.M Sunday

An ice storm warning remains in effect for Fulton, Hickman, Graves, Marshall, Calloway, Trigg, Lyon, Caldwell, Hopkins, Christian, Muhlenberg and Todd Counties until 9:00 a.m. Monday.

The Commonwealth’s Emergency Operations Center is open and will remain active at Level III through Monday afternoon to monitor the winter storm.

Freezing rain will change over to sleet and snow later tonight...before ending midday Monday.

Heavy ice accumulations from a half inch to an inch appear likely before the change to snow later tonight.

Widespread tree damage and numerous power outages will be possible. Travel conditions will become treacherous as temperatures fall well below freezing later today and tonight.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has issued some generator safety tips, in the event of prolonged power outages.

To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning or fire hazards:

·    Generators should only be operated outside in well-ventilated areas and never in a garage, basement or breezeway.

·   Do not operate generators near windows, doors or in other areas where exhaust fumes could be drawn into a home or other occupied structure.

·    Do not use charcoal grills, gas grills or other open-flame devices indoors for heating or cooking.

·   Use only portable heaters certified for indoor use. They should be placed in well-ventilated areas and kept well away from combustible materials.

·   To prevent fires, generators should never be refueled while they are running. Refuel only after the generator has been turned off and allowed to cool.

The PSC also is reminding electric customers who use a portable generator of electric safety guidelines that will protect them and those working to restore power. Keys to safe operation of generators include:

•   Make sure a generator is properly sized for the load you will place on it. Remember that starting an electric motor, such as a refrigerator or air conditioner compressor, requires more electricity than the amount needed to keep it running. DO NOT OVERLOAD YOUR GENERATOR.

•   Use only three-prong, grounded extension cords, properly rated for the load, to connect appliances to generators.

•   DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FEED POWER INTO YOUR HOME BY ADAPTING AN EXTENSION CORD TO CONNECT A GENERATOR TO A WALL OUTLET. THIS CAN CAUSE A FIRE.

•    DO NOT CONNECT A GENERATOR TO INSIDE WIRING IN ANY WAY UNLESS YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS IS EQUIPPED WITH A TRANSFER SWITCH THAT PREVENTS POWER FROM FLOWING BACK INTO (BACKFEEDING) THE WIRES THAT SUPPLY YOUR ELECTRICITY. 

UPDATE SUNDAY NOON:

From National Weather Service:

A major late winter storm will significantly impact the entire area late today through midday Monday.

Travel conditions will begin to deteriorate as surface temperatures drop below freezing today. The approximate arrival time of the sub-freezing conditions is plotted in blue.

Most of the area will see freezing rain lead to a quarter to a half inch of ice accumulation before the precipitation changes over to sleet and snow.

Much of the area will see from 2 to 6 inches of sleet and snow on top of the ice. The Missouri Bootheel and much of west Kentucky, outlined in blue, will have a significant threat of icing up to three quarters of an inch or even more. Strong north winds and that icing load in trees and power lines could lead to significant power outages.

Update SATURDAY: The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning in effect from 3 PM Sunday to 9 AM on Monday. The winter storm watch is no longer in effect. Light rain on Sunday will turn into freezing rain later in the day.

Heavy rainfall Sunday evening is possible, along with thunder. Freezing rain will change to sleet and snow before ending Monday morning. Moderate accumulations of at least 1/4 inch of ice are likely. Widespread tree damage and power outages are possible.

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Environment
5:17 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Anti-Fracking Advocates Claim Media Ban in Johnson County

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As Johnson County, Illinois prepares to vote on a measure that seeks to ban hydraulic fracturing in the county, anti-fracking advocates are accusing the local newspapers of presenting a one-sided argument.

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Environment
8:03 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Kentucky Youth Push For Green Jobs

Members of the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition came to Frankfort today to lay out a case for sustainable energy job creation.

KSEC’s Tyler Offerman, of Lexington, says a House bill filed by Rep. Mary Lou Marzian would help create jobs in sustainable fields by requiring utilities to include renewable energy sources in their portfolio.

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Environment
9:51 am
Wed February 26, 2014

White Nose Syndrome Shows Up In Mammoth Cave National Park

Credit Ryan von Linden / New York Department of Environmental Conservation

Staff at Mammoth Cave National Park in south central Kentucky say a fatal bat disease has now shown up in visitor passageways.  The disease was found in remote sections of the cave system last year. 

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Environment
1:39 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Madisonville Demolition Sparks Asbestos Investigations

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The Kentucky Division for Air Quality and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration are investigating a Webster County salvage company after the possibly unauthorized demolition of a building containing asbestos in Madisonville earlier this month.

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Weather
9:39 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Storm System to Push Through Region By 9p.m.

Credit National Weather Service

    

UPDATE THURSDAY 4:57 p.m.:

The storm system is moving through the region from southwest to northeast. The storm system is producing isolated severe thunderstorm warnings and tornado warnings. The system should be out of the region by 9:00 p.m.  A Tornado Watch remains in effect until 9:00 p.m..

 National Weather Service meteorologists say the risk of tornado formation in western Kentucky this afternoon has gone down. NWS meteorologist Dan Spaeth says  in the latest multimedia briefing from the NWS that the timing has changed a little for the approaching system. Severe weather is predicted to impact West Kentucky between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. 

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