Environment

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Local farmers who have lost cattle to the recent harsh winter weather can apply for federal assistance under the United States Department of Agriculture’s Livestock Indemnity Program. But the same program also helps farmers whose livestock have been killed by federally-protected avian predators like the black vulture.

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The Tennessee Valley Authority held the first of seven public meetings Thursday night in Chattanooga over its new plan for a gradual transition from coal to nuclear power.

Specifically, the 2015 Integrated Resource Plan outlines various scenarios and strategies the power provider may face through 2033.

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Over 300 fisherman from across the nation will be on Kentucky Lake this weekend for what organizers hope to be the largest college bass tournament of all-time.  

The inaugural FLW college tournament is open to all eligible college teams, regardless of division or location. The event is free to any college team. 

Murray State University will be represented by Seth Brock and Lance Freeman.  

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  National Weather Service meteorologists are calling for more than two inches of rain in some parts of western Kentucky over the next two days.

A flood watch for the quad-state area will go into effect at 6 p.m. Thursday evening and remain in place until at least 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

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This month, we meet Sadie, a black and tan hound mix, roughly 10 or 11 weeks old. When this outgoing puppy came arrived, her tail never stopped wagging and she sniffed everything. She's a curious and happy puppy that loved getting treats and cuddles from the station crew. Kathy Hodge, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Calloway County, says she's in a foster home with a large and small dog and some cats and predicts she'll be 50 pounds when fully grown. She speaks with Todd Hatton about Sadie and also the Easter Bone Hunt event coming up and how to prepare your pets for emergency weather. 

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The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is looking to fill vacancies on its advisory board.

The 17-member board advises on environmental education efforts and the promotion of public participation in land and resource management planning.

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As today’s rain adds to the melted snow from last week’s winter storm, several roads across the region are experiencing high water.

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Update 3:30 pm

Road crews are hard at work to clear as much snow and ice from area Interstate 24 and other area highways before dusk, when cold temperatures pose a chance for potential re-freezing.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says crews are confident to have both directions of I-24 mostly clear by tonight.

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is urging motorists to stay off highways to allow emergency crews to clear snow and stalled vehicles. Heavy snowfall across the region led Beshear to declare a state of emergency for the second time in a month.

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Update 2:15 pm: At the request of the McCracken County Sheriff, KYTC has closed the US 45 Ohio River "Brookport" Bridge in Paducah until further notice due to icing on the deck.

The National Weather Service’s Winter Storm Warning remains in effect through 6 a.m. Thursday morning as heavy rain creates flooding problems across our listening area.  

As temperatures drop below freezing this afternoon, rain will change to sleet and eventually snow through tonight before tapering off tomorrow morning.  

NWS has called for 6-8 inches of snow accumulation in the Jackson Purchase area and even higher amounts to the northeast. About an inch of ice and sleet will precede the snow.

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