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A Simpson County man has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for violating a federal law that protects archaeological remains. The case stems from a three-year undercover investigation by the National Park Service.  

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A Kentucky firm is being fined more than $15,000 for illegally excavating national park lands in Tennessee and removing century-old Native American relics.

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Nearly all of the seats on the U.S. National Park Service advisory board are vacant following a mass resignation Monday night, with ex-members citing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's unwillingness to meet with them.

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  Fort Donelson National Battlefield has opened a 30-day public review period for a draft environmental assessment that would update the park’s fire management plan.

In 2011, the National Park Service put in place a policy to encourage national parks to end the sale of bottled water. The aim was to cut back on plastic litter.

It was not actually an outright ban — but 23 out of 417 national parks, including Grand Canyon National Park and Zion National Park, implemented restrictions on bottled water sales. The parks encourage visitors to use tap water and refillable bottles instead.

Now, The Trump administration has reversed this Obama-era policy.

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Kentucky officials say the National Park Service has added eight sites around the state to the National Register of Historic Places.

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An executive order from the White House has hiring at Mammoth Cave National Park in limbo. 

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Mammoth Cave National Park officials want to increase fees for tours and programs they offer. Superintendent Tracy Stakely tells WBKO-TV  the fee increase would begin in January, and park officials want feedback before the changes are implemented. 

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Businesses in a southern Kentucky tourist-rich area are hoping a National Park Service report released this week is an indicator of a strong upcoming summer season.  

That report showed visitors to the state’s national parks spent over $113 million in the Commonwealth last year. 

The cost of getting into some national parks increases on Thursday.

The rates will go up despite the fact that visitation at parks is up, which means bigger crowds, congested traffic and busier visitor centers. But more people aren't translating into a big boost for park budgets. For example, visitation at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is up 20 percent so far this year and Yosemite, Yellowstone and Zion are also seeing double-digit increases. The parks are also seeing the strain. About 100 parks are planning an entrance fee hike.

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