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Culture
3:09 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Samuel Mason: The Cave-In-Rock Pirate Who Prowled the Region's Waterways

Cave-In-Rock, view on the Ohio (circa 1832), from Karl Bodmer's book "Maximilian, Prince of Wied's Travels in the Interior of North America, during the years 1832‚Äď1834"
Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

Highway 91 goes north from Marion, Kentucky to the Ohio River, where there's a small ferry crossing to Cave-In-Rock, Illinois. That limestone cave, now a feature of a small state park along the banks of the river, was said to have harbored vicious river pirates at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries, including the infamous Harpe Brothers. Dr. Mark Wagner, interim director and staff archeologist of Southern Illinois Carbondale's Center for Archeological Investigations, says that historical record only places one particular pirate there and his name was Samuel Mason. Kate Lochte speaks with Dr. Wagner on Sounds Good to learn more about the fearsome figure who prowled the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.

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Arts
4:06 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Paducah RIVERfront Concert Tonight Features The Drunken Poets & Parker Millsap

RIVERfront Concert Series Flyer 2015
Credit paducahky.gov

Paducah Parks Services kicked off their summer concert series last summer. This summer they've turned it up a notch with more performances, partnering with local and nationwide musicians Thursday evenings from 6 to 8:30 downtown on the Wilson Stage on the Ohio River. Tonight features western Kentucky collective The Drunken Poets and Oklahoma native Parker Millsap, who NPR says is "an emerging voice of Americana." On Sounds Good, Chad Lampe speaks with special events coordinator Molly Tomasallo about the series.

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Environment
5:15 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Kentucky Water Division Proposing To Remove Lower Ohio River Off Mercury Warning List

Credit Jim Grey / Flickr (Creative Commons License)

The Kentucky Division of Water is proposing that the lower Ohio River be removed from a list of waterways with high mercury levels.

The list warns against consuming fish from those waters.

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Environment
6:56 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Feedback Sought on Changes to Ohio River‚Äôs Water Pollution ‚ÄėMixing Zones‚Äô

Credit www.ohioriverfdn.org

The interstate commission that regulates pollution in the Ohio River is considering a formal change to the way certain pollutants are measured in the river.

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Health
9:53 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Community Health Impact: Shawnee Fossil Plant

Credit http://www.kyenvironmentalfoundation.org/health-impact-assessments.html

The Kentucky Environmental Foundation has released its Health Impact Assessment for Paducah's Shawnee Fossil Fuel Plant. The report comes as the Commonwealth braces for new EPA regulations on coal plant emissions.  

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Environment
9:15 am
Mon October 6, 2014

What Could the West Virginia Plan to Frack Under the Ohio River Mean for Kentucky?

The Ohio River in West Virginia.

Originally published on Sun October 5, 2014 10:05 am

West Virginia is accepting bids on a plan to allow hydraulic fracturing for natural gas (or ‚Äúfracking‚ÄĚ) beneath the Ohio River. The move would provide the state with much-needed revenue, but environmental and citizen groups are concerned about the possible contamination of drinking water for millions of people.

Louisville is one of the communities downriver that uses the river for drinking water.

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Infrastructure
6:02 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Lane Closures on I-24 Ohio River Bridge

Credit Daniel Schwen, Wikimedia Commons

Commuters between Paducah and Metropolis could encounter slower passage over the I-24 Ohio River Bridge this week. The Illinois Department of Transportation will begin work Tuesday, taking place in both eastbound and westbound lanes causing daytime lane closures extending through Friday. IDOT spokesman Keith Miley says through traffic should seek alternate routes.

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Government
6:45 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Dem IL Congressional Candidate Pushing for Brookport Levee Repairs, Looks to Unseat Shimkus

Credit Lance Dennee

Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representative’s 15th District, Eric Thorsland told residents in Brookport he wants to see funds put into the village’s levee repairs.

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Environment
3:02 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Olmsted Dam Work Proceeding with Target Completion Date 2020

Olmsted Locks and Dam
Credit US Army Corps of Engineers

It was 1987 when the Corps of Engineers formally recommended to Congress that a new dam be built near Olmsted, Illinois. The Olmsted Locks and Dam would replace old wicket dams between Paducah and Metropolis and between Joppa and Olmsted. It's a massive project in an erratically flowing river. The locks were finished long ago. Today, we get an update on the building of the dam and learn more about the controversial construction method being used for the dam, called "in-the-wet." Kate Lochte speaks with Olmsted Division Chief Mike Braden of the Louisville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Listen to the conversation:

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Culture
11:56 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Wickliffe Mounds Open for 10th Season as State Historic Site

Lifeways Mural at Wickliffe Mounds

Native Americans now called Mississippian culture lived at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers around 1100 to 1350 AD. Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site offers a window on this ancient community. Park Manager Carla Hildebrand spoke with Kate Lochte about this season's opening, Tuesday, April 1. 

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