Ohio River

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UPDATE:

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the US 51 'Cairo' Bridge is now open to traffic.   

The river crossing has been shut since December 31st after floodwaters covered a portion of the bridge on the Kentucky side. 

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A federal complaint has been filed against a barge company alleging they discharged sewage and polluted wastewater into the Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois for more than half a decade.

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The National Weather Service has lowered projected Ohio River crest levels, leading Paducah officials to cancel preparations to install the city’s floodgates.

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The National Weather Service in Paducah says the average temperature there for December is going to end up being around 48.8 degrees, shattering the previous average low of 45.4 degrees, set in 1971.

The next four coldest Decembers on record for Paducah are within a degree of each other.

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Seven public media stations in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, led by Louisville Public Media, have been awarded a $445,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to establish an Ohio River regional journalism collaboration. 

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Paducah Water’s board has approved a $250,000 study that will look into the feasibility of a new riverbank filtration system.

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The Rayovac FLW Series Championship is this weekend in Paducah, including the pro anglers weigh-in at the Paducah Riverfront on Thursday and Friday open to spectators and a televised event on NBC Sports at Walmart (across from the mall) on Saturday. FLW Promotions Manager Scott Ellison stops by Sounds Good to speak with Tracy Ross about this top level fishing tournament that sends the top 10 anglers to the prestigious Forrest Wood Cup.

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A barge that teaches students about river ecosystems is beginning its fall tour in Louisville this week. 

ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and the Image Science & Analysis Group, Johnson Space Center / National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Kentucky state regulators are warning people to avoid recreational contact with the Ohio River from the West Virginia border, past Louisville all the way to the Cannelton Locks and Dam in Hancock County. Over the past two weeks, a harmful algal bloom has spread, releasing toxins into the water.

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Flatboats were the most prevalent form of transportation on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers through the late 1700's and early 1800's. While the harsh, active river currents and salvaging settlers have left little to explore of these boats, the remains of one vessel have been found in the muddy banks of the Ohio. Kate Lochte welcomes SIU Carbondale Center for Archaeological Investigations Director Dr. Mark Wagner to Sounds Good to discuss his new book "The Wreck of the America in Southern Illinois: A Flatboat on the Ohio River."

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