The high water level of the Ohio River has the Owensboro-Daviess County region under a flood warning until Friday, Feb. 22.  Many roads are closed and the county is handing out sandbags on Saturday morning.

Ohio River Compact Considers Vote to Eliminate Pollution Standards

Feb 13, 2019
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A multi-state commission charged with ensuring water quality in the Ohio River will consider whether to eliminate its pollution control standards at its meeting on February 14. Thousands of people have expressed opposition during a public comment period, while others argue that the regulations are redundant and have no teeth.

U.S. Forest Service

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul introduced an amendment granting authority to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to sell off an unspecified amount of Daniel Boone National Forest near the border of Tennessee.

Courtesy Scott Shoupe

Economic development leaders from the Ohio Valley’s coal communities used a Congressional hearing on climate change Tuesday to say that their communities must be central to conversations about climate solutions.


Paducah city officials say they are closely watching forecasts issued by the National Weather Service regarding flooding around the Ohio River.

NWS Paducah

The National Weather Service in Paducah says a flood warning has been issued Monday afternoon for west Kentucky and Pulaski, Pope, Hardin and Massac counties in southern Illinois. 

NWS Paducah

The National Weather Service in Paducah issued a flood watch Thursday for west Kentucky and southern Illinois as heavy rain continues to move through the area.

Kara Lofton, WVPB

It’s been two years since President Donald Trump took office and began rolling back environmental regulations on the coal industry.

At a November rally in Huntington, West Virginia, the president took credit for a coal comeback in front of a cheering crowd.

“We’ve ended the war on beautiful, clean coal and we’re putting our coal miners back to work,” he said. “That you know better than anybody.”

But federal data about the industry tell a different story.

Paducah's National Weather Service Website

The National Weather Service in Paducah said people should prepare for frigid temperatures this week as a massive cold front moves through the region.


  Two of west Kentucky’s largest cities are looking to find success with their curbside recycling programs. Paducah officials said they want to grow their program in 2019 and Hopkinsville prepares to launch their program in February.  

Hopkinsville Solid Waste Enterprise Recycling Manager Chris Powell said he hopes the program will help move Hopkinsville towards becoming “totally green city.”