Ohio River

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After nearly 30 years of work, the Army Corps of Engineers will partially open a new locks-and-dam system Thursday on the Ohio River between Kentucky and Illinois. Ships and barges will be able to start using the Olmsted Locks and Dam in October.

Matt Markgraf / WKMS

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced Thursday the opening of a new federal Maritime office in Paducah.

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The agency with a mission to control and reduce pollution in the Ohio River is considering lowering water quality standards. The mayor of one riverfront city is urging the agency to maintain pollution controls.

Matt Markgraf / WKMS

The same river that Louisville uses as a drinking water source also receives discharges from coal power plants, raw sewage and trash from the cities that line its banks.

That’s the Ohio River, a nearly thousand-mile-long waterway that flows along the borders of six states before joining the Mississippi.

Matt Markgraf / WKMS

An Ohio River bridge between Kentucky and Illinois has resumed normal traffic flow this week but will have restrictions again starting next week.

Nicole Erwin / WKMS

Economic development and agriculture are the focus areas for a collaborative effort that aims to restore jobs in Kentucky’s four westernmost counties.

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Officials say the new I-69 bridge over the Ohio River between Indiana and Kentucky will likely be operated as a toll bridge.

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A barge that cracked in half on the Ohio River released more than 400,000 gallons (1.5 million liters) of fertilizer, and now the boat's owners say "human error" caused the spill.

  The National Weather Service in Paducah is extending the flood warning for most of west Kentucky until 11:30 Saturday morning.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

A commission that watches over the Ohio River's health across six states may give up setting pollution standards for the waterway, raising concerns it would weaken protections for a source of drinking water for 5 million people.