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Fee increases set to go into effect next month at Mammoth Cave National Park will be used to renovate the park’s hotel.

Superintendent Sarah Craighead  announced Thursday that the new fees will  begin March 14.

Most cave tours will increase by $1 or $2, with the Wild Cave tour increasing by $5. Camping fees will jump from $3 to $5, and the cost of reserving picnic shelters will increase $25.

Craighead predicts the fee hikes will bring the park an additional $350,000 this year.

Eighty-percent of the fees collected at Mammoth Cave are used to fund facilities and services at the park. The remaining fees support national parks that don’t charge entrance fees, such as the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace in Hodgenville.

Mammoth Cave accepted public comments about the proposed fee increases from Nov. 14-Dec. 5, 2014. The park says it received 17 comments—12 in favor of the fee hike, and five opposed.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet issue the following traffic advisory impacting I-65 Northbound Wednesday afternoon:

Corrective work continues between Exits 58 and 65 (Northbound Rest Area to the Green River Bridge). Crews are milling and paving the inside and outside lanes along with the joint where the northbound rest area on ramp connects to the interstate.

One lane is open to traffic but with volume increasing into the afternoon, delays are now being reported upon approach to the work area.  Delays are also likely for those wishing to leave the rest area and merge onto Northbound I-65.

Work should be completed by the end of the day.

The nonprofit group Shaping Our Appalachian Region Inc. has received approval for a $200,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

The grant money will help pay for the nonprofit organization's startup costs. The group's aim is to improve economic diversity in eastern Kentucky. The money is the first of four installments of an ARC grant announced last year totaling $750,000 to be distributed over four years.

Jared Arnett, executive director of SOAR, says the seed funding will help pay for essential staff and office equipment.

Update at 3:42 pm:

All lanes of I-65 north are now open.  

Original post:

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet issued the following advisory Saturday morning:

Traffic advisory for I-65 north in Hardin County:

I-65 Northbound is reduced to one lane between Sonora and Glendale at Mile Point 83. A semi has lost a load in the median and is also blocking the left lane. Traffic is backing up. Time to clear is estimated to take until noon central/1:00 pm eastern.

With reduced traction due to icing and ponding of water conditions, we are particularly concerned as motorists slow down upon approach to the traffic queue.

Motorists are asked to please slow down well in advance. Driving the posted speed is still too fast for current weather conditions. This is in a construction zone, so responding to crashes is complicated and will require longer durations to clear. Even if crashes happen at low speeds with no injuries, the backup and effects along detour/alternate routes is extraordinary and hazardous for motorists on I-65 and for local traffic.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Facebook

Citing a need for docking locations on the Ohio River between Louisville and Paducah, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded the city of Owensboro a $1.5 million grant toward the building of a new 500 foot dock for traveling boaters.

City attorney and assistant city manager Ed Ray says the intended location for the transient dock is in front of the city’s convention center.

Lisa Autry

As temperatures plunge below zero, the Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society is reminding pet owners to bring their animals inside. 

Director Lorri Hare says while it may be an inconvenience, it could mean the difference between life and death. 

If someone doesn’t have room in their home, the shelter is offering to house the animals.

"This type of weather is so extremely dangerous," Hare tells WKU Public Radio.  "Many people don't realize it can be fatal not just domesticated animals, but also large animals.  We just thought that as long as we had room, we would provide free boarding."

Hare says the shelter does not have the capacity to house large-breed animals such as livestock.  The free boarding service is only open to dogs. 

If someone doesn’t have transportation to the shelter, Hare says staff will come to their home and pick up the animal.

The boarding service will continue through Saturday when a warm-up is expected in the forecast. 

A national animal rights organization has asked a federal agency to investigate what it calls preventable animal deaths at a southern Indiana wildlife refuge.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wednesday, asking officials to determine whether the deaths of several bears, lemurs, and spotted leopards violated the Animal Welfare Act.

TVA

The Tennessee Valley Authority experienced record-breaking power demand Thursday morning. At 6 a.m. central time, demand was at 32, 109 megawatts, the highest the utility has experienced for the month of February in 82 years.

The all-time power demand record is 33,482 megawatts set in the summer of 2007.

TVA is still asking consumers to conserve power where possible through noon tomorrow as temperatures are expected to remain in single digits tonight.

TVA sells electricity to Kentucky utilities powering more than 204,000 households in 28 western and central Kentucky counties.

Kevin Willis

Campbellsville University Cancels Classes Remainder of the Week

There are no classes tonight, Thursday, Feb 19, at all Campbellsville University locations.

There are also no classes tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 20, at all locations, according to Dr. Frank Cheatham, senior vice president for academic affairs.

Staff are to travel to work at their own discretion.

WKU Closed Thursday and Friday

All WKU campuses are closed the remainder of the week.

Kentucky House Won't Meet Remainder of the Week

The Kentucky House of Representatives is taking the rest of the week off due to the winter weather. A statement issued by House Speaker Greg Stumbo Wednesday afternoon said the chamber would reconvene at 4 pm on Monday.

The House was initially set to meet today, but lawmakers decided the combination of snowfall and record-low temperatures made travel to the state capitol too dangerous.

As of late Wednesday afternoon, the Senate was still planning to meet Thursday at 2 pm.

Kentucky State Police

Update at 3:23 p.m.:

I-65 northbound at mile point 61 in Hart County has been reopened following a Wednesday morning accident involving a tractor trailer on the Green River Bridge.

It will take awhile for backed up traffic to clear the interstate and detour route.

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