Science & Enviroment

Bowling ball commemorates eclipse in Hopkinsville

Aug 14, 2017
Isaiah Seibert / WNIN

 With two minutes and 40 seconds of totality, Hopkinsville, Ky. is center stage for next week’s solar eclipse, and there is no better way to celebrate two large spheres than with a single small one.

From outer-space moonshine to scuba diving downtown, the city has found some pretty quirky ways to celebrate, but Solar Eclipse Marketing and Events Consultant Brooke Jung thinks the solar eclipse bowling ball may be the most unique.

“That’s something I don’t know that any other community can say they have,” she said.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson says officials will work to help displaced families from a lead-contaminated public housing complex in East Chicago.

Carson met privately Monday with some residents and local lawmakers near the now-empty West Calumet Housing Complex. Gov. Eric Holcomb, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, U.S. Sens. Joe Donnelly and Todd Young, and East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland joined the discussion.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson will sit down with state lawmakers at East Chicago’s lead-contaminated public housing complex Monday.

The visit comes five months after three Indiana congressmen invited Carson to the USS Lead Superfund site, which is contaminated with high levels of lead and arsenic from old factories.

Indiana stands to lose out if Congress approves proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, says environmentalists, scientists, EPA staffers, and Indiana residents.

The cuts could affect drinking water infrastructure, burden the state’s environmental regulatory agency, and hinder efforts to clean up industrial toxic waste sites.

Eclipse watchers urged to prepare

Aug 3, 2017

With less than three weeks to go before the big event, Kentucky officials are scrambling to complete preparations for the impact of the total solar eclipse on August 21.   

Kentucky officials are getting ready for up to half a million visitors to the areas that will have the best views of the eclipse. Hopkinsville is ground zero. A release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says visitors from 16 countries and 34 states are already on the guest list.