Today on State of the News

Segment A: We’ll talk about this week’s metro news, including U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta‘s upcoming visit to Louisville, and the end of Kentucky’s Virtual High School program. Segment B: Kenny Colston joins us to talk about managed care companies’ claim that they’ve fixed problems with Medicaid payments, where the dropout bill and pseudoephedrine bill […]

No More Migration?

Some bird species once commonly found in Kentucky and surrounding states are moving farther north each year, according to the Audubon Society. Take the Red-breasted Merganser, for example. This fish-eating duck, the society says, has moved its range northward over the past 40 years more than 300 miles. They’re apparently more abundant in Minnesota now than they once were here. The reason? Climate change.

EPA Pesticide Ban May Help Threatened KY Bird

Bird enthusiasts will welcome the news that a pesticide toxic to the animals has been banned. The Environmental Protection Agency used to allow a small residue of the chemical on food. But now—carbofuran will be phased out by the end of this year. A native Kentucky species called the Cerulean Warbler, however, may still be in danger where it winters in Central and South America because farmers continue to use carbofuran on fruit and vegetable crops the birds eat.

Eastern Forest Song Birds Among Species in Decline

The nation’s 800 bird species are sending us a message. That’s the news from a new report released by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. The report combines years of observations from citizen scientists and data from government agencies and conservation organizations to form the first comprehensive picture of the state of our birds. It found a third of species are declining, mostly because of human activities.

Bye, Bye Birdie?

Some of the most common song birds are disappearing around the country, thanks to habitat loss. The U.S. House subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, and Oceans heard testimony Thursday on the global decline of bird populations, just as the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act is up for reauthorization.