appalachia en Coal Lawsuit Intervention <p>The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled environmental groups can intervene in a court case involving a coal company and water pollution. Thursday&rsquo;s ruling upholds a lower court decision that the groups can participate in a lawsuit filed by the state&rsquo;s Energy and Environment Cabinet against Frasure Creek Mining. The state filed a lawsuit against the mining company for violations of the Clean Water Act in eastern Kentucky. A settlement was reached, but the environmental groups say it is inadequate. Fri, 27 Apr 2012 20:18:09 +0000 Erica Peterson (KPR) 17790 at Budget Compromise Changes Appalachia​n Scholarshi​ps <p>A scholarship program intended to serve college students in far eastern Kentucky has been expanded. What was originally called the Appalachian Scholarship Fund has been expanded to all coal-producing counties in Kentucky, including those in the western portion of the state. The program applies to students in the last two years of their education who attend a university, public or private, in a coal-producing county. The intent was to keep eastern Kentucky students from leaving the area for college. Thu, 29 Mar 2012 19:36:20 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 17448 at Budget Compromise Changes Appalachia​n Scholarshi​ps Appalachia Scholarship Proposal at Risk <p>A plan to create scholarships for college students in the Appalachian region is in danger after the Senate removed the funding in its budget proposal.&nbsp; The scholarship program was intended as a compromise after a bill to move the University of Pikeville into the state university system couldn&rsquo;t garner enough support.&nbsp; It would give college juniors and seniors money to attend private universities or public university partnerships in the Appalachian region to finish their education.&nbsp; The House&rsquo;s version of the budget funded the scholarships with coal severance tax m Mon, 26 Mar 2012 12:33:39 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 17362 at Appalachia Scholarship Proposal at Risk Panel to Hear University of Pikeville proposal <p>The House Education Committee is expected to consider a proposal next week to make the private University of Pikeville part of the state&#39;s higher education system.&nbsp; House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Tuesday that the proposal remains alive and well, despite some county-level opposition to a plan to use revenue from the state&#39;s coal severance tax to fund it.&nbsp; Former Governor Paul Patton, now president of the University of Pikeville, proposed turning the private school into a state university as a means to allow more Appalachian residents to go on to college.&nbsp; State funding Wed, 15 Feb 2012 13:09:34 +0000 Todd Hatton 16932 at