i love mountains http://wkms.org en Surface Mining Opponents Rally at Kentucky Capitol http://wkms.org/post/surface-mining-opponents-rally-kentucky-capitol <p>Hundreds of citizen activists, Appalachian residents and environmentalists rallied at the Kentucky Capitol to call for an end to mountaintop blasting and destructive surface mining practices.&nbsp; Organizers say more than 1,200 people lined the front steps of the Capitol building Tuesday and later marched to the nearby governor&#39;s mansion. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 12:57:49 +0000 Todd Hatton 16928 at http://wkms.org Afternoon Round-Up 2/14/12 http://wkms.org/post/afternoon-round-21412 <p>Today is I Love Mountains Day in Frankfort, and more than one thousand are expected to attend a <a href="http://wkms.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net/post/i-love-mountains-rally-frankfort">rally</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Around the Commonwealth:</strong></p><p>Lawmakers have unveiled their constitutional amendment for <a href="http://wkms.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net/post/gambling-amendment-would-allow-seven-casinos">expanded gambling</a> which would allow for up to seven casinos in Kentucky, but five must be at horse racing tracks.</p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 22:40:44 +0000 Rose Krzton-Presson 16926 at http://wkms.org Afternoon Round-Up 2/14/12 I Love Mountains Rally in Frankfort http://wkms.org/post/i-love-mountains-rally-frankfort <p>Environmental activists are urging state lawmakers to stop supporting mountaintop removal coal mining and throw their weight behind renewable energy legislation. Today is I Love Mountains Day at the state capitol, and more than one thousand are expected to attend a rally. They&rsquo;re supporting the Clean Energy Opportunity Act, which would mandate a certain percentage of energy in Kentucky come from renewable or efficient sources. Recent studies have linked mountaintop removal to birth defects, cancer and other diseases. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 21:45:39 +0000 Erica Peterson (KPR) 16921 at http://wkms.org