West Kentucky Coal http://wkms.org en Beshear Administration Warns Senate Budget Could Be Devastating to Coal Mine Safety http://wkms.org/post/beshear-administration-warns-senate-budget-could-be-devastating-coal-mine-safety The Kentucky Senate has passed its version of the budget, and the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet is warning it could have dire consequences for coal mine safety.<p>The Senate’s version of the budget cuts the amount of money the state’s Office of Mine Safety and Licensing to $2,643,200. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:15:47 +0000 Erica Peterson 39457 at http://wkms.org Beshear Administration Warns Senate Budget Could Be Devastating to Coal Mine Safety Coal Miner Alleges Discrimination for Reporting Safety Issues at Western Kentucky Plant http://wkms.org/post/coal-miner-alleges-discrimination-reporting-safety-issues-western-kentucky-plant <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Decumanus / Wikimedia Commons" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfpl/files/styles/card_280/public/201210/800px-Ashtabulacoalcars_e2.jpg" alt="" /><p>A Western Kentucky coal miner is alleging several counts of workplace discrimination, after he reported safety problems at his job and was fired.<p>Patrick Shemwell worked at a coal plant operated by Ken American in Muhlenberg County. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:21:05 +0000 Erica Peterson 38774 at http://wkms.org Coal Miner Alleges Discrimination for Reporting Safety Issues at Western Kentucky Plant Listen to WKMS News Documentary 'Western Kentucky Coal: Places, People, and Power' http://wkms.org/post/listen-wkms-news-documentary-western-kentucky-coal-places-people-and-power <p><strong><em>Debuting Sunday, September 1 at 9 am</em></strong></p><p>The words "Kentucky Coal" often summon images of the blackened faces of miners emerging from the dark pits of the eastern mountains. In fact, coal mining in the Commonwealth began long before, in the Western Coal Fields of the 1820s. Ever since, from the first mines of McLean's Drift Bank in Muhlenberg County, to the massive operations beneath many western counties, coal has been a major part of our region's life, its politics, and its economy.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.jennmar.com/">Made possible with the underwriting support of Jennmar</a>.</p><p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 17:24:19 +0000 Matt Markgraf 34358 at http://wkms.org Listen to WKMS News Documentary 'Western Kentucky Coal: Places, People, and Power' What Role Would Coal Play in a Grimes-McConnell Senate Race? http://wkms.org/post/what-role-would-coal-play-grimes-mcconnell-senate-race Now that Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has announced her intention to seek the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, the speculation about how Grimes will campaign against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell—and on what issues—has begun. &#160;<p>And even though both Grimes and McConnell have received support from the coal industry in the past, coal is still likely to be a major player in the campaign. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 14:59:33 +0000 Erica Peterson 32856 at http://wkms.org What Role Would Coal Play in a Grimes-McConnell Senate Race?