scholarships en Report Urges Policymakers to Consider Long-Term Sustainability of Coal Severance Fund <p>State lawmakers are considering a bill that would designate some coal severance tax money to scholarships for coalfields residents; the measure has already passed the House. But a report by a non-profit group warns that Kentucky needs to think about the long-term future of the state&rsquo;s coal severance fund. Coal producers pay a tax of four and a half percent value of coal that&rsquo;s sold into the state&rsquo;s coal severance fund. Half of that money goes to Kentucky&rsquo;s general fund, and the other half goes to various programs in coal-producing counties. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 19:56:23 +0000 Erica Peterson (KPR) 17255 at Tennessee GOP Reconsidering Lottery Scholarship Bill <p>Republican leaders are proposing legislation that would tie changes to lottery scholarship requirements to lottery revenue growth.&nbsp; A GOP-backed measure that would cut some students&#39; scholarships in half has drawn heavy criticism from Democrats who say it&#39;s unnecessary because the lottery&#39;s education proceeds have increased 4 percent since 2005, with about $10 million more coming in a year.&nbsp; Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Dolores Gresham announced Tuesday in a statement that if the $10 million is sustained through 2015, then the pro Wed, 07 Mar 2012 19:06:51 +0000 Shelly Baskin & From the Associated Press 17187 at