Erica Peterson (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

Erica Peterson is a reporter and Kentucky Public Radio correspondent based out of WFPL in Louisville, Kentucky.

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State regulators have told an Eastern Kentucky coal mine to immediately cease operations after a pond overflow released iron-laced water into a stream last week and killed hundreds of fish.

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Nearly $70 million in federal funds is now available for coal mining communities across the country. The Appalachian Regional Commission and the U.S. Economic Development Administration announced the funding on Thursday. 

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A bill under consideration in Kentucky’s General Assembly would eliminate state mine inspections, a move which a safety advocate says would have adverse effects on mine safety in Kentucky.

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Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration has filed a lawsuit against a second Kentucky abortion provider, alleging the facility provided abortions without a license. 

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The University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees plans to hold a vote on members’ confidence in university president James Ramsey at its next meeting in April.

Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, energy.gov

Defense contractor Lockheed Martin has agreed to a settlement resolving years of litigation over hazardous waste handling at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. 

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Under changes that go into effect next month, Kentucky and every other state will have to assess the risks posed by climate change in its hazard mitigation plan.

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Nearly all of Kentucky’s federal representatives have formally filed a document in support of a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon dioxide regulations. 

University of Kentucky College of Engineering - Paducah Campus, Facebook

A team of chemical engineering students from the University of Kentucky’s Paducah campus has won a federal grant of nearly $15,000 for the third time to further research on non-synthetic pesticides. 

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Kentucky’s Department of Agriculture is seeking public input on the state’s first pollinator protection plan. The plan lays out best management practices in an effort to slow the rapid die-off of honeybees and other pollinators.

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