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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Society
5:25 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Prince Charles, Camilla to Visit Louisville In March to Discuss Health, Environment

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Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will visit Louisville next month at the end of a U.S. tour.

Their visit on March 20 will focus on the links between health and the environment. Prince Charles has long been an advocate for sustainability, andpublished a book in 2010 about humanity’s disconnect with nature.

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Government
7:56 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Bill to Raise Kentucky's Minimum Wage Passes House

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A bill that would increase Kentucky’s minimum wage to $10.10 over the course of three years has passed the state House of Representatives. 

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Business
3:03 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Dollar Store Products Contain Unsafe Levels of Toxic Chemicals, Report Says

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A new analysis of products purchased at dollar stores around the country show that most included significant amounts of at least one hazardous chemical. The Campaign for Healthier Solutions tested 164 dollar store products—including several from stores in Louisville—and found high levels of chemicals like polyvinyl chloride, phthalates, lead and tin in 81 percent of them.

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Environment
12:11 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Kentucky Coal Production, Employment Declined Slightly in 2014

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Kentucky’s coal production and employment dropped only slightly in 2014, but sharper declines are likely in the future.

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet released its quarterly coal report for the fourth quarter of 2014 today. Preliminary data suggest the state produced 3.7 percent less coal in 2014 than in 2013. Coal employment declined by 2.8 percent over the same time period.

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Environment
1:55 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Obama Budget Includes Millions for Coalfields Communities

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President Obama released his proposed budget today, and for the first time, the plan includes direct funding to help coal communities transition away from economies based on fossil fuels. 

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Environment
2:59 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Appeals Court Rules Mining Companies Can’t Sue Mine Inspectors

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Mining companies can’t sue individual government inspectors for damages, according to a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued late last month.

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Environment
11:53 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Patriot Coal Idles Two Large Mines in Western Kentucky

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Patriot Coal will idle two large coal mines in Western Kentucky, beginning today. As many as 650 workers could be affected.

Patriot warned layoffs could be coming earlier this month, when it issued WARN notices to employees at its Highland and Dodge Hill mines. 

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Environment
6:00 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Commonwealth Policy Institute Lays Out Energy Plan for the State

  The policy arm of a statewide Democratic group has issued its recommendations for Kentucky’s energy future. 

The Commonwealth Policy Institute—CPI—is part of the Women’s Network. 

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Environment
11:28 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Kentucky Regulators OK State’s First Utility-Scale Solar Array

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The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved a 10 megawatt solar array,making it the first utility-scale solar energy system to be built in the commonwealth. It’ll be built near the Brown Power Plant in Mercer County, southwest of Lexington.

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Environment
4:22 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Kentucky's Largest Solar Array Will Be Built on an Old Landfill at Fort Campbell

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A partnership between the local utility and state and federal government will build Kentucky’s largest solar array at Fort Campbell. The solar array will cover about 20 acres at the army base, and will produce five megawatts of power.

Kenya Stump, Kentucky’s assistant director of the Division of Renewable Energy, said five megawatts is enough energy to power about 500 homes.

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