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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Business
7:27 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Prairie State electricity rates higher than expected

Wikimedia Commons

A new report says the country’s newest coal-burning power plant is far more expensive for ratepayers than expected.  The report was released by the non-profit Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, and says that the Prairie State power plant in Illinois isn’t living up to its promises of cheap rates.  The Kentucky Municipal Power Agency, or KMPA, owns about eight percent of the Prairie State plant, and provides power to the municipalities of Paducah and Princeton.  KMPA issued nearly five hundred million dollars in bonds to buy its share of the generation, and General Manage

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Environment
12:12 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

New Mammoth Cave Superintendent Excited to Return to Kentucky

National Park Service

The National Park Service has appointed a new superintendent for Mammoth Cave National Park, near Bowling Green.

Sarah Craighead has worked at Mammoth Cave National Park before…but that was in 1979. She grew up near the park, and credits it with getting her started in the park system.

Since then, she’s headed up parks in Oklahoma and Arizona. She’s currently the superintendent of Death Valley National Park, and has also worked in parks in Maine and Virginia.

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Government
9:00 am
Sun August 19, 2012

Keith Hall Raising Eyebrows for Participating in Kentucky - India Coal Deal

The involvement of a state representative in a major coal deal in Kentucky is raising some eyebrows. Under the terms of a new $7 billion contract, Kentucky coal producers will ship nine million tons of coal a year to India for the next twenty-five years. Representative Keith Hall was instrumental in brokering the deal—and he represents both the people of Kentucky and his own private coal interests.

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Business
3:22 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Kentucky Mines Sign $7B, 25-Year Coal Contract with India

www.en.wikipedia.com

Coal mines in Kentucky and West Virginia will send millions of tons of coal to India, under the terms of a 25-year contract that was signed Wednesday. As Kentucky Public Radio’s Erica Peterson reports, the deal is being hailed as a sign of hope in the coal export market.

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Business
11:08 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Patriot Coal Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

US Geological Survey, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

A major coal company with mines in Appalachia and Western Kentucky has filed for bankruptcy. In a news release, Patriot Coal said it was undertaking the move to facilitate restructuring.

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Environment
10:12 am
Wed June 27, 2012

New Louisville Plant Equips Vehicles to Run on Natural Gas

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 3:45 pm

Natural gas provides an increasingly large share of the country’s electricity. And now, the fuel is growing in popularity as an alternative to gasoline. A new Louisville plant is betting that natural gas as a vehicle fuel is a technology that will be around for decades or longer.

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Coal
8:57 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Surface Coal Miners Get Black Lung Too

wikipedia.org

A new study shows black lung disease isn’t limited to just coal miners who work underground.  Studies for coal workers’ pneumoconiosis—or black lung disease—haven’t been done on surface miners in a decade, and the miners were commonly thought to be less at risk for the disease than underground workers. 

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Coal
6:59 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Coal on the Decline

A common misconception about coal in America is that it accounts for most of the nation’s electricity generation. Coal’s importance to the nation’s energy mix is indisputable, but that influence is on the decline, and is dropping fast. 

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Coal
8:57 am
Wed June 6, 2012

EPA Coal Hearings Begin

The Environmental Protection Agency is in Kentucky this week taking testimony on the federal government’s objection to 36 coal mining permits in Eastern Kentucky. 

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Environment
8:36 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Lawsuit Alleges Damages From “Whiskey Fungus”

A lawsuit filed today in federal court alleges a black substance coating the homes of residents in some areas of Louisville is caused by whiskey distilling.

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