Coal

Environment
1:50 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Study: Illness More Likely in Eastern Kentucky Coal County Than Non-Coal Counties

A new health study in Eastern Kentucky has found that residents in a county where surface mining is prevalent have a higher instance of illness than residents in two control counties.

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Politics
3:34 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

UMWA Protests Potential Loss of Health Benefits

Credit NRDC

Members of the United Mine Workers of America and other unions rallied  in St. Louis today. Hundreds of United Mine Workers and supports marched through the streets of St. Louis today as part of a rally in front of the corporate headquarters of Peabody Energy. Miners are protesting the potential loss of health benefits.

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Environment
8:42 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Western KY Coal Company Awarded For Reclamaton Efforts

Kentucky officials are honoring some coal companies for efforts to restore the land on former surface mine sites.

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Environment
3:24 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Kentucky Utilities to Pay Millions For Alleged Clean Air Act Violations

Credit wikipedia.org

Kentucky Utilities will spend $57 million to install updated pollution control equipment and pay civil penalties under the terms of a proposed consent decree.

The money will go to installing a sulfuric acid mist emission control system at the company’s Ghent power plant, replace a coal-fired boiler and pay $300,000 in fines to the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Government
12:48 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Hopkins Co. Coal Severance Going Down

Hopkins County officials are bracing for a drop in coal severance tax funds following a slowdown in coal production over the next 18 months.

State officials are reporting a 26 percent drop in coal severance for the 2012-13 fiscal year, which began July 1. That could leave Hopkins County with $1 million less than the $4.05 million officials projected from 2012-2014.

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Breaking
11:51 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Williams Nominated for State Judgeship

Kentucky Senate President David Williams is one step closer to leaving the state legislature. Williams is one of three people nominated by a judicial commission to fill the 40th Circuit opening. Angela Capps and Stephen Hurt are the other two people nominated. 

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Environment
11:27 am
Mon October 8, 2012

TVA Becoming Less Coal Dependent

The Tennessee Valley Authority's reliance on coal has dropped and the use of natural gas as fuel to generate electricity has increased. The Commercial Appeal reports TVA's use of gas climbed 70 percent in the fiscal year ended September 30. At the same time, coal-fired generation declined 30 percent from fiscal year 2011.

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Afternoon Update
4:12 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 8/16/12

What they're applying for is not permanent legal status... applicants will essentially receive a promise from the federal government that they won't be deported for the next two years.

Today on NPR: The government began accepting applications Wednesday for "deferred action for childhood arrivals." The program allows qualified undocumented young people brought to the U.S. as children to study and work legally in the U.S. Many are applying, but the process is not without risk for some.

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Business
2:08 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Keith Hall and KY's Coal Deal with India

The involvement of a state representative in a major coal deal in Kentucky is raising some eyebrows.  The $7 billion contract signed yesterday creates a 25-year standing order to ship 9 million tons of Kentucky coal annually to India. Pike County Representative Keith Hall was instrumental in brokering the deal—but he also has several coal-related businesses. He also sits on the board of FJS Energy—the New Jersey-based company that signed the contract. Hall says his involvement in the deal was both as a state lawmaker and a businessman.

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Business
3:22 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

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

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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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