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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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Environment
2:36 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Kentucky Ranks First in Toxic Air Pollution from Power Plants

Erica Peterson WFPL

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 12:07 pm

Kentucky is number one on a list of the states with the most toxic air pollution from power plants.

The Natural Resources Defense Council analyzed the data self-reported by industries in the Toxic Release Inventory, which is managed by the federal government. The most recent data is from 2010, and that year, Kentucky’s power plants emitted more than 40 million pounds of toxic air pollution. This gives the state the dubious honor of being ranked number one in the nation.

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Afternoon Update
4:01 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 8/7/12

Seventy-five percent of France still buys fresh bread daily from one of the country's 34,000 boulangeries. To be called a boulangerie, the entire bread baking process, from flour to loaf, must be carried out on site.

Today on NPR: In France, some say a gastronomic icon is under threat. For the last decade, the number of pre-prepared, frozen croissants sold in bakeries has been increasing. These knock-offs are cheaper, but they're also less delicious.

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Environment
3:28 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

20,000 expected at coal rally

A rally in support of coal is scheduled for this weekend in southeast Kentucky. It stemmed from a Facebook post, but now Bell County resident and business owner Joe Harris says he expects more than 20,000 people to line a county road Saturday in support of coal. Harris says the event—dubbed “Hands of Coal Across Bell County” isn’t a protest, but just a show of support for the coal industry. Coal is still a major employer in Bell County, but as reduced demand leads to layoffs, Harris says other residents and businesses are suffering.

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Environment
2:02 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

What Does the Recent EPA Ruling Really Mean for Kentucky Coal Mines?

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Kentucky politicians have been lining up to praise a judge’s decision earlier this week to overturn the new way the Environmental Protection Agency has been evaluating coal mining permits. The EPA was sued by the National Mining Association and several individual states, including Kentucky. But the ruling could have few practical implications for the coal industry.

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