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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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Afternoon Update
4:34 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 8/1/12

Being underground helps block out some of the other particles streaming through space, such as cosmic rays.

Today on NPR: A mile-deep mine in South Dakota was closed a decade ago. Now, it's been cleaned up and revamped as an underground science laboratory.

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Environment
8:26 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Possible Power Rates Increase

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The Kentucky Public Service Commission will hold public hearings next month in Paducah and Henderson to get input on a proposal raising rates for Big Rivers Electric Corporation customers. Big Rivers wants to spend about $284 million to comply with new federal environmental requirements affecting utilities that burn coal to generate electricity.

Business
11:08 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Patriot Coal Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

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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Afternoon Update
4:15 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 6/11/12

"Of course there will be conditions. Whoever gives money never gives it away for free."

Today on NPR: Spain becomes the fourth eurozone country to get a financial rescue.

Around the Commonwealth:

Ashland and Elizabethtown natives picked up a Tony Awards last night.

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Environment
12:16 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Rep Gooch Criticizes EPA

Rep. Jim Gooch
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The chairman of the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee says he would not have a problem with coal being replaced as one of the country’s major sources of energy. 

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Afternoon Update
4:34 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 6/8/12

We’ll still be contributing to our web site regularly, writing our weekly “Dear Tom and Ray” column …and clanging pots in the office to make sure our staff is awake at least two hours a day.

Click and Clack are going into retirement.

Prairie State News:

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is getting a nearly $300,000 federal grant money meant to develop clean-coal technology.

Illinois will receive more than $7 million in federal housing grants to improve local communities by providing shelter and affordable housing.

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Afternoon Update
4:26 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 6/05/12

Only one of the American Sesame Street characters — Elmo — has made the journey to Pakistan.
US Army

Today on NPR: The U.S. is ending millions of dollars in funding for Pakistan's version of Sesame Street, which began airing six months ago.

Around the Commonwealth:

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Coal Power
3:18 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

McConnell Rallies for Coal to be Bigger Part of US Energy Portfolio

As the Environmental Protection Agency begins its public forums on coal mining permits in Kentucky, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell is rallying for coal to be a bigger part of the nation's energy portfolio.

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Morning Cram
10:17 am
Mon May 28, 2012

the morning cram [only good thing about being wounded in the buttocks is the ice cream edition]

Today on NPR: We visit Ben and Jerry's "Flavor Graveyard" in Waterbury, Vt. Here, ice cream flavors that the company has killed off are memorialized.

Around the Commonwealth:

Traffic is restricted along the Tennessee River at Ledbetter as several sinking barges threaten to topple a construction crane into the water.

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