Coal

Environment
11:21 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Facing Federal Action, Kentucky Moves to Increase Reclamation Bonds for Surface Mines

Gabe Bullard

Coal companies will have to pay more to mine coal in Kentucky under new regulations issued by the Energy and Environment cabinet. The state took action after the federal government threatened to take over the state’s surface mining program.

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Afternoon Update
4:22 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 5/1/12

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Today on NPR: Michigan's new Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia is using the ugliness of racism to teach a lesson of acceptance.

 

Kentucky:

The director of the controversial documentary “Bully” will be in Paducah Friday to screen his film at Maiden Alley Cinema.

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Government
2:31 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Henderson County Approves Coal Severance Funds Application

The Henderson County Fiscal Court approved a resolution to join 2 other counties in giving away $720,000 in coal severance tax revenues. Court Clerk Sue Baker says the application will go to Union and Webster Counties for approval next month before being sent to The Department for Local Government in Frankfort for final approval. $500,000 would go to expand the Hugh Edward Sandefur Training Center which employs vocationally challenged people. The rest would go to the Reggio Children North American Exhibit.

Morning Cram
9:06 am
Tue May 1, 2012

the morning cram [two more will grow in its place edition]

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NPR reports one year after the death of Osama Bin Laden, officials are fighting Al-Quaida on two levels; the physical and the ideological. 

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Afternoon Update
4:10 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 4/27/12

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Today on NPR:  Chen Guangcheng is one of China's best-known activists for his fight against forced abortions. Security forces had been stationed outside his house for 18 months, but he managed to escape despite being blind. His exact whereabouts are unknown, but supporters say he's safe.

Kentucky Legislation:

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Environment
3:18 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Coal Lawsuit Intervention

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled environmental groups can intervene in a court case involving a coal company and water pollution. Thursday’s ruling upholds a lower court decision that the groups can participate in a lawsuit filed by the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet against Frasure Creek Mining. The state filed a lawsuit against the mining company for violations of the Clean Water Act in eastern Kentucky. A settlement was reached, but the environmental groups say it is inadequate.

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Afternoon Update
4:31 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 4/13/12

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Today on NPR: Four decades after their sound helped redefine popular music, the German synthesizer quartet Kraftwerk is playing a series of eight concerts at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

 

Frankfort:

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Society
4:06 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Drug Abuse in KY Mines

Prescription drug abuse is an ongoing problem in Kentucky’s mines but recent steps taken by the state legislature are helping get control of it. That’s what a member of the state mine safety review commission told the senate judiciary committee this week. Paducah attorney Duncan Pitchford says miners in the western Kentucky coalfields are also struggling with methamphetamine addictions.

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Government
2:56 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Report Urges Policymakers to Consider Long-Term Sustainability of Coal Severance Fund

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would designate some coal severance tax money to scholarships for coalfields residents; the measure has already passed the House. But a report by a non-profit group warns that Kentucky needs to think about the long-term future of the state’s coal severance fund. Coal producers pay a tax of four and a half percent value of coal that’s sold into the state’s coal severance fund. Half of that money goes to Kentucky’s general fund, and the other half goes to various programs in coal-producing counties.

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Education
4:28 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

UPIKE Hits Snags in Legislature

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A proposal to make the private University of Pikeville a public institution has hit a roadblock in the  Kentucky legislature.  House Speaker Greg Stumbo conceded Thursday he doesn't think lawmakers will accept a proposal to use millions of dollars from a tax on coal mined in the region to turn the private University of Pikeville into a public school.  What started as a seemingly unlikely proposal had gathered momentum early in the legislative session. But that momentum waned in recent weeks, after local officials and public university leaders objected. Former Gov.

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