Coal

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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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
LRC Public Information

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

Petr Kratochvil, publicdomainpictures.net

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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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

Cover to early edition of Jump Jim Crow sheet music
Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia wikimedia commons

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.

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