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Coal-producing states are preparing for arguments next month in the federal appeals court case known as West Virginia v. EPA, challenging the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

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With temperatures forecast to dip below zero degrees Wednesday night, Tennessee Valley Authority officials are making sure they have enough power on reserve to meet peak demands.

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A Lexington Democrat is running for Kentucky Governor. Geoff Young announced his candidacy this week with Cherokee Schill of Nicholasville as his running mate.

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The new Environmental Protection Agency rules seek to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030.  State's heavily dependent on coal, like Kentucky, are expected to have some flexibility in meeting a new standard.  Still, Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett believes an already diminished eastern Kentucky mining industry would suffer more job losses and says the potential impact goes beyond the coal fields to all manufacturers.

The Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition is making its voice heard across the state on energy issues.

The activist group is planning to petition for a sustainable projects fund at Murray State tomorrow.

KSEC also plans a demonstration at the University of Kentucky basketball game in Lexington to protest the use of coal severance funds in the renovation of Rupp Arena.

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The Tennessee Valley Authority is pumping out a record amount of electricity from it's hydroelectric dams along the Tennessee River and its tributaries.  The free power source along with the wettest year in nearly two decades is saving TVA 10 % on its July fuel bills. 

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s board has chosen a former energy chief from North Carolina to succeed retiring Tom Kilgore as the chief executive of the nation’s largest public utility.

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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.

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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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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