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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet awards two contracts for interchange upgrades on the I-69 corridor in Marshall and Graves Counties. Governor Matt Bevin announced both contracts totaling more than $60 million dollars will go to Jim Smith Contracting of Grand Rivers. 

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Kentucky's Energy and Environment Cabinet secretary is not expecting any short term rebound in the eastern Kentucky coalfields. Charles Snavely appeared before the senate’s natural resources committee this week. 

Farm subsidies don't lack for critics. Free-market conservatives and welfare state-defending liberals alike have called for deep cuts in these payments to farmers. After all, farmers, as a group, are wealthier than the average American. Why should they get tens of billions of dollars each year in federal aid?

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Kentucky’s coal industry shed more jobs and production during the last quarter of 2015, according to new data released today.

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Kentucky has gotten mixed grades in a nationwide report card of states’ solar energy policies.

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After a federal Court of Appeals rejected an industry-led challenge last month, a new federal rule to reduce coal miners’ exposure to dangerous dust goes into effect Monday.

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Kentucky’s head environmental regulator says the state is hopeful the courts will rule upcoming federal carbon dioxide regulations are illegal.

But if not, the state will likely create a state plan to comply, he said.

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Kentucky environmental advocates are worried that budget reductions called for by Gov. Matt Bevin will make it impossible for the Energy and Environment Cabinet to perform its basic functions.

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Contractors at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant have kicked off a new demolition phase, clearing the first of 12 facilities to be removed in coming months. 

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The Tennessee Valley Authority has been walking back incentives for rooftop solar panels. But that hasn’t put a damper on demand. There was a frenzy to snap up this year’s available wattage, which became available  last week.


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