What Did Life 'After Coal' Look Like In Wales?

Apr 6, 2016

Eastern Kentucky has lost nearly 10,000 coal industry jobs in the past eight years, and the region is in the midst of a conversation about economic transition.

Decades ago, the Welsh coalfields underwent a similar evolution.

There, in the 1980s, the coal mining areas of Wales collapsed. More than 20,000 people lost their jobs in just five years. But since then, locals have moved the area away from coal, and the region’s economy has rebounded somewhat.

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Anything is possible, but it seems unlikely that a Senate bill to abolish state mine safety inspections will pass the General Assembly this year. Legislators are scheduled to return to Frankfort next week for one day before concluding this year’s regular session.


Update: Audio added of our Sounds Good interview  with Maggie Morgan, Basin Coordinator for the Jackson Purchase Foundation, speaking about the Four Rivers Watershed Watch and its need for volunteers. The Four Rivers Watershed Watch is a coordinated campaign of water quality monitoring, skills development, and advocacy.

TVA Approves Solar Power Proposals

Apr 4, 2016
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The Tennessee Valley Authority has approved proposals for new solar power installations by four local power companies in three states. 


An investigation into an accident that killed a coal miner in Western Kentucky last year found he was crushed after workers propped up an 18-ton machine with a stack of wooden boards that gave way.  

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Widespread lead contamination in Flint, Michigan is prompting Kentucky officials to double check state procedures.

A state workgroup has been formed to assess Kentucky’s water system.

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Forecasters predict possible severe weather in our region Wednesday evening, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.


According to the National Weather Service in Paducah, the biggest risk is Wednesday night through tomorrow morning as the system and accompanying cold front arrive from the west.


Our region is categorized as an enhanced risk and could see strong winds or hail.


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The Kentucky Senate adopted a resolution Tuesday recognizing Hopkinsville as the “best place on Earth” to view next year’s total solar eclipse.

The resolution was introduced by 3rd District state Sen. Whitney Westerfield.


Originally published March 28, 2016  

Update: On Tuesday afternoon, Calloway County Sheriff's Department confirmed the smokey air in Murray is from the controlled burns.

The U.S. Forest Service plans to hold a pair of prescribed burns at Land Between the Lakes starting Tuesday.

Sections of the Buffalo Trail and Franklin Creek areas will be affected.

Kentucky’s Civil War battlefields are in need of some spring cleaning. 

The Civil War Trust, a national non-profit, is looking for volunteers to help clean and restore ten landmarks in Kentucky on Saturday. 

"People do everything from picking up trash, lawn work, and minor repairs," said Meg Martin, communications manager for The Civil War Trust.  "They might clean signs, clear trails, things that will allow the sites to be better interpreted and provide better educational and recreational opportunities for the parks."