Germany

Phillip M. Bailey

About 100 Fort Knox soldiers are scheduled to return home Tuesday following a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan.

mattbevin.com

Gov. Matt Bevin is traveling to Germany, France and Belgium this week as part of his first overseas trip as governor.

Bevin is scheduled to arrive in Hannover, Germany, today to attend the Hannover Messe Fair, a trade show of industrial technology. 

Erica Peterson | wfpl.org

Across the Atlantic Ocean, governments and businesses are taking big steps toward renewable energy. Their transition could provide lessons for Kentucky.

This is the fourth in a five-part series. Read the others here.

In the middle of the industrial German city of Essen, there’s a wall surrounding a property bigger than 100 soccer fields. This is Zollverein: two former coal mines and a coking plant, which is used to turn coal to coke for steelmaking. I’m here to see how a former coal complex has been reinvented over the past two decades into something that’s a genuine tourist attraction.

Erica Peterson | wfpl.org

Across the Atlantic Ocean, governments and businesses are taking big steps toward renewable energy. Their transition could provide lessons for Kentucky.

This is the third in a five-part series. Read the others here.

For 900 years, ships and goods have been unloaded in Hamburg, Germany’s second-biggest city and an industrial center. On a fall day, tourists stroll along the Landungsbrücken, or floating dock, watching the boats come and go.

Like in Kentucky, manufacturers in Hamburg need to know that they’ll have a large and constant supply of affordable electricity. And two very different power plants in Hamburg show the tension in Germany’s energy market.

Erica Peterson | wfpl.org

Across the Atlantic Ocean, governments and businesses are taking big steps toward renewable energy. Their transition could provide lessons for Kentucky.

This is the second in a five-part series. Read the others here.

In Western Germany, only a 45-minute drive from the tourists milling around the iconic cathedral in Cologne, miners work in three immense lignite coal mines. Machines rumble, digging the soft, brown coal out of the ground and placing it on conveyor belts.

Erica Peterson | wfpl.org

 Across the Atlantic Ocean, governments and businesses are taking big steps toward renewable energy. Their transition could provide lessons for Kentucky.

This is the first in a five-part series.

WFPL

Like other Appalachian states, Kentucky’s coal and utility industry is in a period of transition. Environmental regulations, declining reserves and market conditions are making coal more expensive to mine and burn. Over the past six years, the number of coal miners in the eastern part of the state has been cut in half. Several of Kentucky’s large, aging coal-fired power plants have announced their plans to retire or switch to natural gas.

Across an ocean, in Germany, is a coal-producing country also undergoing a transition. 

Update: Since this interview, tonight's beer dinner has sold out and has been moved to Kirchhoff's Deli. 

A beer dinner tonight kicks off Paducah's 4th Annual Oktoberfest, which benefits Maiden Alley Cinema. The Paducah Jazz Ensemble Polka Band, Legendary Shack Shakers, The Hooten Hallers, Solid Rock'it Boosters and Gideon's Rifle furnish the tunes tomorrow, along with beer and a spread of Bavarian food. Maiden Alley's Landee Bryant-Greene joins us on Sounds Good with the details.

Immigration Reform Could Help Kentucky Economy

Jul 4, 2014
kypolicy.org

The study, “New Americans in Kentucky,” was published this week by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. It found that immigrants make up 3 percent of the state’s population, with one-in-five immigrants to Kentucky originating from Mexico. Kentucky’s immigrant population grew faster than all but six states from 2000 to 2012.

PROST! The 3rd Annual Oktoberfest Weekend at Maiden Alley Cinema in Paducah begins with a Beer Dinner tomorrow night (10-18) at 7 at Kirchhoff's Deli prepared by Laura Duff's Pampered Palate. Hear Kate's conversation with Landee Bryant...