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A Kentucky environmental attorney has filed a lawsuit challenging the commonwealth’s controversial new coal ash regulations. The standards are set to go into effect on Friday.

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A state Senate panel has put its stamp of approval on deregulation of stand-alone phone services in small Kentucky communities. Towns with populations of 15,000 or less were carved out of de-reg legislation approved in 2015. Senate Bill 10 would extend that policy statewide.

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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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The new head of the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet, Charles Snavely, has been on the job for a little more than a week. It’s also been about that long since he served as an official on the state’s coal association governing board.

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People on both sides of the energy debate seem to agree that costs for the consumer are going to go up.  

Clean energy and federal emissions standards were widely discussed this week at the 39th Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment.

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It appears condemnation issues related to a natural gas liquids pipeline project in Kentucky will be left up to the judicial system. 

Some residents living along the proposed route of the Bluegrass Pipeline had sought legislative clarification of eminent domain law.  

Senate President Robert Stivers believes the matter should stay in the courts for now.

The Kentuckiana Wedding Planner

Now it's Heather French Henry's turn.

The former Miss America has joined a list of half a dozen party activists or leaders waiting for Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to decide whether she'll run in 2014 against Mitch McConnell for his U.S. Senate seat. 

If Grimes runs, she's likely to get enough support to clear out the field. Otherwise, the Democrats have potential candidates known within political circles, but who may be not instantly recognizable with the majority of voters—former state Democratic Party Chairman Bill Gorman or environmental activist Tom FitzGerald, for example.