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Politics
1:19 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Kentucky Lawmaker with Financial Interests in Coal Brokered State Deal with India

Rep. Keith Hall (D-Phelps)

The involvement of a state representative in a major coal deal in Kentucky is raising some eyebrows. The $7 billion contract signed Wednesday creates a 25-year standing order to ship 9 million tons of Kentucky coal annually to India.

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Business
10:33 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Kentucky Part of $7 Billion Coal Pact with India

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. The deal is being hailed as a sign of hope in the coal export market.

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Regional
11:31 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Aerial Surveillance Used to Check on Coal Mining Operations

The Associated Press reports that government inspectors have been keeping watch over coal operators through aerial surveillance in Central Appalachia, a region in which mountaintop removal mining has been controversial. The Kentucky Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement has spent more than $477,000 over the past four years for helicopter flights.

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Business
8:25 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Coal Company to Cut Nearly 600 Jobs in Kentucky

One of the world's largest coal producers says it will lay off about 750 workers in the Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia coalfields. It's the latest setback for an industry struggling for market share as utilities switch to cleaner and cheaper alternatives.

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Business
2:41 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Judge Orders Kentucky Miner Reinstated

Administrative Law Judge Margaret A. Miller ruled that Cumberland River Coal Company improperly fired 52-year-old Charles Scott Howard of Letcher County after he was injured on the job. The judge ordered Howard reinstated and says the company must pay a $30,000 fine.

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Business
10:29 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Less Coal Used in Electricity Generation

U.S. Energy Information Administration

Federal officials now say coal accounts for slightly more than one-third of the electricity generated in the United States. Coal's percentage of the market hasn't been that low in decades.

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Politics
12:42 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

McConnell Continues to Aim Fire at EPA, with Environmental Groups Taking Aim at McConnell

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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Education
11:15 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Some Western and Eastern Kentucky County Leaders Want Coal Scholarships Expanded

Some county officials in Kentucky are criticizing Governor Steve Beshear's authorization of more than $4 million from coal tax revenue to provide college scholarships to students from nine eastern Kentucky counties over the next two years.

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Economy
2:35 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Beshear Creates New Program to Fund College Scholarships Through Coal Taxes

Money from coal taxes will go to fund college scholarships for eastern Kentucky high schoolers.

Governor Steve Beshear has created a program lawmakers could not. The governor has released $4 million to be given as scholarships to Eastern Kentucky college students. Lawmakers wrestled with several scholarship proposals during the last legislative session, but an agreement was never passed.

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