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Bevin talks voting rights, hasn't restored any

October 8, 2016

“I’ve always been guided by the principle of looking at what people do, not what they say,” said [Rep. Darryl] Owens, who has sponsored bills in recent sessions to allow automatic restoration of civil rights for felons (with some exceptions including violent crimes and sexual offenses) upon completion of all terms of their sentences.

A different kind of holler: Appalachia’s future is looking a lot more high-tech

September 19, 2016

"[T]hings are changing. That was evident in the presentations Friday that attracted more than 200 people to Hazard Community and Technical College called Big Ideas Fest for Appalachia: Visionary Thinking and Doing.

Conferences offer competing environmental views

September 19, 2016

The 40th Governor's Conference on Energy and the Environment on Wednesday and Thursday in Lexington has 34 listed speakers or moderators, but only two of them come from a non-profit, environmental advocacy background.

Where’s McConnell on boost for coal country?

September 16, 2016

A $1 billion plan to put coal miners back to work and turn some of Appalachia’s environmental problems into economic progress holds promise but must involve residents of the region in planning and ensure that the benefits stay in the communities where help is needed the most.

Killing workers to create coal jobs?

March 8, 2016

Two "friends of coal" prove they are no friends of coal miners with bills to gut safety inspections.

Senate bill would end state safety inspections of coal mines

March 4, 2016

The state of Kentucky would stop inspecting coal mines for safety violations under a Senate bill filed Thursday, leaving the job entirely to federal inspectors, who visit mines less frequently.

Comment | Make Ky. healthier with renewable energy

February 17, 2016

Imagine if we replaced coal with cleaner sources of energy that drastically reduce the chances of our loved ones suffering from a deadly lung disease. Solar and other renewable forms of energy do not emit carbon dioxide or other pollutants that eat away at our lungs and harm the planet.

Lawmakers can energize Ky.’s economy

January 28, 2016

Kentucky’s House economic development committee heard on Thursday that the clean-energy industry added 3,159 jobs in North Carolina last year and now employs 26,000 people; then the committee approved a bill authorizing new tax incentives for the coal industry in Kentucky.

Ky. breaks promise to needy students

January 28, 2016

The governor was playing a bit of bait and switch.

Budget will show what kind of governor Bevin wants to be

January 24, 2016

What kind of governor does Matt Bevin want to be? We will get our first real look Tuesday night, when the newly elected Republican delivers his budget plan to the General Assembly.


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