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What Kentucky's New Law on Carbon Dioxide Emissions Actually Means

April 14, 2014

Ignoring words of caution from his own administration, Governor Steve Beshear signed a bill directing the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet to create a Kentucky-specific plan for regulating carbon dioxide emissions into law.

Legislature wrong to roll back mine-safety protections without study or public notice

April 9, 2014

Lawmakers are trying to do away with an important requirement to protect coal miners — without the usual process of holding public hearings and engaging in public discussion. Instead, the Senate quietly proposed a state budget that would significantly reduce funding for the Office of Mine Safety and Licensing.

A Town Called Malnourished

April 3, 2014

Five years ago, Todd Howard did something to change things in Hippo. Just made redundant from his coal industry job, Howard became an entrepreneur-farmer in need of a market for the three acres of corn he planted. Along with a handful of other local growers, he resuscitated the defunct Floyd County Farmer's Market in nearby Prestonsburg, Ky.

AT&T accused of misleading lawmakers about bill allowing carriers to drop land-line service

March 14, 2014

AT&T executives gave misleading testimony to a House committee about the impact of a phone deregulation bill that would allow major carriers to drop many land-line phone customers.

Thayer's wrecking ball takes out bill

February 21, 2014

Under the guise of hearing a bill to restore voting rights to some offenders, the Kentucky Senate gutted it and replaced it with a harshly restrictive measure that Raoul Cunningham, president of the Louisville NAACP, said can only be described as a voter suppression bill.

Telecom giants benefit but Kentucky could lose

February 21, 2014

Senate Bill 99, the AT&T-drafted legislation, is a great deal for the telecommunications giants AT&T, Windstream and Cincinnati Bell. It will allow them to abandon their least profitable customers and service areas as well as public protection obligations. But it is a risky and potentially dangerous bet for Kentuckians. Kentucky House members should turn it down.

Gov. Steve Beshear's Budget Cuts Deep for Some Kentucky Energy and Environment Programs

January 23, 2014

Some departments of the Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet will see deep cuts over the next two years, if the General Assembly approves Gov. Steve Beshear’s proposed budget.

3 key principles must guide tax code changes

January 19, 2014

Changes to the tax code can make our state and economy better or worse, depending on the goals and particulars of a proposal.To move Kentucky forward, a tax package must be built on three core principles.

Ex-felons join Frankfort rally seeking to restore their voting rights

January 13, 2014

Teddi Robillard-Smith and hundreds of people will show legislators how important it is to pass House Bill 70, which has been sponsored by Rep. Jesse Crenshaw for many years, and Senate Bill 15, both of which would allow former felons convicted of non-violent crimes to automatically regain their right to vote.

Hollowed Mountains, Now Hollowed Towns: Coal in Eastern Kentucky

December 11, 2013

Coal is embedded into the culture and image of Eastern Kentucky, but the industry is declining in the region. And it's declining permanently. The coal miners—who've known coal through the generations—are being left behind.

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