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KFTC member Ethan Hamblin receives 2013 Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Award

August 8, 2013

The Marguerite Casey Foundation has awarded 22-year-old Ethan Hamblin, a Berea College senior and KFTC member, of Gays Creek (Perry County) the Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award.

Appalachia's Bright Future

April conference to focus creating economic opportunities
March 25, 2013

Eastern Kentucky’s economy is changing fast, and a group of folks in the region believe they can help move it in a positive direction. They’ll come together for three days to focus on the challenges and opportunities facing eastern Kentucky, and ways to shape a just transition for the region, at the Appalachia’s Bright Future: A Conversation on Shaping a Just Transition conference taking place April 19-21 in Harlan.

More Asthma, Heart Disease, Multiple Organ Disease, Cancer and General Illness in Kentucky Mountaintop Removal Community

March 18, 2013

Confirming the findings of similar studies, a new study  in the Journal of Rural Health reveals that people living in communities where mountaintop mining occurs experience higher levels of a variety of illnesses compared to non-mining areas close by.

Growing Appalachia Conference

Annual gathering looks to looks to help people save money and boost the local economy
February 22, 2013

Learning about ways to save and earn money through small-scale farming, energy efficiency and renewables will be the focus of the fourth Growing Appalachia Conference to be held March 9 in Prestonsburg. The day-long conference will provide information and skills for healthier living and greater self-sufficiency.

Singing for Democracy in Hazard

Consolidated Baptist Church will host November 4 event
October 23, 2012

The first-ever Singing for Democracy event in eastern Kentucky will take place November 4 at the Consolidated Baptist Church in Hazard.

Corps of Engineers challenged for failing to look at human cost of valley fill

Lawsuit contends Corps ignored numerous health studies
October 17, 2012

A recently issued valley fill permit that would destroy more than three miles of streams and allow one enormous valley fill at the Stacy Branch mine along the Perry and Knott County border in eastern Kentucky was challenged today for failing to consider the health of nearby residents and others downstream, as required by the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.

Landmark settlement in Clean Water Act case

Citizens reach agreement with Kentucky cabinet and coal company
October 5, 2012

Nearly two years after an effort began to stop rampant violations of the Clean Water Act by the International Coal Group and a failure to enforce the law by the Beshear administration, several public interest groups reached an agreement with both parties that will provide ICG with an incentive to obey the law and independent auditing of its enforcement. The landmark agreement was filed today in Franklin Circuit Court and awaits a hearing before Judge Phillip Shepherd.

Northern Kentucky Loves Democracy!

Weekend events to encourage voter registration before Tuesday deadline
October 2, 2012

The Northern Kentucky chapter of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth is hosting a weekend-long series of events they are calling Northern Kentucky Loves Democracy focused on voter registration and participation in the November 6 election.

Two water cases: citizens win in WV, EPA rebuffed by federal court

EPA must act through regulation, not guidance, to address pollution from mountaintop removal
July 31, 2012

Today mixed rulings were issued in both West Virginia and the U.S. District Court demonstrating the need for Environmental Protection Agency standards that are based on the scientific consensus that pollution from mountaintop removal coal mining and coal waste disposal threatens Appalachian streams.

Citizens occupy offices of Congressional mountaintop removal advocates

They demand that coalfield residents be protected
June 6, 2012

This morning residents from Kentucky joined residents from three other states severely impacted by mountaintop removal coal mining in congressional office sit-ins in protest of their congressional representatives’ refusal to protect their communities from the extreme impacts of mountaintop removal. “After seven years of going in circles, asking just for basic protections for our people and being blocked by our own representatives who are supposed to be passing legislation to protect our district, we don’t see any other way,” said Teri Blanton of Hal Roger’s district in eastern Kentucky.


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