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Landowners win case against Bluegrass Pipeline

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Landowners who had opposed efforts to put a natural gas pipeline across 13 counties have been victorious in the Kentucky Supreme Court. The court decided Thursday not to review a May 2015 ruling from the Kentucky Court of Appeals that said Bluegrass Pipeline LLC did not have the power of eminent domain because it was not a ...

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Reality tempers optimism in coal country after court ruling

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2015 photo, a miner works underground in the Sewell "R" coal mine in Yukon, W.Va. For the long-suffering communities that depend on coal, a recent Supreme Court ruling temporarily blocking greenhouse gas reductions was seen as a rare victory. But coal country residents say the reprieve may only be temporary as utilities turn away from coal generation and production continues to slide. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a commodity that is hard to come by in coal country: hope. Hope that by blocking a new federal rule cutting power-plant emissions, the court has turned the tide after years of regulations and declining production. Hope that the jobs that once brought good wages to people who desperately needed ...

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Timing is everything: Obama’s budget same day as NH primary

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The main thing to know about President Barack Obama’s final, $4 trillion budget is that it comes on the same day as the New Hampshire primary, ensuring it gets minimal attention with all the focus on the White House contenders. The timing cements the impression that Obama realizes a Republican-led Congress is unlikely to embrace his spending ...

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Debate Takeaways: Clinton, Sanders mix it up over Wall St.

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, walks back on stage after a break during a Democratic presidential primary debate with Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton hosted by MSNBC at the University of New Hampshire Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — For months, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have campaigned against each other with a velvet touch, eager to distinguish their race for the Democratic presidential nomination from the combative contest taking place in the Republican primary. No more. The pair tangled again and again during their first one-on-one debate of the 2016 race, battling over who ...

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Average long-term US mortgage rate falls fifth straight week

In this Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, photo, a single family home is advertised for sale in Miami. On Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, Freddie Mac reports on the week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

WASHINGTON — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for the fifth straight week amid volatility in world financial markets. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage slid to 3.72 percent this week, down from 3.79 percent last week and the lowest since it averaged 3.68 percent in April 2015. The average rate on a ...

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Report: Kentucky coal at lowest production since 1950s

A Caterpillar D9 bulldozer pushes a mountain of coal at a rail/barge terminal on the Tennessee River. Calvert City, September 2010. (Image: Kentucky Photo File via Flickr - CC3)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Coal production in Kentucky has slumped to its lowest level since the 1950s after declining nearly 21 percent in 2015. A report released Monday by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet says production fell to 61 million tons last year, compared to 77 million tons in the previous year. The 2015 total was the lowest in Kentucky ...

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Bill advances to make coal sector eligible for incentives

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Appalachian lawmakers talked about the desperation for jobs in the coalfields as a House panel approved a bill Thursday to make the hard-hit coal industry eligible for state economic development incentives. House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins said the measure would “right a wrong” by letting coal companies seek the same economic incentives already available for other ...

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Kentucky coal death is nation’s 3rd fatal in new year

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A coal miner in western Kentucky died after being pinned against a wall by a mobile digging machine in an underground mine, the first coal mining death in the state this year and the third nationally. The death prompted a top U.S. mine safety official to call for increased enforcement and education efforts at the nation’s coal ...

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Obama administration halts new coal leases on federal land

Obama administration halts new coal leases on federal land

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is halting new coal leases on federal lands until it completes a comprehensive review of fees charged to mining companies and coal mining’s impact on the environment. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Friday that companies can continue to mine coal reserves already under lease. The coal leasing program has not been significantly changed in more ...

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Kentucky Utilities, LG&E closing several coal ash ponds

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Prompted by new federal regulations, the state’s two largest utility companies are closing several storage ponds that collect the coal ash burned by power plants. Kentucky Utilities says it will spend $678 million to meet federal environmental requirements involving coal ash ponds. Louisville Gas & Electric will spend $316 million to do the same, by capping its ...

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