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Farm therapy, peach trees among ideas for dying coal country

MANCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — Walking around on a former coal mine in Knott County earlier this week, Gregg Hewins saw something that surprised him: peach trees. “Apparently people had taken lunch up there with them, tossed out a peach pit and it started growing,” he said. “That there is potential.” As coal mines continue to close across Appalachia, the race ...

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Senate passes bill to end state mine inspections

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky would halt its mine inspections in the beleaguered coalfields, ceding the job to a federal agency, under legislation that passed the Republican-led state Senate on Thursday. Sen. Chris Girdler said his measure, which passed on a 25-11 vote, would end duplication from federal and state inspections and offer some relief for struggling coal operators. Girdler, ...

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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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