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In Kentucky coal country, Democrats fear Trump

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democrats could lose control of their only legislative chamber in the South because of a blustery hero for folks in coal country — Donald Trump. The New York real estate developer’s anger on the campaign trail matches the mood of many in Appalachia, where job losses associated with the declining coal industry have fueled a backlash ...

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Retired coal miners to rally at Capitol for benefits bill

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Thousands of retired coal miners are gathering at the U.S. Capitol to support a bill that would preserve their health and pension benefits. The United Mine Workers of America says its members and supporters from 13 states, including West Virginia, will rally in Washington on Thursday. The UMWA called it life-or-death legislation for retired coal miners ...

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Clinton backs bill to protect benefits for ex-coal miners

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton is supporting a bill that would protect health-care and pension benefits for about 120,000 former coal miners and their families, an issue that has divided Senate Republicans. “I firmly believe that if you spent your life keeping the lights on for our country, we can’t leave you in the dark,” the Democratic presidential candidate said ...

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TVA seeks comment on Shawnee coal ash storage facility

A sample of the coal ash gathered from a river impacted by Duke Energy. (Image: Waterkeeper Alliance Inc. via Flickr)

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority is seeking public comment on a plan to remove and recirculate water used in the coal ash management process at a Kentucky power plant. TVA is proposing to build a dewatering facility for bottom ash at Shawnee Fossil Plant near Paducah. The proposal is part of TVA’s commitment to convert from wet ...

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With benefits at risk, coal miner union rallies in Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Thousands of retired coal miners are calling on Congress to protect their benefits as the industry struggles and operators seek bankruptcy protection from debts. United Mine Workers president Cecil Roberts told the gathering of about 4,000 members from seven states Tuesday in Lexington, Kentucky, that miners spent their lives working in dangerous mines to provide the ...

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Federal agency offering millions to retrain Ky. coal miners

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — The U.S Department of Labor has funded a grant worth $3.4 million to help retrain out-of-work coal miners in Kentucky. Shuttering coal mines have left thousands of miners in the state without a job, many of them in eastern Kentucky. The Department of Labor says in a release the supplemental funding of the National Dislocated Worker ...

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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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Utilities unveil largest solar power plant in Kentucky

BURGIN, Ky. (AP) — Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities have unveiled the state’s largest solar facility. Multiple news outlets report that the companies showcased the solar plant Tuesday at the E.W. Brown Generating Station near Burgin. The complex features a hydroelectric plant, three coal-fired generating units and seven natural gas-fired combustion turbines. Utilities CEO Paul W. Thompson says ...

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Panel approves more charging stations for electric vehicles

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials have approved a proposal to increase the number of public charging stations for electric vehicles. A statement from the Public Service Commission says the panel agreed on Monday to allow a proposal by Louisville Gas & Electric Co. and Kentucky Utilities to add up to 20 new charging stations. The proposal includes the possibility ...

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Federal funds to aid layoff-hit Appalachian coal communities

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Appalachian coal communities hit hard by layoffs will get $45 million in federal funding to help them diversify their economies, create new jobs and retrain workers. The Appalachian Regional Commission, the White House and the U.S. Department of Commerce announced Thursday that it’s part of a $65.8 million grant package through the Obama administration’s Partnership for ...

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