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former kentucky coal executive joins tenn. valley authority


knoxville, tenn. (ap) — a former executive at a kentucky coal company has joined the tennessee valley authority board of directors after a presidential appointment. kenneth allen, of white plains, in western kentucky, spent five decades in the coal industry, most recently as chief operating officer at armstrong coal company. allen was confirmed to the […]






tva monitors for toxins from coal near memphis water supply


memphis, tenn. (ap) — the tennessee valley authority says it is installing 24 more monitoring wells at a coal-fired power plant where high levels of arsenic and lead were found in groundwater. a tva statement thursday said it continues to investigate how the toxins ended up in wells that monitor pollution from coal ash ponds […]






tennessee valley authority visitor centers close for winter


knoxville, tenn. (ap) — the tennessee valley authority has closed some visitor centers for the winter. the tva says the facilities at the norris, fontana and kentucky dams will reopen in the spring. visitor centers at the raccoon mountain pumped storage facility near chattanooga and at the south holston and fort patrick henry dams in […]






federal utility ceo: coal plants not reopening under trump


nashville, tenn. (ap) — the ceo of the nation’s biggest public utility says the agency isn’t going to reopen coal-fired power plants under president donald trump. in an interview tuesday, tennessee valley authority ceo bill johnson said he thinks very little will change for the federal utility under trump. johnson says tva’s retirement of coal […]






federal utility appeals order to remove coal ash at plant


nashville, tenn. (ap) — a federal utility is appealing a judge’s order to excavate and move its coal ash at a tennessee power plant. in nashville federal court monday, the tennessee valley authority filed its appeal notice over its gallatin fossil plant outside nashville. tva says the cleanup would take 24 years and cost $550 […]






tennessee valley authority worker dies after plant accident


west paducah, ky. (ap) — a worker at the tennessee valley authority’s shawnee fossil plant in kentucky has died. scott brooks with the tva told the west kentucky star that the man was injured in an accident in the rail yard sunday evening. he died at a hospital monday. brooks said the man was an […]






claims coal-fired plant polluted river: utility faces trial


nashville, tenn. (ap) — environmental groups are taking the tennessee valley authority to trial over waste ash from an aging coal-fired power plant northeast of nashville, saying it polluted the cumberland river in violation of the clean water act. in a bench trial starting monday in federal court in nashville, the tennessee clean water network […]






claims coal-fired plant polluted river: utility faces trial


nashville, tenn. (ap) — environmental groups are taking the tennessee valley authority to trial over whether waste ash from its aging coal-fired power plant near nashville polluted the cumberland river in violation of the clean water act. in a bench trial opening monday in nashville federal court, the tennessee clean water network and tennessee scenic […]






in kentucky coal country, lawmakers open up to nuclear power


lawmakers in coal-producing kentucky voted wednesday to lift a ban on building nuclear power plants in a move one detractor called a "kick in the teeth" to the slumping coal sector.






solar panels to help power kentucky coal museum


frankfort, ky. (ap) — the kentucky coal museum won’t need as much coal anymore. the museum in benham, kentucky, is installing solar panels on its roof, part of a project aimed at lowering the energy costs of one of the city’s largest electric customers. opened in 1994, the museum is housed in a building that […]






in kentucky coal country, lawmakers open up to nuclear power


frankfort, ky. (ap) — lawmakers in coal-producing kentucky have voted to open the door to nuclear power, over objections from a legislator who called it a “kick in the teeth” to the beleaguered coal industry. the kentucky house passed the bill 65-28 wednesday, sending it to gov. matt bevin. bevin told cincinnati radio station wkrc […]






coal no longer fuels america, but the legacy – and the myth – remain


boone county claims to be the birthplace of america's coal industry, the rich and abundant black rock discovered in these verdant hills almost three centuries ago. coal gives name to nearly everything in these parts - the big and little coal rivers, the weekly coal valley news, the wondrous bituminous coal heritage foundation museum, and the west virginia coal festival, celebrating, as we arrive in town, its 24th year.






toxins in water under tennessee power plant causing alarm


memphis, tenn. (ap) — memphis residents are as proud of their water as their barbecue and blues. so alarms went off when state environmental officials and the tennessee valley authority revealed high levels of arsenic and lead had been found in groundwater under the coal-fired allen fossil plant in southwest memphis. a layer of clay […]






state: timeline, rate hike overstated in federal ash cleanup


nashville, tenn. (ap) — state environmental regulators say it shouldn’t cost ratepayers more money or take as long as estimated for the nation’s largest public utility to complete a massive, court-ordered coal ash cleanup at a tennessee power plant. they also say it’s possible the tennessee valley authority could save money by following the order […]






2nd man convicted in west virginia murder of coal executive


williamson, w.va. (ap) — a second man has been convicted of murder in the deadly shooting of a coal executive in west virginia last year. the williamson daily news reports that 20-year-old brandon lee fitzpatrick, of louisa, kentucky, pleaded guilty thursday in the death of bennett k. hatfield. fitzpatrick admitted he was with 22-year-old anthony […]






in kentucky coal country, lawmakers open up to nuclear power


frankfort, ky. (ap) — lawmakers in coal-producing kentucky voted wednesday to lift a ban on building nuclear power plants in a move one detractor called a “kick in the teeth” to the slumping coal sector. the house passed the bill 65-28, sending it to gov. matt bevin. the republican governor has signaled he would not […]






federal utility tva going to trial over pollution claims


nashville, tenn. (ap) — environmental groups are taking the tennessee valley authority to trial over waste ash from an aging coal-fired power plant northeast of nashville, saying it polluted the cumberland river in violation of the clean water act. in a bench trial starting monday in federal court in nashville, the tennessee clean water network […]






federal utility expected to close trial over pollution claim


nashville, tenn. (ap) — the tennessee valley authority is expected to conclude a trial in which environmental groups accuse the utility’s power plant outside nashville, tennessee, of illegally polluting the cumberland river with coal ash. tva attorneys will likely finish their defense and end the trial thursday in nashville federal court. tennessee clean water network […]






claims coal-fired plant polluted river: utility faces trial


environmental groups are taking the tennessee valley authority to trial over whether waste ash from its aging coal-fired power plant near nashville polluted the cumberland river in violation of the clean water act.






claims coal-fired plant polluted river: utility faces trial


environmental groups are taking the tennessee valley authority to trial over waste ash from an aging coal-fired power plant northeast of nashville, saying it polluted the cumberland river in violation of the clean water act.






college basketball: no. 5 kentucky struggles to beat utah valley


hamidou diallo scored 15 second-half points, most of them during an 18-0 run, and no. 5 kentucky shot 59% after halftime to rally past utah valley 73-63 on friday night in the opener for both schools at lexington, ky. one of kentucky coach john calipari's youngest rosters since arriving in lexington...






ex-coal ceo seeks vindication in blast after year in prison


nashville, tenn. (ap) — after finishing a one-year prison sentence, a former west virginia coal executive has wasted no time resuming a campaign for vindication in the deadliest u.s. mine disaster in four decades. in a phone interview friday, ex-massey energy ceo don blankenship took up the same fight he waged before his 2015 trial: […]






aluminum company gets tax breaks, vows 550 jobs in heart of coal country in kent


an aluminum company says it will build a $1.3 billion facility near the border of kentucky and west virginia, pledging to hire 550 employees earning average salaries of $70,000 in an area devastated by the loss of coal and manufacturing jobs.






how a small kentucky coal town built a healthier, more creative economy


nearly 50 years ago, on a presidential campaign swing through eastern kentucky, sen. robert kennedy promised to help a disabled coal miner build a community center in the tiny mountain town of hemphill to give idle youth and others a place for recreation and meetings. james johnson used the brick-ma...






a coal country dispute over an alleged trump promise unmet


the trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to win a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants, a decision contrary to what one coal executive said the president personally promised him.






trump administration to terminate obama's climate plan: 'the war on coal is over


the head of the environmental protection agency said monday that he will sign a new rule overriding the clean power plan, an obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. "the war on coal is over," epa administrator scott pruitt declared in the coal mining state of kentucky....






coal ceo expected trump help, but administration said no


the trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to win a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants, a decision contrary to what one coal executive said the president personally promised him.






kentucky coal miner dies: 15-foot section of rock collapses


rockholds, ky. (ap) — authorities say a 33-year-old miner has been killed in the collapse of a 15-foot-tall section of rock at a kentucky coal mine. it was the state’s second mining death this year, matching the number of kentucky mining fatalities in all of 2016. officials say joseph w. partin was performing maintenance work […]






coal executive admits: trump can’t bring back mining jobs


throughout the presidential campaign, republican candidate donald trump courted miners and promised improved job prospects. he has continued to tout the future of the coal industry as president—but a top coal executive has slammed the brakes on the idea that mining jobs could come back. robert murra...






trump administration to terminate obama's climate plan: 'the war on coal is over


environmental protection agency administrator scott pruitt told coal miners in kentucky on monday that he will move to repeal a rule limiting greenhouse-gas emissions from existing power plants, assuring them, "the war against coal is over." speaking at an event in hazard, ky., with senate majority...






elite 8-bound: kentucky beats ucla 86-75 in south semifinal


memphis, tenn. (ap) — de'aaron fox credits some sticky kentucky defense for the wildcats' latest berth in a regional final.






in ky. coal country, a potential embrace of nuclear power


donald trump promised to bring back coal jobs, but even the country's third-largest coal producer appears to be hedging its bets on a comeback. kentucky is on the cusp of doing what was once unthinkable: opening the door to nuclear power.






ohio man pleads guilty in killing of ex-coal executive


an ohio man has pleaded guilty in the fatal shooting of a former coal executive in southern west virginia.






trial begins for 2nd man accused in coal executive's killing


the trial has begun for the second of two men accused in the deadly shooting of a coal executive in west virginia last year.






trial begins for 2nd man accused in coal executive's killing


a trial has begun for the second of two men accused in the 2016 deadly shooting of a west virginia coal executive.