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House Democrats prepare for vote condemning Trump's attacks on progressive freshman women. Also on our Tuesday rundown: Immigrants’ rights groups slam asylum rules that take effect today. Plus, summer meals aim to prevent kids' academic slide.

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Public News Service - KY: Climate Change/Air Quality

KU and LG&E want to place a rate surcharge on the bills of their electric customers to help clean and cap coal-ash ponds at power plants such as this one. (Alex DeSha)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Sister power companies, KU and LG&E want their customers to help pay for compliance with new federal environmental rules. The Kentucky Public Service Commission will hold public meetings on the requests next week in Louisville and Lexington. The utilities want to add a surcharge to

Ideas for Kentucky's transition to a clean-energy economy are gathered at a public forum in Lexington. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Listening to the voices of Kentuckians about the Bluegrass State's energy future is the idea behind a series of six dinner conversations going on this spring across the state. Tonya Torp, who attended A Seat at the Table event in her hometown of Lexington, says the state has

The Russell Fork River, an outdoor gem on the Kentucky-Virginia border, is on a list of America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2016. (Steve Ruth)

ELKHORN CITY, Ky. - The Russell Fork River, which carves a spectacular 52-mile path along the Kentucky-Virginia border, has landed on the list of America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2016. Avid kayaker Steve Ruth, a member of the Elkhorn City Area Heritage Council, described the listing as a "real t

Environmental activism is flourishing in Kentucky's communities of nuns, a commitment the sisters describe as a sacred trust. (Laura Michele Diener)

MARION COUNTY, Ky. – Environmental activism is flourishing in communities of Roman Catholic nuns stretching from the Bluegrass to Appalachia. Susan Classen is among 85 women who live at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Loretto. Those 788 acres of land in Marion County are home to both vowed

Conservationists want state lawmakers to restore funding cuts that the conservationists say have crippled land-conservation programs in Kentucky. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Conservationists are in Frankfort today, telling lawmakers that budget cuts are handcuffing efforts to protect public lands - land often used for recreation. Ruth Banberger, the Sierra Club's legislative chair, said the state is "robbing" funds specifically earmarked for land-conse

On Thursday, Kentucky lawmakers heard about the economic benefits of requiring utilities to use more renewable energy sources. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A Kentucky-based environmental consultant says the state can no longer afford to miss out on clean-energy jobs. The House Economic Development Committee was briefed Thursday on the need for a Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard. The standard, which requires ut

Public input on Kentucky's energy future is seen as an important part of the state's request for a two-year extension for coming up with a plan to meet the country's first-ever limits on carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Sept. 6 is the cutoff date for states to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s deadline for having a plan in place to comply with the country's first-ever limits on pollution from coal-fired power plants. Kentucky will seek a two-year extension for coming up with

Support is holding firm among Kentuckians for a statewide smoke-free law, according to new polling numbers. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LOUISVILE, Ky. - A new Kentucky Health Issues poll shows two thirds of the state's adults favor a statewide smoke-free law. The General Assembly has repeatedly rejected bills that would prohibit smoking in all public places and workplaces leaving protections from secondhand smoke up to local commun

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