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Public News Service - KY: Rural/Farming

PHOTO:  The grassroots citizens group, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, has sent an open letter to Governor Steve Beshear saying building a bright future in the mountains of eastern Kentucky can hapen, but it won't be easy.  Photo courtesy KFTC.<br /><br />.

PIKEVILLE, Ky. - A letter from a grassroots citizens group has reached the office of Governor Steve Beshear, with a simple message: The mountain region of the state can have a bright future, but achieving that goal "won't be easy." The letter was written by two members of Kentuckians For The Common

PHOTO: SOAR, the summit on the future of eastern and southern Kentucky, is raising hopes for finding strategies for economic development beyond the region's traditional staple, coal. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The search for a collaborative vision into eastern Kentucky's future is being fueled by SOAR, short for Shaping Our Appalachian Region. SOAR launches Monday with a summit in Pikeville. Dee Davis, president of the Center for Rural Strategies in Whitesburg, says diversificat

PHOTO: Environmental advocates and faith leaders, including Sister Claire McGowan, delivered thousands of petitions to the governor's office Tuesday, opposing a natural gas liquids pipeline project. Courtesy Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Faith leaders and environmental advocates delivered petitions bearing more than 36,000 signatures to Gov. Steve Beshear's office on Tuesday, opposing a natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky. The petitions urge Beshear to ban the use of eminent domain to obtain the rights-of-

PHOTO:  The number of community health groups is expanding in Kentucky as a push for collaboration is emphasized.  Photo courtesy of Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - You surely know the proverb that starts, "It takes a village ..." When it comes to making Kentucky a healthier place, more community groups are joining forces to tackle the myriad of challenges. A statewide directory of local groups working on health issues has grown from 150 to 2

PHOTO:  Conservationists call a circuit judge's decision on a waste water discharge permit for this coal-fired power plant in Trimble County a victory for clean water in Kentucky.  Photo courtesy of the Sierra Club.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Calling it a landmark court decision, environmentalists say a judge's ruling in Frankfort that will remove one source of pollution from the Ohio River shows a much bigger "victory for clean water and public health." At the heart of the legal battle is a permit that had allow

PHOTO:  Map showing general path of proposed Bluegrass Pipeline. Credit: Bluegrass Pipeline project

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The two companies that are working together to move natural gas liquids through new and repurposed pipelines in Kentucky defended their controversial project before state lawmakers Thursday. The developers of the Bluegrass Pipeline – Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Par

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Gov. Steve Beshear has called lawmakers into special session Aug. 19 to deal with redistricting. Opponents of a proposed pipeline, which would carry natural gas liquids through Kentucky, want issues related to that project added to the legislative agenda - something only the governo

PHOTO: A trio of environmental groups and a key supplier of electricity in Kentucky are collaborating to find ways to increase renewable energy efforts. This is a coal-fired power plant in Mason County, Spurlock Station. Photo courtesy of East Kentucky Power Cooperative.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A search for common ground on renewable energy between one of Kentucky's main electric power providers and three environmental groups is producing some results. The East Kentucky Power Cooperative Demand Site Management and Renewable Energy Collaborative links the East Kentucky Powe

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