Eastern Kentucky http://wfpl.org en For Water Supplies in Kentucky's Mountains, Look in Abandoned Coal Mines http://wfpl.org/post/water-supplies-kentuckys-mountains-look-abandoned-coal-mines <p>Indiana's abandoned coal mines contain up to <a href="http://indianapublicmedia.org/news/report-water-resources-lie-untapped-indianas-mines-62538/" target="_blank">172 billion gallons of water, according to a recent study</a>. This is water that filters down through the ground and coal seams, pooling in the abandoned mines.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 8594 at http://wfpl.org For Water Supplies in Kentucky's Mountains, Look in Abandoned Coal Mines This Eastern Kentucky Couple Got Married in a Grocery Store http://wfpl.org/post/eastern-kentucky-couple-got-married-grocery-store <center><p><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="322" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/86619419?byline=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="575"></iframe></p></center><p>This love story starts a decade ago in a Winn-Dixie in eastern Kentucky. Kristina Hall worked in the office. Clinton Stacy was a stockboy.</p><p class="c1"><span>"I honestly don’t think we spoke to each other more than two words the whole time that he worked there," she recalled.</span></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:01:28 +0000 Brendan McCarthy 8573 at http://wfpl.org This Eastern Kentucky Couple Got Married in a Grocery Store Kentucky House OKs College Scholarship Program for Coal Counties http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-house-oks-college-scholarship-program-coal-counties <p>A bill that would provide up to $5,000 in college scholarships for high-school students in Kentucky's coal-producing counties has passed the state House.</p><p>Lawmakers voted 92 to 0 in support of the bill. It would establish the Kentucky Coal County College Completion Program, which would promote bachelor’s degree attainment for students in Eastern and Western Kentucky.</p><p>The plan will use about $4 million in coal-severance funds set aside in Gov. Steve Beshear’s proposed budget.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8544 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky House OKs College Scholarship Program for Coal Counties Film to Explore Appalachia's Future from an Eastern Kentucky Perspective http://wfpl.org/post/film-explore-appalachias-future-eastern-kentucky-perspective <p>A new independent film explores the problems and potential that lies in Eastern Kentucky. The film is premiering as part of nonprofit group Kentuckians for the Commonwealth’s<a href="http://www.kftc.org/chapters/jefferson-county" target="_blank"> “Louisville Loves Mountains Week.”</a></p><p>Ralph Davis is a native of Floyd County in Kentucky. &nbsp;Besides his foray into independent filmmaking, he runs the local newspaper and is the market manager for the Floyd County Farmers Market.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 19:44:19 +0000 Erica Peterson 8499 at http://wfpl.org Film to Explore Appalachia's Future from an Eastern Kentucky Perspective Gov. Beshear Proposes Expansion of Mountain Parkway in Eastern Kentucky http://wfpl.org/post/gov-beshear-proposes-expansion-mountain-parkway-eastern-kentucky <p>The Mountain Parkway in Eastern Kentucky will expand to four lanes in the coming years under a proposal from Gov. Steve Beshear.</p><p>Beshear's proposal will be paid for with nearly $600 million in state and federal highway funding, and more than $150 million in funds recovered by toll revenues.</p><p>“The Kentucky Highway Plan that I will be recommending to the General Assembly will include a series of construction projects by which the Mountain Parkway will be four-laned, lengthened and thoroughly modernized by the year 2020," Beshear says.</p><p></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:48:26 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8258 at http://wfpl.org Gov. Beshear Proposes Expansion of Mountain Parkway in Eastern Kentucky Obama Announces 'Promise Zone' Initiative, Including One in Southeastern Kentucky http://wfpl.org/post/obama-announces-promise-zone-initiative-including-one-southeastern-kentucky <p>President Obama has announced a new federal initiative to increase economic development in five areas around the country, including southeastern Kentucky. The commonwealth’s “<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/08/fact-sheet-president-obama-s-promise-zones-initiative" target="_blank">Promise Zone</a>” will include eight counties (Bell, Clay, Harlan, Knox, Leslie, Letcher, Perry and Whitley), all coal-producing.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:24:46 +0000 Erica Peterson 8187 at http://wfpl.org Obama Announces 'Promise Zone' Initiative, Including One in Southeastern Kentucky Hollowed Mountains, Now Hollowed Towns: Coal in Eastern Kentucky http://wfpl.org/post/hollowed-mountains-now-hollowed-towns-coal-eastern-kentucky <p>HARLAN—People in Eastern Kentucky are used to the ups and downs of a coal-based economy. Prices plummet. Production slows down. Coal miners get laid off. Several months later, prices rise. The phone rings. Miners pick up their helmets and go back to work.</p><p>We're in one of those slumps now—but, this time, things are different. In the hardest-hit counties, the bumpers of heavy-duty Ford pickup trucks still host Friends of Coal license plates, next to stickers telling other drivers that coal keeps the lights on. But the winding mountain roads are a little quieter.</p><p>You can drive miles without seeing one of the lumbering coal trucks that, for years, carried away the region’s resources.</p><p>Coal is embedded into the culture and image of Eastern Kentucky, but the industry is declining in the region. And it's declining permanently.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">The coal miners—who've known coal through the generations—are being left behind. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">Kentucky political leaders largely resort to </span><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">finger-pointing and rhetoric.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The coal miners, however, are left with few options but to adapt.</span></p><p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:55:33 +0000 Erica Peterson 7853 at http://wfpl.org Hollowed Mountains, Now Hollowed Towns: Coal in Eastern Kentucky Beshear, Rogers Announce Summit on Kentucky's Appalachian Economy http://wfpl.org/post/beshear-rogers-announce-summit-kentuckys-appalachian-economy <p>Kentucky political leaders are rolling out another initiative intended to find ways to bolster the economy in Appalachia.</p><p>Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers held a joint press conference in Hazard today to unveil the latest effort, which they dubbed SOAR, Shaping Our Appalachian Region.</p><p>Beshear said the economic woes of recent years have hurt Appalachia and intensified the hardships of families in the mountain region. He and Rogers have scheduled a summit of public and private sector leaders to find solutions to problems the region faces.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 17:18:20 +0000 Associated Press 7349 at http://wfpl.org Beshear, Rogers Announce Summit on Kentucky's Appalachian Economy Congressman Andy Barr Knocks 'War on Coal' Ahead of First Lady Michelle Obama's Visit http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-andy-barr-knocks-war-coal-ahead-first-lady-michelle-obamas-visit <p>Republican Congressman Andy Barr is welcoming First Lady Michelle Obama to Kentucky this weekend, but took time to criticize the White House's energy policy in the process.</p><p>The First Lady will <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/michelle-obama-speak-eastern-kentucky-university-commencement">attend the spring commencement ceremony at Eastern Kentucky University</a> on Saturday, where she will deliver the keynote address.</p><p>Mrs. Obama is speaking at EKU as part of her Joining Forces initiative to assist military families. Long lines are expected for those seeking to attend.</p><p><span data-term="goog_1360473319" tabindex="0">Barr says he </span>hopes the visit will give the district an opportunity to showcase its local economy including the horse industry, but took a shot at the Obama administration's environmental regulations.</p><p>"I hope the First Lady&nbsp;will also take back with her to Washington a better understanding of the detrimental effects of the administration’s 'War on Coal' that is raising energy prices and crippling the futures of many of the very graduates to whom she will speak," he says. "It is my sincere hope that she will benefit from her time in the Sixth District and return with a new appreciation about the need to support policies that will get Kentuckians back to work." Fri, 10 May 2013 22:54:44 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5350 at http://wfpl.org Congressman Andy Barr Knocks 'War on Coal' Ahead of First Lady Michelle Obama's Visit Artifacts Help Pinpoint Key Hatfield-McCoy Battle http://wfpl.org/post/artifacts-help-pinpoint-key-hatfield-mccoy-battle <p>LOUISVILLE, Ky. &nbsp;— Artifacts recently unearthed during the filming of a new National Geographic Channel show appear to pinpoint the location of a turning point in the yearslong feud between the&nbsp;<font color="red">Hatfield</font>&nbsp;and McCoy clans.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 14:38:25 +0000 Associated Press 3222 at http://wfpl.org Artifacts Help Pinpoint Key Hatfield-McCoy Battle