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Grassroots Ideas on Kentucky's Energy Future

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 an obligation to help those who worked in the coalfields as it moves toward a new energy economy.

"As that industry begins to disappear, those folks who have brought energy to this country for so many years deserve to be the ones that benefit from new ways of bringing energy to this world," she states.

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Humana joins AIR Louisville, a Data-Driven Community Collaboration Designed to Reduce the Burden of Asthma

Humana Inc. is the latest local employer to join AIR Louisville, a new approach to improving asthma that leverages sensors, big data, and community collaboration.

AIR Louisville is a grant-funded program designed to reduce the burden of asthma in Louisville, Kentucky, a city consistently ranked as one of the most challenging in the US for people with asthma. The program aligns to Humana's local strategy to address respiratory illness among its employees and members.

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Conservationists Warn Budget Cuts Threaten Kentucky's Public Lands

Conservationists say budget cuts have crippled land conservation programs in Kentucky. Conservationists are in Frankfort, 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-conservation programs by sweeping millions of those dollars into the general fund to help cover budget shortfalls.

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Grassroots Kentuckians Hoping for Say in State's Energy Future

 

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. 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 its own plan to meet the Clean Power Plan limits, beginning in 2022.

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Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden Announces New USDA Commitments to Help Build Up Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers

 

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced a commitment by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prioritize $5.6 billion over the next two years within USDA programs and services that serve new and beginning farmers and ranchers. Deputy Secretary Harden also announced a new, tailored web tool designed to connect burgeoning farm entrepreneurs with programs and resources available to help them get started.

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