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PNS Daily News - March 22, 2017 


We’re covering several issues in today’s rundown including: a party divided – the President tries to muster more Republican votes to pass a new health care law; Judge Gorsuch pressed on his positions; and marking a “monumental” anniversary and a win for public lands.

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Public News Service - KY: Energy Policy

Solar power advocates say a legislative proposal would stifle solar in the Bluegrass State, killing jobs and costing those who have installed rooftop systems. (Sarah Lynn Cunningham)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Backlash from solar users and advocates has slowed a proposal in the Kentucky Senate to change the rules on net metering – the way utilities and consumers with rooftop solar trade energy. The power companies want to pay a lower rate for the excess power they buy from s

A pair of Kentucky power companies want to roughly double the Basic Service Charge their 1.3 million customers pay.(Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Sister utilities KU and LG&E want to roughly double the basic service charge on customers, a charge commonly known as the meter fee. The request to restructure the rates would impact 1.3 million customers in 93 counties. Sarah Lynn Cunningham, the Climate Change Subcommittee

The Mines to Minds program will combine a semester of college with an apprenticeship to help laid-off coal miners and others begin a new high-tech careers. (Greg Stotelmyer)

WHITESBURG, Ky. – With the loss of thousands of coal jobs in Kentucky, the search has intensified for ways to create a more diverse economy. Next month, Whitesburg-based Appalshop is launching Mines to Minds, a training program with a semester of college classes followed by six months of on-

A petition signed by nearly 10,000 people urges Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass legislation creating economic opportunities by reclaiming abandoned mine sites. (Vivian Stockman/Flyover SouthWing)

LONDON, Ky. – A grassroots message is being sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: it's time for swift action to pass legislation that would help both the economy and environment in distressed coal communities. Three organizers, including Katie Dollarhide of Letcher County, delivered

With 18 solar panels on his garage and house, Robert Chatham's Louisville home is one of many that will be on Saturday's Kentucky Solar Tour. (Robert Chatham)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – If you've ever thought about going solar at home or at your business, Saturday is the perfect time to see how fellow Kentuckians have done exactly that. There will be tours tomorrow in Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Lexington, Louisville and Northern Kentucky where you can see

Using money from the Abandoned Mining Lands Fund to spur economic development in Appalachia has overwhelming support in the region, according to a new poll. (Vivian Stockman, flyover credit SouthWings)

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – A new Sierra Club poll shows nearly nine out of every ten people living in Appalachia support a Kentucky congressman's plan to help communities impacted by America's shift away from coal. The RECLAIM Act, introduced in the House by Somerset Republican Hal Rogers, proposes usi

A movement aimed at improving the quality of life in rural Kentucky is focused on young adults and teens. (KCTCS)

WHITESBURG, Ky. – A nationwide movement aimed at improving the quality of life in rural America, including Kentucky, says it's focused on involving youth. The National Rural Assembly – a coalition of more than 500 organizations – calls its new effort Kids, Climate, Connection.

A plan for a transition to a clean energy economy in Kentucky is to be unveiled Saturday. (MACED)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With climate change being addressed globally, a grassroots organization in Kentucky is making a concerted effort to get the discussion about transitioning to a clean energy economy moving in the Bluegrass State. After a year of gathering public comment, consulting work and

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