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Months after rescuing bankrupt coal mines, company lays off workers

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COAL: A coal company that bought many of Blackjewel’s Kentucky mines after its bankruptcy has laid off some of the miners it hired. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

• University of Kentucky researchers solicited community photography on the theme of air pollution and noticed that young people are concerned about exposure to coal particulates. (Ohio Valley ReSource)
• In court filings, insurers allege Duke Energy was “substantially certain” that coal ash pollution would occur at a North Carolina power plant. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription) 

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• Solar is catching on among residents outside Oklahoma City, but an installer warns opportunity is limited because of local utility rules. (The Oklahoman)
• Arkansas regulators were asked last week to quickly clarify rules on what projects qualify for net metering and what rate they should be paid for surplus electricity sent back to the grid. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
• An Arkansas farmer flipped the switch last week on a nearly 3-megawatt solar farm he says will provide 90% of the energy needs for his operation. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

STORAGE: A new research authority will promote pumped-storage hydro and other energy developments in southwest Virginia. (Roanoke Times) 

EMISSIONS: A Georgia Tech professor is among the climate scientists grappling with how to minimize the carbon footprint of their research and travel. (Associated Press)

TRANSMISSION: The Tennessee Valley Authority proposes transmission system upgrades to improve reliability and handle growing load in a Memphis suburb. (DeSoto Times-Tribune) 

ACTIVISM: Student climate activists led demonstrations Friday in cities across the country, including Orlando, New Orleans, and Blacksburg, Virginia. (Orlando Weekly, WWNO, Roanoke Times) 

COMMENTARY: A Tennessee columnist says citizens face a “double whammy” when both state and federal officials abandon environmental safety such as what’s happening with coal ash regulation. (Chattanooga Times Free Press) 

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