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New EPA Appointment Made Little News In KY

January 15th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Teeing off on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s opposition to extending unemployment insurance benefits, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes’ campaign accused McConnell Tuesday of “laughing” at Kentucky’s unemployed. [Sam Youngman]

A large swath of economists agree, raising the minimum wage is a good idea. [HuffPo]

Basketball hero Richie Farmer was sentenced Tuesday to 27 months in federal prison for spending public funds on himself, his family and friends while serving as Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner from 2004-2011. [C-J/AKN]

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy [yesterday] announced President Barack Obama’s selection of Heather McTeer Toney as regional administrator for EPA’s regional office in Atlanta. EPA Region 4 includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and six tribal nations. [Press Release]

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes on Tuesday said she would wait for the final investigation report about a West Virginia chemical spill before weighing in on the need for any regulatory changes. [CN|2]

When Rich McGervey first heard about the major chemical spill into his water supply, he immediately thought of his five-year-old daughter. [Think Progress]

Kentucky State Police have launched a poster contest that targets missing children. [Press Release]

Reflecting the growing concern about the opaqueness of America’s national intelligence apparatus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Tuesday introduced legislation that would require President Barack Obama to unveil budget figures for all 16 spy agencies. [HuffPo]

Kentucky poet laureate Frank X Walker is among the nominees for the 45th annual NAACP Image Awards. [H-L]

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that the Senate will hold hearings on the West Virginia chemical spill that left 300,000 residents without clean water. [The Hill]

Cindy Caskey-Moore entered her business, Caskey’s Jewelry, on Sunday morning to find that it had been burglarized and vandalized. Kentucky State Police said those responsible apparently gained entry through the roof. [The Morehead News]

Residents have warned about coal-cleaning chemicals for years. Will feds finally investigate state agencies? [Al Jazeera]

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights will meet Thursday, Jan. 16, at 9:30 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time) to rule on discrimination complaints for the people of Kentucky. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at commission headquarters, 332 W. Broadway, Louisville, Ky. 40206, in the 14th floor conference room. [Press Release]

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  • 1 Ed Marksberry // Jan 15, 2014 at 8:37 am

    I believe when it comes to the mindset or argument that we are too over-regulated, that yes we are too over-regulated in some areas, but under-regulated in other areas. Just look at Dodd/Frank and how what was intended to protect consumers has hurt not only the lower credit score home buyers but also the small banks that had nothing to do with the housing crisis.
    And with the Fed pumping money out like a chemical spill, we are faced with another looming bubble of this fake economic recovery.
    Alison is taking (with her comment) a guarded consensus approach, which I respect, but I say, where there’s smoke, there’s fire. The chemical and coal industry has proven they put profits over safety time and time again. Just look at the other mammoths of example in the oil industry and natural gas (aged and dangerous pipelines).
    I ask Alison and all others that are waiting for a consensus of what happened, to stand along the Ohio river as this plume of high toxins float by and ask their creator or God or conscience (whatever they believe in) if we’re over-regulated?