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Kentucky among southern states split on dealing with EPA’s rollbacks of coal ash disposal regulations

A Tennessee coal ash accident spilled onto nearby homes. States are grappling with coal ash regulations as the Trump administration loosens federal rules. (Photo by Wade Payne/The Associated Press, via Stateline) By Max Blau Pew Charitable Trusts As the Trump administration scales back federal regulation of the waste from coal-fired power plants known as coal ash, a handful of Southern states have...

Pew Trusts: Kentuckians among farmers forced to reckon with push to raise tobacco-buying age to 21

By Max Blau Pew Charitable Trusts Burley tobacco once lined nearly every road in Shelby County. But when Paul Hornback drives through his hometown, the 62-year-old tobacco farmer rarely sees the leafy crop. Despite his fears about tobacco farming, long the lifeblood of his community, Hornback supports the push to ban teenagers from buying cigarettes. Last month, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,...