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New beverage recommendations for kids say avoid all drinks with sugar — and all plant-based milks

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Health experts from four of the nation’s most prominent health organizations have created a new set of beverage recommendations for children under the age of 5 that basically recommends breast milk and infant formula for infants under the age of 1 and water and cows’ milk for older children. The experts strongly caution against drinks with added sugar,...

LG&E and KU push for being prepared, not scared; National Preparedness Month a reminder

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are urging the public to use National Preparedness Month (September) as a reminder to plan for emergency situations before they strike. Preparedness is a never-ending effort for LG&E and KU, with crews and employees behind the scenes working around the clock to meet the needs of customers and immediately respond to emergencies. To...

PSC to hold public meeting May 6 on rate increase requested by Kentucky American Water

The Kentucky Public Service Commission will conduct a meeting on May 6 at Bryan Station High School in Lexington to provide information on and receive public comments about the pending rate increase requested by the Kentucky American Water Co. The meeting will begin with an information session during which PSC staff will explain how rates are set and the PSC’s review process. The presentation will...

PSC grants rate increase to Grayson RECC, but criticizes cooperative’s leadership

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted a rate increase to Grayson Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. (RECC) and has ordered the utility to undergo a comprehensive audit of its management practices. In orders issued Thursday, the PSC said Grayson RECC’s top leadership had effectively ignored a 2013 directive, issued in its last rate case, to improve its finances and operations. That...

UK’s new KYH2O podcast series entertaining way to learn about important water resources

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Water is abundant in Kentucky with its more than 90,000 miles of waterways. KYH2O, a new podcast series produced by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, uses multiple lenses to examine the importance of that precious natural resource. “We’re looking at all things water in Kentucky. It’s not just purely science. There...

Water levels near record high at Lake Cumberland due to heavy rains; Wolf Creek Dam released water

The water level at Lake Cumberland is at a near record high due to recent heavy rains, so the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the largest ever quantity of water from the lake at Wolf Creek Dam, which could exacerbate flooding of low-lying areas along the Cumberland River below the dam. 
Up until now, water managers at the Corps’ District headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., said the largest...

PSC grants Water Service Corp. of Kentucky rate increase, but 37 percent below the amount sought

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted Water Service Corp. of Kentucky a rate increase that is 37 percent below the amount sought by the utility. In an order issued Monday, the PSC explained a number of adjustments it had made to the company’s request, including reducing certain allowable expenses and changing calculations for depreciation. As a result, Water Service Kentucky will...

PSC sets public meetings in LG&E and KU rate cases; both companies requesting rate increases

The Kentucky Public Service Commission will hold public meetings in Louisville and Lexington to present information and receive comments on the requests for rate increases by the Kentucky Utilities Co. (KU) and the Louisville Gas & Electric Co. (LG&E). “These meetings will allow the public to learn about the PSC’s ratemaking process and to present their views directly to members of the...

PSC Names Karen Wilson as legislative director; veteran of state government to advise commissioners

Karen Wilson, a 22-year employee of Kentucky state government, has joined the staff of the Kentucky Public Service Commission as its legislative liaison and executive advisor to the commissioners. Wilson most recently served a policy advisor in the Department of Energy Policy in the Energy and Environment Cabinet. She previously held several other posts in EEC and also worked in the Governor’s Office...

PSC OKs revision of energy assistance to help low-income customers with winter heating bills

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has authorized Kentucky Power Co. to provide additional assistance to low-income residential customers who are having difficulty paying their home heating bills. In an order issued Tuesday, the PSC approved a joint proposal by Kentucky Power and Community Action Kentucky, Inc. (CAK) to revamp the company’s existing program. CAK administers assistance programs...

First 72 On You awareness campaign focuses on preparing Kentucky families for disasters

The Kentucky Department for Public Health, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, has launched the First 72 On You information campaign during September – National Preparedness Month — to increase emergency preparedness efforts for Kentuckians and their families. This week’s spotlight is on preparing families for disasters and emergencies. “Some disasters come with warning and...

Be aware and prepared — Gov. Bevin proclaims September as Preparedness Month in Kentucky

In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, Gov. Matt Bevin has proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Kentucky. Kentucky Emergency Management urges Kentuckians to “BE AWARE – BE PREPARED – HAVE A PLAN – MAKE A KIT.” Visit www.ready.gov for a host of ideas throughout National Preparedness Month. Kentuckians face threats to their safety and property throughout the year, from...

Kentucky Public Service Commission approves Big Rivers exit as Henderson power plant operator

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has relieved Big Rivers Electric Corp. (BREC) of any continuing obligation to operate an electric power plant for the city of Henderson. In an order issued today, the PSC determined that Henderson’s Station Two power plant “is no longer economically viable.” That finding echoes a provision in the contract under which BREC operates the plant and confirms...

PSC completes tax-related changes to Kentucky Power Co. rates; residential monthly bills to decrease

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has completed its review of the effect of federal corporate income tax reductions on the rates of Kentucky Power Co. and ordered further reductions of those rates. In a pair of orders issued last week, the PSC approved changes that will have the net effect of reducing an average monthly residential bill by $5.90 for the remainder of 2018. The rates approved today...

T.G. Shuck: Clean drinking water is a blessing that Americans should not take for granted

We’ve all seen it a thousand times before. It might have been in your neighborhood or at a local office park. So commonplace it probably didn’t even register with you mentally. What on earth am I talking about?     Sprinklers … running full blast in the blazing heat of a summer afternoon doing nothing more than contributing ambient moisture to the atmosphere through the...