- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Agency: No plans to use Fort Knox as shelter

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal agency said Monday it has no plans to use Fort Knox as a temporary shelter for migrant children, offering assurances after U.S. Sen. Rand Paul signaled that the Army post has been considered as a possible site to house some of the young immigrants pouring across the U.S. border with Mexico.

Paul told a business summit Monday that “it looks like” some of the unaccompanied migrants might end up at Fort Knox temporarily. Since October, more than 57,000 unaccompanied children and teenagers have entered the U.S. illegally - more than double compared to the same period a year earlier. Most have been from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

“What should be done is humanely feed, clothe and try to find the appropriate people to return them to their country,” the Kentucky Republican said. “But you need to do that, not because you’re heartless, but because you can’t send a signal to everyone in Central America that it’s OK to come.”

Paul spokesman Dan Bayens said the senator’s office was notified recently that the Army post in central Kentucky has been talked about as a potential place to provide shelter for some of the young migrants.

Paul’s remarks that Fort Knox was under consideration soon were disputed by the state’s only Democratic congressman, John Yarmuth.

“Congressman Yarmuth … today received confirmation from the Department of Health and Human Services that Fort Knox is not under consideration to house the children fleeing violence and arriving unaccompanied to the U.S.,” said his spokesman, Stephen George.

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Project at Ky. coal plant to catch carbon dioxide

HARRODSBURG, Ky. (AP) - Political leaders and researchers say a new project to capture carbon dioxide at a central Kentucky power plant is a crucial step to continue burning coal for electricity in a time of tougher environmental regulations.

The $19.5 million testing facility under construction at the E.W. Brown Generating Station near Harrodsburg would capture and separate carbon dioxide from the emission stream after the coal is burned.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear on Monday called the project “a big step forward for solving one of the biggest challenges facing the Commonwealth today, and that challenge is carbon emissions.”

The technology is seen as a fix to keep old coal-fired power plants operating under tighter federal environmental rules. Last month, the Obama administration unveiled new regulations meant to cut carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 30 percent in 15 years. The E.W. Brown plant has coal-fired units that date to the 1950s.

So far, carbon capture has remained in the development phase due to high upfront investment costs and recent cheaper prices for natural gas that has enticed utilities to switch to burning gas to achieve lower emissions.

The U.S. Department of Energy gave about $14 million for the Kentucky project and it is sponsoring another 15 post-combustion capture projects around the country.

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Arch Coal idles mine complex in Va., Ky.

APPALACHIA, Va. (AP) - Arch Coal says it is idling the Cumberland River Coal Company complex in Wise County, Virginia, and Letcher County, Kentucky.

Officials said Monday that more than 210 full-time positions are being eliminated by the move.

Arch Coal CEO John Eaves says the company is responding to market challenges for metallurgical coal used to make steel. Eaves said the company’s strategy is to shift its portfolio toward higher-margin, lower-cost metallurgical coal operations. The mining complex had previously shuttered two contract mines during the second quarter of 2013.

Idling the operations will reduce the company’s 2014 metallurgical coal sales volumes by about 200,000 tons. Arch Coal now expects to ship between 6.3 million and 6.9 million tons of metallurgical coal for 2014.

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Military burying of Marine missing since WWII

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The remains of a Marine from northeastern Kentucky unaccounted for since last being seen on an island in the Pacific Ocean during World War II and will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Department of Defense says the remains of Marine Pfc. Randolph Allen of Rush, Kentucky, were located in November on the island of Betio.

The military says four sets of remains belong to Japanese soldiers were found along with Allen’s.

Allen was assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, which landed on Betio in the Tarawa Atoll. Over several days, roughly 1,000 Marines were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded. Allen was reported killed in action on Nov. 20, 1943.

He will be buried July 29 in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington D.C.

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