Chuck Stinnett, The Gleaner en Raised Rates Threaten Aluminum Smelters <p><a href="">In mid-2009, the future looked promising</a> for two of the biggest industries in northwestern Kentucky &mdash; the Rio Tinto Alcan and Century Aluminum smelters. They had secured a new long-term contract for the enormous amounts of electricity they need at prices the companies thought could keep them competitive; that power is vital, accounting for one-third of their cost to produce aluminum. Further, power producer Big Rivers Electric Corp. didn&#39;t anticipate a need to raise rates until 2016. But after sales of surplus electricity to other power companies came in lower than expected, Big Rivers requested an increase in rates last year. Sun, 08 Jan 2012 17:53:40 +0000 Chuck Stinnett, The Gleaner 19377 at Sales of Paper Savings Bonds End <p><a href="">For 76 years, parents and grandparents</a> have purchased paper savings bonds as Christmas, birthday and graduation gifts for children and grandchildren. Schools and organizations purchased bonds to present as prizes for contests. Patriotic Americans bought Defense Savings Bonds &mdash; informally, &quot;War Bonds&quot; &mdash; during the World War II. Savings bonds became a means for families to invest and help their country. Messages about buying savings bonds and stamps appeared in television programs such as &quot;Father Knows Best&quot; and &quot;Lassie.&quot; Later, they became a popular item on the Henderson Lions Club annual TV auction. Fri, 30 Dec 2011 14:40:26 +0000 Chuck Stinnett, The Gleaner 18880 at New EPA Pollution Standards Have Expense <p><a href="">It may eventually cost Big Rivers Electric Corp</a>. an estimated $100 million to install equipment to capture mercury and other toxic emissions to meet new pollution standards announced Wednesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, utility officials said Thursday. But that&#39;s not all. &quot;The real impact will be on the O&amp;M&quot; &mdash; operations and maintenance &mdash; &quot;side of the business,&quot; according to Bill Blackburn, Big Rivers&#39; senior vice president of finance and energy services as well as its chief financial officer. Tue, 27 Dec 2011 19:05:19 +0000 Chuck Stinnett, The Gleaner 18688 at New KU Call Center Should Boost Service <p><a href="">The new $5.2 million call center that Kentucky Utilities Co.</a> just opened in Morganfield is central to addressing customer service problems at KU and a sister company, a new audit conducted on behalf of the state Public Service Commission declares. The 23,000-square-foot center opened Oct. 31 with a staff of 35, including 32 customer service representatives, two coaches and a manager, according to Chip Keeling, a spokesman for KU and Louisville Gas &amp; Electric Co.</p><p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 03:25:35 +0000 Chuck Stinnett, The Gleaner 16168 at New Air Pollution Rules Could be Costly <p><a href="">If pollution regulations go into effect to limit carbon emissions</a> at coal-fired power plants, Kentuckians&#39; power bills will increase 60 percent or more, a University of Kentucky engineer said Thursday. Ninety-two percent of the Bluegrass State&#39;s electricity is generated by burning coal, which releases extra carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. That&#39;s blamed in part for global warming. Fri, 04 Nov 2011 14:10:30 +0000 Chuck Stinnett, The Gleaner 15629 at Interstate-69 Signs Unveiled <p><a href="">Under a gleaming October sky, Gov. Steve Beshear </a>in essence saluted the red, white and blue on Tuesday afternoon. It wasn&rsquo;t the American flag &mdash; he was talking about the new Interstate 69 signs that have been placed along 55 miles of the Western Kentucky Parkway and Interstate 24 from just south of Madisonville to just past Eddyville. It marks the first mileage in the state to bear the I-69 shield, and it will soon show up on maps and GPS devices. Wed, 26 Oct 2011 14:22:57 +0000 Chuck Stinnett, The Gleaner 15052 at Interstate-69 Signs Unveiled Ellis Park Gets Instant Racing Win <p><a href="">As expected, Ellis Park </a>won approval on Monday to expand its gambling offerings by adding electronic Instant Racing machines. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved the track&#39;s request to become the second track in the state to offer the machines.</p><p> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 15:11:12 +0000 Chuck Stinnett, The Gleaner 14954 at I-69 to Enter Western Kentucky <p><a href="">A milestone in the state&#39;s years-long effort to get Interstate 69 </a>into western Kentucky will take place Tuesday when Gov. Steve Beshear will unveil the Interstate 69 shield signs for 55 miles of the Western Kentucky Parkway and Interstate 24. The state recently secured federal authority to erect the I-69 shields along the WK Parkway from Nortonville (south of Madisonville) to Eddyville and a few miles of I-24 in the lakes area near Eddyville. Wed, 19 Oct 2011 15:31:11 +0000 Chuck Stinnett, The Gleaner 14606 at Owensboro to Las Vegas Flights Begin <p><a href="">Getting from the self-proclaimed Barbecue Capital </a>of the World to Sin City USA is about to get easier than ever as non-stop flights from Owensboro to Las Vegas begin today. Allegiant Air said it will offer the flights between Owensboro-Daviess Regional Airport and McCarran International Airport twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays. Fri, 14 Oct 2011 14:13:58 +0000 Chuck Stinnett, The Gleaner 14317 at Kentuckian Co-Piloted Underwear Bomber Flight <p><a href="">One day before the so-called </a>Underwear Bomber pleaded guilty to trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines jetliner on Christmas Day 2009, a Henderson resident&rsquo;s voice was heard in the federal courtroom. Steve Stewart was the co-pilot on the Northwest Flight 253 when passenger Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to detonate a chemical bomb hidden in his underwear to blow up the plane. It was he who reported the incident to authorities on the ground. Abdulmutallab failed in his attempt to bring down the plane and the 290 people aboard.</p><p> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 14:40:56 +0000 Chuck Stinnett, The Gleaner 14215 at Henderson Firms Dealing with Bridge Closure <p><a href="">Hendersonians know something about bridge problems</a>, such as when a wreck, construction, a barge strike or a routine inspection creates lane closure on the U.S. 41 Twin Bridges. But now, an emergency closure of a bridge two hours away -- the Interstate 64 bridge over the Ohio River at Louisville -- and the possibility that it could remain shut down for several months or longer is impacting travelers and businesses alike from Henderson. Sun, 18 Sep 2011 15:59:31 +0000 Chuck Stinnett, The Gleaner 12656 at Ellis Park Wants to Begin Instant Racing <p><a href="">Ellis Park took a hit at the betting window at its just-concluded</a> 2011 live racing meet and saw a significant drop in the number of horses per race, the racetrack reported Tuesday. Nonetheless, owner Ron Geary said he will ask for live racing dates in 2012. He says he also plans to make application in October to install Instant Racing machines at Ellis to generate more revenue and help it compete with racetracks in some neighboring states that have full track-side casinos. If approved, the slot machine-like devices would likely be installed this winter, according to Geary. Wed, 07 Sep 2011 14:36:23 +0000 Chuck Stinnett, The Gleaner 11968 at Schools Seek Break from KU Price Hike <p><a href="">A school advocate urged state</a> regulators to find a way to lessen the pain on public schools as they consider whether to approve Kentucky Utilities Co.&rsquo;s request to raise its electric rates.Engineer Darrel Pfingston of Henderson, an energy manager for the Kentucky School Boards Association, proposed that the Kentucky Public Service Commission tie schools&rsquo; electric rates to the rate of inflation, which he said is about half the rate that energy has been escalating in recent decades.</p><p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 14:06:03 +0000 Chuck Stinnett, The Gleaner 11750 at Industries Expand in Henderson <p><a href="">In a sweltering airplane hangar</a>, Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday afternoon delivered refreshing news: Three Henderson industries intend to create up to 47 new jobs and invest more than $4 million here. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a further indication that we are on the right track,&rdquo; Beshear said, commending the &ldquo;vibrant companies and smart entrepreneurs that are determined to not just survive the recession, but thrive and grow.&rdquo; Wed, 20 Jul 2011 14:09:12 +0000 Chuck Stinnett, The Gleaner 8959 at Industries Expand in Henderson Hearings Set for Utility Rate Raise <p><a href="">Formal public hearings concerning proposed power rate</a> increases sought by Big Rivers Electric Corp. and Kenergy Corp. are scheduled to take place in Frankfort next month. If the full rate increases are granted to both companies, residential rates for Kenergy customers would increase 9.97 percent. Commercial and industrial rates would increase by lesser amounts. Fri, 01 Jul 2011 14:31:33 +0000 Chuck Stinnett, The Gleaner 7710 at