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New Nuclear for Kentucky?

A bill that would make it easier to build new nuclear power plants in Kentucky is making its way through the state legislature.  New plants have been banned in the Commonwealth since 1984, unless the federal government finds a way to permanently dispose of the waste.  Efforts to find such a place—like Yucca Mountain—have so far failed.  Nuclear Energy Institute spokesman Mitch Singer says another option could be reusing spent fuel rods.

“There definitely is an interest on the part of the federal government to look into what’s known as closing the fuel cycle, that is a fancy word for reprocessing and recycling.”

But environmental groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council have testified before Congress that those technologies are still unattainable and haven’t worked as hoped in countries such as France and Russia.

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Russia & Georgia: Why We Should Be Paying Attention

Thursday, September 4, 2008
Russia and Georgia: Why should we be paying attention?
In early August it almost seemed like time had moved backwards when we saw the pictures of the Russian soldiers moving into South Ossetia. But Russia wasn’t invading, instead they claim they were protecting a breakaway region of the Republic of Georgia. The Georgians, allies of the U.S., have a different view of the situation. So what is going on over there, and why should we care over here? Join us on Thursday when we take a look at the ongoing conflict between Russian and Georgia and find out why we should be paying attention.

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Americans Will Forget Georgia, Says UK Prof

A University of Kentucky professor says even though the fighting in the Republic of Georgia is in the world spotlight, he believes it will fade quickly from the minds of Americans. The small nation has been engaged in a military struggle this week with Russia.

The U.S. has been working with Georgia to help get the country on its feet. Georgia emerged as a sovereign country in 1991 following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Mike Reed is the Director of International Programs for Agriculture at the University of Kentucky. He’s taken several trips to Georgia over the last two years to help build the country’s agriculture foundation. He says he wasn’t surprised to learn of recent battles between Georgia and Russia, and he doesn’t think it will do much to raise global awareness.

“We’ll forget about it!” says Reed. “Geopolitically, it might benefit them in the future but I think it’s more likely that everybody’s going to be jittery about Georgia and investing there or doing other things there because you’ve got this ominous presence of the Russian military close by.”

Reed had another trip to Georgia scheduled for next month, but it has been cancelled.