Democratic KY Senate candidates debate coal

ASHLAND, KY (AP) - Democratic U.S. Senate candidates debated better practices for coal mining during a debate in eastern Kentucky.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo said during the debate Friday that the development of new and better uses for coal should be a priority for the region and he wanted more coal-to-liquid plants in the area.

Attorney General Jack Conway, his leading opponent, said he wants surface mining to be done in an "environmentally responsible way," and said he opposed stream-fill regulations enacted before President George W. Bush left office in 2008.

Republican candidates were invited to speak at the East Kentucky Leadership Conference, but none came.

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