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A Graves County air-compressor parts manufacturer plans to build a new $1 million factory in Mayfield.

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A recent Kentucky Farm Bureau report shows grocery prices in the commonwealth have fallen for the fourth quarter in a row.

At the end of last year, a cart of 40 basic items - like milk, eggs and produce – cost $121.64 on average. That’s down 1.8 percent from the spring.

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Kentucky officials have re-enacted a state-wide ban on bird sales and movement in response to an avian flu outbreak in southern Indiana.  State Veterinarian Robert Stout says he took the step out of an abundance of caution.

Westlake Chemical Corp. is investing $130 million in its Calvert City facility, allowing for employee  job retention, as well as upgrades at the facility. The upgrades will improve plant efficiency, reducing bottlenecks in the manufacture of products that are used for construction materials, including piping, windows, fencing and decking.

Joe Moore stood near a sign reading: "Authorized Personnel Only."

"I used to be authorized," he said.

Moore is a coal miner. The sign was at the entrance to the mine that had laid him off the previous day. The Alliance Coal facility had closed — a symptom of the coal industry's rapid decline.

The U.S. economy added 292,000 jobs in December while unemployment held steady at 5 percent, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The number of new jobs was higher than many economists had anticipated; NPR's John Ydstie says experts had expected about 200,000 new jobs.

When CVS Health customers complained to the company about privacy violations, some of the calls and letters made their way to Joseph Fenity. One patient's medication was delivered to his neighbor, revealing he had cancer. Another was upset because a pharmacist had yelled personal information across the counter.

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The Paducah Area Transit System has a unique status as the only fixed route bus system in Kentucky that serves a rural town community with a population under 50,000. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with the system's executive director Arthur Boykin about understanding the services provided and the challenges of operating such a system in our region.

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Google is coming to Montgomery County, Tennessee. The tech giant is investing $600 million to transform the former Hemlock Semiconductor site into a data center, creating 70 jobs.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan says Google wants to be a partner in the community’s growth. City and county officials will work with the company to launch a community grants program to support science and technology education, carbon reduction, and internet access.

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A tech giant may be moving into Clarksville, Tennessee. The Tennessean reports  Google plans to invest $500 million dollars to a build a data center at the old Hemlock Semiconductor site, creating 70 full-time positions.