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11:33 am
Wed July 8, 2015

Hopkinsville Retail Project to Bring in Jobs

Credit City of Hopkinsville

A retail center in Hopkinsville is projected to break ground early next year. The project, currently named the Hopkinsville Towne Center, is estimated at around $30 million and may include a TJ Maxx, Ulta Beauty, Hobby Lobby and Buffalo Wild Wings.

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4:59 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

What the AT&T Bill Means for Rural Kentuckians and Broadband Access

Michael Ramage on Sounds Good
Credit Kaylan Thompson, WKMS

The so-called 'AT&T bill' passed this year by the Kentucky legislature will give the company more freedom from regulations when placing lines for home phone service, which can now include broadband, says Michael Ramage, director of Murray State's Center for Telecommunications Systems Management. Kate Lochte speaks with Ramage on Sounds Good about how this may mean greater broadband connectivity for rural Kentuckians.

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4:30 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Employment Won’t Drop Because of Aetna-Humana Deal, Executives Say

Credit Reuters | Greg Roumeliotis

  If the Aetna-Humana deal goes through, Louisville will become the headquarters of the company’s Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare businesses, officials from the companies said on Monday.

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Business
11:17 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Christian County Chamber of Commerce Announces New President and CEO

Credit Christian County Chamber of Commerce logo

Following an intensive selection process beginning in March,  the Christian County Chamber of Commerce has announced the hiring of its new President and CEO, Kelli Pendleton. 

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Business
9:57 am
Tue June 23, 2015

How Fracking Is Fueling A Power Shift From Coal To Gas

Bill Pentak of Panda Power Funds (left), Plant Manager John Martin (center) and Construction Manager Rob Risher (right) stand in front of the construction site for the new Panda Liberty gas power plant in Towanda, Penn. The plant, expected to come online in early 2016, was deliberately sited on top of the Marcellus Shale to take advantage of the cheap, abundant gas.
Marie Cusick WITF

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 7:10 am

When you flip on a light switch, odds are, you're burning coal. But as the fracking boom continues to unleash huge quantities of natural gas, the nation's electric grid is changing. Power plants are increasingly turning to this low-cost, cleaner-burning fossil fuel.

Bill Pentak stands in the middle of a construction site, looking up at his company's latest project towering overhead — a new natural gas power plant.

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Business
4:50 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Governor Beshear Heads to England to Promote Kentucky Tourism

Governor Steve Beshear speaking Fancy Farm
Credit Gage Skidmore / Flickr (Creative Commons License)

Governor Steve Beshear and his wife, Jane, will head to England this week. Beshear says the United Kingdom sends the most overseas travelers to the Commonwealth.

”This is not about economic development in terms of bringing new companies to Kentucky. But, it is economic development in terms of bringing tourists to Kentucky because as more folks come, they spend their money right here in Kentucky,” said Beshear. 

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10:30 am
Mon June 8, 2015

Sinkhole Repair Nearly Complete at Corvette Museum

A 40 foot sinkhole opened up in the Skydome of the National Corvette Museum on February 12, 2014.

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 5:03 am

Work crews are prepping the Skydome at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green for reopening in July. 

Construction began last November in an area where eight prized cars fell into a massive sinkhole in February 2014. 

The hole was filled with crushed limestone and flooring supports were added underneath to prevent future collapses.

"If there were ever a future collapse of any kind, the floor is not going to go anywhere, it will stay in place," says NCM Marketing and Communications Director Katie Frassinelli.  "After that, they've been installing guardrail around the perimeter of room, cleaning, and painting."

The $5 million project converted the Skydome from two levels to one and added more display space. 

Once complete, all eight Corvettes will return to the Skydome.  Three of the cars were restored by General Motors.  The other five were too mangled for restoration.

A new sinkhole exhibit will open in the fall.

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Business
3:08 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Fluor VP Talks Company History, PGDP Clean-Up Safety at Paducah Chamber Breakfast

Thomas D'Agostino
Credit energy.gov

  An official with the company tasked with clean-up at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site says Fluor Federal Services is bringing years of experience in the nuclear field to the Paducah community.

Thomas D’Agostino is Fluor’s senior vice president of strategic planning and development. He spoke Thursday morning at the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce’s Power in Partnership Breakfast.

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Business
12:03 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Three Regional Airports To Receive More Than $2M In Federal Grants

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Three regional airports are getting a total of more than $2 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation for new construction and other projects.

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4:51 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Guestworkers Allege Unlawful Pay, Substandard Housing On Some Kentucky Tobacco Farms

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Nearly 40 H-2A guestworkers filed three separate lawsuits in federal court Thursday alleging civil rights violations within the Kentucky tobacco industry.

The H-2A program allows American farmers to bring foreign workers temporarily to the U.S.

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