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Business
7:05 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Dot Foods Plans Distribution Center In Dyersburg, TN

Tennessee officials say Dot Foods plans to build a distribution center in Dyersburg, adding 157 jobs in the process. Gov. Bill Haslam and state Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty say the facility will be the company's first distribution warehouse in the state. It represents a $24 million investment in Dyer County.

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Coal Mining
11:05 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Number Of Black Lung Cases Amongst Coal Miners Increases

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Over the decades, great gains have been made in reducing black lung disease among coal miners. But, recently, there’s been an uptick in the sometimes fatal condition. 

Fifty years ago, Central Appalachian Education and Research Center Director Wayne Sanderson said about a third of all miners contracted black lung.  Today, the potentially deadly disease afflicts about four to five percent of miners.  And, Sanderson said, that number’s climbing.

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Business
6:57 am
Mon August 26, 2013

TVA Donates To Kentucky Coal Miner Memorial

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The Tennessee Valley Authority is donating $5,000 for a coal miner memorial in Muhlenberg County. The project will be located at the County Courthouse and include the names of miners who lost their lives working in the area. TVA operates a coal burning power plant, Paradise Fossil Plant, on the Green River in the county.

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Health Care
12:12 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Two Kentucky Children's Hospitals Partner to Better Treat Childhood Obesity, Diabetes

Kentucky's two largest children's hospitals are joining forces to provide better pediatric care across the state. 

University of Kentucky Children's Hospital in Lexington and Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville announced the partnership this morning. However, the hospitals will continue to operate independently.

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Business
6:47 am
Fri August 23, 2013

KY Has New Economic Representative In Japan

Kentucky has a new economic development representative in Japan. The new point person is Hiraku Tamura, a Tokyo native with nearly four decades of international business experience. He last served as president of a Japanese logistics service company.  Tamura replaces Jiro Hashimoto, who announced his retirement in June after 28 years of service to the Commonwealth.

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Business
6:40 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Pilot Flying J Defends Settlement

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The head of a group filing lawsuit against The Pilot Flying J diesel retail chain says the group is not a "shell company" for the chain. The truck stop chain is run by the family of Tennessee governor Bill Haslam. Pilot Flying J has agreed to settle the lawsuit filed in Arkansas by National Trucking Financial Reclamation Services. National Trucking was founded by Arkansas Trucking Association President Lane Kidd just days after the FBI brought allegations Pilot reduced the amount of rebates smaller trucking companies were owed.

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Business
2:20 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Barkley Regional Airport's Numbers Plateau

The number of passengers flying through Barkley Regional Airport has plateaued, and according to Airport Marketing Director Eddie Grant, it's the result of sequestration. He says cutbacks in government travel have stunted the airport's growth.

“We’re not showing any kind of decline which is always a good thing. We’re not showing any growth either but, you know, treading water is better than drowning.”

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Business
7:22 am
Thu August 22, 2013

KY High Court Considers Instant Racing Challenge

The Kentucky Supreme Court will soon decide whether Instant Racing is similar to betting on live racing or illegal gambling.

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Business
4:38 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Two Rivers Fishery Ships First Asian Carp Load

Wickliffe’s Two Rivers Fishery has shipped its first of many loads of Asian carp on Tuesday, and it’s going to China.

Plant manager Jeff Smith said the plant has a few orders in the United States and overseas, but he’s preparing for the processing plant’s largest order yet. Customers in China have placed an order for a million pounds of the Asian carp. Smith said that order has a large impact on the new fishery.

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Business
2:58 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Kentucky Oil Production Increased in Past Year

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Oil production in Kentucky over the past eleven years reached 31 million barrels but increased significantly in the last year. That’s what the executive director of the Kentucky Oil and Gas Association told a House panel in Frankfort today.

Andrew McNeill testified before the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee. He says the state’s average annual production during the period was 2.5 million barrels.

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