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9:45 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Tennessee Tax-Free Weekend

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Tennesseans doing back-to-school shopping have the opportunity to stretch their dollars during this weekend’s annual sales tax holiday.  It started at 12:01 this morning and ends at one minute before midnight Sunday. Sales tax-exempt merchandise includes computers, clothing and an array of school supplies. The Tennessee Department of Revenue’s website has details for merchants and shoppers on exactly what items are tax-free.

Business
3:46 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Paducah Economic Development Executive Looks to Plant Site Redevelopment

Chad Chancellor

Paducah Economic Development Council president Chad Chancellor says officials need to start thinking about alternative future uses for the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

Chancellor's comments come on the heels of First District Congressman Ed Whitfield's comment that nuclear fuel refining operations are on their “last leg.”

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Business
12:03 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Coal Association Applauds Federal Ruling

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Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett is applauding a federal court ruling that found the EPA overstepped its authority in establishing water quality criteria for consideration of mining permits. He calls the decision Tuesday by U. S. District Judge Reggie Walton “a victory for all of Kentucky and West Virginia.”

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Business
9:21 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Madisonville's Kentucky Coal Academy Hosts Competition

Dave Shinall

Six underground mine rescue teams qualified for national competition yesterday during the Kentucky Coal Academy’s first Regional Skills Championship in Madisonville. First-place team captain Zach Brown said yesterday’s tough competition made his six-man rescue squad better life-savers.

"I think that in the event of an emergency it will make us better capable to respond to people trapped, or if we have to, get a mine back to operation. I do think it will make us better at that area," Brown said.

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Business
8:40 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Ameren Illinois Helps Out Neediest Customers

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Ameren Illinois said it made an additional $500,000 available to its neediest Central and Southern Illinois customers to help them pay their energy bills during the summer heat wave. Ameren Illinois President and CEO Richard Mark said the money comes as extreme heat in recent weeks has made life difficult for many of the utility's customers. The latest funds will be distributed through local support agencies, and eligible customers must meet federal low-income guidelines. For a four-person household, the maximum gross annual income is $49,500.

Business
2:25 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

KY Universities Weigh In on Chick-Fil-A Controversy

The Family Foundation of Kentucky is criticizing members of the University of Louisville administration for their response to a controversy surrounding Chick-Fil-A. 

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Economics
9:00 am
Sun July 22, 2012

Murray ABC Coordinator Outlines the Lengthy Process of Going “Wet”

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This past week voters in Murray and Marshall County voted on alcohol sales in their respective communities. Marshall County residents answered “no,” but voters in Murray said “Yes.” Murray, currently allows liquor by the drink sales in restaurants. Those restaurants must garner 70% of their revenue from non-alcoholic products. Voters chose to expand alcohol sales to include package stores, but now, old ordinances must be reviewed and new one's drafted before licenses can be issued and stores opened.

Economics
2:59 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Murray Starting the Process of Going "Wet"

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Despite voting to go wet this week, Murray residents still have a long wait until they see expanded alcohol sales at bars and stores. City Alcoholic Beverage Control Coordinator Harla McClure says the first step will begin when the vote is certified, which should happen today.

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Business
10:45 am
Thu July 19, 2012

KY Chamber of Commerce Report Evaluates Business Climate

Dave Adkisson

Kentucky's business climate is consistently dragged down by low incomes, high poverty, and poor health. That's one of the conclusions of the comprehensive report released this week by the state's Chamber of Commerce.

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Tourism
3:35 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Murray is the "Friendliest Small Town in America" in Best of the Road Contest

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Rand McNally and USA Today have awarded Murray the title of “Friendliest Small Town in America." The award comes from the organizations' Best of the Road contest. The friendliest town award comes ironically on a divisive day for city residents as they vote on whether or not to allow package alcohol sales.

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