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West Kentucky and Tennessee Telecommunications Cooperative (WK&T) is making a push to purchase the former Mid-Continent University in Mayfield and turn it into a technology park. 

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State workers in Illinois are protesting Governor Bruce Rauner's plan to enact his own terms for a new labor contract.

Large Tire Company Could Invest in Clarksville

Oct 11, 2013
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The world’s seventh-largest tire company could be investing in middle Tennessee, according to the Korean Yonhap News Agency.

Senior officials at South Korean-based Hankook Tire Company are set to meet with U.S. officials in Tennessee this month to sign a memorandum of understanding for a new tire plant near Nashville. 

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The United States Economic Development Administration is issuing $1.5 million to Todd County to construct a manufacturing training facility. The EDA expects the funding to create 110 new jobs and $3.5 million in private sector investment in Todd County. The EDA’s investment is intended to support long-term economic recovery in the community, leverage private investment and promote disaster resiliency.

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A Hopkinsville automotive manufacturer is adding three production lines and six jobs in a 20,000 square foot expansion.

Riken Elastomers is investing $7 million in the project.

Kentucky’s labor market numbers are returning to pre-recession levels. Office of Employment and Training economist Manoj Shanker says Kentucky is now adding about 5,800 jobs each month. Shanker says one reason employers are hiring right now is because wages are low.

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From NPR: Tomorrow, as those who follow politics probably know, is Election Day. The battle between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney has been contentious, expensive, personal, illuminating, ugly, frustrating, petty, enlightening and, above all, long. And it is expected to be close.

The latest Kentucky job numbers show Fulton County still has highest unemployment rate in the Commonwealth at just over 16.5 percent. Still, the state Office of Employment and Training reports most counties improved in September, with jobless rates increasing in only 12. Woodford County had the lowest at 5.3 percent. Union County posted the lowest numbers in western Kentucky at almost 6 percent.  Calloway was next, just under half a point higher.