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In his first visit to Louisville while in office, President Obama on Thursday evening announced a new federal initiative called TechHire.

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As Kentucky's overall unemployment rate continues to fall, employment in the coal mining industry is somewhat stagnant. The state's jobless rate for February came in at 5.2 percent, the lowest since the fall of 2004. 

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Kentucky is one of 10 states chosen to develop a model program to assist those who are long-term unemployed and on food stamps.  

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A furniture manufacturer is expanding operations at its Ohio County facility and is expected to create up to 42 new jobs and invest $318,000 in the area.  

The Indiana-based Kimball International Inc. produces office furniture for companies in the hospitality industry.  

The U.S. economy added 295,000 jobs last month, according to the Labor Department's monthly survey, and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent. The latest strong data beat expectations and follow a robust jump the previous month — a sign that the nation's economy is finally picking up steam.

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A Hopkinsville steel tubing plant has laid off 71 workers a year-and-a-half after committing to creating more than 280 jobs and investing $102 million into re-establishing operations in the region.

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Hopkinsville Community College has been awarded its first National Science Foundation grant, a $200k award through the Advanced Tech Education program. It's called "Technological Education for the Rural Community" and focuses on access, low math comprehension and employability. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with faculty members Sherry McCormack of math and Stuart Zieman of industrial electronics to learn more about their project.

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FRANKFORT — Moments after Senate Republicans and Democrats finished congratulating each other Thursday on their bi-partisanship on anti-heroin legislation, a fierce debate erupted along party lines over the contentious legislation known as Right To Work.

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Several economic development projects are in the works in Murray and Calloway County. From an automotive parts manufacturer, to buildings equipped for potential use to road projects, there are several goals for 2015. We get a scan from Mark Manning, Murray Calloway Economic Development Corporation's Executive Director, on Sounds Good.

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A new report from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce finds the commonwealth has added a lower percentage of jobs than the United States as a whole in the years following the most recent recession.

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