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Clay Workers Top the 5000 Mark

Clay County’s work force grew by 324 people from 5,309 to 5,635 from 2015 till 2016. Unemployment grew from 510 to 542 giving the county an unemployment rate of 9.6% up one-tenth of one percent according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Annual unemployment rates decreased in 86 Kentucky counties in 2016 compared to 2015, rose in 26 and stayed the same in eight, The number of employed workers in the county topped the 5000 mark at 5093, compared to 4,880 in 2015.


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KU Reaches Agreement

Kentucky Utilities and most parties to the utilities’ rate review have reached an agreement filed with the Kentucky Public Service Commission. The agreement, which is subject to approval by the KPSC, gives Kentucky Utilities the ability to invest in intelligent control equipment that will enhance reliability and enable faster restoration of service.


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Drug Take Back

The Kentucky State Police Post 11 (London) will be participating in the DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day to be held Saturday, April 29 from 10 AM to 2 PM. A collection point will be set up at the Laurel County Health Department located on Whitley Street. All citizens that wish to participate may dispose of their current or outdated unwanted medication either in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box.


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Thompson to return to CPE

The Council on Postsecondary Education is pleased to announce that Clay County native Aaron Thompson will return to the Council as executive vice president effective July 1. Thompson is currently serving as interim president of Kentucky State University (KSU). During his leadership at KSU, fall and spring enrollment grew, student debt loads decreased, and the university launched a free textbook program to help students reduce college costs. Also, last year’s budget was balanced and this year’s will be as well.


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Four Sentenced in Kansas After Event in Manchester

Four people have been sentenced in a case where Paul Ray Halligan of Kansas said he was attacked and left near a church after he attended a Confederate Regulators event in Manchester with two women according to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette. Eric Edinger, age 19, of Estill Springs (TN) man was ordered to write an essay on the “Ox-Bow Incident” and placed on 10 years probation. A jury found Tracy Lynn Ova, age 39, also of Estill Springs, guilty of kidnapping, aggravated assault and first-degree terroristic threatening and was sentenced to eight years. Heather Hull, age 25, of Joplin (MO) pleaded guilty to first-degree terroristic threatening and placed on six years probation. Rickey Shetters, age 32, also of Estill Springs, already pleaded guilty to accomplice to kidnapping and awaits sentencing.


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Bill to Curb Drug Addiction in Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin signed a measure to help curb Kentucky’s drug epidemic. House Bill 333, will reschedule the drug class for carfentanil and fentanyl derivatives from a Schedule II controlled substance to a Schedule I, increasing penalties in Kentucky. The bill also limits the amount of Schedule II controlled substances prescribed in Kentucky to a 3-day limit. The measure does not prevent patients in cases that are deemed medically necessary from obtaining a prescription lasting longer than three days, but simply requires the medical professional to document that need.


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