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KU Rate Increase

The Kentucky Public Service Commission issued its ruling in the rate review for Kentucky Utilities Company, upholding the majority of the settlement reached by 18 interested parties to the case. A KU residential customer using an average of 1,179 kilowatt hours per month will see an increase of $3.85 per month. The monthly electric basic service charge for KU, included in the increase above, will be $12.25 and will not be staggered over two years, as agreed upon during the settlement. The new rates will go into effect July 1.


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Clay adds 448 to labor force

Clay County added 448 workers to the labor force to 5,983 and the number of employed workers increased by 551 to 5,485. 103 less people are unemployed dropping the unemployment rate from 10.9% to 8.3% between May 2016 and May 2017, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.


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Murder

A former Big Creek resident is scheduled to be sentenced in September in Leslie Circuit Court by Circuit Judge Oscar Gayle House for the second time for a 1999 Leslie County double murder. Donald Rolin Phillips (AKA Don Rowland), age 57, of Hyden was found guilty in the shooting deaths of Osa Lee Maggard and Geneve Young and sentenced to life imprisonment with parole for 25 years but the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals reversed the sentence in March.


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SBA Working Capital Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations that July 24 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in Kentucky as a result of the drought that began on Nov. 15, 2016. The SBA’s disaster declaration includes the following counties: Bell, Clay, Harlan, Knox, Laurel, Leslie, McCreary, Pulaski, Wayne and Whitley in Kentucky.


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Developing Kentucky’s Workforce

Op-Ed by Governor Matt Bevin

From the beginning of our administration, we have set the goal of making Kentucky the engineering and manufacturing hub of excellence in the world. We are off to a good start. We recently shattered our annual record for new economic development projects and we did so in only the first five months of 2017. Many factors weigh into the decisions of businesses to expand or locate their facilities in our state. However, every business leader I meet with emphasizes the quality of our workforce as one of their most critical considerations.


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First Colombia acquires Clay County coal lease

First Colombia Gold provided a shareholder update regarding the newly acquired coal lease in Clay County. The company announced that they have retained Ikerd Natural Resources to assist newly hired Wesley Johnson to oversee on-site operations as well as manage all subcontractors on the job. Ikerd Natural Resources has more than 40 years of coal mining experience and has been both a contractor and owner of coal mines in the past.


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KU recycling

If teamwork makes the dream work, then thousands of customers of Kentucky Utilities Company are working from the same solid game plan – aimed at protecting the environment and better managing energy use as a community. Thanks to their participation, the utilitie’s Fridge and Freezer Recycling Program has reached a new milestone – celebrating 50,000 appliances recycled.


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