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An attorney for a group of southern Kentucky landowners says a $24.7 million verdict over unpaid gas drilling royalties by a Texas company should stand.

Hundreds of jobs are being cut at Lexmark. The Lexington-based company is going to stop making inkjet printers.  The move means 1,700 people are losing their jobs worldwide, that's about 13% of the company's workforce. 

Officials with the Canadian Auto Workers Union say workers with Chrysler, GM, and Ford have voted overwhelmingly for strike action if the union isn't able to reach agreements with the Big Three Detroit automakers.

Leaders of a western Kentucky aluminum smelter involved in a rate dispute with a regional utility say they still think a compromise is possible to avoid shutting down the plant. The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports that officials from Century Aluminum's Hawesville plant in Hancock County attended a town hall meeting Thursday night.

Owensboro's Smothers Park Ready for Grand Reopening

Aug 23, 2012

A three-day celebration gets underway Thursday evening in Owensboro as the city reopens Smothers Park, a major part of a years-long downtown revitalization effort. The Col. Charles E. Shelton memorial is being rededicated at 7 p.m.

Law Limiting Public Smoking Under Consideration in Hopkinsville

Aug 23, 2012

The Hopkinsville City Council is reviving a smoking ordinance proposed earlier this year. Members will consider the measure Thursday to ban smoking from indoor places such as restaurants and bars. Mayor Dan Kemp proposed the new law in April, and it was set to come up for a vote in June.

Hancock County leaders are trying to stay optimistic about the future of a major employer in their area. Century Aluminum smelter announced this week it has given Big Rivers Electric Cooperative a 12-month termination notice. That puts the smelter’s ability to operate in jeopardy.

State and local officials are announcing a plan to expand the Elizabethtown, Kentucky  facilities of STC Management Group. STC manages Sun Tan City and Planet Fitness businesses.  Kentucky Governor  Steve Beshear says the company is investing $350,000 in the Elizabethtown area to add fifteen professional jobs. The Group has been headquartered in the Hardin County city since 2004.

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Last week the state of Kentucky announced that India would purchase large quantities of coal from companies in the Commonwealth in the future. This week, some lawmakers in India are raising questions about the procedure used to sell coal fields in that country. Angry opposition lawmakers have shouted and crowded aisles in India's parliament to demand the prime minister resign.

An aluminum company operating a western Kentucky smelter has given notice to terminate its power contract with Big Rivers Electric Corp. The move signals that the nearly 700-employee smelter at Hawesville is in jeopardy.

Some southeastern Kentucky residents say campaigns on a vote that could allow alcohol sales in the community have taken a negative turn. McCreary County voters head to the polls next Tuesday to decide the controversial issue.

One of Kentucky’s most famous philanthropists has died in Louisville. Owsley Brown Frazier was 77. Frazier was the great-grandson of the distiller who founded Brown-Forman Corp., whose brands include Woodford Reserve, Jack Daniels, and Old Forester.

Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen is encouraging local officials to help him find out about the state’s hundreds of special taxing districts. A special taxing district is a quasi-governmental agency—such as a local sewer system or public library—that gets its funds from a separate tax.

Electricity rates for Tennessee Valley Authority customers in seven states will not be increased in the coming fiscal year.  TVA's board of directors voted Thursday to approve an $11.2 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 and does not include any rate hikes.

There's a new plan to develop an abandoned amusement park in Louisville. The Courier-Journal reports three Louisville business leaders joined developer Ed Hart in a $40 million bid that would reopen Kentucky Kingdom in 2014. 

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