Erich L. Ruehs, The Advocate-Messenger en Dream Trip to Norway Marred <p><a href=",0,5429696.story">Since Pat Baker first went to Norway as a 20-year-old</a> in 1966, she always dreamed of returning to the nation she called home for seven months. So when Baker was finally able to make that return visit earlier this month, there was no way she thought she&rsquo;d end up in a real-life nightmare. &ldquo;The closest thing I can think of to describe the mood of Norway after the tragedy would be our 9/11,&rdquo; Baker said Friday in her home, two days after returning. Sun, 31 Jul 2011 13:48:51 +0000 Erich L. Ruehs, The Advocate-Messenger 9648 at Dream Trip to Norway Marred Harrodsburg's Hitachi Plant Creates 145 jobs <p><a href=",0,4681132.story">More than 700 Hitachi employees</a>, including upper management from Japan and across the country, attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday in honor of the company&#39;s expansion, which will create 145 new jobs over the next three years. Harrodsburg&#39;s Hitachi plant already employs 2,000 workers. Gov. Steve Beshear was on hand in September when the company broke ground for the $48 million project.</p><p> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 17:38:16 +0000 Erich L. Ruehs, The Advocate-Messenger 8665 at Harrodsburg's Hitachi Plant Creates 145 jobs Mercer Co.'s Industries Greatly Expanding <p><span style="display: none">&nbsp;</span><a href=",0,4716485.story ">When the economy has fallen and can&rsquo;t seem to get back up</a>, the job of industrial recruiter goes from difficult to nearly impossible. Yet Drew Dennis, executive director of the Harrodsburg-Mercer County Industrial Development Authority, has been on something of a roll ever since he started in April 2009. Mercer County&rsquo;s industrial expansions have all come in the last year, with Corning, Hitachi and Wausau Paper all announcing major additions to their Harrodsburg operations. Those investments will result in more than 300 new jobs. In fact, the amount spent on expansions in Mercer County since the beginning of 2010 surpasses the $366,527,246 spent on new manufacturing facilities across the entire state of Kentucky during that period, according to state figures. Tue, 05 Jul 2011 17:25:04 +0000 Erich L. Ruehs, The Advocate-Messenger 7910 at KY Limestone Could Clear the Air <p><a href=",0,5994594.story">Last week, Kentucky Utilities asked</a> the state Public Service Commission for a rate hike that will increase customers&rsquo; bills by 12.2 percent over the next four years. KU says it needs the additional revenue to pay for the $2.5-billion in improvements to its coal-fired generating plants like the E.W. Brown facility near Burgin &mdash; improvements mandated by the EPA. KU has already taken steps to significantly reduce the amount of sulphur dioxide coming from the massive smokestacks at Brown. And the electric company turned to a neighbor six miles down Burgin Road, Mercer Stone, to help solve its emissions troubles with limestone taken from the ground at Mercer Stone&rsquo;s facility. Sun, 29 May 2011 18:39:22 +0000 Erich L. Ruehs, The Advocate-Messenger 4976 at