In the wake of stricter federal environmental regulations, Kentucky Utilities asked the state Public Service Commission on Thursday for permission to spend as much as $800 million to build natural gas-fired power generators to replace older coal-fired units. KU expects to eventually ask for a 4 percent increase in rates to pay for the new units.
The invaders: Two Giant African Snails, in the hands of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services staffers on Thursday (Sept. 15, 2011).
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Giant African Snails, "one of the most damaging land snails in the world," have invaded a southwest Miami subdivision and are now the focus of "a time-consuming expensive counter-attack" by authorities, the Miami Herald reports.
For more than a decade, community leaders have been trying to make the case that replacing the aging Brent Spence Bridge is critically important for the entire nation, not just Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. They’ll get that chance next week, when President Barack Obama visits the bridge to tout the importance of it and other infrastructure projects.
Here's a boo-boo that you just don't expect to happen at a company making prescription medicines — especially a firm called Qualitest Pharmaceuticals.
The Alabama-based maker of generic drugs apparently didn't do enough quality testing. It's recalling a slew of birth control pills because a mistake in the factory put pills in the wrong places inside plastic packages.
Roughly 184 jobs at Lexington's postal processing center on Nandino Boulevard could be in jeopardy as the U.S. Postal Service tries to pull itself back to financial health. Lexington is one of 250 processing centers nationwide, and one of seven in Kentucky that will be studied in the next three to four months to see whether it makes sense to consolidate services, according to an announcement Thursday from the U.S. Postal Service. More than 35,000 jobs across the country could be affected, with savings of $3.5 billion.
For the fourth consecutive month, Kentucky's unemployment rate remained less than 10 percent, although it stopped declining. The unemployment rate stayed steady at 9.5 percent in August compared to July. The state lost jobs during the month, but a smaller civilian labor force "counterbalanced the job losses, causing the unemployment rate to hold steady," said Justine Detzel, chief labor market analyst for the Office of Employment and Training.
GLASGOW - Community leaders and officials from Akebono Brake in Glasgow unveiled a major expansion at its Barren County facility on Thursday. The $20.6 million project, which added 60,000 square feet to its existing facility, is expected to result in 224 new jobs. Akebono Brake, Glasgow Plant was established in Barren County in 1995 and supplies brakes and brake components to a variety of tier 1 automotive makers. Following the expansion, the Glasgow facility will total almost 400,000 square feet and employ more than 920 Kentuckians.
Journalist Ron Suskind had already said that his new book about the Obama administration's response to the 2008-2009 financial crisis would reveal "bitter disputes" among the president's economic advisers.