Business and the Economy

10:36am

Tue August 16, 2011
Business and the Economy

KY National Guardsmen Face Unemployment

Across the U.S., the unemployment rate sits at 9.1 percent. In Kentucky, it's 9.6 percent.  But among Kentucky's National Guard members, the amount of people without a full-time civilian job is 15-20 percent, depending on how many units are on active duty deployment. Brenna Angel reports on why it's hard for citizen soldiers to find and keep a job, and what the military is doing to help.

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10:24am

Tue August 16, 2011
Business and the Economy

Time Warner to Buy Insight for $3 Billion

National cable giant Time Warner Cable, which operates in many areas in Central Kentucky, announced Monday that it will acquire Insight Communications, the largest cable operator in Lexington and Kentucky, in a $3 billion deal. Many in the industry have long expected the deal, given that Insight's operations are so close geographically to some of Time Warner Cable's and that Insight's ownership shopped the company around in 2007.

10:21am

Tue August 16, 2011
Business and the Economy

Child Care Fees Rise in Henderson County

The local school board voted 4-1 to raise the weekly cost of child care in the Henderson County school district effective Sept. 1 to help meet state requirements that say the child care program must be self-sustaining. School board member Lisa Baird made the motion on Monday to raise the weekly charge from $85 to $100 for children in the 3- to 4-year-old program when they attend a full day of child care, which is essentially daycare.

5:41pm

Mon August 15, 2011
Business and the Economy

Crop Problems Persist

Western Kentucky farmers watched this weekend as chances of rain evaporated and their crops dried up even more. The Kentucky Agriculture Statistics Service reported last week that soybeans and tobacco were considerably behind last year’s development. Some soybean fields “aborted” their blooms due to the heat. The blooms are what produce the pods.

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10:50am

Mon August 15, 2011
Business and the Economy

Time Warner Buys Insight

National cable giant Time Warner Cable is purchasing Lexington cable operator Insight Communications in a $3 billion deal announced Monday.

 

11:12am

Sun August 14, 2011
Business and the Economy

Bowling Green Still Fights for Air Services

Officials at Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport are continuing to work to bring commercial air service to the city and region. Rob Barnett, airport manager, said the airport is constantly discussing options with several leisure destination carriers as well as business-hub connectors. “We’re still continuing to try to meet with air route developers and work with them,” Barnett said. He added that development of new routes at regional airports has come to a virtual standstill.

10:53am

Fri August 12, 2011
Business and the Economy

E'town Hospital to Pay for Improper Billing

Hardin Memorial Hospital must pay more than $3.1 million to the federal government as part of an $8.9 million agreement involving claims of improper Medicare billing dating back to 2001. Stephanie Collins, public affairs officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Kentucky, said the settlement does not concern patient care or diagnoses. No criminal allegations were made and no court proceedings are pending.

10:48am

Fri August 12, 2011
Business and the Economy

Hopkinsville Manufacter to Add 60 Jobs

Community leaders and officials from FP International in Hopkinsville announced Thursday the company will add a machine build operation to its Christian County facility. The project will result in 60 new machine manufacturing jobs over the next several years and a $3 million investment.

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10:43am

Fri August 12, 2011
Business and the Economy

Lexington & Louisville Team Up

At the 2011 Leadership Louisville luncheon at the Galt House East on Thursday, the mayors of Lexington and Louisville went before more than 1,000 leaders to pitch their vision for a regional economic development initiative to improve the cities' competitiveness in advanced manufacturing. Mayors Jim Gray and Greg Fischer pointed to the Toyota plant in Georgetown and the Ford and GE plants in Louisville as evidence that the state's two largest urban areas already are a center of advanced manufacturing, but it can do more.

10:31am

Fri August 12, 2011
Business and the Economy

Owensboro Airport to Expand Terminal

Community and airport leaders Thursday announced a plan to expand the Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport terminal.  The expansion will create additional flights while significantly increasing the size of the waiting area, baggage handling and pick-up areas. The project will add three full-time and several part-time positions, according to a press release from Gov. Steve Beshear's office.

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10:24am

Fri August 12, 2011
Business and the Economy

Not Enough Child Support Funds in Jessamine

Ben Kleppinger Jessamine County Attorney's Office

Jessamine County comes in as the 18th-largest county in the state of Kentucky when comparing populations of the 120 counties. But when it comes to calculating how much funding Jessamine County gets for child support from the state government, 30 counties are receiving more money than Jessamine, county attorney Brian Goettl said.

8:38am

Fri August 12, 2011
Business and the Economy

Super Region Planning Begins

The initial planning for a super region between Louisville and Lexington has begun. The Brookings Institution is helping the cities put together a plan for an economic partnership centered around manufacturing jobs. In particular, it will look at how best to lure more auto industry jobs to Louisville, Lexington or nearby cities.

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7:18am

Thu August 11, 2011
Business and the Economy

New Emission Standards Could Lead to Green KY Jobs

A new report says environmental controls on vehicles could help Kentucky’s economy. The study, conducted by the United Autoworkers Union, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the National Wildlife Federation, found that stronger fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks will help create thousands of clean energy jobs in Kentucky and around the country.

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2:03pm

Wed August 10, 2011
Business and the Economy

Fiscal Year Looks Good for State's Coffers

Kentucky's General Fund tax receipts for July, the first month of fiscal year 2012, were more than $638 million, a 6.9 percent increase compared to July 2010 figures.  "Kentucky has seen a strengthening of General Fund revenue collections for the past five quarters and the Commonwealth’s economic recovery is continuing into the new fiscal year," state Budget Director Mary Lassiter said in a press release Wednesday. “The Consensus Forecasting Group last week affirmed that revenue growth is ahead of pace by predicting that General Fund receipts will exceed the budgeted levels by $192.0 million,” she said. “While we are cautiously optimistic about the revenue outlook, we still have a challenge ahead to balance the budget this fiscal year.”

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9:40am

Wed August 10, 2011
Business and the Economy

Ark Encounter to Help Economically

With Texas Governor Rick Perry's recent prayer rally and a new deal guaranteeing Kentucky's Ark Encounters project property tax breaks, the sometimes tricky relationship between politics and religion is on display again. In the case of the bible-based theme park, some worry all the business incentives are signs that church and state getting too cozy.

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9:30am

Wed August 10, 2011
Business and the Economy

Harlan Co. Zipline Soon Completed

Black Mountain Thunder, the zipline attraction at Harlan County's Outdoor Recreation Park, is nearing completion. Planners anticipate a "soft opening" toward the end of this month with a "grand opening" type of event during a fall color weekend in October.

9:24am

Wed August 10, 2011
Business and the Economy

Personal Income Grows in Elizabethtown

Elizabethtown has captured the top ranking in personal income percentage growth in 2010. The Elizabethtown Metropolitan Statistical Area earned the top spot with 10.1 percent growth for last year compared to 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. That’s the greatest percent growth of the nation’s 366 metropolitan statistical areas.

9:32am

Tue August 9, 2011
Business and the Economy

Toyota No Longer Largest Carmaker

Toyota Motor Corp. has been knocked from its spot as the world’s largest automaker. General Motors Co. said it sold 4.5 million vehicles worldwide in the first six months of 2011. Volkswagen AG of Germany claims the second spot with 4.13 million vehicles sold. Toyota fell to No. 3 with 3.7 million vehicles sold, a drop of 11 percent from a year earlier.

9:04am

Tue August 9, 2011
Business and the Economy

Discounted Taxes for Theme Park

The city of Williamstown in Grant County has agreed to give a biblically themed amusement park a property tax discount of 75 percent over the next 30 years. Mayor Rick Skinner said the offer is laid out in a memorandum of agreement that will be followed by a formal tax-increment financing deal with Petersburg-based Ark Encounters LLC in coming months. The tax deal is in addition to almost $200,000 given to the company by Grant County's economic development arm as an enticement to keep the project located there, along with 100 acres of reduced-price land.

7:00am

Tue August 9, 2011
Business and the Economy

State Fair Jobs Draw Hundreds

Hiring for temporary positions for Kentucky’s 107th State Fair began on Monday. Around 850 people lined up to fill 275 positions. As WFPL reported, applications will be accepted up until the last day of the fair on Aug. 28.“Some people can only work a couple days a week. We need to hire more people who can work throughout the entire run of the fair,” said Amanda Storment with the Kentucky State Fair Board.

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6:50am

Tue August 9, 2011
Business and the Economy

Hardin Officials Lobby For Alcohol Sales

Hardin County officials say expanded alcohol sales will help the area capitalize on future developments further north.

On October 4th, voters in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove will vote on whether to allow alcohol sales at package liquor stores and in restaurants.

“We become a more attractive location, I think, for some younger professionals and professionals when we’ve got more entertainment options and more restaurant options,” says Hardin County Chamber of Commerce President Brad Richardson.

Richardson hopes expanded sales will attract businesses and residents drawn to the area by Fort Knox. He adds that the appeal would also help the cities if Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s plans for a super-region with Lexington and a stronger I-65 corridor come to fruition.

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6:46am

Tue August 9, 2011
Business and the Economy

KY Congressmen Support Bourbon Bill

The entire Kentucky delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives supports a bill to change the federal tax code to benefit the commonwealth’s bourbon industry. Lawmakers contend there is inequality in the Internal Revenue Service because bourbon is aged and must be carried in storage for extended periods compared to other distilled spirits. Introduced by Congressmen Geoff Davis and Ben Chandler earlier this year, the Aged Distilled Spirits Competitiveness Act of 2011 seeks to exempt the natural aging process in the production for distilled spirits. It would allow distillers to deduct the interest expense to pay for their inventory as those costs are incurred.

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1:53pm

Fri August 5, 2011
Business and the Economy

FCC Chair Discusses Broadband Access

This week, a coalition of call center operators promised to create 100,000 new American customer service jobs, many of which could be done from home. But unless Internet access is improved, those jobs will be off-limits to one third of the country.

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1:47pm

Fri August 5, 2011
Business and the Economy

Bargains Lure Shoppers to Famous Yard Sale

The saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” and perhaps that’s the concept Harrodsburg residents Harold and Audrey Lester kept in mind as they advertised their “classy trash" on Thursday during the first day of the World’s Longest Yard Sale. In the years they have participated in the continuously growing sale on U.S. 127, the Lesters have seen people from every state.

1:44pm

Fri August 5, 2011
Business and the Economy

Clark Co. Firm Receives Grant for New Press

The state has awarded Clark County's Walle Corp. a $600,000 grant it applied for in February to help buy a $3 million press for printing labels, and the company was to receive the money Thursday. In February, Walle Corp., a label supplier for consumer packaged goods, applied for the money through the 2011 Kentucky Community Development Block Grant program.

1:35pm

Fri August 5, 2011
Business and the Economy

No Beach for Barren River Lake State Park

Barren River Lake is finally down to its summer pool, meaning the Army Corps of Engineers beaches should be open. But Barren River Lake State Resort Park chose not to open the beach this summer, Park Manager Lisa Davis said. “We decided not to open because of the resources it would take,” Davis said. “To bring in sand would cost $7,000 and I didn’t think it would be fiscally responsible to do that with just a month left in the season and then have another flood in the spring and have to bring more in.”

12:30pm

Fri August 5, 2011
Business and the Economy

Kroger Participates in Ground Turkey Recall

Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. removed fresh and frozen ground turkey under the Kroger and Honeysuckle brand names from its store shelves in 26 states, including Kentucky, on Thursday and asked customers to check their refrigerators and freezers for the products in one of the largest U.S. meat recalls in history.

1:27pm

Thu August 4, 2011
Business and the Economy

'Best Tasting Water' in Hardin County

Judges can’t get enough of Hardin County Water District No. 2. The water utility once again nabbed first-place honors for best tasting water during the annual Water Professionals Conference, held July 24-27 in Covington, by the Kentucky-Tennessee Chapter of the American Water Works Association. Now, it's on to national competition.

10:57am

Thu August 4, 2011
Business and the Economy

Corbin's Bike Program Shelved

Bikes for the Bike Share Program in Corbin, purchased with a $2,500 grant from Wal-Mart, are kept under lock and key due to lack of interest in the program. Officials feel the unused bikes may be vandalized if left out in the open.
Corbin/Whitley News Journal

A Corbin Main Street Program, funded by the local Wal-Mart store and designed to help encourage bike use in the area, has been shelved almost since it began for lack of interest, city officials say. Marlon Sams, director of Parks and Recreation for the city, says the program hasn't really drawn much interest - an idea that that may work in larger towns, but can't really be shoehorned into smaller, more rural towns, like Corbin.

10:40am

Wed August 3, 2011
Business and the Economy

Bullitt Co. Church Against Project

Louisville Public Media

A Bullitt County church was able to delay a vote on Tuesday to approve a large development project in its neighborhood. Members from Bardstown Junction Baptist Church filled the Bullitt County Courthouse, which approved a resolution to postpone a vote on whether to allow Red Rock Developments to develop a two-million square foot project nearby.

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