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Free Guided Tours

Free Guided Tours

Free guided trail tours are being offered at Lilley Cornett Woods Appalachian Ecological Research Station, officials said.Weekend tours at the Letcher County site are being offered in partnership with Eastern Kentucky University according to park officials. Spokesperson Jeremy Wolfe says people can arrive without an appointment and choose which trail they want to take.




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Coal Tax Credits

Coal Tax Credits

A House panel has advanced a bill that would phase out two costly coal tax credits that a state investigation recently found generate economic losses for Virginia.The incentives, designed to encourage coal production and coal use and aid the struggling economy of Southwest Virginia, are decades old and among the state’s largest.They’ve been a persistent political issue in recent years, with Republicans generally pushing to keep or expand them and Democrats seeking to end or limit them.




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Lowest Number Of Cases

Lowest Number Of Cases

Governor Andy Beshear reported the lowest number of daily cases in the past four weeks during the recent update.The governor announced 1,268 new cases. This is the lowest number of new cases in one day that we’ve seen in the past four weeks. At least 347,836 Kentuckians have contracted the virus.Kentucky’s positivity rate fell below 10% for the first time since December 31st. The positive rate is at 9.93%.




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KY Adds Construction Jobs

KY Adds Construction Jobs

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Kentucky added 2,900 construction jobs last year, a 2.9 percent increase that ranked in ninth nationally in construction employment gains.That was counter to most states, according to a new release by the Associated General (State Empl 202012_10month) Contractors of America which shows construction employment in December remained below pre-pandemic levels in two-thirds of the states even though 37 states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs from November to December.




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Fradulent Unemployment Claims

Fradulent Unemployment Claims

The new federal stimulus bill passed by Congress late last month, which extended unemployment benefits for 11 more weeks, also came with a new verification process that has created even more problems for some unemployed Kentuckians.The new verification system was designed to prevent fraudulent claims, which Governor Andy Beshear’s general counsel Amy Cubbage said is a growing problem.“A number of those claims appear to be fraudulent,” Cubbage said when discussing the 90,000 unprocessed claims remaining in Kentucky. “We can’t verify the identity of a number of those.”




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KY Lock And Dam Project

KY Lock And Dam Project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will dedicate $110 million to the Kentucky Lock and Dam project this year, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said. Congress authorized the improvement project in 1996 and when completed, the larger lock will essentially eliminate delays, which are among the longest in the country, McConnell said Monday in a statement. Matt Ricketts, chairman of Waterways Council Inc., said the funding will assure an efficient continuation of critical parts of the project.




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