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Fletcher Will Call Lawmakers Into Session on July 5

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Ernie Fletcher said Wednesday he intends to call lawmakers into special session on July 5.

The governor is urging the lawmakers to approve financial incentives to help the state attract companies that specialize in converting coal to liquid fuels.

"The primary focus of the call will be energy," Fletcher said in a letter to legislators. "I urge you to express your desire to pursue this extraordinary opportunity and to support this legislation in a special session."

Fletcher, trying to build his case for the special session, provided lawmakers with letters from four companies that say Kentucky needs to offer incentives in order to compete with other states.

Peabody Energy Corp. is considering building a coal conversion plant in Kentucky that could cost up to $3 billion and bring up to 800 full-time jobs, according to one of the letters released late Tuesday.

Peabody wants to decide this summer where to build the plant, and Kentucky would need to pass financial incentives to stay in the running, according to a letter from Rick Bowen, Peabody's president of generation and Btu conversion.


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