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Kentucky will receive 90% reimbursement

Updated: 07/20/2010 - U.S. Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) announced that through his efforts, instead of the standard 75%, FEMA will reimburse the Commonwealth of Kentucky for 90% of Public Assistance costs and 100% of essential assistance and debris removal costs for those affected by the May 2009 severe storms.

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Locations of high-risk coal ash sites kept secret

Posted: 06/12/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has decided to keep secret the locations of nearly four dozen coal ash storage sites that pose a threat to people living nearby.

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Flood victims clean-up again

Updated: 06/12/2009 - Just weeks after flooding devastates parts of eastern Kentucky, the waters rise again overnight.

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Coal mine layoffs put 100 people out of work

Posted: 06/12/2009 - A local coal company lays off about one hundred coal miners in eastern Kentucky. Officials warned the miners about two months ago that layoffs were possible, and today the cuts were made. Officials say these are permanent layoffs for these miners in Pike and Letcher counties, and say the depressed coal market and the economy are to blame.

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Flooding in Pike County

Updated: 06/12/2009 - A state of emergency is declared in Pike County after another round of flash flooding.

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President Obama Looks To Toughen Surface Mining Oversight

Posted: 06/11/2009 - The Obama administration announces steps to stop expedited reviews for surface mining permits, saying it will curb environmental destruction. Environmental groups welcome the move, but those in the coal industry say it puts their livelihood in jeopardy.

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HIV awareness & testing

Posted: 06/11/2009 - FRANKFORT, KY - In honor of National HIV Testing Day on June 27, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is promoting routine HIV testing and awareness. The campaign will run during June in Kentucky to encourage as many people as possible to get tested and know their HIV status.

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Layoffs offset by ribbon cuttings in Laurel County

Updated: 06/11/2009 - It appears the troubles in the automotive industry are catching up to us here in eastern Kentucky as a major automotive plant in Laurel County is laying off two dozen workers. But the news is not all bad for the local economy.

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Flood victims continue cleaning up

Updated: 07/20/2010 - More than one month after the flood destroyed their homes, some people in the Huddy community of Pike County say it will be many more months before they can return.

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Neighbors take Floyd County coal prep plant to court

Posted: 06/11/2009 - "Upgrade your coal plant emissions and maintenance or else." That's the order from Floyd County Circuit Court Judge Danny Caudill after 100 neighbors took their complaints to court Thursday.

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Two mines close and force more layoffs

Posted: 06/11/2009 - Premier Elkhorn Coal officials issued warning letters to their employees in April saying they would have to close two mines in Pike County if cost cutting measures were not met.

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Judge dismisses most claims by former police

Posted: 06/11/2009 - CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) - A judge in eastern Kentucky has dismissed all but two claims in a lawsuit by four former police officers in a sex scandal.

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WHO: Swine flu pandemic has begun, 1st in 41 years

Updated: 10/06/2009 - GENEVA (AP) - The World Health Organization declared a swine flu pandemic Thursday - the first global flu epidemic in 41 years - as infections in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America and elsewhere climbed to nearly 30,000 cases.

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Officials say local mayor violated laws in 2006 election race

Updated: 02/05/2010 - The complaint to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance says Prestonsburg mayor Jerry Fannin violated campaign finance laws, and several people in the community say these allegations will only hurt their community.

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Governor Beshear's tax break plan seeks investment in Kentucky

Posted: 06/10/2009 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear released a wide-ranging economic incentive plan Wednesday, looking to bring massive business investments to a state that - like many others - is facing tough budget times and rising unemployment.

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Funding for Operation UNITE has been secured

Posted: 06/10/2009 - WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced that a key committee in the U.S. House of Representatives has approved $4.45 million for Operation UNITE to continue its flourishing counter-drug initiative in southern and eastern Kentucky.

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Avoiding the pitfalls of job hunting

Posted: 06/10/2009 - Many laid off workers are falling into traps when it comes to their job search. A new Top 10 list from careerbuilder.com spells out some of the most common mistakes.

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Road re-opens

Posted: 06/10/2009 - A Floyd County road, closed by a rock slide earlier this week, has reopened.

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