coal layoffs

1,100 layoffs planned at Alpha coal mines in W.Va.

Alpha Natural Resources expects to lay off 1,100 workers at 11 West Virginia surface coal mines by mid-October, with the company citing dismal markets and federal regulation.

Fancy Farm organizers want tamer crowd

Organizers of the Fancy Farm picnic say they want to tone down the heckling that has come to define Kentucky's signature political event.
bodies found

2 bodies found in Pickett County

Authorities are investigating two bodies found in Pickett County as a possible double homicide.
Mining Violations

Canadian company to pay $3 million for violations

A Canadian mining company will pay $3.2 million to settle allegations of Clean Water Act violations in western Kentucky.
Heroin Needle

Heroin overdose deaths continue to rise

A new state report shows more people continue to die from heroin overdoses in Kentucky.
coal dust limit

Coal dust limit to try to combat black lung

The Obama administration's push to reduce black lung disease by limiting coal dust in mines is taking effect.

Appeals court upholds conviction in pain pill case

A federal appeals court has upheld the 15-year prison sentence of a Louisiana businessman for distributing oxycodone and methadone in eastern Kentucky illegally through pain clinic patients.

McConnell offers immigration amendment

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to put strict conditions on transporting migrant children into the country's interior.
Mining Violations

Justice mines have 266 violations in 5 states

A West Virginia coal billionaire has more than 250 pending violations at mining operations in Kentucky and four other states.
Plane Crash

Homebuilt plane crashes in Wisconsin; 2 injured

Oshkosh authorities say a small plane crash has left two people injured.

Grand jury clears Madisonville police in shooting

A western Kentucky grand jury has cleared Madisonville police in the shooting death of a 35-year-old man who pulled a weapon last month.
Greg Stumbo

Kentucky House Speaker: Local option sales tax is focus

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says House Democrats' top priority for the 2015 legislative session could be letting local governments temporarily raise taxes to pay for large construction projects.

Indiana sheriff linked to prostitute is taking leave

A southern Indiana sheriff will take an administrative leave of absence after being charged with providing a prostitute with a deputy's badge and uniform.
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Attorney General Jack Conway Announces Run for Kentucky Governor

Attorney General Jack Conway announced Tuesday that he will run for governor in 2015.
School Shooting in SPARKS, Nev.

Police: 2 Dead, 2 Hurt In Middle School Shooting

Police say two people are dead and two more are injured in a shooting at Sparks Middle School in northern Nevada Monday morning.
Newtown Shooting

Public Acess barred At Newtown School Demolition

Contractors demolishing Sandy Hook Elementary School are being required to sign confidentiality agreements forbidding public discussion of the site, photographs or disclosure of any information about the building where 26 people were fatally shot last December.
President Obama

Obama: Shutdown Will ‘Throw Wrench’ Into Economy

President Barack Obama is ramping up pressure on Republicans to avoid a post-midnight government shutdown. He says a shutdown would hurt the economy and hundreds of thousands of government workers.

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