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  • AP Interview: McConnell wants to stop coal rules Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:10 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., pledged on Wednesday to do all he can to stop President Barack Obama's coal plant regulations, saying a White House "crusade" has devastated his state's economy. McConnell takes over the Senate leadership and its new Republican majority in January. Asked if the Senate had any obligation to...

  • The Bank of Kentucky posts 3Q profit Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 6:58 PM ET

    CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. _ The Bank of Kentucky Financial Corp. on Tuesday reported net income of $4.6 million, or 59 cents per share, in its third quarter. The bank, based in Crestview Hills, Kentucky, said it had earnings of 59 cents per share. The Bank of Kentucky shares have risen 25 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Keystone pipeline to top Senate agenda next year Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 3:19 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell declared Tuesday that approving the Keystone XL pipeline will top the Senate agenda in January, potentially setting up an early veto confrontation with President Barack Obama. The $8 billion pipeline would carry oil from Canada into the United States and eventually to the Texas Gulf Coast.

  • Hemp gets boost in federal spending bill Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:44 PM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Michael Lewis felt some anxiety when he stepped forward as one of Kentucky's first farmers to test the potential of hemp production, but some recent action by Congress has helped set his mind at ease. The latest federal farm bill allows states to designate hemp projects for research and development. And now, the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill...

  • NC group wants Duke Energy to slow plants building Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 12:09 PM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.— A North Carolina group advocating renewable energy said Tuesday it is pressing federal regulators to investigate whether Duke Energy should buy power from other Southeast electric companies and build fewer power plants that cost consumers. Duke Energy responded in a statement that NC WARN is complaining after the company built natural gas...

  • Senate OKs nominees and tax bill as term ends Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 3:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Democratic-controlled Senate confirmed the last batch of President Barack Obama's judicial appointees and sent the White House legislation extending tax breaks for working-class millions and special interests alike late Tuesday as Congress ended a tumultuous two-year run. But dozens of Obama's nominees to agency positions won...

  • DETROIT, Dec 15- The president of the United Auto Workers union on Monday called the National Labor Relations Board's recent decisions to allow employees to use company email to organize and unions to hold faster elections to represent workers "the right thing to do." "It made all the sense in the world," Dennis Williams told reporters at the union's headquarters in...

  • Spending deal may not offer 2015 Congress road map Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The U.S. Congress cleared a $1.1 trillion spending bill for President Barack Obama's signature after a day of Senate intrigue capped by a failed, largely symbolic Republican challenge to the administration's new immigration policy. The Senate passed the bill on a day Democrats launched a drive to confirm two dozen of Obama's stalled nominees to...

  • Falling oil prices raise new concerns for states Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 3:04 PM ET

    Some states, such as Texas, have diversified their economies since oil prices crashed in the mid-1980s. Others, such as Alaska, remain heavily dependent on oil and will have to tap into sizeable savings to get by. U.S. crude oil prices that topped $100 per barrel this summer have plunged to barely $60 this week, the result of high supplies globally and expanded...

  • Kentucky: No tax breaks for Noah's Ark project Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 4:24 PM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Kentucky has withdrawn its offer of tax breaks for a religious-themed park that would feature a 500- foot-long wooden ark because its organizers plan to screen park employees based on religion. The long-planned attraction is being built by a nonprofit subsidiary of Answers in Genesis, the Kentucky- based Christian ministry that operates the...

  • Yum: China sales slow to recover from food scare Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 5:22 PM ET

    Yum Brands Inc. on Tuesday cut its profit outlook for the year because sales in China are recovering more slowly than the company expected after a food-safety scare. Shares of the owner of the Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut restaurant chains fell 5 percent in extended trading. The restaurant operator said that its sales in China are not rebounding as quickly as...

  • Lawsuit accuses Maker's Mark of false advertising Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 3:07 PM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky— Two California consumers sued one of Kentucky's best-known distilleries, saying Maker's Mark tries to spike demand and sticker prices by falsely promoting its bourbon as being handmade. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Diego, accused the distillery of deceptive advertising and business practices with its "handmade" promotion...

  • Deep in coal country, pondering future without it Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 2:50 AM ET

    HARLAN, Ky.— The rest of the house is just waking as Scottie Sizemore plops down in a rocking chair on his front porch with a cup of coffee. Sizemore is the fourth generation of his family to mine coal in the hills of Harlan County. A thought on many people's minds is captured in a display in the windows of a vacant furniture store up the road in the once bustling town of...

  • Deep in coal country, pondering future without it Saturday, 6 Dec 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    HARLAN, Ky.— The rest of the house is just waking as Scottie Sizemore plops down in a rocking chair on his front porch with a cup of coffee. Sizemore is the fourth generation of his family to mine coal in the hills of Harlan County. A thought on many people's minds is captured in a display in the windows of a vacant furniture store up the road in the once bustling town of...

  • Indiana abortion clinic law ruled unconstitutional Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 7:03 AM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS— A federal judge has ruled against an Indiana law that changed the classification of abortion clinics in a way that opponents said targeted a Planned Parenthood facility that only provides drug-induced abortions. The law violated equal protection rights by treating the Lafayette clinic differently than physician offices that provide the...

  • House leaders move to avoid immigration showdown Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 3:51 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Trying to avoid a showdown over immigration, House Republican leaders are moving to make a deal with Democrats to pass a spending bill that would keep the government running past next week. The emerging strategy follows legislation passed Thursday by the House declaring President Barack Obama's executive actions to curb deportations of...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 26- Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's unsuccessful presidential nominee in 2012, leads the field for the 2016 election among Republican voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday. Among possible Republican candidates, Romney's 19 percent put him ahead of former Florida governor Jeb Bush with 11 percent, New...

  • COLUMN-Oil in Arcadia: John Kemp Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 9:05 AM ET

    Some of that crude came from states such as North Dakota, Texas and Alaska, and the rest from foreign suppliers like Canada, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Nigeria. On Saturday, the New York Times published a carefully researched essay chronicling "The Downside of the Boom" about how " North Dakota took on the oversight of a multi-billion dollar oil industry with a...

  • BECKLEY, W.Va., Nov 20- A former chief executive of Massey Energy Co pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges he violated federal mine safety laws before a 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners in West Virginia, the worst U.S. mine disaster in four decades. Donald Blankenship, who headed Massey from 2000 to 2010, was released on a $5 million cash bond after a hearing in...

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping's crackdown on government corruption, which began almost two years ago, is hurting a specialized niche of the U.S. tourism industry.