(AP) - A California-based battery maker, EnerBlu Inc., is moving its headquarters to Lexington, Kentucky and plans to employ 875 workers to make lithium batteries in the state's Appalachian region, where the coal industry's decline has depressed the economy. Gov. Matt Bevin and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers were among the Kentucky leaders gathering in Pikeville to cheer Friday's announcement. The state approved up to $30 million in incentives to attract the investment of more than $400 million.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled a lower court wrongly dismissed a lawsuit claiming Planned Parenthood illegally provided abortions at its Louisville clinic. The Courier Journal reports the appeals court on Friday sent the case back to Jefferson County Circuit Court, saying the three-judge panel found that the allegations were enough to bring the claim.
CINCINNATI (AP) - A Kentucky news organization's in-depth expose this week on a pastor-turned-politician highlights the increasing role of such nonprofit, nontraditional newsrooms in the United States. The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting's series on Republican state Rep. Dan Johnson included the detailed account of a woman who said the pastor sexually assaulted her.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Federal mining regulators are reconsidering regulations intended to protect miners from breathing coal and rock dust, the cause of black lung disease. An advocate for coal miners calls it a "very bad signal." The Mine Safety and Health Administration has requested public comments on whether standards "could be improved or made more effective or less burdensome by accommodating advances in technology, innovative techniques, or less costly methods."
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