Monday October 28, 2013

This morning at 10:00am, Governor Steve Beshear, Congressman Hal Rogers, Senate President Robert Stivers and Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo are expected to announce what they call "a major initiative" to revive Eastern Kentucky's economy.

The event will be held on the campus of Hazard Community and Technical College.

The announcement is in response to the loss of more than 6,000 coal mining jobs in the region in the last two years.

WYMT-TV will carry the announcement live at 10:00am.

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Officials are asking travelers to be cautious this morning on Route 3 in Martin County by the Federal Bureau of Prisons United States Penitentiary.

Crews are working to rescue twenty horses from that road in Martin County.

They say close to ten of the horses are already contained.

Crews believe they will be working for several more hours.

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There are new developments in the federal case against the former mayor of Martin, as her step-son was arrested when officials say he threatened witnesses in the investigation.

James "Stevie" Robinson is now in jail after a FBI agent and an agent from the Kentucky Attorney General's Office arrested him late Friday afternoon in Floyd County.

As officials conducted their investigation that led to the federal indictment of former mayor, Thomasine Robinson, and 3 others including her daughter ... they found serious threats were being made to witnesses.

Floyd County Attorney Keith Bartley says it is clear the attempt by Robinson was to also prevent even more information from coming out in what is still an ongoing investigation.

Stevie Robinson's father, James Robinson, was also arrested and charged last November with menacing and terroristic threatening after he made threats to current Martin mayor, Sam Howell, after Howell defeated Robinson's wife, Thomasine, in last year's election.

Stevie Robinson is currently in the Floyd County Detention Center, being held on a $500,000 cash bond. He is already on probation and parole for being convicted of a federal crime in another state.

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A Knott County grand jury indicted a man accused of shooting at sheriff's deputies.

Timothy Slone faces two counts of attempted murder and criminal mischief charges.

Police say earlier this month, he shot at deputies Mike Caudill and Leo Slone.

Caudill and Slone returned fire hitting Slone during the shootout.

An arraignment date is set for November 14th.

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The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has labeled two West Virginia coal mines and one in Kentucky as pattern violators, meaning they've repeatedly broken federal health and safety regulations.

One is Pocahontas Coal Co.'s Affinity Mine in Raleigh County, where two men died within two weeks of each other in February.

The others are Brody Mining's Brody Mine No. 1 in Boone County, W.Va., and Tram Energy's Mine No. 1 in Floyd County, Ky.

They're the first added to the list since MSHA began using new screening criteria in March.

MSHA director Joe Main said Thursday his staff is reviewing several other mines that could be added.