Friday April 11, 2014

Federal mine safety officials say the number of mining deaths in the nation totaled 42 in 2013, up six from the previous year. The preliminary numbers were released Thursday by the Mine Safety and Health Administration. It reports that the 20 coal mining deaths last year were unchanged from 2012, but deaths at other mining operations were up by six, to 22. The 2013 deaths were driven by 15 mining fatalities in the fourth quarter of the year. The overall injury rate dipped to a historic low.
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Next week, the Letcher County Public Libraries join libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, April 13-19, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities’ needs are meet them. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers of those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.
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One woman is dead following a crash in Pike County. The Pike County coroner says it happened around 8:45 Wednesday night on Highway 80 near Elkhorn City. The coroner could not tell us the woman's name, but tells us she was 21 year old. We are told the woman was walking near the highway and the crash was not a hit and run.
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It's been more than two years since one of the worst tornado outbreaks in Kentucky history uprooted hundreds of thousands of trees.  Now a group is working to replant trees, along with hope, into the lives of tornado victims. On March 2, 2012, 19 tornadoes ripped through Kentucky, killing 22 people and devastating communities. To help the landscape recover, the Kentucky Division of Forestry and the Arbor Day Foundation created the Kentucky Community Tree Recovery Campaign.
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A Whitley County road was closed overnight following a single car accident that led to the discovery of a meth lab. Officers say Highway 204 near Gibson Lane in Williamsburg was closed to all but emergency traffic while they worked to clear the scene. Police were called out to a car accident late Tuesday and found a meth lab in the trunk of the car. The road remained closed through the early morning until the meth lab was safely removed.
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James River Coal Co. is being allowed to continue its business operations while the company is under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. A federal bankruptcy court judge on Wednesday approved numerous motions for the Richmond, Va.-based company. The court ruled that James River can continue to pay wages, salaries and benefits to its more than 1,200 employees and maintain contracts and relationships with shippers and vendors.