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Kentucky’s unemployment rate drops
to 6%, lowest rate in more than six years

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Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate dropped to its lowest rate in more than six years in November 2014 at 6 percent from a revised 6.2 percent in October 2014, according to the Office of Employment and Training, an agency …

Three Northern Kentucky counties first in state to be certified together as ‘Work Ready’

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By Charles Taylor National Association of Counties   Three neighboring Northern Kentucky counties — Boone, Campbell and Kenton — are the first in the state to be certified together as a Work Ready region under Kentucky’s Work Ready Communities program. …

Kentucky Horse Park Magazine to debut next spring with extra focus on seasonal events

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  The Kentucky Horse Park, in coordination with its marketing agency, Creative Alliance (DBA Scoppechio), has selected Lexington-based publisher Bluegrass Branding & Creative to produce Kentucky Horse Park Magazine, for distribution in 2015.   Kentucky Horse Park Magazine will be …

Ramer is new president of VisitLEX; was unanimous choice of tourism commission

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Mary Quinn Ramer has been named president of VisitLEX. Ramer was the unanimous choice of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Tourist and Convention Commission, according to chairman Ron Tritschler.   As president Ramer will be responsible for the overall management of …

Midway’s new ’boutique’ McDonald’s is a
test for the big corporation, franchisee says

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By Caitlin McPherson Midway Messenger   The McDonald’s restaurant opening in Midway today is a guinea-pig store, testing out a “boutique” approach for the world’s largest restaurant company, according to franchisee Joe Graviss.   Boutique, in short, means smaller.   …

Chronic disease management company Edumedics expanding Louisville operation

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Edumedics LLC, a chronic disease management company, plans to expand its corporate headquarters in Louisville, creating about 17 new jobs.   Edumedics plans to build new on-site clinics, enhance its data infrastructure and hire nurse practitioners, data analysts, sales directors …

A Tall Order: Now’s time to strengthen white oak population for bourbon, other industries

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  By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   While bourbon is made primarily from corn, there is another commodity that gives Kentucky’s signature spirit its color and, most importantly, its flavor: the white oak tree. Bourbon is aged in charred barrels …

Qualified investors can receive 50 percent tax credit through state Angel Investment Fund

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Investors now have another good reason to support Kentucky’s small and startup companies: the Kentucky Angel Investment Fund Tax Credit are now available through the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.   The Kentucky Angel Investment Fund tax credit allows angel …

Sales can’t sustain lottery’s Monopoly Millionaires’ Club; game ends Dec. 26

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Sales of the Monopoly Millionaires’ Club lottery game in its current format will end Dec. 26 across the country, lottery officials said today.   “We’re always looking for new and innovative ideas for games, and we thought Monopoly Millionaires’ Club …

Eighth-graders attending Southern’s Career Fair discover they have varied career options

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  By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   For many 13-year-olds, settling on a definite career choice is like nailing Jell-O to the wall. Is it civil engineering? No, maybe law enforcement? Still not a good fit? Perhaps a …