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Rural Blog: National, state statistics show EPA head Scott Pruitt’s claims about coal jobs are false

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt’s recent claim that coal jobs are up 20 percent this year is false, according to national and state figures. Pruitt made the claim during an interview with Louisville’s WDRB-TV last week. Scott Pruitt U.S. Department of Labor numbers show that there were around 50,000 coal mining employees in January 2017 and 51,200 employees as...

Six Eastern Ky. counties among 10 worst U.S. places to live, New York Times analysis shows

The six Kentucky counties considered among the hardest to live in are Clay, Breathitt, Jackson, Lee, Leslie and Magoffin – all of which are located in Eastern Kentucky coal country. (Graphic from Kentucky Health News)   Six adjoining counties in the Eastern Kentucky Coal Field rank among the nation’s 10 hardest counties to live in, as defined by six factors compiled by The New York...

Lexington composer Stephen Trask’s latest work – Hedwig – already a critics’ favorite

Stephen Trask performs some of his music live. (Photo from last.fm)   Staff report   Three musicians with Lexington ties are now on Broadway.   Not at the Lexington Opera House, but at Belasco Theater on the Great White Way in New York. Stephen Trask, who lives in Lexington with his partner Michael Trask, a professor of English at the University of Kentucky, has brought his musical to...

Big Ass Fans included in list of America’s promising companies from Forbes magazine

Big Ass Fans was ranked in the top 50 promising companies in America by Forbes. Staff report   Lexington-based Big Ass Fans has landed at the No. 49 spot on Forbes magazine’s recent list of America’s most promising businesses.   The company known for designing and engineering industrial sized fans made the list of high-growth private companies making less than $250 million in annual...

Author of ‘Living with Guns’ to speak on gun control, gun rights issues in free lecture at UK

Why does America have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms? Exactly what does that mean? Can we reconcile the individual right to own and use guns with the right of Americans to live in safety from gun violence? Are 30,000 deaths by gunfire every year the necessary price of the Second Amendment? Is keeping guns out of the hands of as many Americans as possible really the best way to keep...