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Senate passes bill to end state mine inspections

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky would halt its mine inspections in the beleaguered coalfields, ceding the job to a federal agency, under legislation that passed the Republican-led state Senate on Thursday. Sen. Chris Girdler said his measure, which passed on a 25-11 vote, would end duplication from federal and state inspections and offer some relief for struggling coal operators. Girdler, ...

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The Latest: Fed still expects benefits of cheaper gas

The Washington news conference of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is shown on a television screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. The Fed is keeping short-term interest rates unchanged at a range between 0.25 percent and 0.5 percent, citing the risks posed by global economic and financial turmoil. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on the U.S. Federal Reserve’s two-day policy meeting, which ended Wednesday. The central bank kept interest rates steady amid uncertainty about the global economy and financial markets. (All times local) 4:00 Federal Reserve officials are still waiting for cheaper oil and gas to boost consumer spending and perk up the economy. Fed Chair Janet Yellen ...

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US factories increase output in February

US factories increase output in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories produced more machinery, appliances and other goods last month, the second-straight increase in output and a sign manufacturing may be stabilizing after a difficult year. The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that factory production rose 0.2 percent in February, after rising 0.5 percent the previous month. The increases in the past two months follow four declines ...

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Facing backlash, Clinton says coal still has a future

Facing backlash, Clinton says coal still has a future

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Facing a backlash from Appalachian Democrats, Hillary Clinton’s campaign on Monday tried to reaffirm her commitment to coal communities one day after declaring on national television she was going to “to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” Clinton’s comments came during a Sunday night appearance on CNN, where she was ...

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US likely to report another month of solid hiring for Feb.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. workers have been largely insulated from a global slowdown. Job growth remains steady and wages are finally picking up — trends that will be put to the test in Friday’s employment report for February. Economists have forecast that employers added a solid 195,000 jobs last month, up from the 151,000 added in January, according to data ...

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Even as gasoline prices rise, drivers will save at the pump

Even as gasoline prices rise, drivers will save at the pump

DALLAS (AP) — Gasoline prices have started their annual springtime migration higher, but motorists should still save money at the pump in 2016. The national average price for a gallon of regular has risen for eight straight days — the first time that has happened since last May, according to the auto club AAA — to about $1.79 on Wednesday. ...

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Murray Energy idling West Virginia coal mine

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A large West Virginia underground coal mine owned by Murray Energy is halting production for nearly two weeks, and the rest of the company’s mines are running on part-time schedules due to reduced demand from electric utilities, the company’s chairman and CEO said Wednesday. The Marion County mine will be idled until at least March 7, ...

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Gas prices drop 5 cents over past 2 weeks, to $1.77

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CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of gasoline has dropped 5 cents over the past two weeks, to $1.77 a gallon. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the price is 56 cents per gallon cheaper than a year ago. Lundberg says it’s less likely that gas prices will continue to slide because crude oil prices are almost unchanged ...

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US factory output rises in January by most in 6 months

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2015, file photo, a Boeing employee works on a horizontal stabilizer for a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, at Boeing in Salt Lake City. On Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, the Federal Reserve reports on industrial production for January. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories cranked out more autos, furniture and food last month, boosting production by the most since July. Manufacturing output rose 0.5 percent in January, after falling in four of the previous five months, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday. Overall industrial production, which includes mining and utilities, added 0.9 percent, the biggest jump in 14 months. The ...

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Low gas prices putting strain on Kentucky’s road fund

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Lower gas prices welcomed by consumers have put a dent in Kentucky’s road fund. The result is more highway projects stacking up without sufficient money to cover them all, lawmakers were told Tuesday. Kentucky’s motor fuels tax — a crucial source for the road fund — has produced sharply lower revenues amid a period of lower ...

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