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Hospital, union continue negotiations ahead of deadline

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PAINTSVILLE — Highlands Regional Medical Center and Service Employees International Union 1199 are continuing to hold last-minute negotiations in an attempt to reach an agreement on a new contract for 207 hospital employees.The two sides have been negotiating for the past month and are in the second and final day of talks this week. If no agreement is reached before the end of the day, the union could issue a 10-day strike notice.Wednesday afteroon, SEIU director Joyce Gibson said the hospital’s latest offer closed some distance between the two sides, but they remained far apart on the subject of health insurance for employee spouses.


Two former Eagles invited to NBA Summer League

MOREHEAD - Former Morehead State University standouts Chad Posthumus and Demonte Harper have landed spots on NBA Summer League rosters. Posthumus, who was an Eagle from 2012-14, will play for Chicago. Harper, who wore an MSU uniform from 2007-11, will play for Denver.The NBA’s Summer League features 24 teams competing in a 67-game schedule from July 11-21 at the COX Pavilion and Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the UNLV. NBA TV will televise every contest in some form or...

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Nickel named new head coach of Shawnee State women’s team

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio - Jeff Nickel has been appointed head coach of Shawnee State University’s women’s basketball team after serving as interim head coach for the 2013-14 season following the retirement of Coach Robin Hagen-Smith, who led the SSU Bears for 30 years.“Our women’s basketball program has a long-standing tradition of excellence and we look to Jeff to continue that tradition,” Jeff Hamilton, SSU Athletic Director said. “Jeff’s dedica...

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UPIKE Top 10: No. 4 - Cheer team repeats as MSC champ, Lambert and Stone receive awards

PIKEVILLE – The Mid-South Conference Team Cheerleading Championship stayed with the University of Pikeville for the second straight season and that comes in at No. 4 in the UPIKE athletics top-10 moments of 2013-14 list.Not only did the Bears win the team trophy, but head coach Jeanie Stone collected back-to-back MSC Coach of the Year honors and Jerrica Lambert gave the team two straight MSC Cheerleaders of the Year after Jaimie Ward took the award as well in 2013....

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Sheridan hired to guide UPIKE softball program

PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville Athletic Director Robert Staggs announced on Tuesday that Christine Sheridan has been hired as the next head coach of the UPIKE softball team.Sheridan comes to Pikeville after spending three seasons as an assistant coach at NCAA Div. I Evansville (Ind.). With the Purple Aces, Sheridan worked primarily with the infielders and provided the majority of the hitting instruction.“I’m excited about the kind of coach we are b...

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Renewables can put the brakes on high gas prices

As Americans hop in their cars this summer, gasoline prices are at a six-year high. Thanks to surging demand and continued turmoil in Iraq, gas is quickly approaching $4.00 per gallon.With prices rising so fast, there’s never been a more important time for America to invest in alternative sources of energy. The longer we’re dependent on oil, the longer we’re at the mercy of foreign political turmoil.One of the most promising alternative energy sources i...

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Suit filed over flea market gassing

PRESTONSBURG — A Martin man who was hospitalized for four days after work crews vented a gas line near the camper where he was sleeping has filed a lawsuit against the gas company and a construction company contracted to perform the work.Frank Slone is suing EQT Production Company and Millstone Construction Company, claiming that he suffered permanent injuries, pain and suffering as a result of the Oct. 2 incident. He is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

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Pikeville meeting to focus on heritage tourism, place making and economic development through historic preservation

PIKEVILLE – A two-day training and educational outreach conference focused on heritage tourism, place making and economic development through historic preservation is planned Aug. 1-2 in Pikeville, the third entry in the 2014 Kentucky Preservation Series. “Capitalizing on Culture” is presented by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC), Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) and Community Trust Bancorp Inc.

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Maheu elected Big Sandy student government president

PRESTONSBURG – Taking the plunge and returning to college after 36 years took courage.But Zane Maheu quickly realized attending Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) was the perfect match.Now, Maheu, 56, hopes to build on his experiences as the president of the college’s Student Government Association (SGA).“I’m just excited about what the future holds,” said Maheu, a native of Massachusetts. “Our school has so m...

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Shepherd feels right at home at BSCTC

PRESTONSBURG – Who says you can’t go home again?For Ken Shepherd, who works in the maintenance and operations department at Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC), there’s no place like home.Shepherd spent 37 years doing factory work in New Jersey. When he retired, he packed his bags and returned home to his roots in the small Floyd County community of Martin.“I worked all those years because I wanted to provide for my family...

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Teleworks USA launches new online work-from-home training course on customer service

Teleworks USA has launched the latest in an exclusive series of free online training courses available to current and prospective work-from-home employees through its website, teleworksusa.com.The free, one-hour course helps job seekers who want to work from home office develop the effective customer service skills required in telework jobs for a wide range of national and global employers. These employers regularly hire for frontline customer service, sales, and information techno...

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High-speed broadband: The public-private debate

FRANKFORT — Kentucky is one of 31 states with no barriers to the creation of municipally-run or nonprofit broadband networks. Bardstown, Murray and Frankfort are among communities in the state that have some form of publicly owned Internet service. But others face big hurdles.Christopher Mitchell directs the Community Broadband Networks Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. He said consumer choice is at the heart of community broadband networks.̶...

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Nearly 12 million kids visit the ER each year for injuries

WASHINGTON — Fun outdoors this summer can turn downright dangerous and result in a trip to the emergency department for kids and parents who are not careful. Each year, nearly 12 million children and adolescents under 18 years old visit the ER for injury-related reasons.“Kids are playing outdoors, being active, playing sports and getting exercise and that’s the way it should be,” said Dr. Alex Rosenau, president of the American College of Emergency Physician...

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A legislative perspective

A common misconception about the legislative process is that all state laws take effect right after the governor signs them.While that assumption is understandable, the truth is that most laws are not official until 90 days after the end of a legislative session. This year, that date falls on July 15th.There are some exceptions. If a law addresses a pressing need – as we saw this spring with the problem many school districts like ours had regarding an excessive num...

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Seven Eastern Kentucky University aviation graduates received their 1,250-hour professional flight certificates in a campus ceremony this spring. The awards concluded the program’s College to Careers event for EKU aviation seniors and Somerset Community College aircraft maintenance technology students and staff. The event included a panel session featuring EKU alum Don Bornhorst, senior vice president for Delta Air Lines; Rich Meyers, maintenance base manager for the Cincinnati/Northern...

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After climb, gas prices inch downward

Average retail gasoline prices in Kentucky have fallen 4.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.70/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,623 gas outlets in Kentucky. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.65/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.Including the change in gas prices in Kentucky during the past week, prices yesterday were 32.5 cents per gallon higher than the sa...

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Proposed federal greenhouse gas rules aired before state lawmakers

FRANKFORT—A Kentucky energy official said two proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules to limit new and existing fossil fuel electric power generation are expected to be finalized by June 2015.Kentucky Assistant Secretary for Climate Policy John Lyons told the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Environment last week that one of the rules will affect greenhouse gas emissions from new sources while the other will affect emissions from existing plants. ...

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Leveraging East Kentucky’s heritage to support economic development

Last week, I wrote about the large number of areas in East and Northeast Kentucky that possess military heritage. The list included homes of military heroes and a smaller but still significant number of battlefields. This week, I traveled to one of those sites: Cumberland Gap. As I mentioned last week, the Gap was an important spot for Daniel Boone and was later used as an invasion route by a Confederate army. Today, it’s part of the U.S. Park system and thus maintained by the federal g...

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