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Body armor plant laying off 93 workers

Apr. 10, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Dozens of employees are losing their jobs at a Lexington plant that manufactures body armor.

Fayette County Judge-Executive Jon Larson says information he received indicated Ceradyne workers were being told of the layoffs early this week and that they're expected to be effective June 10.

The Lexington Herald-Leader said severance packages are being provided. The layoffs affect 93 employees.

Ceradyne's parent, 3M, filed notice of the layoffs Monday under the worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. 3M said the layoff is necessary because of a downturn in the company's body armor business as a result of reduced funding for body armor from the Defense Department.

Amtrak ridership hits record high in fiscal 2013

NEW YORK -- Amtrak ridership increased in the first six months of fiscal year 2013, with ridership in March setting a record as the single best month ever in Amtrak's history, the railroad said Tuesday.

Ridership grew 0.9 percent from October 2012 to March compared to the prior year despite disruptions from weather including Superstorm Sandy. Amtrak said 26 of 45 routes had rider increases.

The railroad said October, December and January also set individual monthly records. Amtrak expects to end the fiscal year at or above last year's record of 31.2 million passengers.

"The continued ridership growth on routes across the country reinforces the need for dedicated, multi-year federal operating and capital funding to support existing intercity passenger rail services and the development of new ones," Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman said.

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