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McConnell tells TVA: Keep coal-fired plant

Oct. 26, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

FRANKFORT, KY. -- Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has met with Tennessee Valley Authority President William Johnson to seek continued operation of the Paradise Fossil Plant, a coal-fired generator in Drakesboro.

TVA is reviewing what action to take at the Paradise plant, since two of its three generating stations would need upgrades to meet new federal emission standards.

McConnell said closure of the plant, which burned more than 6 million tons of Kentucky coal last year, would hurt the economy.

A statement from TVA on Friday said officials are "evaluating all options."

W.Va. AFL-CIO elects officers at convention

CHARLESTON -- The West Virginia AFL-CIO has elected officers.

Kenneth M. Perdue was elected president of the labor organization at its convention, which ended Thursday in Charleston. Perdue, a sheet metal worker, was elected to his third term.

Josh Sword was elected to his first term as secretary-treasurer. He was appointed to the post last January to fill the unexpired term of Larry Matheney, who retired.

Convention delegates also elected 14 vice presidents who will make up the West Virginia AFL-CIO Executive Board.

Kroger hiring 1,200 in southwestern Ohio

CINCINNATI -- Kroger is hiring about 1,200 new workers in southwestern Ohio.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the new jobs will be at the supermarket chain's stores in the Dayton, Springfield and Cincinnati areas.

The Cincinnati division of Kroger said Thursday it will hold several career fairs during the next few weeks to recruit the new employees, which are needed for all departments and shifts.

In September Cincinnati-based Kroger reported that its second-quarter profit climbed as it booked lower charges and tried to build shopper loyalty with improved offerings.

Richwood rallies behind Create W.Va. conference

RICHWOOD, W.Va. -- A group that tries to improve local economies in the state has brought its annual conference in Richwood, where long-shuttered storefronts have been revived for the first time in decades.

The Create West Virginia conference held prior gatherings at large venues in places like Charleston, Huntington or Stonewall Resort in Lewis County. But the Charleston Daily Mail reports the goal of this week's conference in Richwood is to show any small town can be transformed.

Organizers turned empty Richwood storefronts into an artisan village. Each shop showcases a different entrepreneur or idea.

Former Richwood Mayor Bob Henry Baber says the community grabbed ahold of the conference's vision. He hopes the ideas shared will help the Nicholas County town attract more businesses in the years ahead.

The conference ends Saturday.

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