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Ky. offers help to find locations for businesses

Jun. 13, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky may have just made it easier for businesses to find places to start, relocate or grow their operations.

The Cabinet for Economic Development and the Commonwealth Office of Technology joined forces to create a Geographic Information System intended to give the state an advantage job creation. With the click of a mouse, entrepreneurs can get immediate access to information on industrial sites, vacant buildings and labor pools.

Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes said the intention is to make it easier for businesses to get the information they need to find just the right locations within Kentucky to meet their needs.

Four headed to W.Va. ag, forestry hall of fame

CHARLESTON -- Four people have been selected for induction into the West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame.

They are Patrick D. Bowen, Roger L. Nestor, C. Elwood Williams and Eldon Plaugher. The four will be enshrined at the hall's annual banquet on July 20 at Jackson's Mill near Weston.

Bowen has been working in environmental conservation projects for three decades and is a proponent of nutrient management planning. Nestor worked as an agriculture extension agent in Upshur and Barbour counties for 35 years until his retirement in 2012.

Gas prices down about 4 cents in West Virginia

CHARLESTON -- West Virginia motorists will pay about 4 cents less for a gallon of gasoline this week.

AAA East Central says the price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas averages $3.60 in the state. That's about a penny more than the same week a year ago.

Prices range from $3.49 in Bridgeport to $3.74 in Huntington.

Nationally, gas prices currently average $3.63 per gallon.