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January 5, 2018

Hub would spur $36 billion in investments and create more than 100,000 new long-term jobs...

 

The U.S. Department of Energy is trying to create a massive natural-gas distribution hub in Appalachia, modeled on the one on the Gulf Coast.

The U.S. Department of Energy is trying to create a massive natural-gas distribution hub in Appalachia, modeled on the one on the Gulf Coast. West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania would be the key parts of the proposed Appalachian Storage and Trading HubThe U.S. Department of Energy is trying to create a massive natural-gas distribution hub in Appalachia, modeled on the one on the Gulf Coast. West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania would be the key parts of the proposed Appalachian Storage and Trading Hub

West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania would be the key parts of the proposed Appalachian Storage and Trading Hub, since they have large natural gas reserves and booming hydraulic fracturing industries, John Siciliano reports for the Washington Examiner.

Appalachia Development Group LLC announced the proposed hub after the Energy Department invited the group this week to apply for a $1.9 billion loan guarantee to support its development. A loan guarantee is used to make companies more confident in taking out loans on risky or first-of-its kind projects; it assures borrowers that the federal government will pay back the loan in full if the company must default on it. The invitation is the first step in the department's plan to provide federal backing to construct the facility.

"The American Chemistry Council says the hub would spur $36 billion in petrochemical investments and create more than 100,000 new long-term jobs," Siciliano reports."The American Chemistry Council says the hub would spur $36 billion in petrochemical investments and create more than 100,000 new long-term jobs," Siciliano reports.

Large reserves of the area's abundant natural gas will be stored in the hub, hopefully tempting companies from around the world to build refining facilities nearby. The hub could bring economic expansion and jobs to an area that sorely needs it.

"The American Chemistry Council says the hub would spur $36 billion in petrochemical investments and create more than 100,000 new long-term jobs," Siciliano reports.

 

Written by Heather Chapman

Posted at 1/05/2018 12:38:00 PM

 

January 3, 2018

 

(THIS IS THE STATEWIDE STORY POSTED AT NOON ON THE KPA NEWS SITE)

 

UPDATED: Computer problems temporarily shut down state motor vehicle registration

From staff reports
Frankfort State Journal

A software problem temporarily shut down the statewide motor vehicle registration system Wednesday, said Franklin County Clerk Jeff Hancock.

The system, upgraded over the holidays, and implemented Tuesday, worked for about 15 minutes Wednesday before being shut down, Hancock said. The system, which processes funds, also did not work on Tuesday, he said.

The county clerk’s office is using a prior version of the state’s motor vehicle registration software to process funds, he said.

Hancock said he could not describe the nature of the software problem because employees were unable to use the upgraded motor vehicle registration period for long before it stopped working.

Unless the software fails again, Hancock said customers should not see delays at the clerk’s office for motor vehicle registration.

For more information or to contact the Franklin County Clerk’s office, call 502-875-8702.

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UPDATE: Lawrence Co. Clerk Chris Jobe says the state has switched back to its old system and it is up and running for motor vehicle business. (1:00 pm Wednesday)

January 3, 2018

 

(original release)

LAWRENCE CLERK Chris Jobe (LAZER FILE PHOTO) says his system is up and running for motor vehicle business. (1:00 pm Wednesday) after a three day interruption.LAWRENCE CLERK Chris Jobe (LAZER FILE PHOTO) says his system is up and running for motor vehicle business. (1:00 pm Wednesday) after a three day interruption.LOUISA, Ky. -- Lawrence Clerk Chris Jobe said this morning that state computer systems are down in the motor vehicles division and he cannot accept payment or transact those services.

The problems began last Friday as a new system to transact payments and register vehicles of all types, pay taxes on them, etc. was being installed.

Jobe said the issue is expected to be resolved soon -- in the next day or so -- and he will advise the public when the state clears up the problem. 

 

Here is his message:

"...The County Clerk's Office is currently unable to do Motor Vehicle Transactions due to statewide issues with Kavis, the system that runs the motor vehicle taxing for the state.The state has installed a new Point of Sale System and they are working on the problem.We have no estimated time of repair. Please call the clerk's office to check on the updates at - 638-4108 or 638-0504.We will keep you updated on any changes. We apologize for any inconvenience..."

Thank You,

Chris Jobe Lawrence Co. Clerk...

 

January 2, 2018

 

GOP squabble among themselves over restoring Hoover

 

Less than two hours before the Kentucky General Assembly will convene for the 2018 regular session it remains uncertain who will preside as speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives.

GOP Governor Matt Bevin shown in brighter times congratulating House Speaker Jeff Hoover on legislation passed during the last session.GOP Governor Matt Bevin shown in brighter times congratulating House Speaker Jeff Hoover on legislation passed during the last session.

Rep. Jeff Hoover, the Jamestown Republican elected to a two-year term as speaker a year ago, said in November that he had resigned as speaker after the Courier Journal reported that he had signed a confidential settlement with a female staff member who had accused him of sexual harassment.

But Hoover, who denied harassing the staffer but admitted to sending inappropriate consensual text messages to her, did not resign his House seat. And some of Hoover’s closest allies in the House Republican caucus have asked him to take the gavel when the House convenes at noon on Tuesday.

“I haven’t a clue as to who will be presiding,” Rep. Jerry Miller, R-Louisville, said in an interview Tuesday morning.

Ky House Speaker pro tem David OsborneKy House Speaker pro tem David OsborneNeither Hoover nor Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne, a Prospect Republican who has assumed leadership of the House since Hoover said he would resign, returned phone calls Tuesday morning.

Miller said that the matter may be resolved when the 63-member House Republican caucus meets behind closed doors at 10:30 a.m. “We’re going to hear a lot at that caucus meeting,” Miller said.

Hoover’s resignation was never official because the House cannot accept a resignation or take any official action until it is in session.

Meanwhile, on Monday, the House Clerk Brad Metcalf was fired.

Metcalf was part of a deeply-divided House staff, and he was on the side that sympathized with the staffer who made the complaint against Hoover and three other House Republicans.

Metcalf confirmed in an interview Tuesday morning that he was fired on Monday afternoon while he was working in his Capitol office preparing for the session. He said the general counsel and human resources director of the Legislative Research Commission came to his office and told him he was fired.

He said the two LRC officials told him that information learned during an investigation by House leadership of the complaint filed against Hoover and the three other lawmakers by the law firm Middleton-Reutlinger was the reason he was fired. Metcalf declined to elaborate on the reason but said he was allowed to gather his personal belongings and was escorted from his office by the State Police.

Any attempt by Hoover to retain the speakership, after his tearful resignation speech in November, would likely deepen the rift in the Republican House caucus and the Kentucky Republican Party.

State Rep. C. Wesley Morgan, R-Richmond, has pre-filed a resolution calling on the House to expel Hoover. And Gov. Matt Bevin has repeatedly demanded in public comments in the past two months that all four House members who signed the settlement must resign from the House.