Henderson County

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A study published Thursday in a prestigious scientific journal links significant increases in COVID-19 transmission rates to meatpacking plants, especially those facilities that the federal government has allowed to speed up processing lines.

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The coronavirus is ripping through Kentucky, with the vast majority of counties classified by the state as “red zones” with critical COVID-19 spread. 

Along with the state mask mandate, Gov. Andy Beshear for weeks has urged people in “red zone” counties to follow an additional series of recommendations to limit the spread of the coronavirus, including: 

  • Employers allowing employees to work from home

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  Tyson Foods sought and received federal permission to increase the operating speed at poultry processing plants in Kentucky and southern Indiana even as public health officials reported dozens of coronavirus cases among Tyson workers. Now, a union representing workers at meatpacking plants in Kentucky and southern Indiana is one of several plaintiffs suing the federal government over waivers that allowed Tyson Foods and other companies to operate faster.

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The Kentucky Department for Local Government (DLG) with Gov. Andy Beshear announced on June 16 final approval on the sale of 418 acres of Henderson County land to Henderson Solar in the 4 Star Industrial Park. A press release issued by the DLG states the land will be used to make Henderson Solar’s 1,700-acre solar facility viable.

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  Dozens of coronavirus cases have been confirmed at two west Kentucky meatpacking plants, following concerns Ohio Valley worker safety advocates have raised about the spread of the coronavirus in these kind of facilities. 

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Friday Update: Kentucky State Police say investigators believe Henderson plane crash victims Barry Hill and George Tucker were in the area looking for a fueling stop to continue their journey. 

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A fiberglass manufacturer is investing $5 million and creating 20 full-time jobs at a recently-acquired Henderson facility.

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A judge has ordered Kentucky State Police to disclose 9-1-1 call records from the day a 23-year-old woman went missing in Henderson County more than 20 years ago. 

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A group proposing a natural gas plant in Henderson County is continuing to seek contracts needed to secure financial backing to build the facility.

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A major food processing corporation is expanding operations in Henderson County, in a project expected to create 66 jobs. 

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