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Kentucky cements its status as an automotive state.

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Coal production in Kentucky’s Appalachian coalfields recently improved slightly, thanks to recession recovery and higher natural gas prices, bringing a temporary sigh of relief to Eastern Kentucky.

Even in its long, slow decline, coal, along with horses and bourbon, is interwoven into the songs and stories of Kentucky history, leaving a large cultural and political footprint in the wake of its gradual decline.

Meanwhile a decidedly less sexy industry has been steadily out-producing all three of these signature industries, and with the recent announcement of two massive car battery plants in Hardin County, Kentucky has fully taken the reins as an automotive state.

“We’re not only an automotive state, but we’ve secured our future,” said Gov. Andy Beshear, taking another well-deserved bow over the

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