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According to the latest statistics from the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers 2007 Wage and Benefits Survey, the annual base salary for the average Kentucky manufacturing employee is now $45,094, up 3.7 percent compared to the year before. According to the KAM figures, the average manufacturing salary is $15,375 more than Kentucky’s overall per capita income of $29,719.

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has granted approval for Eastern Kentucky University, Northern Kentucky University and Western Kentucky University to begin offering a doctor of education (Ed.D) degree in educational leadership. Each of the three programs will focus on improving student achievement and the economy in their areas of geographic responsibility.

The state has unveiled an $8.15 million initiative to help farmers whose crops were damaged by severe weather conditions last year – a late freeze last spring and extensive drought throughout the summer and fall. The Kentucky Agricultural Relief Effort (K.A.R.E.) will use Kentucky Agricultural Development Funds to help farmers recover from the devastation caused by the back-to-back weather disasters. The program will help farmers make improvements and investments related to water availability and forage to lessen the impact of future weather problems.

AT&T Inc. is investing more than $52 million to expand its wireless coverage in Kentucky. The company plans to add 40 new cell sites this year, bringing its total to approximately 800. The company will also roll out its higher-speed wireless network by the end of the year and will expand its wireless 3G network in to Bowling Green, Hopkinsville, and Murray.