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With the juvenile Thoroughbred sales season producing upturns, and gains becoming the norm in all segments of the marketplace, there is an abundance of good vibes heading into today’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale, reports the Lexington Herald Leader.

As yearling sales go, so goes the health of the industry.

The decline in numbers of foals bred each year has put the supply side of the equation back in line with demand, but other upswings in racing are contributing to renewed buyer enthusiasm. Purses and handle for U.S. racing have improved, and even though the foal crop is contracting, the number of race days is up nearly 2 percent compared with this point last year, the paper says.

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The Blue Grass Army Depot notified its workforce Monday that a reduction in force of as many as 300 employees may be necessary next year, the Richmond Register reports.

Demand for depot services is falling with the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and the winding down of operations in Afghanistan, according to a news release from depot spokesperson Samuel Hudson.

The depot, a subordinate unit of the Army’s Joint Munitions Command, has indicated it does not currently have enough workload for fiscal year 2013-14 for more than 300  personnel, the paper says.

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The owners of the ResCare tower in Plainview, the Bashford Manor Mall off Bardstown Road and the new Fairfield Inn & Suites in Jeffersontown are among thousands who didn’t pay Jefferson County property taxes in 2011, according to a review of Jefferson County Clerk records, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal.

In all, more than 13,000 tax bills worth $10.5 million went unpaid — depriving Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville metro government, the state and suburban fire districts, in some cases, of funds, the paper says.

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Nearly two months after returning from an economic development trip to Japan, Gov. Steve Beshear today joined community leaders and company officials from Taica North America Corp. to announce its plans to locate a manufacturing facility in Winchester. The Japanese investment will create 30 new full-time jobs over the next several years and entail a more than $8 million investment by the company.

Beshear met with Taica officials during a seven-day economic development trip to Taiwan and Japan in May. The goal of the Japan portion of the trip was to strengthen existing relationships with Kentucky-based Japanese companies, while also creating new opportunities, further enhancing Kentucky’s ties with the Japanese business community.

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Emergency officials in Boyd and Greenup counties renewed calls this week for the public to sign up for a free warning notification system, reports the Ashland Daily Independent.

Nixle is a free service that provides alerts via text message, email, Twitter or Facebook. Notifications can range from severe-weather warnings to road closures and is the only mass emergency notification system local 911 centers have, according to officials.

To subscribe to the service, users must go to Nixle.com and create a free account. Users can enter up to five ZIP codes they want to receive alerts for.

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