- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - In a story May 7 about a federal grant, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor would help out-of-work coal miners find new jobs. The grant will help workers who lost their jobs because of the downturn in the coal industry, but not coal miners.

A corrected version of the story is below:

McConnell: $7.5 million federal grant to help laid off workers

McConnell: $7.5 million federal grant to help workers who lost jobs from downturn in coal industry

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Labor has approved a $7.5 million grant to help people who lost their jobs because of a downturn in eastern Kentucky’s coal industry.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the grant on Thursday. The money goes to the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program and is used to train former workers in fields like retail, heavy equipment sales and service, and help them find new jobs.

This is the second time the federal government has given money to the program, following a $5.2 million grant in 2013.

McConnell wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez earlier this year in support of the grant application. McConnell said the new grant is enough money to train about 700 workers.


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