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News Minute: Here is the latest Kentucky news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - As sexual assault and harassment allegations sweep through statehouses around the country, no place has been impacted quite like Kentucky. Kentucky's GOP House Speaker has resigned his leadership position after acknowledging he secretly settled a sexual harassment claim. And a freshman Republican lawmaker killed himself this week after allegations surfaced that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in his basement. Democrats settled a $400,000 sexual harassment lawsuit three years ago.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Three years after the Obama administration lowered the allowable limits for miners' exposure to coal dust, the Trump administration has brought the standards up for review. Federal mining regulators indicated Thursday that they are reconsidering rules meant to protect underground miners from breathing coal and rock dust _ the cause of black lung _ and diesel exhaust, which can cause cancer. An advocate for coal miners said that's "a very bad signal."

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky judge has put up no defense at a judicial disciplinary hearing stemming from his moral objections to hear adoption cases involving same-sex couples. The hearing before the state's judicial disciplinary commission proceeded Friday without Judge W. Mitchell Nance or his attorney.

(AP) - A California-based battery maker, EnerBlu Inc., is moving its headquarters to Lexington, Kentucky and plans to employ 875 workers to make lithium batteries in the state's Appalachian region, where the coal industry's decline has depressed the economy. Gov. Matt Bevin and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers were among the Kentucky leaders gathering in Pikeville to cheer Friday's announcement. The state approved up to $30 million in incentives to attract the investment of more than $400 million.

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