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1:53 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Buyer Beware: Bogus Websites Designed to Look Like Official Health Exchange Sites

The Kentucky Attorney General's Office of Consumer Protection has some advice about how to avoid online scams related to the new federal health care law.

"Do not ever enter your personal information--if you're trying to sign up for a health care exchange--into any website that has the .com or .net address," said Allison Martin, the communications director for the Kentucky Attorney General's Office. "The only legitimate health care exchanges will be located with a .gov address."

Martin says scammers try to take advantage whenever a major federal or state law is changed. She says fraudulent web sites have been created to sell fake discount medical plans to unsuspecting consumers.

"The Attorney General sent cease and desist letters to the operators of two websites, and also sent civil subpoenas requesting information about these websites that mimicked the national health care exchange website."

The only website Kentuckians should use to sign up for the statewide health exchange is: kynect.ky.gov.

Regional
9:27 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Lawyer for Bardstown High School Principal: Client Did Not Steal Bourbon

Pappy Van Winkle is one of the mostly sought-after bourbons in the world.

The principal of Bardstown High School is denying that he was involved in the theft of some of the world's most prized bourbon. Chris Pickett met with detectives Monday and denied claims that he offered to sell bottle of Pappy Van Winkle to an Elizabethtown liquor store.

An attorney for Pickett told the Courier-Journal that this client “did not” try to sell bottles of the famous bourbon. The lawyer says Pickett was simply inquiring as to whether any Pappy Van Winkle was available for purchase.

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton—who is investigating the bourbon theft—said his office needed to verify information before clearing Pickett of any suspicion related to the case.

Sixty-five cases of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon and nine cases of rye were stolen from the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort. Investigators originally described the crime as an apparent inside job. Video surveillance taken October 20 at a Hardin County liquor store shows Pickett entering and leaving the store.

Sheriff Melton later described the individual in the video as a “person of interest.”

Regional
5:00 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Owensboro Convention Center Nears Completion

Owensboro's convention center contains 60 feet of glass.
Credit Global Spectrum

Owensboro's new convention center is three months away from opening. 

The nearly 40-million-dollar facility overlooks the Ohio River on the site of the old Executive Inn and is expected to be an economic engine for the downtown. 

Convention Center Manager Dennis Dean says the first customers are booked.

"Our first event is January 29 and we're supposed to have the building on January 27, so it's going to be very fast as we approach these final days of getting everything done."

Dennis says about 75 events are already booked for 2014 and he expects that many more will be added once the convention center is open. 

The 45,000 square foot exhibition space will be the largest in western Kentucky or Evansville. 

Politics
4:12 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Paul Warns that Abortion and Biological Advances Could Eliminate Those Considered Undesirable

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul warned a crowd at a religious college that scientific advances—coupled with abortion—could be used to eliminate those who are deemed to be undesirable.

Sen. Paul made the comments at Liberty University in Virginia, while campaigning on behalf of Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli. Paul, a Bowling Green Republican, said that those who are considered less intelligent or even overweight could be eliminated through abortion.

Paul was addressing an audience during the weekly convocation services at Liberty, the school founded by the late evangelical leader Jerry Falwell. Paul told his audience “in your lifetime, much of your potential—or lack thereof—can be known simply by swabbing the inside of your cheek. Are we prepared to select out the imperfect among us?”

Paul has become an active campaigner on behalf of other conservative Republican candidates across the nation, including Cuccinelli, who is taking on Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia Governor’s race that will be decided Nov. 5.

Regional
1:12 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Dies

Former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Wil Schroder has died. He was 67.

His cousin, Kenton County Judge-executive Steve Arlinghaus, told The Kentucky Enquirer that Schroder died away late Saturday night.

Schroder retired from the court in January after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Before being elected to an eight-year term on the Supreme Court in 2006, he served on the Court of Appeals for 15 years and as a trial judge on Kenton District Court for nearly eight years.

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