Thousands of 2013 Ford Escape vehicles produced in Kentucky are being recalled by the automaker. The vehicles have carpet that could interfere with breaking, and came off the assembly line between March 8 and June 7.
Business and government leaders say some utility customers in Kentucky have been contacted regarding a phony scheme designed to steal the Social Security numbers of those who participate. Attorney General Jack Conway says victims are told that a new federal bail-out program will pay their utility bills for them, but no such program exists. Conway says the people behind the fraudulent activity are giving out false bank routing numbers in an attempt to get personal information from their victims.
Patriot Coal Corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week as it deals with reduced demand for coal and rising costs. Patriot has three operations in Henderson and Union counties in western Kentucky.
State officials in Kentucky say more than 150,000 businesses in the state met the July 2nd deadline for filing annual report information with the Secretary of State's office. However, 37,000 didn't meet the deadline and are now listed as no longer "in good standing." Those who failed to file in time still have sixty days to take care of the report.
The Better Business Bureau says an organization identifying itself as the "Soldier Relief Fund" has been contacting some local businesses, asking for donations to sponsor a soldier for a one hundred dollar phone card. The consumer protection group says the founder of the fund was charged with fraud last year in connection with a charity scam in Indiana.