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May 26, 2018

Local vets expected to host annual ceremony at Yatesville Marina 

Honoring the service of veterans across Kentucky on Memorial Day weekend, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Saturday morning met and welcomed World War II, Vietnam, and Korean veterans departing on a visit to the nation's capital.

Secretary Allison Grimes pictured with former state Rep. Adrian Arnold of Mt. Sterling who traveled on Saturday's Honor Flight. Secretary Allison Grimes pictured with former state Rep. Adrian Arnold of Mt. Sterling who traveled on Saturday's Honor Flight.


"On this Memorial Day weekend, we join you in honoring the memory and sacrifice of those who stood by you in harm's way. We also honor your courageous service," said Grimes. "You carried our flag through the Earth's most dangerous battlefields and advanced the cause of freedom across the globe. Our Commonwealth, our nation is forever indebted to you. Seeing our nation's history commemorated in Washington, DC is truly powerful, and I am grateful that you will see it today."

The approximately 70 veterans Grimes honored Saturday are participants in an Honor Flight Kentucky mission to Washington, D.C., to spend the day and tour veteran monuments and memorials. Honor Flight Kentucky is a nonprofit that organizes charter flights to the Washington. Veterans may participate at no cost.

Grimes is a tireless advocate for veterans. As Secretary of State, she implemented Kentucky's Military Heroes Voting Initiative that makes it easier for military and overseas voters to cast ballots.

In the 2018 legislative session, Grimes successfully sought a new law that will help veteran entrepreneurs start new businesses and grow Kentucky's economy.

"We owe our veterans more than our respect and gratitude. We owe them support and access to every opportunity available to succeed in the country they have risked their lives defending," Grimes said.

 

 

May 25, 2018

Beshear: New Medicare Card coming in the Mail, Don’t Fall Victim to Scammers

FRANKFORT, KY. (May 24, 2018) – Ahead of the federal government mailing more than 900,000 Kentucky Medicare recipients new I.D. cards, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning enrollees to be on the lookout for scams.

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The mailing of the new cards, which are designed to help minimize fraud by replacing the members’ Social Security numbers with 11-digit I.D. numbers, are triggering scam warnings across the nation. Kentuckians are expected to start receiving the cards in their mailbox starting soon.

Reports indicate scammers are pretending to be Center for Medicare and Medicaid employees calling enrollees and claiming they need to provide personal and financial information or a payment in order to receive, replace or activate their new card.

“I want Kentucky senior citizens to know Medicare will never initiate a call and ask to verify information over the phone,” said Beshear. “If you are contacted by someone claiming to be a Medicare employee asking for information, money or threatening to cancel your health benefits, hang up and report the scam to the federal government at 1-800-MEDICARE.”

The federal health insurance program is for Americans 65 and older and in 2015, Congress ordered I.D. numbers replace Social Security numbers on the cards.

According to Medicare.gov, as long as an enrollee’s address is up-to-date, they do not need to do anything to receive their new card. To update an address, visit your My Social Security account or call 800-772-1213.

This year, Beshear’s Office of Senior Protection and Mediation received reports of Medicare and other insurance scams in Anderson, Boone, Boyle, Gallatin, Jefferson, Jessamine, Kenton, Scott and Spencer counties.

Kenton County Sheriff Charles Korzenborn recently notified residents of a similar Medicare scam where the caller claimed they could qualify and enroll a local senior in Medicare.

“After receiving this call, our citizen was suspicious and immediately contacted the national Medicare fraud number and was assured it was a scam and that Medicare never advises of coverage options via the phone,” said Korzenborn. “This citizen did the right thing by contacting Medicare, our office and Attorney General Beshear’s office to report the call and thankfully no personal information was exchanged.”

One of Beshear’s top priorities is to protect Kentucky consumers, especially seniors, from scams, abuse and exploitation.

 



To help Kentuckians stay ahead of new and trending scams, Beshear launched Scam Alerts – a communication service that alerts Kentuckians when con artists are on the attack. Beshear urges all Kentuckians to sign-up for Scam Alerts by texting the words KYOAG Scam to GOV311 (468311) or enroll online at ag.ky.gov/scams.

May 22, 2018

Company will get $15 million direct investment of public money and up to $15 million in tax breaks

BRAIDY officials say project will create up to 1,800 construction jobs and 600 permanent jobs at the future mill

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Braidy Industries plans to break ground on its $1.5 billion aluminum rolling mill near Ashland next month, moving one step closer to launching an operation that is expected to create hundreds of jobs in Eastern Kentucky.

In a Facebook post Saturday, CEO Craig Bouchard announced a groundbreaking ceremony at 1 p.m. on June 1 at the EastPark industrial center. A celebration is planned that evening in downtown Ashland, he said.

Bouchard said he has invited Gov. Matt Bevin to cut the ribbon that day. The governor helped secure an unusual government incentive package for Braidy Industries that included a $15 million direct investment of public money in the company and up to $15 million in tax breaks commonly used to encourage job creation.

Ashland Community and Technical College also has been developing a two-year degree program in partnership with Braidy, which president and CEO Kay Adkins said could cost $750,000 to $1 million to implement. The state has provided a $1 million grant to help the college with that initiative, which aims to train future Braidy employees.

Other examples of local support for Braidy include the city of Ashland's plan to budget about $600,000 for work on a pump station that will supply water to the company's operation, according to The Daily Independent.

The state invested in Braidy through a government-owned limited liability company called Commonwealth Seed Capital. The arrangement with Braidy gives Commonwealth Seed the right to demand repayment of the $15 million if construction isn't underway by June 30.

Bouchard, a metal-industry entrepreneur based in Naples, Florida, emphasized that completing the mill will take time.

"I would like to take this opportunity to encourage a sense of patience as well as excitement about our collective future. The mill will not magically appear over night," he wrote. "It will take a couple of years to build 45 acres under roof with a half billion dollars of brand new equipment inside."

The company on Monday declined comment about its groundbreaking event. A privately held company, Braidy has revealed limited information about its investors, its construction plans or its finances. Bouchard has said his willingness to provide information to Courier Journal depends on the news organization's support for his venture and for Bevin. 

Courier Journal is involved in ongoing litigation over an open records request for documents from the state government that identify Braidy shareholders.

Jaunique Sealey, executive vice president of business development, said in March that Braidy has three construction contractors but would not identify them. 

Braidy paid nearly $1 million for 204 acres and a vacant, 110,000-square-foot building at EastPark, where it is expected to begin producing high-quality aluminum sheet and plate in 2020. The company has said the project will create up to 1,800 construction jobs and approximately 600 permanent positions at the future mill.

So far, Braidy has spent $14 million on engineering and preparation for construction, Bouchard said on Facebook. A few months will be spent moving, compressing and preparing a reclaimed coal strip-mining site to support big machines, the largest of which weighs more than 200 tons, he said.

"Braidy will drill foundations to the bedrock. Then we will start to build the finest aluminum mill in the world," Bouchard said.

By Morgan Watkins
Louisville Courier Journal

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