As Kentuckians open their hearts and pocketbooks to help those in need this holiday season, Attorney General Jack Conway wants to ensure charitable donations do not end up in the hands of scam artists.
Conway was quoted as saying that donations to reputable charitable organizations can help clothe a child or put food on the table for a struggling family and that unscrupulous or fraudulent charities not only take advantage of the kindness of hard-working Kentuckians, they deprive those who need help the most.
Conway says many scammers are known to use a technique called phishing to gain access to someone’s secure information, which is often done through emails that appear to come from a legitimate organization.
The emails may contain links to websites that are infected with malware that enable the scammer to gain access to user names, passwords, Social Security numbers and other personal data.
General Conway is encouraging Kentuckians to donate to known charities, to be cautious of solicitors unable to answer questions and ask if the charity is registered with the Office of the Attorney General and to ask for identification and written information. **
U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell recently contacted the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration on behalf of Kentucky law enforcement and health care providers and expressed his concern about generic versions of long-release opiates coming to market without the tamper-resistant technology.
Senator McConnell stated long-release opiates are particularly potent and were subject to rampant drug abuse prior to the deployment of tamper-resistant technologies.
McConnell added that these technologies prevent addicts from destroying the time release mechanism of the extended release opiates in order for the user to achieve an immediate heroin-like high.
However, generic versions of the same drugs lack the tamper-resistant formulations and are expected to hit the market in early 2013 with Senator McConnell saying a pro-active approach on matter is essential in order to continue efforts in prescription drug abuse.
Senator McConnell wrote a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to press the agency to remove generic drugs from the market that lacks a safety mechanism.
In addition to writing FDA Commissioner Hamburg, Senator McConnell also forwarded the letters he received from the Kentucky organizations to the FDA and asked for a prompt review and response.
Local dignitaries, educators and business leaders gathered this morning for an eye-opener breakfast where education was the topic of discussion.
Christian County Chamber of Commerce Chair, Eric Lee welcomed and acknowledged Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp, Christian County Judge Executive Steve Tribble, Christian County Magistrate Tom Jones, Christian County School Board members Linda Keller and Mary DeBow for attending the event.
Dave Adkisson with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Robyn Oatley with the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence shared the podium and were invited to talk about the importance of education and how it impacts the workforce.
Adkisson was the first to approach the podium where he spoke about the necessity of having a skilled workforce.
District 16 State Representative, Martha Jane King says legislators will have a tough road ahead of them during the upcoming General Assembly session during a recent luncheon.
Representative King along with other legislators in this region were invited to talk about key issues facing the state during the Pennyrile Area Development District’s Board of Directors meeting.
Despite the challenges ahead, Representative King stated legislators need to stay focused on the issues that matter the most.
Christmas morning is just weeks away and thanks to the generosity from the community and local organizations, hundreds of families will have enough presents to go underneath the tree this holiday season.
One of the many organizations that continues to make a positive impact on the lives of the less fortunate is the Back 2 Back Foundation created by Country Music Singer/Song Writer Brice Long in 2005.
Foundation Director, Brent Gilkey spoke about ongoing efforts to make sure area youngsters have what they want from Santa this year.