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BBB Scam Alert: Social Security impersonation calls hitting Central and Eastern Kentucky areas

Better Business Bureau serving Central and Eastern Kentucky is hearing from senior citizens about scammers calling them pretending to be with the Social Security Administration. Seniors reporting these calls say they’re told their numbers have been used in “criminal activity” and must call a number to keep their benefits from being suspended. “This is an old scam, but is hitting Central and...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about freedom and health care

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write to comment on calls for more government control of healthcare markets. We begin with the positive. Our healthcare system has delivered remarkable medical technology and advances, leading to longer lives and some of the most effective treatments in the world. It’s no secret, however, that healthcare has become very...

Kentucky is 29th state to join Electronic Registration Information Center to maintain voter rolls

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has announced Kentucky has joined the Electronic Registration Information Center, Inc. (ERIC) to continue efforts to maintain Kentucky’s voter rolls. ERIC is a nonprofit corporation that exists to improve the accuracy of voter rolls and increase access to voter registration. Alison Lundergan Grimes “I have worked to make Kentucky’s election...

Here are the most popular baby names in every state in 2017; is your baby’s name here?

Every year the Social Security Administration (SSA) releases new data on the most popular baby names by state, and in 2017, there were some clear winners who racked up points across the country. Photo from Womens Health So, which are the most popular names? If you’re curious, here’s a hint — Liam, William, Olivia, and Emma mean business across the country. In Kentucky, the favorite girl’s...

OVR awarded $2.5 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to help injured or ill employees retain jobs

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) has been awarded a $2.5 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to help injured or ill employees remain in their job or return to work. Kentucky is one of only eight states to receive a federal Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN) demonstration grant to develop a pilot...

Conn pleads guilty to new conspiracy charges before a federal court

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today An eastern Kentucky attorney, who was already facing 12 years in prison for defrauding the Social Security Administration of more than $550 million, will likely get even more time behind bars. File photo Eric Conn, 58, of Pikeville, pleaded guilty on Monday before U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves at U. S. District Court in Lexington to conspiracy to defraud the United...

Jeff Rubin: Maintaining independence as we grow older often a matter of perspective

There is little doubt people are living longer these days. In fact, data compiled by the Social Security Administration says a man reaching 65 today can expect to live another 19.3 years on average, while a woman turning 65 can expect to live another 19.6. And those are just averages. About one out of every four 65 year-olds will live past 90, and one out of 10 will live past 95. So, where we live...

Rural Blog: Eastern Kentucky lawyer pleads guilty to defrauding the Social Security disability system

A Kentucky lawyer who labeled himself as “Mr. Social Security” pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to stealing from the Social Security Administration and bribing a federal Social Security judge. Prosecutors say Eric C. Conn had “a long-running scheme to defraud the government of nearly $600 million in federal disability payments,” Bruce Schreiner reports for The Associated...

Rural Blog: East Kentuckians seek to keep federal disability benefits jeopardized by fraud of lawyer

Hundreds of families in Eastern Kentucky are fighting to regain the disability benefits they lost after the federal government said their attorney and a federal administrative law judge awarded the benefits fraudulently. At least three suicides have been blamed on the unprecedented debacle, and the Social Security Administration is refusing to let the people see the medical evidence on which their...

Jacob, Sophia are repeats atop Most Popular Baby Names; Major, Arya biggest jumpers

Jacob and Sophia are repeat champions as America’s most popular baby names for 2012. This is the 14th year in a row Jacob tops the list for boys and the second year for Sophia. There is a new couple in the top 10 this year — Elizabeth and Liam replace Chloe and Daniel. Elizabeth has been here before, but this is the first time Liam breaks into the top 10. Perhaps Liam’s new found success...