Grimes jabs McConnell on jobs issue in new TV ad
LOUISVILLE (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes went on the attack again Tuesday with a new TV ad featuring an out-of-work Appalachian coal miner who questions Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s commitment to job growth.
The 30-second ad airing across Kentucky seeks to capitalize on McConnell’s off-the-cuff comments to an eastern Kentucky newspaper in the spring.
The Beattyville Enterprise reported that the five-term Republican senator said it is “not my job” to bring employment to struggling Lee County, where the jobless rate was 11.1 percent in May. McConnell said his comments were taken out of context, but the newspaper editor stood by his story.
McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore said the ad continued Grimes’ “mischaracterizations and outright falsehoods.”
Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett defended McConnell, saying it’s “unfair and untrue” to blame the top Senate Republican for the loss of eastern Kentucky coal jobs.
In the Grimes ad, unemployed coal miner David Stanley of Putney, Kentucky, looks into the camera and says: “Mr. McConnell, in the last two years, we’ve lost almost half of our coal jobs in eastern Kentucky. Why’d you say it’s not your job to bring jobs to Kentucky?”
Paducah plant deactivation deal awarded
PADUCAH (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a three-year, approximately $420 million order to Fluor Federal Services Inc. to clean up and prepare the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant for future operations.
The department said in a news release Tuesday the order includes hiring preferences for the available skilled labor force.
A statement from U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield said they sent a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz asking the agency to begin the transitioning work now and commit to long-term cleanup efforts too.
The government-owned uranium enrichment plant was built in the 1950s and operated by the DOE and predecessors to support commercial and military nuclear reactors and weapons development activities. The facilities were leased to the United States Enrichment Corp. in 1993, and DOE is preparing for return of the facilities.
Beshear: Health rulings won’t affect Kentucky
FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says rulings Tuesday on President Barack Obama’s health care law won’t affect enrollees in Kentucky’s state-run health exchange.
Beshear said in a statement released by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services that premium assistance that Kentucky enrollees have qualified for also won’t be affected.
Within hours of each other Tuesday, two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on the subsidies that help low- and middle-income people afford premiums.
Beshear said the confusion highlighted by the rulings just reiterates that Kentucky was in the right by creating a state-based exchange rather than going with the federal exchange.
One court said the federal government was right in issuing credits for consumers in all 50 states, but the other court said that aid was only available to people in states that set up their own exchanges.
Interstate closes after bee-carrying truck crashes
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police say a semi flat-bed truck hauling beehives has crashed, causing eastbound Interstate 24 to close near the Kentucky-Tennessee state line at Clarksville, Tennessee.
Clarksville police Sgt. Charles Gill told WSMV-TV (http://bit.ly/1kb31uJhttp://bit.ly/1kb31uJ ) the multiple-vehicle crash Tuesday disturbed the beehives, leaving bees flying all around the scene. He said officers at the scene were stung multiple times.
At least three people were injured in the crash.