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Conway warns against price gouging

Attorney General Jack Conway warned retailers Wednesday that his office is on the lookout for illegal price gouging in the wake of a major winter storm across Kentucky.

"Those who have fallen victim to this storm should not be victimized again by predatory pricing," Conway said in a statement.

Conway has asked Gov. Steve Beshear to sign an emergency order that will implement Kentucky's price-gouging laws.

The state of emergency that Beshear declared Tuesday already has triggered several consumer-protection measures, which will remain in place for 30 days. Conway said he has the authority to investigate and prosecute those who sell gasoline, generators, building supplies, chain saws, hotel rooms and other goods at exorbitant prices in a time of disaster.

Those with specific information about possible price gouging are urged to contact the Office of the Attorney General at 1-888-432-9257 or icestormcomplaints@ag.ky.gov.

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