Saturday, August 26, 2000

Kentucky News Briefs




Ky. helps hospitals test infant hearing

        FRANKFORT — Kentucky is expanding its efforts to test newborns for hearing loss, part of Gov. Paul Patton's early childhood initiative.

        The state legislature has set aside $300,000 for matching grants to help hospitals buy or update screening equipment.

        The program, passed this year by the General Assembly, mandates that every Kentucky hospital with 40 or more births a year implement a Universal Newborn Health Screening. The program will be implemented at state hospitals in three phases over the next three months.

        The Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs, an agency of the Cabinet for Health Services, will provide training and technical assistance to hospitals. Outreach efforts will be made to educate families, schools, health departments and doctors about the program.

        Fifty-five percent of Kentucky infants were tested this year, compared to 46 percent of infants tested nationwide, according to the National Campaign for Hearing Health.
       

Keeneland gets first approval

        LEXINGTON — The Kentucky Racing Commission has given preliminary approval to a request by Keeneland officials to have the Kentucky Horse Center deemed part of the racetrack.

        Keeneland bought the horse center from Churchill Downs earlier this year. The new designation means Keeneland officials could do anything at the training center they can do at the racetrack. That includes simulcasting, but Keeneland officials say that was not the intent.

        “We have no plans at this time to have simulcasting there,” said Judith Taylor, Keeneland spokeswoman.

        Getting the approval now just makes sense, Ms. Taylor said, in case “at some later point down the road we decide to avail ourselves of the positive effects of being a track. We're still talking about exactly what to do with that property.”

        The move parallels one by Churchill Downs, which turned a separate Louisville track into a training and stabling facility, had it designated as part of Churchill and now uses the re-done clubhouse and grandstand structure as a simulcasting facility.
       

Man pleads guilty in hit-run death

        LOUISVILLE
— A Louisville man pleaded guilty to various charges in connection with a hit-and-run accident that killed the wife of a local stand-up comedian last fall.

        Jerome Bibb Jr., 24, was scheduled for trial in Jefferson Circuit Court this week. He pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count each of manslaughter, tampering with physical evidence, wanton endangerment, failing to stop and render aid, and operating a motor vehicle on a suspended or revoked license.

        Mr. Bibb entered an open plea, which means the judge will decide the sentence, anywhere from five to 20 years.Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 25 before Judge James Shake.

        Mr. Bibb admitted that on Nov. 26, he rear-ended a car that was stopped at a red light on Poplar Level Road near the Watterson Expressway. That car then slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer truck. Mr. Bibb acknowledged that he left the scene.

        Karen Davis, 36, a passenger in the car, was killed. TShe was the wife of Spike Davis, a veteran of BET's Comic View and HBO's Def Comedy Jam. He performed at the Thoroughbred Elks Lodge in Louisville the night before the accident.
       

Bike rodeos teach kids safety rules

        INDEPENDENCE
— Police have scheduled free bike rodeos for children throughout the city.

        The next rodeo will be Tuesday at the Villages of Beechgrove Clubhouse. Others are set for Wednesday at the Hartland Subdivision off Madison Pike, and for Sept. 14 at the Cherokee IGA on Taylor Mill Road.

        The rodeos go from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Children learn about bike safety and have a photo ID made. For more information call Sgt. Anthony Lucas at 356-2697.

       



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