Tuesday, September 05, 2000

Kentucky Digest

Husband charged in wife's killing

        LIGON, Ky. — The estranged husband of a woman whose body was found at an abandoned strip mine is charged with her death, Kentucky State Police said.

        Dwayne Earl Bishop, 40, of Teaberry, was being held in the Floyd County Jail on Monday.

        Police found the body of Carolyn Bishop, 32, of Beaver, on Saturday at an abandoned coal mine at Ligon. Dwayne Bishop was arrested Sunday.

Drive-by fatal
suspect charged

               CLEMENTSVILLE, Ky. — George Gribbins, 66, of Elkhorn, was charged with murder after a drive-by shooting on Sunday, Kentucky State Police said.

        Killed in the shooting was Jerry Evans, 48, of Clementsville. Mr. Evans died at the Casey County Hospital after being struck in the head by a bullet while in his trailer.

        Mr. Gribbins, who is the husband of Mr. Evans' ex-wife, was being held in the Lincoln County Jail pending a bond hearing.

Man dies in fire
at refinishing shop

               SUMMERSHADE, Ky. — One man died in a fire at a furniture refinishing shop where he worked and lived, Kentucky State Police said.

        Ervin Bartley, 66, was found dead inside the structure after firefighters from several departments extinguished the blaze.

        The fire was reported at about 9 p.m. at the building on Ky. 90 about 1 1/2 miles west of Summershade.

        No foul play is suspected, Trooper Dwaine Barnett said Monday.

Seasonal workers
can get job aid

               HARTFORD, Ky. — Ohio and Daviess counties will again have a program to help seasonal workers find permanent jobs.

        The Kentucky Farmworker Program Inc., ended funding for the program five years ago. KFP restored the money this year.

        “They had a need in the area and reworked the budget,” said KFP education and training specialist Elisabeth Travis.

        The private, not-for-profit corporation works with seasonal or migrant farmers who meet a series of qualifications. Participants receive six weeks of classroom training and on-the-job training.

        Participants receive a minimum wage stipend during the classroom training and receive on-the-job pay from the employer.

Heart clinic
under challenge

               LONDON, Ky. — A court battle threatens the closure of Kentucky's newest heart surgery unit here.

        Marymount Medical Center was sued by Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, a competing hospital, which alleges the new heart center received illegal help from state legislators that allowed it to bypass a formal certification process.

        Franklin Circuit Judge William L. Graham ruled Aug. 22 that the law exempting the hospital from certification was “unconstitutional special legislation” since it benefited only that hospital, he wrote.

        State Rep. Charles L. Siler added language to the 1998 budget bill that allowed the hospital to regain an exemption from the state's certification of need after it was lost a year earlier.

        That prompted the lawsuit, filed in 1998.

        Under the normal certificate of need, hospitals must document that there are enough potential heart patients nearby.

10,000 attend
regional Mass

               LOUISVILLE — Roman Catholic Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly urged parishioners to embrace inclusiveness, seek justice, celebrate life and work for Christian unity in a Mass billed as the largest of its kind at the Archdiocese of Louisville.

        About 10,000 people gathered at Freedom Hall for the event, which celebrated 2,000 years of Christianity, and to give thanks for nearly two centuries of Catholicism in the 24-county archdiocese.

        “The face of the church in Kentucky has changed a lot in 200 years, especially recently,” Archbishop Kelly said. Liturgists in Sunday's Mass were racially, ethnically and sexually diverse, but the worshippers were overwhelmingly white.

        Some prayers were recited and responses sung in three languages — Spanish, Vietnamese and English.

        Archbishop Kelly affirmed the importance of women in the church and the need to embrace people who are different from those in the mainstream.

Aid sought for
nuclear workers

               WASHINGTON — Some lawmakers from states with nuclear weapons plants think House Speaker Dennis Hastert may be key to salvaging legislation offering help to workers sickened by Cold War-era radiation exposure.

        Reps. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., and Zach Wamp, R-Tenn., are asking colleagues from other states with a nuclear weapons connection whether they will ask Mr. Hastert to intervene, said Karen Long, Mr. Whitfield's legislative director.

        Under House rules, jurisdiction over the issue is shared by three committees.

        Mr. Whitfield and Mr. Wamp want those committees to voluntarily stand aside and let a compensation bill go forward without the customary — and time-consuming — scrutiny and approval.

        “We are trying to do everything possible to see if we can get everybody together in a cooperative fashion,” Ms. Long said.

        Compensation for the sick workers will be one of the urgent issues awaiting lawmakers as they return this week for a short session.

        Medical and financial compensation was approved by the Senate as part of a large military bill, but it does not have widespread support in the House or in the Clinton administration. The House has passed no sick worker provisions.

        A House subcommittee has scheduled a Sept. 14 hearing to examine the issue, but it could be moot by then, since the conference committee dealing with the defense bill may vote before that either to approve or delete the program's authorization.



Government and schools
               Erlanger: Kenton County Board of Education special meeting, 7 p.m., administrative office, 20 Kenton Lands Road.

        Kentucky events

Burlington: Teen Mothers Of Preschoolers meeting, 6:15 to 8:15 p.m., First Church of Christ, 6080 Camp Ernst Road.

        Independence: The Independence/Taylor Mill Girl Scouts information night, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Summit View Elementary cafeteria, 5002 Madison Pike.


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