Saturday, September 16, 2000

Kentucky News Briefs

Slot open on planning board

— The Kenton County & Municipal Planning and Zoning Commission is seeking applicants for a vacancy on its board.

        The vacancy occurred in July, when Larry Thomas, Bromley's representative on the commission, resigned. The city did not replace Mr. Thomas within the required 60-day time frame, so the duty fell to the planning commission.

        Although Mr. Thomas was from Bromley, the new commission member does not have to be, said Tim Theissen, chairman of the Kenton County & Municipal Planning and Zoning Commission. “We actually had a long-time member who was from Boone County,” he said.

        The commission, which deals with planning and zoning matters for the county, meets the first Thursday of the month. Members also serve on committees.

        Resumes should be sent to the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission office at 2332 Royal Dr., Fort Mitchell 41017, by Sept. 22.

Kids can submit names for mural

— The Kenton County Public Library System is asking children to “Name the Mural” in the children's department of the Mary Ann Mongan Library here.

        Children of all ages are asked to suggest a name for the handpainted mural by Monday.Entries will be accepted at any library location. The contest is part of the celebration of the library's centennial.

        As part of a major renovation in 1999, the Covington children's department was reconstructed into a scene from Old England. The 9-foot by 39-foot mural painted by Charles Grund depicts a farm scene with men tilling hay, ladies picking apples, and ducks, horses and geese.

        The library will host a naming celebration at 11 a.m. Sept. 30 at the Mongan Library, 502 Scott Blvd.

        Children ages 6 to 12 can take part in storytimes and crafts before the unveiling of the name. The winner will have his or her name, along with the winning entry, engraved on a plaque that will be displayed in the library.

        Information: 491-7610.

Boone Forest mining halted

        WASHINGTON — Responding to environmental concerns, the Tennessee Valley Authority withdrew a proposal Friday to sell off 40,000 acres of mineral rights in eastern Kentucky's Daniel Boone National Forest.

        “Our role as a public steward requires a higher standard for protecting the land and the overall public interest,” TVA President and Chief Operating Officer Ike Zeringue said in a statement.

        TVA's decision not to auction the coal reserves comes a week after the Senate approved a measure introduced by Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky. that would have required the public utility to conduct a costly environmental impact study before going ahead with any sale.

        The proposal, announced in July, received harsh criticism from environmentalists.

        “This sent all the wrong signals,” said Stephen Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, a utility watchdog group.

        “There was a lot of concern all the apparatus that goes with mining would disrupt the Daniel Boone National Forest,” Mr. Smith added.

Miss America's claim disputed

        WASHINGTON — The Labor Department on Friday rejected allegations that one of its officials tried to improperly persuade Miss America, Heather French, to change her congressional testimony in favor of a veterans employment and training bill.

        In a letter to two House members who bitterly complained about the alleged conduct of Espiridion (Al) Borrego, Labor Secretary Alexis Herman said “there were no laws or regulations violated” by the official, who is assistant secretary for Veterans' Employment and Training.

        Ms. French told the Associated Press in July that on the eve of her House testimony, Mr. Borrego was “trying to intimidate” her by saying that provisions in the bill “would cause more than 3,000 veterans to lose their jobs and become homeless. I took that as if he was definitely trying to shake my testimony.”

Boatman's claim must be proven

        An Ohio River towboat employee who claims he was forced to watch a pornographic videotape and suffered psychological problems as a result must prove his claim in court, federal appeals judges ruled.

        Robert West's case now goes back to U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman in Covington for a hearing.

        The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled Thursday that Judge Bertelsman erred when he upheld Mr. West's claim without conducting a hearing. Mr. West sued his employer, the Ohio River Co., and its parent Midland Enterprises Inc., owner of the W.H. Dickhoner towboat on which he worked, demanding money damages.

        Mr. West claimed that the towboat captain ordered him to watch a videotape of people having sex with animals and that he suffered an upset stomach, sleepless nights, headaches and high anxiety as a result. Mr. West said the alleged incident occurred in August 1997 as the towboat, which is used to move river barges, was out on the Ohio River.

Morehead president wins extension

        MOREHEAD, Ky. — Morehead State University President Ronald G. Eaglin was given a one-year contract extension Fri day, through June 30, 2004.

        Dr. Eaglin was criticized by some faculty in January after he warned that a controversial new bell tower plaza cost $500,000.


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