Monday, September 18, 2000

Kentucky Digest

Bush coming back to Lexington

The Associated Press

        LEXINGTON — Republican George W. Bush will visit Lexington on Tuesday, his second trip to Kentucky in less than a month.

        Details of the visit were still being worked out Sunday, said Scott Douglas, executive director of Mr. Bush's campaign in Kentucky.

        Mr. Bush has visited Kentucky five times this year, the latest Aug. 31 when he appeared at a Louisville-area high school.

        His Democratic opponent in this fall's presidential election, Al Gore, was in Kentucky on Labor Day.

Trash pickup, 1-cent tax part of plan

               SHAKERTOWN — A plan outlining mandates to clean up Kentucky will hit the Internet in about a week, officials said.

        Natural Resources Secretary James Bickford, speaking Saturday to the annual meeting of the Kentucky Conservation Committee, said he had just received a draft of the plan from his staff.

        After he looks it over, it will be placed on the Internet, at, for public comment.

        A series of public meetings will follow, he said.

        The conservation committee is a coalition of environmentally concerned organizations and individuals formed 25 years ago.

        It hopes to have the plan ready to send to Gov. Paul Patton by Dec. 1.

        Mr. Patton has said he would put such a plan into legislation to present to the General Assembly next year.

        The proposal asks for mandatory garbage pickup for everyone in Kentucky, a 1-cent tax on beverage and fast-food containers to pay for a range of cleanup programs, a crackdown on junkyards that pollute the environment, and on individual derelict cars that dot yards and fields across the state; cleanup of illegal dumps and landfills Mr. Bickford said “were never closed properly” and increased environmental education in schools.

        Mr. Bickford called the mandatory pickup the keystone of the proposal.

        But he said the 1-cent tax, called an advance deposit fee, is expected to be the proposal's main sticking point.

        Legislation that would have required mandatory garbage pickup and a “bottle bill” was defeated in the General Assembly this year.

        The bottle bill portion was opposed by a powerful coalition of bottlers and grocers.

        They argued refundable deposits on drink containers would add to their costs, hurt sales and inconvenience customers.

Feds keep pressure on McCracken jail

               PADUCAH — A Justice Department attorney will return this month to negotiate with McCracken County Attorney Dan Boaz over ways to improve the county jail.

        Mr. Boaz said he has heard from Andy Barrick almost weekly since the release of a Justice Department report in October that called the jail a “deathtrap” and criticized almost every aspect of the jail's operations.

        The two are scheduled to meet Sept. 28 in Paducah.

        “We'll see how close or how far we are,” Mr. Boaz said. “I don't know at this point.”

        The report alleged overcrowding, misuse of discipline and denial of medical care at the jail.

        It also said the county denied inmates their First Amendment rights of free speech by refusing to allow investigators to interview inmates outside Mr. Boaz's presence.

        The Justice Department threatened to sue the county and then offered a settlement agreement in June.

        The two remain locked in negotiations.

        Ultimately, the impact of the report for McCracken County will be the cost, County Administrator Steve Doolittle said. The report's recommendations could cost more than $100,000, he said.

Center for boys' future in limbo

               FRANKFORT — A teacher shortage has forced a 30-year-old center that treats boys with severe emotional and behavior problems to turn away children and stop taking referrals.

        A disagreement between the state and Fayette County Schools over staffing at the Central Kentucky Re-ED Center in Lexington leaves the program's future in limbo.

        Re-ED, which opened in 1971, is the only center of its kind in Kentucky.

        It typically works with boys ages 7 to 12 who have been treated unsuccessfully in other programs or even psychiatric hospitals.

        But in August, after 23 children had been accepted into the center, its staff was informed by the state's Cabinet for Families and Children they should turn away five of those students and not accept any more referrals.

UofL students await word on future

               LOUISVILLE — Nearly 300 students at the University of Louisville are still awaiting word on what will happen to seven programs affected by the university's decision to eliminate its School of Allied Health Sciences.

        Allied Health offers programs in respiratory care, clinical laboratory science, radiology technology, cyto-technology, art therapy and physical therapy.

        A proposal to close the school was part of a university-wide strategy announced in June.

        The plan is to reallocate money for priorities set under UofL's long-range plan, the Challenge for Excellence.

        UofL President John Shumaker has assured students already in the programs that they will have a “reasonable opportunity” to complete their degrees.

        But it has not been determined if they will do so at UofL or in joint programs with other schools.

        Staff and students are not only frustrated by the delay, they also complain they've been largely left out of discussions about their programs' future.

        The school has 267 students, 23 faculty and eight staff members this fall.
       head DAYBOOK

        Government and schools

        Burlington: Boone County Conservation District Board, 7 p.m., Ellis Cooperative Extension Building, 6028 Camp Ernst Road.

        Edgewood: City Council special meeting, 7 p.m., city building, 385 Dudley Road.

        Fort Mitchell: City Council, 7:30 p.m., city building, council room, 2355 Dixie Highway.

        Newport: Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., Newport High School, 900 E. Sixth St.

        Kentucky events

        Fort Mitchell: Northern Kentucky Youth Network “See You at the Pole Rally,” 7-8:45 p.m., Lakeside Christian Church, 195 Buttermilk Pike.

        The event is open to all junior and senior high school students in Northern Kentucky for a time of worship and prayer for area schools.


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