Wednesday, September 20, 2000

Kentucky News Briefs




From Enquirer news sources

Auditor asks update of oversight laws

        FRANKFORT — The state auditor Tuesday said Kentucky law needs to be updated to ensure oversight of private foundations that acquire public assets such as college dormitories.

        Auditor Ed Hatchett was specifically referring to an innovation by Western Kentucky University, which created a foundation to buy 17 dorms for $21.5 million.

        Western will manage the dorms under a contract. The foundation is using money from a bond issue — up to $75 million — to finance the purchase and pay for wholesale renovations, which was the point of the deal.

        The auditor's office will have access to the foundation's books but only because the foundation chose to give it and had the provision written into the contract, Mr. Hatchett told a legislative oversight committee.
       

Proposed location won't change at UK

               LEXINGTON — University of Kentucky trustees took no action Tuesday to prevent the university from beginning plans for a new research building on a site that some faculty members oppose.

        Controversy erupted last week about the proposed location of the $65 million biomedical/biological sciences research building.

        UK President Charles Wethington, acting on the advice of consultants, has decided to put the structure at Limestone Street and Virginia Avenue. But a faculty committee recommended a location on University Drive, near other laboratories.

        The Virginia Avenue location is a 10-minute walk from the rest of the medical center and the laboratories off University Drive.
       

Convicted killer awaits punishment

               DEL RIO, Texas — A drifter convicted in the throat-slashing of a 13-year-old girl exhibits an “anti-social personality disorder,” according to testimony Tuesday in the punishment phase of his capital murder trial.

        Jurors deliberated for 70 minutes Monday before convicting Tommy Lynn Sells of capital murder. At the end of the punishment phase, they will decide whether to sentence him to death by lethal injection or life in prison.

        Since Mr. Sells' arrest in January, authorities say he has confessed to murders in seven states dating to the 1980s. He has only been charged in one other case, the May 1999 slaying of a 13-year-old Lexington girl.
       

Shelter ruled subject to open records laws

               GREENUP — The state attorney general's office says that a Greenup County animal shelter is subject to the state's open-records law.

        Don Grubb, who runs the shelter, initially refused to comply with a request for copies of records from Randy Skaggs, head of the Trixie Foundation shelter in Elliott County. Tri-County, unlike most other animal shelters throughout the state, is not government funded, but rather privately owned, by his wife, Nora Grubb.

        Mr. Skaggs' request to Mr. Grubb asked for a variety of records. He made the request following allegations from four people who claimed Tri-County was not holding dogs for the state-required five days before either adopting them out or destroying them. Mr. Grubb has denied the allegations.
       

Louisville included in Sierra Club suit

               LOUISVILLE — The Sierra Club has included Louisville in a lawsuit that charges the federal government has not been enforcing smog rules.

        The suit, filed last week in federal court in Washington, D.C., says the Environmental Protection Agency shouldn't have granted various communities extensions in meeting Clean Air Act regulations, which requires compliance with ozone standards by 1996.

        But Louisville has had no smog violations this air-pollution season and if the city stays on track through the end of October, the EPA may be able to declare metro Louisville in compliance.
       

Four dead after murder-suicide

               CONFLUENCE — Four people died of gunshot wounds in what police are calling a murder-suicide at a Leslie County couple's home.

        Police say 45-year-old Bill Eversole called a Leslie County sheriff's deputy Monday night and confessed to killing his wife and two men, according to WYMT-TV in Hazard.

        Mr. Eversole then shot himself, Kentucky State Police said Tuesday.

       



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