Thursday, September 21, 2000

Kentucky News Briefs




Police department holding open house

        INDEPENDENCE — The Kenton County Police Department will hold an open house from 1-5 p.m. Sept. 30 at its headquarters here, 11777 Madison Pike.

        Officers will demonstrate equipment used in training and crime-scene analysis. The department will also make photo identification cards and fingerprint children.

        Fire and emergency medical services equipment will also be on display, including the Hamilton County sheriff's helicopter.
       

Louisville man to be 1st from Ky. on show

        LOUISVILLE — A Powerball ticket turned into a trip to Hollywood and a chance to win $1 million for Harold Hawkins.

        The retired railroad special agent from Danville will be the first contestant from Kentucky in the new Powerball TV Game Show.

        Mr. Hawkins' name was selected from a drawing of instant scratch-off tickets that determine the show's participants.

        Mr. Hawkins thought someone was playing games when he was informed that he was going to California.

        “I couldn't believe it,” he said Wednesday. “I thought someone was on the other end of the phone pulling the wool over my eyes.”

        Mr. Hawkins, 71, has never been to California. He said his role in the first show is still sinking in, considering the long odds of being selected to join participants from several other Powerball states.

        The show will give players from 10 states a chance to win up to $1 million. Mr. Hawkins will also be playing for 40 “at-home players” back in Kentucky who receive 1 percent of what he wins.
       

Group to tackle regional issues

        ERLANGER
— A group of more than 70 men and women from Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati will put their heads together this weekend to develop an action plan to tackle key issues in the region.

        An initiative of Forward Quest, the organization called Legacy primarily consists of people ages 21 to 40. It was formed to develop the next generation of leaders in the area.

        For more than a year, Forward Quest has introduced Legacy members to a variety of community issues, from education to arts and economic development. On Saturday, the group will prioritize these issues and pick three goals on which to focus in the coming year, said Ruth Egar, assistant vice president of Forward Quest.

        The retreat will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Receptions in Erlanger.
       

Campaign raises $647K in two weeks

        FLORENCE
— After the first two weeks of the Northern Kentucky United Way 2000 campaign, $647,000 of the $3,840,675 goal has been raised.

        Money raised is used to help support health and human service programs in Greater Cincinnati.

        The Northern Kentucky campaign, which will end Oct. 26, is part of the Greater Cincinnati campaign, which has a goal of $59,606,513.

        All gate proceeds from “United Way Night at the Races” at Turfway Park Sept. 27 will be donated to the United Way.

        Companies not already involved with an employee campaign can call the United Way at 525-2600 for more information.
       

8-year-old boy dies of meningitis

        OWENSBORO — A third-grader at Utica Elementary School died Monday after contracting a noncontagious form of bacterial meningitis.

        Danny Holmes, 8, died at Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville after he became sick last week.

        Parents of students at Utica were notified of the boy's death in a letter sent home with students Monday, said Daviess County Public Schools Superintendent Stu Silberman.

        Meningitis is an infection of the fluid of the spinal cord and the fluid that surrounds the brain. It can be caused by both bacteria or a virus.

        Danny died from a noncontagious strain of bacterial meningitis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, said Dr. Rice Leach, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health.
       

Senators explain China trade vote

        WASHINGTON — Kentucky's two Republican senators split on a vote to normalize trade relations with China.

        Sen. Mitch McConnell was among the 83 lawmakers who voted for the measure, while Sen. Jim Bunning was one of 15 senators who voted against it Tuesday.

        “We're putting profits ahead of people, and I think that's a terrible, un-American stance to take,” Mr. Bunning said.

        He added that he was largely opposed to the measure because of China's record as a weapons proliferator and human rights violator. He also said he thought the trade deal would lead to a loss of American jobs.

        As a free-trader, Mr. McConnell said he backed the bill for ideological reasons. But he also said, parochially, it would give Kentucky an economic boost.

        Mr. McConnell said 125,000 jobs in Kentucky are supported by exports, and he said those exports would probably increase with passage of the bill, which President Clinton is expected to sign.
       

Agency OKs removal of trees from forest

        WHITLEY CITY — The Forest Service has announced it will allow trees damaged in a 1998 storm to be removed from the Daniel Boone National Forest.

        The decision by forest supervisor Ben Worthington comes after a protracted legal battle that for a time stopped all logging in the forest while the Forest Service formally adopted policies to protect endangered species.

        Mr. Worthington said allowing the removal of some downed trees is necessary because of “a tremendous buildup of fuels” on the southern end of the forest.

        “If a fire were to get into some of these areas, the result could be a catastrophic fire threatening adjacent private lands, wildlife habitat and the safety of forest visitors and firefighters,” he said.

        Earlier, trees were removed from along roads and within recreation areas. But the remaining downed trees made much of the forest “barely accessible,” he said.

        The plans are to remove some of the larger trees, then use controlled burns to reduce the danger of wildfires, Mr. Worthington said.

       



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