Saturday, June 30, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs




Cincinnati State awards degrees to 7

        Cincinnati State Technical and Community College awarded associate degrees to seven Northern Kentucky students this spring.

        The students were Barb Roach, Alexandria, surgical technology; Anthony Badewa Sr., Elsmere, computer information systems technology; Angela Hoel, Florence, environmental engineering technology; Donald Leonard Jr., Fort Mitchell, restaurant management; Virginia Steiner, Hebron, environmental engineering technology; Patti Chambers, Villa Hills, interpreter training program; and Carrie West, Williamstown, executive assistant technology.
       

Visitors Bureau adds to military sales staff

        COVINGTON — Denise Goldrich has joined the Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau's military sales staff. In her new position, she will sell Northern Kentucky to prospective military reunion groups.

        Ms. Goldrich graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1990 with degrees in social work and business, and she worked for 10 years at the Hamilton County Department of Human Services as an investigator of welfare fraud.

        She also worked as a wedding consultant for eight years and in the hospitality field at the Westin Hotel in Cincinnati before coming to the Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau.
       

Bavarian will collect trash on holidays

        FORT MITCHELL — Bavarian will pick up trash on holidays, starting with the Independence Day holiday Wednesday.

        Bavarian will collect trash on all holidays except Christmas and New Year's Day, City Clerk Linda Coburn said.
       

New Perceptions announces winners

        EDGEWOOD — New Perceptions has announced the winners of its Summer Splash $5,000 Raffle.

        The $5,000 grand-prize winner was Shirley Neises of Melbourne. The four runner-up winners, who each received autographed University of Kentucky basketballs, were Jerry Fink of Cincinnati, Dot Decker of Fort Wright, Peggy Halpin of Fort Mitchell and Marc Menne of Villa Hills.

        All proceeds from the raffle benefit the children and adults who receive services from New Perceptions.

        The nonprofit United Way agency has served Northern Kentucky since 1952 and provides intervention, education and employment services to infants, children and adults with mental retardation, developmental disabilities and other barriers to reaching their maximum potential.
       

Cause of fatal plane crash undetermined

        MAYFIELD — Authorities still won't speculate on what caused a small plane to crash this month, killing its pilot and passenger.

        The 1946 Aeronca crashed June 14, claiming the lives of pilot James Lowry, 63, of Fulton, and Rebecca Isbell, 24, of Union City, Tenn. Mr. Lowry had been taking his wife's First State Bank co-workers on short flights during an informal gathering at the Lowrys' farm near the community of Pilot Oak.

        Witnesses said the plane was headed south and crashed as it began to turn back to the farm, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

        The nose dropped until the plane was almost vertical, and it crashed behind a line of trees, the report said. One witness said she thought she heard a “pop” sound before the crash.

        Mr. Lowry had 600 hours of flying time, 300 hours in the type of plane that crashed, according to the report.

        A final report won't be released for four to six months.

Kentucky examines Medicaid shortfall

        FRANKFORT — Legislators pondering the future of Kentucky Medicaid heard Friday its problems could be worse.

        Florida, with three times as many people eligible for Medicaid coverage, is projecting a Medicaid budget shortfall almost five times that of Kentucky's program, an official testified.

        Maresa Corder, director of a Florida project to cut costs in treating the chronically ill, blamed the budget problem on a Medicaid expansion that was not adequately funded.

        Medicaid is the state-federal health insurance program for the poor and disabled. Kentucky's program costs more than $3 billion per year, of which about $1 billion is state money. A shortfall of about $280 million is projected in the fiscal year that begins Sunday, of which about $84 million would be state expense.

        Ms. Corder directs Florida Medicaid's “disease management initiative,” in which people who frequent emergency rooms with four high-cost conditions — HIV/AIDS, asthma, diabetes and hemophilia — are assigned to managers.

        The managers closely track and oversee their care, Ms. Corder said, adding: “We know who are the frequent flyers to the ERs.”

        Ms. Corder testified to the General Assembly's Medicaid Managed Care Oversight Committee.
       

Airport nets $1M for flying 10,000

        OWENSBORO — Officials at the Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport demanded a recount and instead of losing an election, they won $1 million.

        The Federal Aviation Administration gives $1 million in operating money to airports that serve at least 10,000 passengers a year. The Owensboro airport had officially only served 9,610 passengers as of Dec. 31, 2000.

        Since then, airport officials have come up with 424 people who somehow didn't get counted last year.

        Airport manager Tim Bradshaw said MidAmerica Jet, an Owensboro-based charter service, double-checked and discovered it had underreported its passenger numbers.

        The FAA accepted the new figure on Thursday. The airport will get a $1 million check in October.

        Mr. Bradshaw said the airport shouldn't struggle again to reach 10,000 passengers.

        Corporate Airlines, a TWA affiliate, began serving the airport in May and attracted 650 passengers during its first month. Corporate officials believe the airline alone will eventually carry 15,000 passengers a year from Owensboro.

       



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