LOCAL NEWS FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2001
Speech inspiring to those tied to services
        Tristaters with military ties reported they were inspired by President Bush's speech Thursday to a joint session of Congress, and one admitted she cried.
Tristate lawmakers united behind president

Expert defends Roach's decision
        An expert with knowledge about low-level lighting and its effects on police shootings testified Thursday that Cincinnati police officer Stephen Roach's belief that Timothy Thomas had a gun is plausible.

Late-term abortion ban blocked
        Ohio's ban on a controversial late-term abortion procedure was struck down Thursday by a federal judge who said the technique may be safer than others for some women.


ATTACK ON AMERICA
Forum fosters unity, peace
        About 100 students, faculty and community residents participated Thursday night in a forum at the Cintas Center at Xavier University designed to bring people from different religious faiths together to promote peace and unity in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Keep the bridge blue, says veteran
        COVINGTON — In keeping with the spirit of patriotism sweeping the country,a Tristate World War II veteran is lobbying to keep the Roebling Suspension Bridge blue.

One message, one lost life
        KINGS MILLS — Jane Allen's classroom walls are lined with 5,000 slips of paper, a sobering reminder of Sept. 11.

Race from Tower One harrowing
        Marvin Pickrum, Mount Healthy High class of '86, is an accomplished and mentally tough guy.

IN THE TRISTATE
Husband indicted on murder charges
        A Hamilton County grand jury on Thursday indicted a Carthage man accused of beating his pregnant wife to death with a baseball bat.

Rallies build football spirit
        WHITE OAK — Northwest schools this week gave the traditional high-school football pep rally a twist.

'I'm living proof that stem cells can do something good.'
        Four months ago, Dallas-area resident Marsha Lindsey saw the world as if she were looking through wax paper.

Tristate A.M. Report
        There will be a candlelight vigil at Paul Brown Stadium at 7 p.m. today to mourn those who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

WARREN, BUTLER, CLERMONT
Burg's money woes worsen
        HARVEYSBURG — The state auditor on Thursday declared Harveysburg in a fiscal emergency and ordered a state and local commission formed to oversee its monetary operations.

Butler Co. pitches new Ohio 63 strategy
        HAMILTON — Butler County officials want to build the proposed 10-mile Ohio 63 extension in two phases instead of all at once because of the project's high cost.

City's gimmick made a point
        HAMILTON — When this city adopted the exclamation point as part of its name 15 years ago, Hamilton! received worldwide attention.

Hamilton asking to house Butler's bell
        HAMILTON — Butler County's Ohio Bicentennial bell hasn't even been cast yet, but already it's ringing up a controversy.

OHIO
Concealed-weapon bill revised again
        COLUMBUS — As a House committee prepares to make changes on a concealed weapons bill, key special-interest groups have threatened to withhold support.

Emancipation Proclamation event goes on
        GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — The nation's longest-running annual observance of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation will go on this weekend even though some folks will be heavy-hearted over the terrorist attacks.

Under bill, insurers cover obesity surgery
        COLUMBUS — In an effort to combat Ohio's expanding waistlines, one state lawmaker wants insurance providers to cover surgery that would treat morbid obesity.

KENTUCKY
Do you drive the double-A?
        FORT MITCHELL — State highway department officials want to hear from the people who drive Ky. 9, the AA Highway, every day, so they are holding public information meetings at two gas stations on the highway.

Murder trial delayed; judge says terror crisis a distraction
        LOUISVILLE — A man accused of killing a Jefferson County deputy in 1993 had his murder trial postponed by a judge who worried that jurors would be too distracted by last week's terrorist attacks.

Trio are sentenced after admitting to poaching elk
        HYDEN — Three men have pleaded guilty to poaching an elk calf on an abandoned surface mine in Leslie County.