Candidate speaks out about power plants
ERLANGER - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Chandler wants to give local governments more control over the construction of small power plants known as merchant power plants.
Merchant plants generate and sell power wholesale to utilities. They are not regulated by the Kentucky Public Service Commission, which regulates only utilities that sell power directly to consumers.
Chandler wants local planning commissions to have authority over where plants can be located.
Residents of Crestview Hills, Erlanger and other communities fought an effort last year to locate a merchant power plant off of Kenton Lands Road in Kenton County that would have been close to a neighborhood, a library and a senior citizens community.
"Local government is closer to the people and better suited to make decisions about the future of their community," Chandler said in a statement released Friday.
Heart awareness is hospitals' goal
FLORENCE - The St. Luke Hospitals are launching Women's HeartAdvantage, an initiative to educate women about heart disease.
Even though most of the 500 women the hospital recently surveyed say breast cancer is their biggest worry, heart disease kills more women in Northern Kentucky than all other cancers combined, hospital officials said.
The Women's HeartAdvantage program educates women on how to prevent heart disease and recognize the symptoms of a heart attack. It also aims to change the way doctors approach prevention, detection and treatment of heart disease in women.
The community health initiative includes advertising, mailings to Northern Kentucky women and education about the risk factors and heart attack symptoms. At monthly "Wellness Wednesdays,'' women can get free heart health screenings and learn more about heart disease.
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