Thursday, January 1, 2004

From the state capitals

Study says prisons need medical help

COLUMBUS - Ohio's prisons should hire more doctors and nurses, and expand some medical facilities to raise standards of care for inmates, a state report says.

The report released Tuesday confirmed numerous shortcomings of the health care treatment of Ohio's 44,537 prisoners. It made 140 recommendations to reform care.

Prisons director Reggie Wilkinson said putting the recommendations in place would cost millions of dollars and that the staff is working with state budget officials to figure out how to pay for them.

Auditor to continue U of L investigation

FRANKFORT - When Crit Luallen takes over as state auditor Monday, she plans to continue a probe into the spending of former University of Louisville president John Shumaker.

Earlier this month, outgoing auditor Ed Hatchett published his office's review of a university audit of Shumaker's expenditures. Hatchett found that Shumaker routinely ignored university policies for documenting travel and entertainment expenses and identified several areas for additional review.

The U of L Foundation has not released some of its financial records for the continuing probe.

Revelers ring in 2004 under tight security
Direct help coming for sewer woes
Health Alliance, Anthem talks failing
Plan takes on 'black-on-black' crime
2004: Looking Ahead

Addyston losing stalwarts
Warren County ballot sparse
From the state capitals
SUV, city house combed for clues
She spends her life helping those who need it the most
Inspector moved on complaint of conflict
History teacher focuses on role of bystanders during events of note
Knowledge game played on local TV
Mason store manager gets police award
Neighbors briefs
Drunken driving statute toughened as 2004 begins
New Year's Day closings
I-270 shootings clues sought
A year of weird headlines puts Ohio on the map
Fertility expert may run for coroner
Former hunters, they focus now on conserving species
Nuns' pizzeria gets breather
Tax repeal try is thorn
Public safety briefs
Discussion, workshops open to community
Tristate Briefs

Good Things Happening
Crowley: Restaurants want helping from levee

Carol Easton Fox, planner, analyst
James Williams' pastry showed artistry

New crib, playpen law takes effect
Mother, 2 kids killed in blaze
N.Ky. chamber counts ways to find road money