Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Kentucky news briefs


Lawyer elected to national post

The Enquirer

Erlanger lawyer William T. Robinson has been chosen treasurer-elect of the American Bar Association. He will become treasurer in August 2005 at the association's annual meeting.

Robinson oversees the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati offices of Greenebaum Doll & McDonald. He also is chairman of the Kenton County Airport Board, co-founded the Metropolitan Growth Alliance of Greater Cincinnati and is a founding member of Northern Kentucky Tri-ED, the region's economic development recruitment agency.

New signs warn: elk crossing

The state is putting up new elk-crossing signs on highways in eastern Kentucky, where motorists have struck 55 of the animals since they were reintroduced into the mountainous region seven years ago, the Associated Press reports.

Norm Minch, spokesman for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, said souvenir hunters have removed all the original signs.

The signs are being placed in areas where higher concentrations of elk are known to exist, such as on Kentucky 421, Kentucky 80 and Kentucky 66 in Clay and Leslie counties.

County raises fees to private lawyers

Private lawyers who defend poor suspects in Hamilton County will soon get $45 an hour, up from $40, county commissioners decided Monday. It will be the first raise since 2000. Commissioners Todd Portune and Phil Heimlich said the current fees put suspects at risk of not getting adequate legal help. But the $45 rate, which could be formally approved as soon as Wednesday, remains among the lowest rates in Ohio for the time attorneys spend in court. Butler and Clermont counties pay $50 an hour for in-court work and $40 for other work, according to the Ohio Public Defender's Office. Warren County pays $60 for in-court time and $50 for out-of-court. Hamilton County pays the same rate across the board.

Company donates backpacks for kids

More than 1,500 backpacks will be presented Wednesday . to elementary schools and nonprofit organizations during Backpack Donation Day at Office Depot in Blue Ash. The event begins at 11 a.m. at 5897 Pfeiffer Road. Office Depot also donated backpacks to the Cincinnati Public Schools for the Back-to-School/Ready-to-Learn Celebration; Early Childhood Development, a division of Cincinnati Public Schools; and the Butler County Department of Job and Family Services.



ENQUIRER COLUMNS
Bronson: The Hoo-Ah survey trends presidential
DARE teacher receives award

PRESIDENT BUSH'S VISIT
I've worked for you, Bush tells veterans
Old soldiers expect word to be followed by action
Bush avoids demonstrators
Davis shares Bush spotlight
Powell: Reassigning troops is necessary
Powell, Bush tour Freedom Center

OTHER LOCAL HEADLINES
$2M grant to pay for Banks road
Plane wreckage being cleared
Fee may join tax bills
Fire chief studies fiscal cuts
Adult charges sought in attack
Man arraigned in park incident
Physician charged with Medicaid fraud
Porn case sparks volunteer worries
Beetle battlers can spare wood
Court examines injury case rules
Appeals Judge Winkler to sit with high court
Local news briefs

KENTUCKY HEADLINES
Freedom owner's debt woes multiply
Project's residents oppose razing it
Retail center plan on table
Racing board hires director
Finding lost black schools
Smarty Jones begins Kentucky retirement
Kentucky news briefs

EDUCATION
City schools overspent $21.7M
School year opens with fresh features
Bigger store welcomes teachers, and it's free
Back to school section
Ceremony to celebrate Finneytown's new stadium

NEIGHBORS
Subdivision access debated
Loveland roads close for resurfacing

LIVES REMEMBERED
Edward R. Royek, N.Ky. chiropractor for four decades
Sales manager warm, caring