Thursday, June 24, 1999

TRISTATE DIGEST


Cincinnati State keeps tuition same

        Trustees at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College agreed Tuesday night to hold the line on tuition, marking the third year that students will see no increase.

        The decision comes as many state universities in Ohio and Kentucky set budgets that boost tuition by 4 percent to 6 percent.

        Tuition rates at Cincinnati State for 1999-2000 will be $62.50 per credit hour for Ohio residents and $125 per credit hour for out-of-state students.

        “We believe it's critically important to keep education affordable, particularly at a time when local businesses and industries are having a difficult time finding competent, well-trained workers,” Cincinnati State President Ron Wright said in a prepared statement.

Boy, 16, indicted in murder, robbery
        A 16-year-old boy was indicted Wednesday on charges of shooting a man and then robbing him as he bled to death on the floor of his apartment.

        Gregory Scott faces adult charges of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery. Because of his age, the maximum possible penalty is life in prison instead of a death sentence.

        Prosecutors say Mr. Scott shot and killed Curtis Smith, 26, when he went to Mr. Smith's Over-the-Rhine apartment May 31.

        They say Mr. Scott later told police in a taped statement he was angry with Mr. Smith because he had recently accused him of stealing.

        In the statement, prosecutors say, Mr. Scott said he fired seven shots with a .38-caliber handgun. They say the teen took items as Mr. Smith died on the floor.

City wants your ideas for transit projects Cincinnati planners want to hear ideas for pedestrian, bicycle, scenic, environmental, historic and archaeological projects.
        They'll take comments at a public hearing from 7 to 9 p.m. July 1 at Cincinnati City Hall, Committee Room B on the third floor.

        Ideas for projects — which shouldn't cost more than $1 million — will help prepare an application for federal transportation enhancement money. The projects must fit into one of three categories:

        • Scenic/environmental: greenways, landscaping, gateways, overlooks, streetscapes and tourism greeting centers.

        • Bicycle/pedestrian: biking and hiking trails, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, pedestrian bridges, hillside steps, bicycle racks and right of way acquisition.

        • Historic/archaeological: train station or historic bridge restoration.

        Until July 1, written ideas can be sent to: City of Cincinnati, Department of Public Works, 801 Plum St., Room 430, City Hall, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Attn: Jim Coppock.

Learn safe driving; get some free stuff
        BATAVIA — Motorists can learn how to stay safe on the roads and grab some gifts if they swing by the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Batavia post between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. June 30.

        It's the kickoff of the Ohio Department of Public Safety's “Survive the Summer” campaign designed to remind people about three elements important to keeping safe on the roads: driving sober, buckling up and slowing down.

        Goodies available will include fact cards, water bottles, designated-driver party cards, coloring books, bumper stickers, iron-ons, pencils, cups, key chains, magnets and T-shirts. They'll be at the Ohio Department of Public Safety building in Columbus and at patrol posts throughout Ohio.

        Summer holiday weekends are among the deadliest times of the year on the roads. Thirteen people were killed in crashes on Ohio roads over Memorial Day weekend. Last year, 42 people died on Ohio roads over the Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends.

Middletown Red Cross sets screenings, classes MIDDLETOWN — The Middletown Area American Red Cross Volunteers will provide free blood pressure screening, as well as classes in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid, in July.
        Blood pressure screenings are:

        • 1 to 3 p.m. July 13 at City Centre Mall, downtown.

        • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 15, Senior Citizens Center, 140 N. Verity Parkway.

        • 10 to 11 a.m. July 16, Dillman Foods, 4525 Roosevelt Blvd.

        • 1 to 3 p.m. July 26, City Centre Mall.

        The CPR and first-aid classes will be in the Red Cross classroom, in the lower level of the United Way Building, 29 City Centre Plaza. Pre-registration is required. Each class is $10, which includes certification. Additionally, there is a $10 textbook, covering all three classes.

        Classes include:

        • Adult CPR, 6 to 10 p.m. July 13.

        • Infant and Child CPR, 6 to 10 p.m. July 15.

        • First Aid Basics, 6 to 10 p.m. July 21.

        Information: (513) 423-9233.

Bar foundation grant applications accepted
        The deadline for applications for Cincinnati Bar Foundation grants to be awarded in October is Aug. 31. The foundation supports “innovative and exciting law-related programs,” spokeswoman Kristina Klopp said. For guidelines or applications, call Anne Gerhardt, 784-9595.

Dayton schools delay cutting teachers' jobs
        DAYTON, Ohio — The city school board has put on hold a proposal to cut the jobs of 160 teachers to ease a financial crisis.

        The board went along with a proposal last week to eliminate 60 administrative positions. But members delayed action Tuesday evening on Superintendent James Williams' suggestion to eliminate teaching positions to help reduce a projected $22.8 million deficit.

        Board members said they wanted at least another week to consider the proposed cuts.

        Mr. Williams had scaled back his proposal earlier this month to cut 243 teaching positions.

       



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