Sunday, September 10, 2000

Kentucky News Briefs

From Enquirer news sources

AK Steel workers ratify contract

        ASHLAND — Union members overwhelmingly ratified a five-year contract that covers nearly 1,000 workers at AK Steel's Ashland Works.

        Members of United Steelworkers of America Local 1865 voted 602-19 Friday in favor of the contract, the union said.

        Under the new contract, which covers 972 hourly workers at Ashland Works, base wages would rise by $2 per hour over the next five years. Pension and health care benefits would also increase, the company said.

        Union and company negotiators reached a tentative agreement last week.

        “I felt all along that it was a fair deal,” said Local 1865 President Tim Imes, adding that the vote “did away with a lot of anxiety and apprehension.”

        The contract expires Sept. 1, 2005.

        AK Steel's Ashland Works includes one blast furnace, a steelmaking and continuous casting shop and a hot-dip galvanizing/galvannealing line.

        The company also operates a coke plant in Ashland at a separate site.

        The company headquarters is in Middletown, Ohio.

Two kids injured by runaway horse

        COVINGTON — A horse pulling a carriage apparently took off running and injured two children Saturday night at the MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest 2000.

        The boy and girl, described as elementary school-age, were treated at St. Elizabeth Medical Center North, a nursing supervisor said. One child suffered a broken arm, she said; the other, scrapes. The children's mother accompanied them to the hospital but was apparently uninjured.

        Covington Police Sgt. Patrick Swift said the incident occurred at Sixth and Main streets and was reported at 9:11 p.m.

        Sgt. Swift said no further details were available.

        The Oktoberfest, which be gan Thursday, concludes today.

Louisville zoo starts work on gorilla pen

        LOUISVILLE — With the planting of a tree, work started on a $12.3 million Gorilla Forest that Mayor Dave Armstrong predicted will make the Louisville Zoo a national attraction.

        “Children will be able to see, touch and feel an environment they have only been able to see on the Discovery Channel,” Mr. Armstrong said. “These lovable, gentle giants will capture the imagination of people aged 3 to 93.”

        A 25-foot-tall honey locust tree was lowered into a hole during a steady drizzle Friday to mark the start of work on the exhibit.

        The four-acre exhibit, scheduled to open in spring 2002, will be near the African Outpost, or to the left of the zoo's main entrance. It will probably house five Western lowland gorillas initially, and eventually 15 to 20. All will be gorillas already in captivity, provided by other zoos.

        So far nearly $10.2 million has been raised for the exhibit.

Hospital agrees to extension with HMO

        LEXINGTON — Central Baptist Hospital has agreed to a contract extension with United- Healthcare to Dec. 31, delaying a plan to end its association with the HMO in October.

        The announcement came Friday following informal talks between the two sides and state Department of Insurance officials.

        All sides said the agreement is temporary and is not an indication that negotiations are ongoing.

        Insurance Commissioner George Nichols III said he was pleased with the agreement.

        “Giving people three more months would make a big difference. We wanted them to have time to make an informed decision when they renew their insurance policies,” Mr. Nichols said.


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