Sunday, October 08, 2000

Kentucky News Briefs

UDF owes state $108K over jobs

        FRANKFORT — United Dairy Farmers failed to create the full-time jobs it promised and should repay more than half of a $200,000 state grant for its Erlanger facility, Kentucky economic development officials said.

        The Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet put the Norwood-based company on notice last week that it owes the state $108,000.

        The company was supposed to have 200 full-time employees in Erlanger. Half of those jobs were to be created by May 1997; the rest were to be in place by May 2000.

        United Dairy Farmers fell 11 jobs short of its 1997 goal and 97 jobs short of this year's target.

        Pamela Trautner, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet, said the state's notice to the company is just the first step.

        United Dairy Farmers has 30 days to respond to the state.

        Representatives of the company are to meet with state economic development officials next week.

        The company acknowledged that it has fallen short, but said that it remained committed to creating the jobs.

Spalding U. receives $2.5M from trustee

        LOUISVILLE — The chairman of the Spalding University trustees and his wife have decided to give $2.5 million to the school.

        Lawrence Butterfield and his wife, Kim, plan to formally announce the contribution at an ice cream social for faculty, staff and the trustees at the Butterfields' home today.

        Mr. Butterfield is president and chairman of Butterfield & Associates, a commercial collection company based in Louisville.

        The money will establish a permanent endowment, and the interest will allow Spalding to expand its international programs.

        The Butterfields stipulated that it be used for programs to promote international experiences for students, said Jeffrey Ashley, vice president for university advancement.

City-county merger backers raise $694K

        LOUISVILLE — Supporters of a merged government between Louisville and Jefferson County have raised nearly $700,000, according to a report filed with the Kentucky Registry of Elections.

        Pro-merger forces have raised $694,857 and a spokesman said the group expects to raise $1 million before the Nov. 7 vote.

        The largest single donors are LG&E Energy Corp. and Brown-Forman Corp., which each gave $100,000.

        Opponents of a merger have raised about $37,000, said Dennis Langley, a consultant for the Citizens Organized in Search of the Truth, the anti-merger group.

        So far, merger supporters have spent more than $360,000.

        The deadline for filing the reports is 30 days before the election.

Woman, child killed in Caldwell wreck

        PRINCETON — A 25-year-old local woman and a 3-year-old boy were killed in a car crash in Caldwell County.

        Stacey E. Walker was southbound on Ky. 91 at 11:50 a.m. Friday when she attempted to pass another vehicle and lost control, Kentucky State Police said. The car hit a concrete culvert and landed on its side in the road.

        Ms. Walker was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., where she died at 4:20 p.m., police said. Amer T. Wester, a neighbor of Ms. Walker's, died about 1 p.m. at Caldwell County Hospital, police said.

        Ms. Walker's 3-year-old daughter, Tajae Walker, was also taken to the Princeton hospital, where she was treated and released.

Man wanted after roommate found dead

        HOPKINSVILLE — Police are searching for a local man in the shooting death of his roommate and co-worker.

        A friend found the body of Gregory Pollard, 27, on the floor of his bedroom on Thursday. Police said he died of multiple gunshot wounds and was probably shot early in the morning.

        Police were searching for Robert Lewis Jennings, 25, a black man who is 5-foot-9 and weighs 160 pounds. Mr. Pollard and Mr. Jennings worked together at a local barbershop.

        A warrant charging Mr. Jennings with murder was issued, police said, but he had not been located as of Saturday night.

        Police were called to Mr. Pollard's home Thursday afternoon when a friend went to the residence to check on Mr. Pollard and found him dead. Apparently, he had not been seen since Wednesday.

Trial date set in DiGiuro murder case
        LEXINGTON — The man accused of killing a University of Kentucky football player in 1994 has been scheduled for trial on Feb. 19.

        Shane Ragland, 27, of Frankfort is accused of murder in the shooting death of Trent DiGiuro. His trial date was announced Friday.

        Prosecutors told Fayette Circuit Judge Thomas Clark that Mr. Ragland hasn't called the jail after random paging, as is required under the terms of his home detention.

        Judge Clark reminded Mr. Ragland of the 10-minute limit on calling after being paged, ordered twice-weekly urine testing and set an 8 p.m. weekday curfew.

Most favor annual legislative sessions

        FRANKFORT — A majority of Kentucky voters say in a new poll they are in favor of annual sessions of the Kentucky General Assembly, but that may not spell success for a proposed constitutional amendment on the matter.

        The Bluegrass State Poll, conducted by the Courier-Journal and published Saturday, asked a brief, simple question about whether likely voters favored or opposed having the General Assembly meet each year rather than every other year.

        When Kentuckians go to vote Nov. 7, however, they will see a proposal that is much longer and more complicated than the poll's question, and that could produce much different results.

        The poll, conducted by telephone, showed 63 percent of likely voters favored having the legislature meet each year, while 24 percent opposed it. Currently, the legislature meets once every two years.

        The poll, conducted from Sept. 18-21, is based on interviews with 608 likely voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

        Among the regions of the state, support for annual sessions was highest in Northern Kentucky, where 72 percent were in favor.


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Bond set for man held in shooting death of brother
Chance meeting at store led to killing, baby theft
CROWLEY: Spin cycle
Farm tour makes a point
Gore's Ky. strategy uncertain
L. Miami schools boss has big plans
Lucas walks a tightrope between sides
Man convicted of murdering his uncle
Many still lack heat
Patient frets over halt in MD testing
Students can make up classes online
Westwood man sought in robbery of bank
- Kentucky News Briefs
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