TOP LOCAL NEWS
TV ad seeking foster parents tugs at heart
        A nearly $2 million ad campaign of emotive TV commercials and haunting Sarah McLachlan lyrics did the trick for Dwynella Reatherford, 38, of Harrison.

Conese: Tape isn't full story
        Butler County elections board member Mark A. Conese's words were: “I'd fire them in a minute.” But Mr. Conese testified he didn't intend his tape-recorded statement to be taken literally.

Morgue pair free on bond
        The two men accused of making photos at the Hamilton County morgue without permission will remain free while awaiting their trials. They had their first court appearance Thursday.

TODAY'S LOCAL HEADLINES
Local Headlines for  Friday, February 16, 2001

Cinergy pitches in to help pay bills
        Cinergy Corp. is donating $625,000 to help customers in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana pay their energy bills this winter.

Some balk at Project Thaw
        As thousands of people seek handouts offered by Ohio Gov. Bob Taft to help pay heating bills, some state lawmakers question whether the program should have been promised in the first place.

RADEL: Freeman Field Mutiny made us all free
        Leslie Edwards feels duty-bound to complete one more mission for the Tuskegee Airmen.

Ky. putting 69,000 patients into HMO
        Kentucky plans to require about 69,000 people with disabilities to enroll in KenPAC, the state's Medicaid managed-care plan, starting March 1.

WELLS: Charlie Luken
        Charlie Luken, strong mayor presumptive, needs a challenger.

Abortion coverage targeted in Delhi
        DELHI TOWNSHIP — Two township trustees want to eliminate abortions as a procedure covered by their employees' health insurance.

Rape of 2-year-old alleged
        BATAVIA — An Amelia man accused of sexually assaulting a 2-year-old girl remained Thursday in the Clermont County Jail on a $1 million cash bond.

Schools' master plan may get aid
        HAMILTON - City school officials are hoping a week-old state law will bring them more money for a major renovation and construction project that has already begun.

5 arrested after auto break-ins
        LUDLOW — After more than 25 car break-ins recently, Ludlow police arrested five people this week, issued a warrant for a sixth suspect and hope to arrest several more in what they're calling a series of related crimes across Northern Kentucky.

Attorneys prevented from soliciting before suit is served
        COLUMBUS — Attorneys can't contact potential clients in a lawsuit until the defendants know that they have been sued, under a rule the Ohio Supreme Court revised Thursday.

Bottom of sludge pond only 10 feet
        INEZ, Ky. — Less than 10 feet of rock was all the separated an underground mine from a massive pond that spilled 250 million gallons coal sludge into streams in eastern Kentucky.

Burley tobacco quota may end
        LEXINGTON — Today is the deadline for more than 170,000 Kentucky burley tobacco growers to vote to either continue or halt national marketing quotas for 2001 through 2003 burley crops.

Cream of art travels here
        MIDDLETOWN - Its membership has boasted such luminaries of American painting as Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, Georgia O'Keefe and Andrew Wyeth. This week the American Watercolor Society is bringing the best of its 2000 international competition to the Middletown Fine Arts Center.

Democrats challenging Kenton Co. building purchase
        COVINGTON — Democrats are keeping pressure on the Republican-controlled Kenton County Fiscal Court over the purchase of a downtown Covington office building.

Ex-GM workers claim they were set up
        BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — A former worker at General Motors' Corvette plant testified Thursday that he has never smoked marijuana but bought a bag of it for an undercover agent after constant badgering from her.

'Kentucky Joe' stays on 'Survivor'
        Another victory for the Kucha tribe on CBS's Survivor: The Australian Outback meant that Rodger Bingham of Crittenden, Ky., (nicknamed Kentucky Joe by tribe mates) will continue on the adventure game show another week.

Kids, keep away: Sewer line unstable
        COVINGTON — Sanitation District workers Thursday patched a large hole and a crack in a 48-inch sewer pipe located close to a playground near James Avenue off Decoursey Pike in the Latonia neighborhood.

Ky. cancer to be tracked nationally
        LOUISVILLE — The National Cancer Institute is expanding its network of cancer sites nationwide to include four new locations, including the Kentucky Cancer Registry.

N. Kentuckian takes spot on tourism board
        COVINGTON — Northern Kentucky's top tourism official has landed a seat on a new statewide board that will use tax incentives to lure major attractions to Kentucky.

Ohio's Shamu migrating to San Diego
        AURORA, Ohio — Shamu won't be spending any more winters in Ohio.

School issues before Carlisle voters
        CARLISLE — Classrooms would be added to Alden R. Brown Elementary and Carlisle Intermediate School as part of a $6.57 million bond issue the Carlisle Board of Education has put on the May 8 ballot.

State money starts to flow into two projects for Kenton County
        Two projects funded last year by the Kentucky General Assembly that will provide sports fields in Latonia and water service for Visalia Elementary School are moving toward completion, local and state officials said Thursday.

Suit accuses officer of being 'potty Nazi'
        A Cincinnati police officer was accused in a lawsuit Thursday of being a “potty Nazi.”

Tot beaten to death; man held
        INDEPENDENCE — Police have arrested a baby-sitter's boyfriend in the death of a 2-year-old Independence boy.

William Shatner weds Hoosier
        Star Trek actor William Shatner and a one-time high-school homecoming queen got married this week in the central Indiana city of Lebanon.

Kentucky News Briefs

Tristate A.M. Report

S U N D A Y   S P O T L I G H T
Who will take care of my children?
        Joanne Collins worries about dying. She wonders who will take care of her 52-year-old mentally disabled daughter. Joanne is one of thousands of elderly parents of disabled children in Ohio and Kentucky with no place to turn for help.

Schedule of events
The Tristate marks Black History Month with art exhibits, lectures, concerts and special theater events.