Friday, April 13, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Early tally: Taylor to lead teachers union

        Unofficial results in the election for president of the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers show challenger Susan Taylor winning in a big upset.

        Ms. Taylor, a social studies teacher at Hughes Center, beat out incumbent President Rick Beck in an election that is likely to reshape some of the ways the union does business.

        Neither candidate would comment on the results, which the Enquirer learned were 1,280 votes for Ms. Taylor and 364 for Mr. Beck.

        The official results will be announced and ratified by the 3,100-member union on Wednesday.

        Teachers also elected Ms. Taylor's slate of other union officials, including a bargaining chairman.

        Ms. Taylor, who has 22 years' experience as a teacher, ran on promises to listen to all member views and keep a moderate approach to reforms that focus on student improvement.

One killed, one hurt in single-car crash

        FAIRFIELD TWP. — A 21-year-old Fairfield man was killed and another 21-year-old critically injured in a single-car crash early Thursday in the 2500 block of Canal Road here.

        Township Police Chief Richard St. John said a late-model Chevrolet Camaro, being driven northeast at a high speed by Jonathon R. Bowling of Magie Avenue, left the right side of the road, went up an embankment and struck a utility pole. Mr. Bowling was pronounced dead at the scene by the Butler County coroner after the 2 a.m. accident.

        The passenger and owner of the car, Andrew M. Gibbs, of Viola Court, Fairfield, was taken by helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, where he was undergoing surgery Thursday afternoon.

        Chief St. John said he suspects alcohol contributed to the accident, which remains under investigation.

Southern Ohio's U.S. attorney resigns

        The chief federal prosecutor for southern Ohio is resigning effective at midnight Sunday to become a lawyer in private practice.

        U.S. Attorney Sharon Zealey, 41, announced her resignation Thursday.

        She took office in December 1997 after being nominated by President Clinton. She was the first woman and the first African-American to serve as U.S. attorney for southern Ohio, which covers the southernmost 48 of the state's 88 counties, including the Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati metropolitan areas.

        Those mentioned as possible successors include Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery; Lt. Gov. Maureen O'Connor or state Auditor Jim Petro, both of whom have backgrounds as prosecutors; and Ralph Kohnen, an assistant federal prosecutor in Cincinnati.

        Ms. Zealey said she will join the Cincinnati office of Blank, Rome, Comisky and McCauley, a Philadelphia-based law firm.

Taft's approval rating dips in Ohio Poll

        An Ohio Poll released Thursday found 61 percent of the Ohio adults surveyed approved of the job Gov. Bob Taft is doing, compared with 68 percent in an Ohio Poll conducted in February.

        The poll, conducted by the University of Cincinnati's Institute for Policy Research, found the main reasons those surveyed approved of Mr. Taft were his overall job performance and his education policies.

        The poll also found that the number of those who disapproved of Mr. Taft's performance was virtually unchanged. Five percent of those surveyed cited his education policies as the reason they think he isn't doing a good job.

        The university conducted a random survey by telephone of 804 Ohio adults between March 26-April 5. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Police seek man who robbed BP station

        WHITEWATER TWP. — Hamilton County sheriff's deputies are searching for a man who held up the BP gas station at 6310 Ohio 128 shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday.

        There were no injuries.

        Officials say a man wearing a motorcycle helmet and carrying a long silver handgun entered the store and demanded money. The night clerk handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, and the man fled through a field behind the store.

Church holds service in new facility

        LIBERTY TWP. — One of the Tristate's largest churches will celebrate Easter in a new facility. The Princeton Pike Church of God will hold its first service Sunday in a $9 million, 75,000-square-foot building, set on 100 acres.

        The sanctuary seats 4,000. The church began construction 18 months ago, and the project will eventually include a school, gym and home for unwed mothers. The service, open to the public, begins at 10 a.m. at 6201 Princeton-Glendale Road.

Miami U. mock trial team wins U.S. contest

        OXFORD — Miami University's mock trial team won the national Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournament April 1 in Des Moines, Iowa, defeating almost 400 teams.

        The competition, in its 17th year, involved a fake damage suit against a Mount Everest expedition company. Miami has won three consecutive regional titles and qualified for the nationals seven years in a row since its program's start in 1994.

Adopt A Family event moves to Eden Park

        The Adopt A Family program's Easterfest on Sunday will move from Washington Park to Eden Park because of the week's unrest.

        The 2-4 p.m. event, open to Cincinnati-area children, benefits inner-city youth. Ministers will be on hand to discuss this week's events with kids.

        Refreshments such as hot dogs, beverages and popcorn are free. There will also be an Easter egg hunt.

        Information: 265-3423.

7 insurers to pay $545K in state fines

        COLUMBUS — State insurance officials on Thursday announced that seven companies have agreed to pay a total of $545,000 in fines in the first major audit of insurers under Ohio's prompt payment law.

        The Ohio Department of Insurance also ordered the seven companies to produce corrective action plans within 30 days to ensure they are complying with the law, department spokesman Todd Boyer said.

        The companies and the amounts of the fines were: SummaCare, $125,000; Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, $115,000; Medical Mutual of Ohio, $100,000; United HealthCare Insurance Company of Ohio, $85,000, Medical Insurance Company of Ohio, $60,000; Employers Health Insurance Co., $35,000; and Hometown Health Plan, $25,000.

        The 1998 law requires insurers to grant or deny within 24 days claims in which the company has all the information it needs. The department evaluated 10.8 million claims from 34 companies, Mr. Boyer said.


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- Tristate A.M. Report