Wednesday, May 09, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Councilman named acting mayor

        LUDLOW — Gary Rolfsen II, a Ludlow city councilman who has recently chaired several council meetings in the mayor's absence, was appointed acting mayor Tuesday.

        Anyone who is interested in applying for the mayor's un- expired tern running through the end of next year can pick up an application at the city building, 227 Elm St. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday. Ludlow City Council will interview candidates for mayor Tuesday and will choose the next mayor at the regular council meeting May 24.

        Mayor Tom Stacy, citing health and time constraints, resigned Friday.

Woman, 35, sought in death of infant

        LEITCHFIELD — A 35-year-old woman is being sought on a murder charge in the death of a newborn boy whose body was dumped in a flea market outhouse in this western Kentucky community, police said.

        The arrest warrant was issued for Cathy Harless, said Detective Gary Troutman of the Leitchfield Police Department.

        Police believe she was the mother of the infant whose body was found earlier this year by a man cleaning outhouses at the flea market.

White House upholds black-lung benefits

        WASHINGTON — The Bush administration has decided to defend rules from the Clinton era making it easier for coal miners suffering from black-lung disease to get benefits.

[photo] TOYOTA UPTURNED: Justin Sanders of Fort Mitchell (right) comforts his girlfriend, Meredith McCabe, 22, of Cincinnati, after her Toyota RAV4 rolled over in a crash at Pike Street and the ramp from southbound I-75 to Pike and 12th Streets in Covington. Ms. McCabe's vehicle collided with a pickup truck driven by Michael Higgs. He was not hurt, and Ms. McCabe suffered only minor injuries.
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        The coal-mining industry, which backed President Bush during last year's campaign, has filed a lawsuit against the rules, which it argues are arbitrary and burdensome. But Labor Secretary Elaine Chao said Tuesday she will back them.

        Black-lung disease impairs breathing and is caused by long-term exposure to coal dust. Unlike other lung diseases, it does not show up on X-rays and generally is diagnosed by its symptoms. The United Mine Workers of America estimates 1,500 miners die from the disease each year.

Churchill grandstand closed on weekdays

        LOUISVILLE — Citing low attendance, Churchill Downs announced Tuesday that its grandstand seating area will be closed weekdays for the remainder of its spring meet.

        Attendance has traditionally been lower on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday than on weekends during the meet, Churchill Downs is closed on Mondays, except for Memorial Day, and Tuesdays.

        The clubhouse, which includes seating along the one-mile track's first turn, will remain open. The Paddock Pavilion, behind the grandstand, will also be open with seating for about 450.

Coal-burning plant wins state permit

        LOUISVILLE — The state issued an air-quality permit for an Appalachian power plant after receiving promises of additional steps to limit emissions drifting into Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

        The permit allows for construction and operation of the 524-megawatt generating plant in Knott County that will burn waste coal.

        The Kentucky Mountain Power generating plant has said it would emit 2,798 tons of nitrogen oxide a year, 6,039 tons of carbon monoxide, 2,904 tons of sulfur dioxide and 161 tons of volatile organic compounds, mostly vapors.

UK families get break in health-plan costs

        LEXINGTON — University of Kentucky faculty and staff members will get an immediate break in the cost of their family health-insurance plans under a new rate schedule released Tuesday.

        Single and retired employees, however, will be forced to pay for coverage for the first time to subsidize the drop in the cost of the family plans.

Deliberations begin in prosecutor's death
The Associated Press

        BOWLING GREEN — A jury began deliberations Tuesday in the trial of James Vaughn, accused of helping his brother murder Commonwealth Attorney Fred Capps.

        Mr. Capps and Eddie Vaughn both died in an exchange of gunfire at the prosecutor's home early June 5, hours before the prosecutor was to try him on molestation charges.

        James Vaughn was indicted on one count of facilitation to commit murder, a felony punishable by one to five years in prison.


Protesters noisy but peaceful
Ex-manager's counsel: Do something by end of summer
Feds trying to defuse distrust
Luken critical of role played by minister
Call is made for special prosecutor
Construction zones set records for fatal crashes
26% school tax hike OK'd
Voters pass most tax levies
Alexandria hires away Police Chief Ward
Boone Co. to acquire two Y sites
Clermont narrows candidates to six
Ky. kids lighting up younger
RADEL: Mason turmoil
SAMPLES: Nun's characters make her one, too
Disabled will try to reel one in
Fatal shooting heads to grand jury
Gaga for Greenhornes
It's time to leave for Mason fire chief
Lebanon restricts architecture
Milford, Lebanon bond issues pass
Parker wins GOP primary
Princeton schools head moving on
Safety checkpoints to target seat-belt usage
School bailout plan faulted
Slain pilot's wife granted separate trial
Spotlight on municipal court for Roach case
Teacher accused of sex with student
Visalia school finally getting water
Wildlife area to be developed
- Kentucky News Briefs
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