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More coverage of the Roach indictments
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Track drives tourism boom
        In its first year of operation, the Kentucky Speedway roared off to the finish line flat out, with a nearly seven-fold increase in tourism spending.

Driving to Destin? Take cash
        They may whine about escalating gasoline prices every time they fill up, but Cincinnatians probably won't let them spoil their vacation plans.

TODAY'S LOCAL HEADLINES
Local Headlines for  Friday, May 11, 2001

Hearts in the hills
        If you were born in Cincinnati, you might be one.

Caesar Creek put on alert
        MASSIE TOWNSHIP — Caesar Creek State Park is trying to eliminate its reputation as a gay cruise spot.

Coalition developing plans to expand backup child care
        Every time schools announce a snow day or the latest bug going around keeps toddlers home from day care, Greater Cincinnati employers lose a day of productivity from many of their working parents.

Crack house to dream house
        Dorothy Rose can sleep at night. She can go outside without fearing she will be attacked by a pit bull.

Draud: Timing not right for run
        CRESTVIEW HILLS — State Rep. Jon Draud is giving a politically uncommon reason for deciding not to run against U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas in next year's 4th District congressional race.

Energy policy raising coal revival hopes
        PIKEVILLE, Ky. — In the heart of Appalachia, optimism is running high that the boom-or-bust coal industry could be about to experience another boom.

Foal deaths begin to drop; cause unknown
        LEXINGTON — Scientists have settled on a name but not a definitive reason why foals are dying and mares are losing fetuses on central Kentucky horse farms.

Independence, fired chief settle
        INDEPENDENCE — City Council approved a whistleblower suit settlement in excess of $400,000 with fired Police Chief Ed Porter during a closed-door meeting last week, The Cincinnati Enquirer has learned.

Inmate before Ohio's high court
        COLUMBUS — State law says mentally ill killer Jay D. Scott can be executed Tuesday if he understands he is going to die because he killed someone.

Judge sees 3 of his former law clerks on TV's 'Millionaire'
        LOUISVILLE — It seems that working for Judge Danny Boggs is perfect training for a game-show spot.

Labor groups join for state workers
        FRANKFORT — Three labor organizations have joined forces in hopes of representing state employees if Gov. Paul Patton signs an executive order allowing state workers to unionize.

Lawsuit seeks damages for dog
        DAYTON, Ohio — A couple who says their dog was injured by an invisible fence is going to court to try and recover damages for emotional distress they say the animal suffered.

Message: Stay off the tracks
        CARLISLE — As far as trains go, this one was rather small — just a locomotive and a passenger car.

Old cemetery has development stymied
        LEXINGTON — A group is trying to preserve a 130-year-old family cemetery for its historical value over the objection of a housing developer who claims it was neglected for years.

Powers Street bridge opens today
        The residents of South Cumminsville will get back their bridge on Powers Street today.

Prevailing wage law reviewed
        FRANKFORT — The General Assembly's investigative arm is forging ahead with a study of Kentucky's “prevailing wage” law, undeterred by the doubts of its own staff that solid research is possible.

Protest leader's father receives threats
        The Rev. Damon Lynch Jr. is installing surveillance cameras around his North Avondale home and asking police to make additional patrols in response to threatening phone calls.

Talawanda assistant up for top job
        OXFORD — The search for a new superintendent for the Talawanda schools might not go any further than administrative offices.

Teens charged in S&L heists
        FOREST PARK - A local man and a 17-year-old boy were arrested and charged with aggravated robbery Thursday, just hours after police say the pair robbed a savings and loan here for the second time in four days.

Wife sues after husband wins $250K, disappears
        PRESTONSBURG, Ky. — A Floyd County woman has filed for divorce from her husband, who won $250,000 from the Kentucky Lottery, then disappeared.

Witnesses agree with officer's shooting story
        DAYTON, Ohio — Police said Thursday they have located four witnesses who support the account of a policeman who shot and killed an armed man.

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