Thursday, May 17, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

NBC weatherman to speak at airport

        HEBRON — Al Roker, the Today show's weatherman, will be the featured speaker at an Aug. 24 fund raising event at the Airport Marriott Hotel benefiting Welcome House of Kentucky.

        The black-tie-optional evening will begin with cocktails and musical entertainment at 6:30 p.m., followed by a meal prepared by the Marriott's head chef at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Roker will speak after the dinner.

        In addition to his weatherman duties, the six-time Emmy winner also produces celebrity interviews and features for Today and serves as a substitute anchor.

        Welcome House has served Northern Kentucky's homeless and poor for 18 years. The organization provides emergency shelter, emergency food and clothing assistance, family case management self-sufficiency programs and Job START programs.

        Welcome House Outreach, a group of volunteers that raises money for Welcome House, is hosting the event.

        For information, call (859) 431-8717 to reach Steve Elsbernd at Welcome House.

Torch run benefits Special Olympics

        The Northern Kentucky Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. May 30.

        The run begins at the Kenton County Courthouse and proceeds up Pike Street to Dixie Highway. From Dixie Highway, the runners head to Turfway on their way to Donaldson Road. The run proceeds from Donaldson Road to Ky 212 to Ky 20 and then from Ky 237 to Ky 18 to the Boone County Courthouse.

        Anyone interested is invited to run. There are T-shirts available for $10 each. For more information, call 767-3118 or e-mail

Patton aide resigns; he may run for office

        FRANKFORT — Jack Conway, one of Gov. Paul Patton's higher ranking but lesser known aides, said Wednesday he was resigning as deputy secretary of the Executive Cabinet.

        Mr. Conway of Louisville is a likely Democratic candidate for the 3rd District congressional seat held by Republican U.S. Rep. Anne Northup. A Democratic primary, if any, would be held in May 2002.

        If Mr. Conway runs, “I'd certainly support him,” Mr. Patton said in a news conference with Mr. Conway at the Capitol. “I can't imagine anybody who would be more qualified than him.”

        Mr. Conway was Mr. Patton's chief energy adviser and one of his staff attorneys. He joined Mr. Patton's staff at the beginning of his administration in 1995.

        One potential rival for the 3rd District nomination was removed last week when Mr. Patton appointed Ched Jennings to head the state Department of Workers Claims.

        Mr. Jennings, a Louisville attorney, mounted a campaign for the nomination last year. At Mr. Patton's urging, he withdrew before the primary in favor of eventual Democratic nominee Eleanor Jordan, who lost the general election to Ms. Northup.

Lloyd's won't insure foal losses, for now

        LOUISVILLE — Lloyd's of London, the major provider of insurance for Kentucky's horse industry, has temporarily stopped writing policies that cover foal losses, a company official said.

        The company said it will halt policies until it knows more about the mysterious illness killing foals in the state.

        As of Wednesday afternoon, 477 aborted or stillborn fetuses and foals had been submitted to the University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center since April 28. Nine were received at the center between noon Tuesday and noon Wednesday.

        Researchers are still searching for a cause of the illness — termed Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome. Scientists have focused their research on possible mycotoxins produced by fungal organisms in pasture grass.

Golf tournament to aid DARE program

        INDEPENDENCE — Independence Police have organized their first best ball, shotgun-start golf tournament for 11 a.m. Aug. 26 at Kenton County Pioneer Golf Course.

        Groups can organize their own teams, or individuals can be placed on a team. It's $50 per person or $200 a team.

        There will be awards for first, second and third place. There will also be prizes for the longest and straightest drive and closest ball to the pin. Dinner is provided after the outing.

        Proceeds benefit Independence's DARE program and other community projects. For more information, call Sgt. Anthony Lucas at 356-2697 or page him at (513) 308-4479.


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- Kentucky News Briefs
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