Friday, May 18, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Florence police give robbery-prevention tips

        FLORENCE — The Florence Police Department, in response to recent robberies at convenience stores in the city, is hosting a robbery prevention training session May 23 at 2 p.m. in the Government Center on Ewing Boulevard.

        Employees of convenience stores are invited to attend the session, which is free of charge. For information, call Lt. Tim Chesser at (859) 647-5446.

Gateway Rehab gala celebrates opening

        FLORENCE — Gateway Rehabilitation Hospital plans a grand-opening celebration Tuesday at its new facility at 5940 Merchant St.

[photo] STUDENT'S SCULPTURE REPRESENTS PAST: Clarence Adams, a Bellevue High School student, polishes his “Three Sisters” sculpture, a representation of crops grown by the area's first settlers - corn, green beans and squash. It will be installed in Covington's Devou Park.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        Gateway opened its two-story, 60,000-square-foot building in December 2000 to provide inpatient rehabilitation services for people recovering from strokes, spinal cord injuries, burns and other debilitating conditions.

        The hospital can handle up to 40 patients. On average, patients stay about 12 days. For information, call 859-426-2400.

Louisville may consider new gay-rights law

        LOUISVILLE — Some members of the city's board of aldermen want to expand an ordinance protecting gays from employment discrimination to mirror a similar county ban.

        Alderwoman Tina Ward-Pugh said she would introduce a measure to the 12-member Board of Aldermen that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing and public places, such as restaurants and bars.

        Jefferson County approved its gay-rights ordinance in October 1999. Louisville passed its limited ordinance in January 1999.

        Voters approved a ballot initiative last fall to merge city and county governments, sparking a renewed campaign to repeal the county gay-rights ordinance.

UofL Foundation sued for list of donors

        LOUISVILLE — The Courier-Journal has sued the University of Louisville Foundation to obtain the list of donors to the McConnell Center for Political Leadership and other information about the foundation and the center.

        The suit, filed Tuesday in Jefferson Circuit Court, asks that the foundation, which handles all donations to UofL, disclose the names of donors to the McConnell Center, a university study center that was founded by and is named for Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

        Jon L. Fleischaker, the newspaper's lawyer, said the Courier-Journal filed suit after the foundation declined an April 23 Open Records Act request by Keith L. Runyon, the Courier-Journal's opinion editor.

        Robert W. Lanum, attorney for the foundation, declined the request in a letter, saying the foundation “is not a public agency” under state law and is not subject to the Kentucky Open Records Act.

KSU wins $2.5M grant to recruit minorities

        FRANKFORT — The National Science Foundation is giving Kentucky State University $2.5 million to draw more minority students into the fields of math, science and engineering.

        The grant, to be given over five years, is the largest in the school's history, KSU officials said Thursday.

Census reveals dearth of young workers
Experts' take on rising energy cost: Better get used to it
Outspoken prof confronts racism
Officer in shooting is praised
Tension shadows memorial march
Memorial for fallen officers rededicated
Race panel leadership takes shape
RADEL: Happy road
Bengals say Pee Wee play was too hard on their turf
Bidder sues Oxford over deal for garage
Blowing off steam
Foe settles with Strickland
Green thumbs needed for project
Ky. plans anti-sprawl task force
Last paving of road to start
Maifest expecting 150,000
Man shot to death in College Hill
No decision made about police force
Schools may set minority target
School's out: Two views of year's end
UK hopes to salvage fire-damaged building
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