Saturday, May 26, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

TANK slashes its fares for summer

        FORT WRIGHT — The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) hopes soaring gas prices will convince even more commuters to ride the bus this summer, as it slashes prices for its annual summer clean-air fare promotion.

        For the months of June, July and August, TANK will reduce the price of its unlimited monthly ride pass to $20 with no zone charges.

        The price is being reduced as part of the region's efforts to reduce smog during the summer.

        Transfers between Metro and TANK also will be free, as opposed to the normal 40 cents.

        The Metro/TANK pass that can be used on both transit systems goes from $50 to $40.

        Funding for the program comes from federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality dollars made available through the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana (OKI) Regional Council of Governments.

        Information: Call 331-TANK from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Information is on TANK's Web site:

Hoxworth asks for post-holiday donors

        Hoxworth Blood Center on Friday urged would-be donors to give blood as soon as possible after Memorial Day.

[photo] CAMPBELL COUNTY WRECK: Witnesses told police that a Chevrolet Sonoma (in background) pulled out of a turnaround that links east- and westbound lanes of Interstate 275 Friday and collided with this Ford Ranger, which landed on its roof. The Sonoma driver was charged with DUI, said Highland Heights Police Sgt. Dan Johns. Information on the conditions of the motorists was not immediately available. Central Campbell County Fire District Chief Jerry Sandfoss is at right.
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        While Tristate blood supplies remain stable for the moment, holiday weekends tend to reduce donations while higher numbers of traffic accidents tend to increase demand for blood.

        “Last summer was the first one in several years that we did not need to make an emergency plea. We'd like to do that again this year,” said spokesman Michael Anderson.

        For information about donating blood, call Hoxworth at 513-451-0910 or 800-830-1091.

Judge voids liability laws for meat firms

        FRANKFORT — State rules making meat companies share liability for water pollution and other ill effects of manure from large-animal feeding lots were voided by a judge Friday.

        The ruling came in a lawsuit against the Natural Resources Cabinet by Kentucky Farm Bureau and other groups associated with the livestock industry.

        In his order, Franklin Circuit Judge Roger Crittenden said he disagreed with two of the plaintiffs' allegations — that a regulation issued by the cabinet was more stringent than federal law and that it exceeded the cabinet's authority.

        However, Judge Crittenden said the agency had not adhered to the rule-making process itself.

        The arcane process by which the executive branch issues regulations requires a degree of legislative cooperation. The General Assembly can attack a regulation and cause it to expire. When that happens, the agency must wait two years before reissuing the same regulation.

        Over legislative objections, the cabinet has issued a continuous stream of regulations on “concentrated animal feeding operations,” large lots on which farmers raise livestock on contract for food companies. They are defined as having at least 1,000 beef cattle, 700 dairy cattle, 100,000 broiler chickens or 2,500 feeder pigs.

        The most contentious part of the regulations has been a doctrine of “shared liability.” Companies that own the animals, and pay farmers to raise them, share liability for environmental violations. Without the regulation, farmers are solely liable.

        No other state has shared liability. Farm Bureau and other critics say food companies will bypass Kentucky because of it.

Commonwealth's jobless rate falls

        FRANKFORT — Kentucky's unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in April, down from 4.3 percent in March, the Department for Employment Services reported Friday.

        The agency's monthly report said job totals increased in all but three major categories — manufacturing, agriculture and transportation.

        The biggest single gain was in retail and wholesale trade, which added 5,300 jobs, most of them in restaurants and bars, the report said.

Tests for toxins in hay all negative

— Tests for toxins on samples of Kentucky hay all have been negative, the Department of Agriculture announced Friday. Testing followed an epidemic of foal deaths and abortions on horse farms in central Kentucky.

        Seventy hay and pasture samples were tested for Fusarium mycotoxins by a Missouri laboratory, a department statement said.

        The department has its own nationally certified hay testing program, but it does not test for mycotoxins, the statement said.

Police: Killer of two targeted more

        HOPKINSVILLE — Police testified Friday that a man accused of slaying two people during a revival might have intended to kill even more.

        The revelation came as the evidence against Fredrick Radford was sent to a grand jury.

        Police officers said they talked to members of the Greater Oak Missionary Baptist Church who said they saw Mr. Radford shoot two women, including his estranged wife.

        Some witnesses said Mr. Radford tried to shoot others, including himself, but the gun failed.

        “It was right by me. He pulled the gun out, and I guess went to cock it, but it jammed and a shell fell out and I hollered, "Thank you Jesus,'” said Clara Burton.

        Mr. Radford, 35, was arrested last Friday after a standoff with police and charged with two counts of murder.

        Adrianne Radford, 25, of Hopkinsville, died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. Mary Anne Turner, 47, also of Hopkinsville, was pronounced dead at Jennie Stuart Medical Center in Hopkinsville. Police said she tried to take the couple's son from Fredrick Radford. The boy was unhurt.


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City's legal bill $20K and growing
Restoration effort goes nowhere fast
Vets' graves get 'flagged'
Cincinnati graduates fire recruits
Educators cheer CPS fund plan
No final decision for Great American Ball Park contract
'Prank' to cost schools
A tale of two townships: Clermont goes suburban
City's first car cleanup nets 300, mostly junk
A day to honor the dead
Aquarium visitors can cruise the Ohio
Four girls ordered detained
Ky. Children's Home residents reunited
Lebanon nearing land deal
Licking River unsafe for swimming
Looter gets one year
Louisville getting gun museum
Louisville seeks truth of profiling
MCNUTT: Fernald legacy
Ohio sued over new 5-keg law
Sales-tax increase could fade
Schroeder is Ludlow's new replacement mayor
State Medicaid shortfall looms
State proficiency tests to be spread out next year
Tax-relief plan offers incentives
Web a way to apply for Social Security
- Kentucky News Briefs
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