Saturday, June 02, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs




Lucas pushes plan on child health care

        COVINGTON — U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas will promote a government-funded health care program for families during a visit today to a Covington playground.

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        Mr. Lucas, a Boone County Democrat who represents Kentucky's 4th District, will address a group of volunteers developing the Maryland Millennium Playground.

        He will meet with the volunteers at noon in the cafeteria at Sixth District Elementary School at 19th and Maryland streets.

        Mr. Lucas plans to talk about the Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program. The program offers health care to working families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to afford private family health coverage.

        Mr. Lucas said he will also help the volunteers work on the new playground.
       

Businessman moves closer to House race

        FLORENCE
— Boone County Republican Geoff Davis took another step toward declaring his candidacy in next year's U.S. House race in Northern Kentucky.

        Mr. Davis, 41, the owner of a management consulting firm in Hebron, has hired Marc Wilson of Florence, a Republican media and political strategist.

        Mr. Wilson said Thursday that Mr. Davis is still exploring entering the 4th District congressional race next year. But Republican Party officials across Northern Kentucky expect that Mr. Davis will decide to enter the race.

        The House seat is held by Boone County Democrat Ken Lucas, who plans to seek a third term next year.

        There is likely to be a GOP primary next year between Mr. Davis and Florence resident Mike Wiley, a former radio talk-show host who moved to the area about a year ago. He now works in business development for a Cincinnati construction firm.

        In 1994 Mr. Wiley ran in the U.S. Senate Democratic primary in Florida.
       

Answers in Genesis holding open house

        FLORENCE — Answers in Genesis, the group attempting to build a creationist museum in western Boone County, will hold an open house today at its temporary office.

        The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the group's office at 7080 Industrial Road in Florence. It will feature museum exhibits under construction, including model dinosaurs.

        Ken Ham, executive director, will also be available to meet visitors from 10 a.m. to noon.

        Answers in Genesis is trying to raise money to build the museum near the Petersburg exit on Interstate 275 in Boone County.

        The organization is nondenominational and promotes a literal interpretation of the biblical account of the creation of the world.

        For more information call (859) 727-2222, Ext. 400.
       

Day of games, rides at center for families

        FLORENCE — The Family Nurturing Center will hold a free Family Fun Day on June 23.

        The event will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the center, 7990 Dixie Highway.

        It will feature pony rides, a petting zoo, wagon rides and games such as a hunt for “dinosaur eggs,” ring toss, circus bingo and putting green. Hot dogs, drinks and popcorn also will be provided.

        Information: (859) 525-3200.
       

Ft. Mitchell to pick new parks director

        FORT MITCHELL — The city's park and recreation board is expected to choose a successor to Park Director Jim Procaccino when it meets on Wednesday. Mr. Procaccino, who directed Fort Mitchell's park and recreation program for nine years, is resigning on July 1.

        Mr. Procaccino is a teacher and coach at Beechwood Schools and has said he needs to devote more time to his aging parents.

        The Fort Mitchell Park and Recreation Board will meet in executive session for an hour, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, to interview three applicants for the job.

        The meeting will be at the city building.

        The board is expected to choose Mr. Procaccino's successor after the closed session.
       

Patton wants study on loss of foals

        FRANKFORT — Gov. Paul Patton announced Friday he will commission a study to determine how badly the horse industry has been damaged by an epidemic of aborted and dying foals.

        Researchers think cyanide naturally occurring in cherry trees caused more than 500 foals to die and spontaneous abortions of thousands more this spring.

        Mr. Patton was briefed by equine industry leaders on Thursday, according to a statement from his office.

        During the meeting, David Powell, epidemiologist at the Gluck Equine Research Center in Lexington, told Mr. Patton researchers “have some very strong leads” on the cause of mare reproductive loss syndrome.

        The experts did not think there was any reason to ship mares out of Kentucky, the statement said.

       



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