Tuesday, July 10, 2001

Kentucky Digest


State recognized for AIDS testing

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Department for Public Health has been recognized nationally for its efforts to encourage HIV testing.

        The National Association of People with AIDS gave a Life Award to the department at a ceremony last month in Washington, D.C.

        Three life awards are given each year — one to an HIV-positive individual, one to a community organization and one to a state health department for conducting an innovative campaign to encourage tests.

        More than 1,000 HIV antibody tests were conducted in June 2000 in Kentucky in traditional clinics, as well as churches, bars and nightclubs, sporting and social events, and traffic court.
       

Armed man holds store worker hostage

               WILLIAMSBURG — An armed man surrendered peacefully to police early Monday after holding another man hostage for several hours in a Whitley County market, Kentucky State Police said.

        Ralph Moses, 55, of Williamsburg, was taken into custody on charges of kidnapping, wanton endangerment and burglary, police said.

        Mr. Moses was being held in the Whitley County Jail.

        The incident began about 11:20 p.m. Sunday when Mr. Moses entered Jones Market along Ky. 1804, about 10 miles south of Williamsburg, police said. Mr. Moses, armed with a handgun, was holding the hostage once police officers arrived, police said.

        After several hours, officers talked Mr. Moses into surrendering and releasing the hostage about 3:35 a.m., police said.

        The hostage, J.E. Jones, 57, of Williamsburg, received minor injuries and was taken by relatives to a hospital for treatment, police said. Mr. Jones, whose son owns the market, was closing the store when he was taken hostage, police said.
       

House fire kills baby, injures four

               LOUISVILLE — A 5-week-old boy died in a fire, but his mother and three other children were rescued by a man who went into the burning second-floor apartment.

        Darrell Burton died shortly before 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the scene of the fire, which was near downtown.

        The fire broke out in the bedroom where the baby was sleeping, said Capt. Ronel Brown, a spokesman for the Louisville Fire Department. The baby's mother, two siblings and a cousin were in another room when the blaze started, Capt. Brown said.

        Three men spotted the fire as they were passing the apartment. After calling for help, two of the men hoisted James Rucker, 19, to a second-floor window. Once inside, Mr. Rucker lowered the woman and three children out the window, Capt. Brown said.

        The three children, ages 1 to 4, were taken to Kosair Children's Hospital. The woman was taken to University of Louisville Hospital. All four were treated for smoke inhalation, Capt. Brown said. The cause of the blaze was under investigation, he said. An autopsy was also being performed.
       

One-half on organ wait list minorities

               LOUISVILLE — A little more than a year after receiving the liver transplant that saved her life, Goldie Henton sat in the Galleria downtown helping to sign up people to become organ donors.

        Ms. Henton joined Jefferson County Circuit Court Clerk Tony Miller and Gloria Presley of the Kentucky Organ Donor Association to prepare for National Minority Donor Awareness Day on Wednesday.

        “Minorities in particular need to be aware they are in danger of kidney disease,” Ms. Presley said. “Today we are encouraging people to engage in prevention.”

        According to Ms. Presley, there are approximately 77,000 people in the United States on an organ transplant waiting list, almost half minorities, of which about 33 percent are black.

        “Despite all the awareness programs, a lot of people still don't know you can sign the back of a driver's license to become an organ donor,” Mr. Miller said.

        Milton Haskins Jr., who serves on the board of directors of 100 Black Men of Louisville Inc., a youth-mentoring program, said he believes any negative stigma attached to organ donation has more to do with education than race.

        “I think people think they're going to take something out of you before you're really dead,” Mr. Haskins said. “That's where education comes in.”
       

Energy costs hit diners in wallet

               STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — There's a hot new item on the menu at Chi-Chi's Mexican restaurants: a sticker announcing a surcharge to cover rising energy costs.

        “I was shocked,” said Tony Yingling, who paid an extra 50 cents for lunch with his wife in this central Pennsylvania college town. “I almost said I wouldn't pay it.”

        Rob Carl, a spokesman for the Louisville-based restaurant chain, said Chi-Chi's on July 2 began adding 25 cents to each entree purchased to help cover temporary increases in the cost of natural gas.

        Mr. Carl said the surcharge, which is being applied at Chi-Chi's nationwide, would be removed when natural gas prices return to normal.

        “In the past couple or three months, we've been hit with some extremely high escalation in terms of natural gas charges,” Mr. Carl said.

        “It was somewhat unexpected — we expected some increase in natural gas, but not on the order of 30 to 50 percent. We're just trying to figure out a way to recover that extraordinary charge without having to reprint menus.”
       

Discrimination award upheld

               LOUISVILLE — A McCracken County Circuit judge upheld a discrimination award of $20,000 to a Ledbetter man denied a job at a Paducah car dealership, the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights said.

        Judge Jeff Hines upheld on Tuesday a ruling by the commission that Royal Oaks Chevrolet-Cadillac Inc. of Paducah violated Wayne A. Jenkins' civil rights in 1993 when the company reneged on hiring him.

        The company had claimed the human-rights commission exceeded its statutory authority by awarding Mr. Jenkins $20,000 in damages for embarrassment and humiliation.

        Mr. Jenkins filed a complaint with the commission after Royal Oaks officials agreed to hire him, then reneged on the job because a medical report said Mr. Jenkins had a shoulder problem and a possible ankle problem, the commission said.

       



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