Thursday, July 12, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

United Way forums seek spending ideas

        COVINGTON — After rejecting an appeal of its decision not to fund the Northern Kentucky Community Center, the United Way has scheduled two forums to decide how to use those funds on Covington's east side.

        The first forum will be July 19 at St. James AME Church, 120 Lynn St. The second will be July 25 at United Community Christian Church, 1710 Maryland Ave., said Carol Aquino, United Way spokeswoman.

        Both forums will be from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There will be child care and light snacks.

        In May, the United Way announced it would no longer fund the Northern Kentucky Community Center, a private nonprofit agency in the heart of Covington's African-American community. Instead, it said the $171,167 that would have gone to the community center would be set aside for use in east Covington by other nonprofit agencies.

        In cutting the community center's funding, the charity cited management concerns and the center's inability to show what it had accomplished with United Way-funded programs.

        Eleven team captains from a subcommittee of United Way volunteers will distribute fliers throughout east Covington publicizing the forums, Ms. Aquino said. The team captains also will survey residents on what sort of services they want in east Covington.

Brotherhood Singers have date at museum

        COVINGTON — The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers bring their a cappella style to the Coffee Cup Series from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Devou Park.

        The $10 admission charge gets a mug, nonalcoholic drinks, snacks and half-off admission to subsequent concerts.

        The opening act is singer-songwriter Tracy Ann.

        Information: (859) 491-4003.

Panel backs limits on new power plants

        FRANKFORT — A legislative panel has endorsed restrictions by Gov. Paul Patton's administration on air pollution from new power plants.

        The committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a regulation giving new power plants 5 percent of the allowable limit of nitrogen oxides, which break down to create ozone in warm, sunny weather.

        The state's electric utilities, which would get to emit the other 95 percent of the pollutant allowed, supported the rule. The coal industry and new power producers fought it.

        The 5 percent limit would be exceeded by the combined emissions of just two new coal-burning plants already granted permits, in Knott and Muhlenberg counties. The new producers could comply by buying pollution credits from polluters that don't use all of their own allocations, but they said Tuesday that the market is uncertain.

        “The basic problem is that there's not enough credits to go around,” said Joe Darguzas, vice president of Enviropower Inc., which is building a plant in eastern Kentucky.

        Since late 1999, applications have been filed for 24 new power plants in Kentucky, prompting Mr. Patton to recently issue a six-month moratorium on accepting new applications.

Woman, daughter killed parasailing

        FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — A woman and her 13-year-old daughter on vacation from Kentucky were killed Wednesday when their parasail harness snapped and they fell 250 feet into shallows by the beach, authorities said.

        “It was a parasailing accident, apparently due to harness failure and deteriorating weather conditions,” Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission spokesman Gary Morse said late Wednesday of the fatal fall just before 1 p.m. EDT.

        Television station WBBH identified the mother as Hope Straney and her daughter as Taylor Straney, and said they were from the Kentucky town of Vine Grove, near Fort Knox.

        According to witnesses on the beach, strong winds from an approaching storm appeared to play a part. The captain of the boat hauling the mother and daughter, the Hang 'Em High, was trying to reel the pair back down to the boat when high winds hit. Other beach-goers said the pair fell into water only about 3 feet deep.

Shakeup ordered at state office

        ELIZABETHTOWN — Supervisors and workers have been reassigned and demoted in a shakeup at a state office that investigates reports of child abuse and neglect, officials said Wednesday.

        That follows a rash of complaints from inside the agency and from the community, the commissioner of the parent agency said.

        Dietra Paris, commissioner of the Department for Community-Based Services, said there was a lack of timely response to abuse complaints and “a lack of consideration and compassion in the way we do our investigations.”


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