Saturday, August 04, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

College awarded grant for technology center

        BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College has been awarded a $1.473 million federal grant from the Small Business Administration for a technology and media training center.

        The grant was part of an appropriations bill that provides the annual budget for the SBA, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

        U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, a Republican from Kentucky's 5th District who spoke at Union's commencement on May 6, helped secure the funding in his role as a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.

        “This funding helps expand the ability of Union College to provide technology and media training that is relevant for the new century,” Mr. Rogers said. “We are equipping our graduates with the opportunity to participate in the "wired community' that is now part of our region and the world.”

        The Edward Black Technology Center is named after the school's former vice president, who died of a heart attack last September.

Fort Knox getting new gate, guard force

        FORT KNOX, Ky. — A new gate and a Department of Defense guard force will be added at Fort Knox to comply with Army-ordered security changes, post officials said.

        In June, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric Shinseki ordered posts to take security measures to limit crime and terrorist attacks.

        The changes at Fort Knox will take effect Nov. 1, said public affairs officer John Rickey. They will include the shutdown of some entrances and limited access at others, in addition to the new gate and the guard force.

        Lt. Col. Dave Draeger, the post's provost marshal, said three gates will remain open 24 hours a day. The gates at Bullion Boulevard and Brandenburg Station Road will be open from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. EDT daily, and the gates at Vine Grove Road and Brett Drive will close permanently, Col. Draeger said.

Hospital bans sale of local newspaper

        PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A Pikeville hospital has triggered a First Amendment debate by banning sales of the local newspaper.

        Publisher Marty Backus said he believes the action to ban sales of the newspaper in a hospital waiting area and gift shop was in retaliation to stories that officials at the hospital considered unfavorable.

        Mr. Backus said the move is a blatant violation of the newspaper's First Amendment right to free speech and the public's right to receive the information included in the newspaper.

        The hospital's media relations office referred comment to interim chief executive officer Joann Anderson, who did not return phone calls Friday.

        “This is censorship of the highest degree,” Mr. Backus said. “Our right to inform the public is being restricted, and we don't intend to sit back and let that happen.”

Women rob Firstar branch, steal car

        LEXINGTON — Two women armed with a semi-automatic handgun robbed a bank Friday and fled in a customer's vehicle.

        The robbers took an undetermined amount of cash from a Firstar Bank office, and also took a customer's car keys for their getaway, according to the FBI and Lexington police. The vehicle was recovered near the bank.

        The women then were seen in a late-model, dark green, full-size passenger car, police said.

        The suspects were identified as two white women, wearing blue jeans and light-colored tops. Both suspects wore wigs, sunglasses and dust-filter masks. One wig was red and the other was dark.


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