Tuesday, August 07, 2001

Kentucky Digest

Motorcycle wreck kills Burlington man

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A 26-year-old Burlington man died shortly after 8:30 p.m. Sunday after his motorcycle slid off Ky. 18 on a curve near the Ky. 20 intersection in the Belleview area of Boone County, police said.

        James Thomas Ihli was wearing a helmet, according to a statement issued by Boone County Coroner Doug Stith.

Chamber seeks out "Emerging 30' firms

               COVINGTON — The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will once again pick the “Emerging 30,” identifying the 30 fastest-growing small businesses in the area.

        To be eligible for the 2001 Emerging 30, a business must have headquarters in Northern Kentucky, be privately held and in operation for at least three years, have revenues that have grown at least 15 percent per year, have fewer than 150 employees and have revenues exceeding $250,000.

        To apply, contact the chamber's business development office at (859) 578-8800, or complete an online questionnaire at www.nkychamber.com. Questionnaires must be returned by Aug. 24.

        The program's purpose is to better understand development trends and conditions for small businesses in Northern Kentucky, while recognizing companies setting the standard, according to officials.

Housing complaint settled for $21,000

               LOUISVILLE — A complaint filed by a nonprofit agency against a downtown apartment complex accused of turning away prospective tenants because they had children was settled for $21,000 on Monday.

        The Kentucky Fair Housing Council reached the agreement with the former owners of Trinity Towers Apartments and BellSouth, which was included in the complaint because ads for the apartments were placed in the Yellow Pages.

        Family status discrimination and discrimination in advertising complaints were filed last year against Trinity and BellSouth after housing council staff members investigated a Yellow Pages ad that read “Adult Living Downtown.”

        Investigators with the Fair Housing Council sent two test applicants, one with a young child and one without, to Trinity Towers.

        According to a statement from the council, a leasing agent for the apartment building told the tester with the child, “We don't take kids here.” The tester without a child was given an application and encouraged to apply for an apartment, the statement said.

        The settlement includes $10,000 in Yellow Pages advertising over the next three years and cash, the statement said. The council also agreed to drop the threat of a lawsuit.

        The Fair Housing Council, a private nonprofit organization, receives funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Utility takeover gets regulator OK

               FRANKFORT — A $7.4 billion deal in which the company that acquired Kentucky Utilities Co. and Louisville Gas & Electric Co. would itself be taken over has been approved by Kentucky regulators.

        The German energy company E.On AG would acquire Britain's PowerGen and the Kentucky companies.

        The Kentucky Public Service Commission said in a statement Monday that E.On must agree to maintain LG&E headquarters in Louisville and KU headquarters in Lexington for 10 years — commitments PowerGen made last year.

        E.On, based in Duesseldorf, is Germany's No.2 electricity producer. PowerGen is Britain's No.2 power generator. Their merger creates a company with 30 million electricity and gas customers.

        As part of the deal, E.On is to assume $6.4 billion in PowerGen debt. PowerGen paid $3.2 billion to acquire LG&E Energy, parent company of LG&E and KU, in December.

        The commission's order directs E.On to promise that chief executive officers of the two Kentucky utilities will be present whenever the E.On board discusses actions affecting the companies.

New chief named at newspaper chain

               SHELBYVILLE — Michael G. Abernathy has been named president of Landmark Community Newspapers Inc., succeeding Larry R. Coffey, who is retiring Friday.

        Mr. Abernathy, a native of Richmond, Va., is a former advertising account executive and distribution manager of the Virginian Pilot in Norfolk, Va.

        He also held other publishing and management positions in Virginia. He joined Landmark Community Newspapers as executive vice president in 1999.

        LCNI, a division of Norfolk-based Landmark Communications Inc., publishes 46 daily, weekly and multiweekly newspapers in 12 states.

Rate of return to prison drops slightly

               FRANKFORT — Nearly a third of Kentucky inmates who leave prison wind up back behind bars within two years, but that rate is down somewhat from recent years.

        According to the Kentucky Department of Corrections, the report shows the percentage of inmates who wind up back in prison after finishing their sentence, getting paroled or shock probation is down from a 10-year high of 34.7 percent in 1994 to 31.6 percent in 1998.

        The rate of return is highest among people who are placed on parole or probation.

        In 1998, just over 16 percent of the inmates who had served their entire sentences wound up back in prison within two years. Forty-six percent of those on probation or parole went back to prison.

        The vast majority are sent back for violations of the terms of their probation, rather than for committing a new crime, officials said. Corrections spokeswoman Pamela Trautner said that shows the system works.

        “Hopefully, you're catching them at a point before they do anything worse,” Ms. Trautner said.

American Indian art festival returns

               OWENSBORO — An American Indian art festival drew about 3,000 people upon its return after a four-year absence.

        The 23rd annual American Indian Art Show was a mainstay in Owensboro for its first 18 years before it moved to Evansville for two years and then to Bowling Green for two years. It brought controversy with it in the early 1990s when protesters claimed many of the people with displays were grave robbers.

        There were no reports of protests this past weekend.


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