Friday, January 11, 2002

Kentucky News Briefs

Commission seeking donations for event

        COVINGTON — The Northern Kentucky Interfaith Commission is seeking donations for its annual Valentine Buffet and Chocolate Delights Celebration on Feb. 10.

        The fund-raising event will be at 12:30 p.m. at the Point Pavilion, at Sixth Street and Scott Boulevard in Covington.

        Monetary donations are being sought as well as items for the commission's silent auction. Past donations have included artwork by local artists, antiques, health club memberships, items autographed by celebrities, jewelry, dinner and gift certificates, and vacation accommodations.

        The Northern Kentucky Interfaith Commission has created and supported programs such as the Exodus Jail Ministry, the Chaplaincy program at the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport, the ECHO Soup Kitchen in Newport, the Interfaith Hospitality Network and the annual Yom Ha Shoa Holocaust Memorial service.

Interim president of college named

        LOUISVILLE — An educator with more than 25 years' experience of leading two-year colleges was appointed interim president of Jefferson Community College on Thursday.

[photo] FIRE INJURES THREE: Linda Douglas (left) of Dayton, Ky., talks with Sue Russell, who called 911 to report an early morning fire Thursday at 514 2nd St. in Dayton. A woman and her two children were injured in the blaze, which also damaged the home at 516 2nd St. (left).
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        Larry W. Tyree is to take over Jan. 28 from Diane Calhoun-French. She stepped down to interim provost in order to be a candidate for the permanent presidency. Ms. Calhoun-French will continue to oversee the affiliated Jefferson Technical College.

        Michael B. McCall, president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, announced Mr. Tyree's appointment. Mr. McCall is conducting the presidential search.

        Mr. Tyree recently retired as president of Santa Fe Community College in Florida. He previously headed the 90,000-student Dallas County Community College District in Texas and Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Fla.

        JCC and the technical college have 12,500 students. They have been without a permanent president since Richard Green retired in June.

Louisville mayor won't seek position

        LOUISVILLE — Louisville Mayor Dave Armstrong said Thursday that he will not run for mayor of Greater Louisville.

        Armstrong's spokeswoman, Rebecca E. Fleischaker, said she did not know when the mayor made his decision not to run. She said the 4:15 p.m. news conference was a “last-minute type thing.”

        Mr. Armstrong filed a letter in April with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance saying he intended to run in 2002 for the top job in the merged city-county government.

        But Mr. Armstrong, a Democrat, said at the time he filed the letter that it “is not an announcement” of his candidacy. Filing the letter allowed him to raise and spend money on the race.

Mining Board OKs tougher state rules

        FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Mining Board approved tougher state rules Thursday to protect coal miners, capping months of negotiations pitting industry and union representatives.

        The regulations establish guidelines in punishing offenders of state mining laws. The rules cover everyone from hourly mine workers to foremen, supervisors and mine owners.

        Frank Delzer, commissioner of the Department of Mines and Minerals, said he thought the regulations were “fair and balanced.”

Republicans say they have redistricting plan

        FRANKFORT — Senate President David Williams said Thursday that Republicans have plenty of alternative redistricting plans but will not make any of them public anytime soon.

        When the unveiling will occur, however, remains uncertain.

        Democrats in the House and Senate put their package of new legislative districts on the table Wednesday night, which prompted the latest round of one-upsmanship in the political game of redistricting.

        Senate Democrats gathered for a press conference Thursday afternoon to criticize the Republican majority for refusing to take the lead on redistricting.

        Barely an hour later, Senate Republicans held their own press conference to complain about Democratic bad faith. Contrary to Democratic claims, Mr. Williams said Republicans tried to reach an agreement on redistricting.

Bill would stop hike of prescription costs

        FRANKFORT — A House committee took a step Thursday to stop Kentucky's cash-strapped Medicaid program from having to pay the nation's highest fee to pharmacists for dispensing prescriptions.

        The bill would undo a state law that is set to require the state to raise the fee to $5.88 per prescription. The fee is now $4.51. The increase would cost the state $20 million more per year.

        By contrast, private insurance companies pay dispensing fees averaging in the $2 range, Rep. Mary Lou Marzian told the Health and Welfare Committee.

        The committee approved the bill without dissent. Ms. Marzian predicted it would move on a fast track.

Campus task force makes suggestions

        LOUISVILLE — The University of Louisville should improve its academic advising, put more emphasis on classroom teaching and require diversity training for employees, according to a campus task force.

        The university's Task Force on the Institutional Environment made the recommendations and others in three reports posted Wednesday on U of L's Web site.

        U of L Provost Carol Garrison convened the 42-member task force last fall after surveys of alumni, students, faculty and staff showed dissatisfaction with the university.

CSX to lay off 230 temporarily

        RACELAND — CSX Transportation Inc. said it will lay off more than two-thirds of the workers at its car shops in northeastern Kentucky for two months.

        A total of 230 of the Raceland plant's 304 employees will be temporarily let go beginning Feb. 2, the company said on Wednesday.

        Bill James, manager of the car shops, called the move painful, but necessary.

        The Raceland facility is Jacksonville, Fla.-based CSX's largest car-repair shop. Workers there build and repair different types of rail cars, including coal hoppers, gondolas and cars that carry steel coils.

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Missing girl returns home
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Appeals court elects 2 judges
Hall to run for state House seat
Identity thief gets 7 years
Trenton may grow by 217 acres
Man sues ex-wife over book about her South Pole escape
Callahan going for ninth term
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