LOCAL NEWS FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2003
State keeps hiring amid fiscal crisis
Ohio may be facing its worst budget crisis since World War II, but that hasn't stopped the hiring of thousands of state workers.

Navy surgeon has seen war in Gulf before
Sarah Chambers shudders each time she sees war casualties on television. Her husband, Hillsboro native Lt. Cmdr. Lowell Chambers, is a U.S. Navy surgeon who's working in a medical unit in Iraq.
Latest war news at Cincinnati.com

Patton scandal cannot top war
Paul Patton ought to be thankful for Saddam Hussein. The war in Iraq has diverted Kentucky residents' attention from the governor's sex scandal.
Patton wants to talk about tax-bill veto

TRISTATE REACTS TO WAR
Different paths, same goal
Two Ohio women followed the same path from the heartland to the heart of the Middle East.


Marine's parents wait for word
The parents of a 19-year-old Marine from Butler County who was shot Friday near the Iraqi town of Nasiriyah had yet to hear a report on his condition Saturday night.
Keeping in Touch
Cpl. Dan Rebich, U.S. Marine Corps, is a 1999 graduate of Lakota East High School. He is the son of Pete and Barbara Rebich of West Chester.
How to show support
The Defense Department says unsolicited mail, packages and donations are competing for limited airlift space used to transport supplies, war-fighting material and mail from family and loved ones.
Campaigning for peace

List of Ohio casualties

IN THE TRISTATE
5,000 men answer the call to renew their faith lives
More than 5,500 men crowded into the Cintas Center arena on the campus of Xavier University Saturday - and there wasn't a basketball in sight. Why?


Road wishes refined in D.C.
WASHINGTON - Congress is writing what will be the most expensive public works bill in U.S. history, and Greater Cincinnati's congressional delegation is trying to steer some of that money to help downtown drivers, Eastgate commuters and even bus riders in Madisonville.
Group reaches out to teens to halt gun violence
Representatives from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and African-American firefighters and police officers reached out to teens in one of the city's most violent neighborhoods Saturday in an effort to stop gun violence.
Obituary: Donald P. Yuellig, 76, investigated arson cases
Retired Cincinnati firefighter Donald P. Yuellig died of leukemia March 22 at Mercy Franciscan Hospital-Western Hills. The Delhi Township resident was 76.
Tristate A.M. Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
SMITH AMOS: Protecting the innocent
Joe Wilmers held off lecturing the seven students who'd come to school an hour late.


BRONSON: Unsilent majority
Two guys with long hair, wearing green camouflage over blue jeans, held signs on the corner of Second and Main. I thought they were anti-war protesters. But I was as wrong as the Dixie Chicks singing "God Bless America."
CROWLEY: Ky. Politics
Mitch McConnell is probably busy this weekend, trying to find a new gig for Hunter Bates.
Some Good News
Barbara Houghton wants to better understand where her ideas come from.

BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
MU plans lecture to last 100 hours
OXFORD - What do W.E.B. Du Bois and Jimmy Stewart have in common?


Haven for escaped slaves to have its history marked
FAIRHAVEN - The old house has seen a lot of history in nearly two centuries. Now, its story will be official.

OHIO
Officials lie in closing schools
WESTERVILLE, Ohio - A school district lied about the reason two schools were closed - to protect students from a possible drive-by shooting.


Ohio Moments

KENTUCKY
2 die as tractor-trailer causes crash along I-71
CAMPBELLSBURG, Ky. - Two people were killed and two others were injured Friday when a tractor-trailer crossed the median of Interstate 71 near Campbellsburg, Kentucky State Police said.


Niece among accusers of priest
LOUISVILLE - Mary Miller says it has been a rough year - for her and her family.
Money crunch closes academy
MILLERSBURG, Ky. - Millersburg Military Academy has closed because of a lack of money, surprising students and teachers who were six weeks away from the end of the school year.
Presbyterians to cut 10 employees
LOUISVILLE - The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has notified 10 employees that they will be laid off as the Louisville-based denomination cuts staff for the second year because of budget problems.
Kentucky obituaries
GREAT NEIGHBORHOODS
Guide to Colerain
With 60,144 residents, Colerain is the largest township in Ohio. But here, being the biggest isn't a bad thing. In this section, the seventh in the Enquirer's 'Great Neighborhoods' series, we'll tell you about everything that makes Colerain a Great Neighborhood.
Previous 'Great Neighborhood' reports:
AndersonBlue AshFairfieldLebanonMason & Deerfield Twp.West Chester

SPECIAL
Priests and Sexual Misconduct
Four priests in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and two priests who formerly served in the Diocese of Covington have been suspended and/or accused of sexual misconduct in a scandal that has swept across the country. Click here for an archive of Enquirer reports.

Erpenbeck Investigation
Bill Erpenbeck spent years building a company that appears to be crumbling. One of the Tristate's biggest home builders, the Erpenbeck Co., is under federal investigation for a suspected bank fraud that is affecting lenders, subcontractors and home owners. Click here for links to all Enquirer reports.