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Friday, June 25, 1993
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THE COURIER-JOURNAL, FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 1993 &3 REGIONAL ROUNDUP COMPILED FROM STAFF AND AP DISPATCHES QD sir 4 -5iTii STAFF PHOTO BY SHELDON SHAFER A complex of four tubular water slides dominated the scene yesterday at Kentucky Kingdom's Hurricane Bay. The slides are among new features opening in the water park tomorrow Kentucky Kingdom to open rest of water park tomorrow By SHELDON SHAFER Staff Writer Kentucky Kingdom amusement park at the state fairgrounds in Louisville will open the rest of its Hurricane Bay water park tomorrow morning. Added attractions to the large wave pool that opened last summer are: Barefoot Cove, a 10,000-square-foot wading area for children. A replica of a pirate ship called the Seawitch offers children a chance to shoot toy water cannons against the shore; youngsters can use slides to leave the ship. A sunken submarine and a tropical shoreline called Short Fort Port are part of the cove. Slide Island, Mount Slide Hai and Flume Lagoon, a complex of four water slides that extend down a 60-foot hill. The four slides are named Voodoo Express, Forbidden Passage, Conquistador Canyon and Vanishing Falls, which is a body slide. Each slide is just over 100 yards long. The Caribbean Cruise Tubin' Adventure, a course for one-person or two-person inner tubes that meanders around Hurricane Bay's perimeter. Tubers will pass Confusion Canyon, Geyser Island and Horseshoe Falls. The $16.95 general admission price remains; the price is good for all rides all day in both the amusement park and the water park. Senior citizens and children under 48 inches tall pay $9.95. Hurricane Bay hours, slightly different from those of the rest of the park, are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. A restaurant and other support facilities at Hurricane Bay will generally remain open for an hour after the water features close. Kentucky Kingdom spokesman John Mulcahy said appropriate swimwear must be worn to get into Hurricane Bay (the swimwear is not considered suitable for amusement-park rides). Lockers can be rented for $5, but $2 will be considered a deposit and returned. People are not allowed to bring their own inner tubes. One-person tubes can be rented for $5, $1 of which will be refunded. Mulcahy said the park will provide inner tubes for the water slides and the Caribbean ride. But he said people may want to rent a tube for the wave pool or so they won't have to wait to use one of the park's tubes on the slides and Caribbean ride. Hurricane Bay will be open at least through the Kentucky State Fair, Aug. 19 through Aug. 29, with a special admission price for the fair to be announced later, Mulcahy said. The water park will be open weekends in September, weather permitting. Mulcahy said the water park will generally remain open when it rains, unless lightning or a heavy downpour poses a safety problem. Hurricane Bay attractions were designed by White Water Rapids of Canada and Aquatic Developers of New York City. Trumka argues that UMW miners deserve all new non-union jobs By MIKE BROWN Staff Writer WASHINGTON Although insisting his members have earned the right to all new jobs created at the non-union affiliates of unionized operations, United Mine Workers President Richard Trumka yesterday stopped short of publicly demanding 100 percent of them. "I'm not going to negotiate here," Trumka said when pressed at a news conference on the union's jobs demands in the seven-week-long contract strike against Bituminous Coal Operators Association members. "A hundred percent is what I want," he told reporters gathered in his office in the union's Washington headquarters. But when asked what he is willing to settle for, Trumka dismissed the question with a joke instead of answering it. "I was born at night but it wasn't last night," he said. The union's selective strikes, which began May 10, have now idled about 14,000 miners, and yesterday the two leading protagonists Trumka and chief industry negotiator Bobby R. Brown held separate news conferences to put forward their cases in what has increasingly become a public relations battle as well as a labor dispute. The central issue is the union's contention that the operators have been diverting their coal production to non-union subsidiaries in an improper attempt to avoid a requirement that they give three out of five new jobs to laid-off UMW members. The BCOA has offered to give union members some jobs at new mines opened by non-union affiliates specifically, three out of every five after the first 40 percent are 1 ft . to. r " 1 ASSOCIAltD HHbSS Bobby R. Brown, chief coal Industry negotiator, addressed the "Newsmakers" luncheon yesterday at the National Press Club. filled at management's discretion but the union has rejected that as unacceptable. First up before the cameras yesterday was Brown, who attributed his highly unusual public appearance to both news media interest and to concern among BCOA members that the union's charges not go unanswered. The longtime head of the Pittsburgh-based CONSOL group of coal companies charged publicly what industry officials have been saying only in private up to now: that Trumka is trying to save the union as an institution, not just the jobs of its members. "He's attempting to parlay jobs and job security into institutional security," said Brown. "BCOA will not be the guarantor of the institutional survival of the union," said Brown, though he also insisted his side is "prepared to resume negotiations today" on the jobs issue. Trumka, denying he cares any more about his institution than Brown does his own, said he is only trying to protect his members' jobs and is not asking for the non-union mines to be unionized. "If Bobby Brown will come to the table and say Consol Energy Inc. (his main operating entity) will agree to be bound by the jobs provisions, . . . then we will sit down with him this afternoon," Trumka said. A BCOA spokesman later insisted that industry negotiators have al-f ready agreed to such a proposition. Glass particles cause recall of chicken patties Associated Press WASHINGTON A Detroit-based firm is recalling 17,000 packages of chicken breast patties because some packages may contain small pieces of glass, the Agriculture Department said yesterday. The 12-ounce packages of 1st Star Brand Chicken GriU'ems, Chicken Breast Patties are made by Wolverine Packing Co. and sold only in Save-A-Lot stores, including those in Kentucky and Indiana. The products were also distributed in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia. The packages have the code "3042" stamped near the ingredients label, and "P-2574B" inside the inspection seal. The packages should be returned to the place of purchase. Indiana tanker driver, inspector indicted in fatal wreck on 1-64 By VALERIE KINCAID Staff Writer Two men were indicted yesterday in connection with a milk-tanker wreck May 10 on Interstate 64 in Southern Indiana that left a Floyds Knobs woman dead and a handful of other drivers injured. A Floyd County grand jury indicted the truck's driver, John R. Weber, 39, of Palmyra, on one count of involuntary manslaughter and four counts of criminal recklessness. William Brock, a mechanic from Mauckport, was indicted on one count of involuntary manslaughter, one count of forgery and four counts of criminal recklessness. He failed to properly inspect Weber's truck a few weeks before the wreck and falsified a truck inspection certificate, the indictments allege. After the fatal collision, inspectors discovered that only one of the six brakes on Weber's truck was working properly. If he is convicted, Weber could be sentenced to a maximum of seven years in prison. Brock faces a maximum of 15 years. The wreck occurred after Weber drove his truck into the emergency lane on eastbound 1-64 about three-fourths of a mile from the New Albany exit after he noticed his brakes weren't working properly, police have said he told them. That set off a seven-vehicle pile-up. Several cars had already pulled into the emergency lane trying to get around traffic that had stalled because of an earlier wreck. Weber's truck continued in the emergency lane, rolling over the top of Vivian J. Dukes' Oldsmobile and another car. Dukes, 48, was killed. Paintsville escapee arrested in Ohio Q PAINTSVILLE, Ky. Police in Ohio on Wednesday arrested a man who escaped from the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center after a deputy jailer let him take out the garbage. Michael Thompson, 21, of Johnson County was picked up around 11:30 p.m. after the Paintsville Police Department got a tip that he was in Dayton, Ohio. Thompson, who escaped Tuesday, was arrested with the car he allegedly stole from a Paintsville hotel, police said. Officials were waiting to see if Thompson, who was awaiting sentencing on theft and breaking-and-entering convictions, would waive extradition to Kentucky. Paintsville officials also plan to charge him with first-degree escape and auto theft. Ranger charged with growing pot CATLETTSBURG, Ky. Police arrested a state forest ranger on a felony charge of cultivating marijuana Wednesday. Timothy D. Woods, 39, of Catlettsburg was held in the Boyd County Detention Center after he was caught allegedly tending a marijuana patch. Woods, a ranger with the Kentucky Division of Forestry, was on duty and in uniform when he was arrested, Catlettsburg Police Chief Mark Plummer said. Plummer said police were tipped off about the marijuana patch and staked it out Wednesday morning. "He (Woods) came back and was fertilizing it and was planting more plants," he said. A spokesman at the jail said yesterday that Woods had been released on his own recognizance. Woods' supervisor, Bruce Harris, district forester at the More-head office of the Division of Forestry, said yesterday that Woods probably would be suspended pending the outcome of the case. He said Woods had been employed by the division for 11 years. Powerball jackpot nears $50 million Tomorrow night's Powerball jackpot will be an estimated $50 million, the second-highest lottery prize ever offered in Kentucky or Indiana. The record for both states was the nearly $60 million Powerball jackpot last March. Yesterday the Multi-State Lottery Association, which sponsors Powerball, estimated that the jackpot would reach $50 million after no one matched the six numbers drawn Wednesday night, when the prize was $39.6 million. Powerball, played in 14 states, replaced Lotto America last year. The game, designed with long odds of hitting the jackpot, features five balls drawn from one set of 45 and a sixth ball, or the Power-ball, drawn from a second set of 45 balls. Powerball ticket sales in both states have been brisk the past few days. This is the fourth time the Powerball jackpot has surpassed $40 million. The jackpot amounts are not firm until ticket sales close. The record Lotto America jackpot was $47 million in November 1991. The highest Lotto Kentucky jackpot has been $42 million, and the record Hoosier Lottery's Lotto Cash jackpot is $14 million. Meanwhile, the Kentucky Lottery has issued a new $1 scratchoff game called Lucky Dog, offering instant prizes of up to $1,000. Captured bear released to wild ASHLAND, Ky. A black bear captured at an Ashland apartment complex has been safely released into the wild, a state wildlife biologist said. The bear was captured in a trap late Tuesday after it came to the back yard of the Gla-Low Apartments, apparently attracted by peanuts residents had put out for the squirrels. Biologist Steve Bonnie said the young adult male bear was released in Carter County, away from populated areas. State Wildlife Division Director Lauren Schaaf said bears are a protected species in Kentucky. Groups to practice jail emergencies FRANKFORT, Ky. About 200 emergency personnel from the Corrections Cabinet, the Kentucky State Police and the National Guard will stage a mock prison riot, escape and hostage taking tomorrow. Corrections Cabinet spokesman Michael Bradley said officials from the National Guard and the cabinet had met with Ohio officials to learn from the riot and hostage standoff at the maximum-security prison in Lucasville, Ohio.. Kentucky has emergency plans for disturbances at its maximum-security prison, six men's medium-security institutions and one women's prison. The plans include using prison emergency squads and calling out the National Guard and the state police. "We've never physically brought the men and equipment in to see if it really works," Bradley said. Bradley said that planning for the exercise has pointed out some potential problems. He said it took a half-day for the three agencies to learn how to communicate over different radio frequencies and with different procedures. State Fair Board adopts budget The Kentucky State Fair Board adopted a 1993-94 budget of $21.7 million yesterday, up from $20.9 million for the fiscal year that ends Wednesday. The new budget projects a net operating profit of $878,100 next fiscal year, down from just over $1 million for 1992-93. The fair board operating budget traditionally does not include other money that must be authorized by the legislature for capital expenditures. The budget estimates that 1993-94 revenues will be up slightly at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center, but down a fraction at the Commonwealth Convention Center. Under the 1993-94 budget, several private ventures that operate on state-owned land are to pay slightly higher rent than this past year. Executive Inn next fiscal year is to pay $492,400, Executive West $081,000 and Kentucky Kingdom $122,000. The budget calls for the expansion of the new South Wing to be completed this fall. k 1 nnn (oj "InT rnp Clip, save and use the coupons you get in The Courier-Journal. They add up to great savings. Courier- Journal o D 582-2211 ' n 1 onn q ooii ' : O

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