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If"3' KENTUCKY EDITION 26 PAGES COPYRIGHT 1994, THE COURIER-JOURNAL, LOUISVILLE, KY. A GANNETT NEWSPAPER THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1994. 35 CENTS i i in ,ti if cm r In surprise move, Jack Hall to run health board By GIL LAWSON and ROBERT T. GARRETT Staff Writers ' FRANKFORT, Ky. - In an unexpected move, Gov. Brereton Jones turned yesterday to Jack Hall, his controversial political adviser and chief campaign fund-raiser, to run the state board that will oversee his top priority health-care reform. Jones announced Hall's selection late in the day, at the same time he announced that the current chairman of the Health Policy Board, Donald Clapp, was resigning. Clapp, 57,, who took the job just four months ago, cited personal reasons for his resignation in a letter dated Nov. 4. He could not be reached for comment. Clapp's resignation was effective Tuesday, and Hall is scheduled to Lawsuits start over campaign spending Candidates oppose limits set by state By AL CROSS Political Writer FRANKFORT, Ky. Kentucky legislators expected court challenges when they decided to give gubernatorial campaigns public money in exchange for their promises to spend less. Yesterday two years after that bargain became law one lawsuit was filed against it, a second may be filed today or tomorrow, and a third is possible later. The court action comes 11 weeks before the deadline for candidates to announce their intentions to run for governor. Plaintiffs in yesterday's suit are two Democrats Nicholasville lawyer Gatewood Galbraith and Versailles labor leader Jerry Hammond, the only announced candidates for governor and lieutenant governor who have rejected taxpayer financing. Today's likely plaintiff is former Gov. Wallace Wilkinson, an outspoken opponent of public financing who may also seek the Democratic nomination and exceed the $1.8 million spending limit that applies to candidates who take public money. Another suit may come from Robert Gable, a potential Republican candidate and former state GOP. chairman. Gable, the party's nominee for governor in 1975, could challenge a part of the law that Republicans say is unfair to them. The law was prompted by increasingly costly races for governor some of the most expensive in the nation and was circumscribed by the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that mandatory spending limits unconstitutionally rein in free speech. Voluntary limits are allowed. To get candidates to observe them, public financing has been offered as an incentive by Congress to presidential candidates and by some legislatures to candidates for state office, mainly governor. The Kentucky law takes the scheme further than other states, paying at least two-thirds of the cost of campaigns that agree to spend no more than $1.8 million per election. Thus, a campaign gets $600,000 from contributors and $1.2 million from the state. (Another new twist: If no slate of See SPENDING Back page, col. 1, this section THE KING OF KITCHENS? Are the steaks love-me tender? Are the shakes all shook up? It only makes sense, because this kitchen is decorated entirely in Early Elvis. C 1 preside over today's regularly scheduled meeting of the board. With Hall in charge of fund-raising, Jones' 1991 campaign for governor collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions from health care interests many of the same ones the board now oversees. But Hall said in an interview yesterday that his role in the campaign should pose no problem. "Those contributors will have no influence," he said. The question of possible conflicts "never came up" when he talked with Jones about the new job. Jones could not be reached for comment, but his chief public-affairs aide, Franklin Jelsma, said he See HALL Back page, col. 1, this section Administration urges support for trade pact Vice President Al Gore and other senior administration officials worked feverishly yesterday to shore up wavering Republican support for the world trade accord. Their efforts came a day after Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., likely to be chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee when the GOP takes control of Congress in January, hinted he would hinder foreign-policy initiatives if President Clinton pressed for a vote, now set for Dec. 1 , on the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. Story, Page A 3 y" Yy-s' " iin Foster family pleads for By DEBORAH YETTER Staff Writer OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - As he arrived home from work each day, Ernest Bean recalled, his foster son, Michael, would "run outside and grab me." On sunny days, they would go for walks or fish in a nearby pond. Always cheerful and outgoing, 6-year-old Michael loved to help Bean whom he called "Dad" with chores such as cutting wood and painting. "It was very happy," Bean said of his family's 42 years with Michael. "He was always a joy to be around." lyi t? fy k ( i tin ik Private firms asked to manage Central, Eastern state hospitals By NIKTTA STEWART and FRAN ELLERS Staff Writer Two of Kentucky's three state psychiatric hospitals are well on their way to being managed by private, non-profit mental-health agencies. The state has asked Seven Counties Services Inc. to manage Central State Hospital in Louisville and Bluegrass Comprehensive Care to manage Eastern State Hospital in Lexington. The mental-health agencies would begin managing the hospitals by July if an advisory group to the 'We want him back3 ASSOCIATED PRESS Yesterday in their first public appearance Bean, his wife, Merle, and their daughters, Angela, 17, and Rachael, 14, issued an emotional plea for the safe return of Michael Anthony Hughes, who was kidnapped at gunpoint Sept. 12 from his rural elementary school outside Oklahoma City. Franklin. D. Floyd, 51, who claims to be Michael's father falsely, according to the FBI was arrested last Friday in Louisville and charged with the kidnapping. But Michael has not been found, despite a massive interstate search by the FBI. Yesterday, Ernest Bean said itii Cabinet for Human Resources approves of the plan by late January, said cabinet secretary Masten Childers II. "This has been on the burner . . . nearly a year," he said. "This is not something that has just been cooked up." The state now pays the agencies to serve mentally ill people out in the community, and Childers and other officials said it would be simpler for the agencies to also oversee the care of those patients when they are hospitalized. The proposal also calls for psychiatrists from the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky, who now also treat many of the Merle and Ernest Bean made an emotional appeal through the media yesterday in hopes of learning the whereabouts of their foster son, Michael Anthony Hughes, above. Michael, 6, was kidnapped from his rural Oklahoma elementary school Sept. 12. boy's return that his family had hoped to adopt Michael and that his disappearance has devastated them. "We love him, we miss him, he's just like a son to us," Bean said. "We want him back." "Not a minute goes by that I don't think about Michael," Merle Bean said. She has agonized about whether she could have prevented the abduction, she said, and although she realizes she probably could have done nothing, "I still have that guilt." Michael had a sunny disposition See FAMILY Back page, col. 4, this section FUN AND GAMES Former University of Kentucky standout Jamal Mashburn has one word for this season with the Dallas Mavericks: fun, Sports, D 1 same patients, to help staff the state hospitals. The agencies would pay them for their time. "Why don't we all work together," Childers said, "and avoid triplication?" "Our primary goal is to integrate hospitals and community services," he said, and to stop taking a "fractured approach" to mental-health care. But employees of both state hospitals said Seven Counties and Blue-grass known as comprehensive-care centers don't have the exper- See STATE Back page, col. 6, this section Inmate who was freed by mistake accused of raping 2nd child By JOSEPH GERTH Staff Writer A rapist who was allowed to walk away from prison 10 months early because of a state blunder has been charged with raping a second child while he was supposed to have been locked away. Christopher Justin Campbell, who also goes by the name Buck Edward Miller, tricked state corrections officials into releasing him from the Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex in West Liberty in August 1993. Officials caught onto his scam only after he was charged in April with raping a 12-year-old girl four times during the winter. State police now say that seven days before he was arrested, Campbell raped a second girl at his Lawrence County home. State Police Detective Gary Stevens said Campbell told the 16-year- Aristide to leave Catholic priesthood Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the slum priest whose fiery defense of the poor often pitted him against dictators and his Roman Catholic superiors, is leaving the priesthood. The Vatican, long at odds with Aristide, pressured him to resign, a church source said yesterday. Two government officials confirmed the move. Story, Page A 3 LOW OVERHEAD KENTUCKY: Mostly cloudy through tomorrow, with highs in the 60s and lows in the lower 50s. Details, B 2 Sudden terror in Florida Nate Hewes, left, and Si Gagon searched the rubble of a mobile home belonging to Gagon's son yesterday in Barefoot Bay, Fla. A tornado spawned by Tropical Storm Gordon hit the community without warning Tuesday night, killing one person and Injuring 40. "I said, 'What is that noise?' and everything blew," resident Seline Harrod said. Gordon Is expected to move into the Atlantic today and could affect the Carolinas and Virginia. Story, Page A 2 ASSOCIATED PRESS THE PLAYERS Central State Hospital, Louisville, 397 full-time and 31 part-time employees, $20 million annual budget. Eastern State Hospital, Lexington, 404 full-time and 51 part-time employees, $22 million annual budget. Seven Counties Services Inc., Louisville, 700 full-time employees, $31 million annual budget. The largest of 14 comprehensive community mental-health centers in Kentucky, it serves seven north-central counties. Bluegrass Comprehensive Care, Lexington, 800 employees, serves 17 counties in Central Kentucky. old that he would install a car stereo for her if she brought the car to his house. When Campbell was half finished with the job, he sent the girl to his bedroom to look for tape he said he needed, Stevens said. Campbell followed her inside and offered her money for sex, Stevens said. When she refused, Campbell threw the girl onto his bed and raped her, the detective said. A Lawrence County grand jury indicted Campbell last week on one count of rape and one count of being a persistent felon. During the time all of the rapes allegedly occurred, Campbell should have been in prison. He was freed early after he presented corrections officials with two documents that suggested he should See BLUNDER Back page, col. 1, this section BUSINESS B8 CLASSIFIED C4, D6 COMICS C4 DEATHS B4 HORSE RACING D5 LOTTERY A2 PEOPLE A2 TV, RADIO C2

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