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4C STATE MESSENGER-INQUIRER, Tuesday. September 17, 1991 BRIEFS From staff and wira raports State files suit against defunct mining company The state has filed a lawsuit against a defunct mining company that had operated in Ohio County, claiming it failed to pay fines for surface mining violations. Filed Sept 4 in Franklin Circuit Court against Baizetown Mining, the suit seeks $96,780 in penalties and $5,000 for failing to comply with a state order. The suit, filed by the state Cabinet for Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, also seeks $81 in filing fees and any other appropriate relief. Court documents say Baizetown Mining was cited in 1987 for not maintaining adequate bond coverage, inadequate backfilling and grading at the mine, failure to monitor surface water and failure to maintain required permit signs. Company officials did not appear at a hearing to answer the charges and fines for those violations were never paid, documents said. According to the secretary of state's office, the corporation was dissolved in 1986. Winner named in contest held by education panel . Christy Kramer of Owensboro was the winner of the recent "Match the Picture" Kentucky Education Reform Act game sponsored by the Owensboro-Daviess County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee and the Citizens Committee on Education. ', Kramer correctly matched 19 area business, civic and government leaders with their childhood pictures. The leaders represented people who were influenced in their growing years by the Kentucky educational system. Kramer received a $100 savings . bond. Gulf war veteran to attend meeting ; The Send Our Support group will welcome Brad Rich, who served in the Persian Gulf War, on Thursday. ' The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church, Greenville. ; SOS members are encouraged to attend and give the same support tb Rich that other gulf war veterans received. Man sought for fraud arrested by FBI in Texas A man Owensboro police believe defrauded several business three years ago has been arrested. The man, who used the name of John Heck while he was here, was charged with one count of theft of services in August 1988 for allegedly writing a bad check to a business that provided advertising -services. He opened three "convenience stores in town and then left without paying his Creditors, said Sgt Jim Tostlewaite of OPD's detective bureau. . Heck's real name is John James Irwin Jr. Postlewaite said Irwin "was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation earlier this month in Texas. He is charged with several counts of fraud. C Irwin is lodged in the Baltimore 'City Jail on a $250,000 bond. Postlewaite said Irwin will be brought to Owensboro to face the Charge here, but he did not know when. Irwin also faces charges in other cities. "We're going to be in line," Postlewaite said. m ' Lung transplant patient dies Z LEXINGTON - The University of Kentucky Medical Center's first lung transplant patient died during the weekend, the hospital announced Monday. Linda Barnhill of Williamsburg, who received the transplant June 16, died Saturday, according to a statement released by the hospital. . Barnhill, 19, left the hospital with Iter new lung July 18. But she had been hospitalized since Aug. 12, when she underwent a procedure to open a blocked airway. According to UK heart and lung transplant surgeon Dr. Michael Sekela, the woman had already suffered from decreased oxygen that resulted in brain damage. Sekela said there had been no signs of rejection to the transplanted organ. Since March 28, the UK hospital has performed 12 heart transplants and one lung transplant Legislators see bleak picture for higher ed funding Associated Press LEXINGTON Two legislative leaders say it's just about impossible to find new money to increase the budgets of the state's universities. They blame a struggling economy. "Everybody is going to have to scrape for every penny they can get," Sen. Ed Ford, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, told a conference of higher education officials and legislators over the weekend. "I hope we can keep you where you are, but in terms of seeing new money to do anything, it's not there. It 'Everybody is going to have to scrape for every penny they can get. Sen. Ed Ford Senate Education Committee chairman doesn't look like it's in the cards," said Rep. Joe Clarke, the House's budget chief. Clarke, D-Danville, said Sunday, "I'm sorry because I really believe that we made great strides in the last (legislative) session." The state came up about $58 million short in projections for the last fiscal year, he said. That, combined with a current recession, has lawmakers looking for budget restraints. "Higher education has made some strides recently. We don't need to step back. But it's going to get tough everywhere." Also during the meeting, Ford said f I I Applet , I Teachers in Breathitt County were looking for more than apples when they hit the picket lines Monday. Two teachers, who would not Identify themselves, were among about 30 picketing Breathitt Associated Press County High School. They are seeking a 10 percent raise, but the school board has threatened to replace them. Breathitt ready to replace picketers By Allen G. Breed Associated Press JACKSON Hours after two Breathitt County school officials were arrested and accused of running down a pair of striking teachers Monday, the county's school board voted to replace pickets. The board authorized Superintendent Hargus Rogers to close schools indefinitely and seek replacements for the teachers, bus drivers, cooks and janitors. Asked if the action was an attempt to fire striking workers, Roger said, "No! Adamantly no. "We're preparing in the event we're going to need teachers." The decision came after teachers Nettie Turner and Eula Smith were treated for minor injuries and released from the Middle Kentucky River Medical Center. Board member James Raleigh and the principal of Lyndon B. Johnson Elementary School, Harvey Gabbard were arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident Turner, a teacher at Highland-Turner Elementary School, said that before she was hit, fellow teachers on the picket line were cheering as Raleigh first drove up to LBJ Elementary. "We thought he was a friend coming to support us," said Turner, whose left arm was wrapped in a bandage. "But then he just came barging in. We saw he meant business." Turner, 49, said she thought Raleigh might not have known that he hit her, "but with the look on his face. ... He should have felt it I felt it" Turner, who has been teaching for 29 years, said she and her husband, Willie, were friends of Raleigh's family. "I'm not hurt bad," she said. "I'm just hurt that it happened." Smith, a librarian at LBJ whose age was not available, declined to comment about the incident But witnesses on the picket line said Gabbard never stopped to see if the woman was hurt Breathitt County Attorney Mike Stidham said the men were not charged with a more serious crime because, "I didn't think this warranted anything more serious than what it was." Both officials each were released Monday on a $1,000 unsecured bonds. They were scheduled for arraignment Oct 7, a spokeswoman for the Breathitt Circuit Clerk's office said. The strike was called Sunday night when the board failed to grant the teachers' request for a pay increase at a meeting Sunday night The Breathitt County Education Association's 14-member "crisis committee" voted unanimously to walk out according to group president Barbara Deaton. The two sides have been meeting since last Thursday, when a mediator from the state Department of Education joined the discussions. The teachers originally wanted an 18 percent raise, but they lowered their demand to 12 percent and then to 10 percent The board maintains there is only enough money in the budget for a 5 percent raise, which the teachers rejected. School board Chairman Kelly Noble Jr. said the board had been more than fair -with the teachers. He said the board had offered an additional 5 percent "incentives" increase based on teacher and pupil attendance, but Deaton said that was "unrealistic." Attendance down by half as Floyd strike continues Associated Prasa PRESTONSBURG Attendance in Floyd County schools was down 53.6 percent Monday as a strike by bus drivers and other classified workers entered its second day. Despite the high number of absences, which will cost the county thousands of dollars in state money, Superintendent Ron Hager said schools would stay open. "The schools are for kids and for educational purposes," he said. "As long as there's no danger of safety for citizens, I would plan on having school." Bus drivers, clerks, cooks and janitors walked out on Friday after the board refused the night before to consider recognizing the Teamsters union as the workers' collective bargaining agent Earl Ousley, director of transportation, said only 25 of his 74 bus drivers showed up for work Monday. The county was going to train substitute drivers, but Ousley said that idea had been scrapped for undisclosed reasons. Maurice Allen, pupil personnel director for the county, said 4,278 of Floyd County students were absent Monday. Because the county gets $16.50 a day in state money for each student, the system has lost $70,587 in irretrievable aid, Allen said. Hager had threatened the workers with suspension or replacement if they did not return to their jobs. However, he would not say what if any, action he would take against the picketers. the 1992 General Assembly probably would look at establishing a confirmation process in the state legislature for appointees to university governing boards. The governor is responsible for appointing 81 of the 100 people who serve on the governing boards of Kentucky's eight public universities. The 19 others are chosen by faculty, students and staff. Ford, D-Cynthiana, said there was a disturbing perception around the nation that the boards are not composed of qualified people. "And I'm not talking about Kentucky in partic- j ular," he said. J Roger Noe, chairman of the House i Education Committee, also proposed minimum qualifications for people serving on the boards. He did not say what those credentials were, but jok ed it would be "other than making a gigantic contribution." Republican gubernatorial candi date Larry Hopkins, who spoke about his stance on education issues Sun day, has opposed a formal screening and nominating process. Court rules family had right to halt daughter's feeding By Doug Richardson Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS - The family of a severely brain-damaged woman had the right to halt artificial feedings before her death in July, and didn't need to seek court approval, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Monday. The decision to end the life of Sue Ann Lawrance had been challenged by an advocacy group for the disabled. Lawrance died after feeding was ordered resumed. "The law of the state permits families to decide, in consultation with their physicians, that tube-feeding of a loved one in a persistent vegetative state should be ended," Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard wrote for the court, which ruled 4-1. "We're pleased that it has made pretty much of a clear-cut ruling for the state of Indiana, for families that would be faced with this same type of problem, and it restores the rights of medically incompetent people, which were taken away in some instances," said Dr. William I. Lawrance, an Indianapolis dentist and father of Sue Ann Lawrance. "We're still kind of walking on Cloud 9 right now," he added. James Bopp Jr., counsel for the National Legal Center for the Medically Dependent and Disabled in Indianapolis, said his group was "surprised and shocked by the decision." "It's the most extreme right-to-die decision any court has handed down in 20 years," he said. "What the court has done is to give carte blanche authority to third parties to end the lives of patients, regardless of their condition, regardless of the treatment or care that's involved, and regardless of even the duration or the incapacity of the patient" Bopp said his group was still con- sidering whether to appeal to the! U.S: Supreme Court j The ruling came after a six-month-court battle pitting the Lawrance! family against the National Legal; Center. The Lawrances went to court in March seeking authority to have ar-, tificial feedings halted for their 42-year-old daughter, who had suffered from degenerative brain disorders, for 30 years. She had been in a persistent vegetative state since falling from a wheelchair four years earlier.' A judge allowed feedings to stop, and they were halted May 3-17. Feedings were ordered resumed pending" appellate review of the case. She, died July 18 with the artificial feeding tube still sending food and water into her body. ' ! A court isn't required to ratify the treatment decision when it is reached unanimously by the family; attending physician and health-care facility, the Supreme Court said. The lone dissenter was Justice Roger O. DeBruler, who first contended the issue was rendered moot by Lawrance's death. If the court felt compelled to decide the case, he argued that the state had a prevailing interest in preserving her life. On the mootness question, the court majority disagreed. Despite her death, Lawrance's case drew intense public interest, as shown by friend-of-court briefs filed by groups across the nation, Shepard said. . Report says Humana Inc." charging more than other hospitals in Louisville Associated Press LOUISVILLE Patients treated at Humana Inc.'s four hospitals in Jefferson County were charged more, on average, last year than they would have paid at other hospitals in the area, according to a published report Humana hospitals mark up their prices for all patients more aggressively than their not-for-profit competitors, The Courier-Journal-said Monday. The average 1990 markup at Humana hospitals was 124 percent; at non-Humana hospitals, the average was 54 percent For example, an item or service costing $100 is marked up to $263 at Humana Audubon. The average markup in the Louisville area is $181. The other three Humana hospitals were above that Humana Hospital-University of Louisville at $191, Humana Suburban at $219 and Humana Southwest at $220. The newspaper also said the average Medicare inpatient is charged more at Humana hospitals than at non-Humana hospitals in Louisville. The difference can be thousands of dollars. r An analysis showed that an average Medicare patient would have been charged anywhere from $7,735 to $10,087 at the four Humana hospitals last year. At the non-Humana hospitals, the average patient's bill would have totaled from $4,621 to $7,485. '! Medicare charges are meaningful for other patients, because hospitals charge the same price to Medicare and non-Medicare patients. -' The newspaper based its information on analyses of Medicare bills and figures that hospitals must file annually with the government It was the third time in the past decade that the newspaper has compared prices of Louisville hospitals. i A Humana spokesman would not confirm the accuracy of the figures and contended that they are misleading anyway, because they do not reflect what most patients really pay. Humana said 90 percent of insurance companies receive a discount from its hospitals. .s 1 State's military museum to add gulf war collection By Charles Wolfe Associated Press FRANKFORT The state's miL-tary museum will soon add a collection weapons, uniforms and other trophies from the Persian Gulf War. "We're probably looking at two dozen weapons, maybe half a dozen of which are going to be big things," said Tom Fugate, curator of the Kentucky Military History Museum. The booty was collected by two Kentucky National Guard units that went to Kuwait in Operation Desert Storm the 223rd Military Police Company and the 623rd Field Artillery. Artifacts shipped to the United States by the 223rd are to be unloaded Tuesday morning at the unit's armory in Buechel, a suburb of Louisville. Trophies collected by the 623rd will arrive Wednesday at the armory in Springfield. Fugate said Tuesday's shipment contains the prize of the collection a Soviet-made anti-aircraft gun that the regular Army would love to claim. The "quad-mounted, 51-caliber anti-aircraft gun" would be the only one of its kind in this country, he said. The MPs, who operated a prisoner-of-war camp in Kuwait hooked a 2V4-ton truck to it and hauled it away. 6 A us k1 n n PEHB ) ) u "JA RnrH EaaV THaVaak arBaaV JeVft'Taf TESTS' Catnafjper recliners from Exclusively at 521 E. 4th St. Owensboro 684-5237 168 o o o o o h

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