- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Bill would let monkeys help paralyzed people

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky legislators may soon debate whether to allow service monkeys to assist paralyzed adults with simple household tasks.

A northern Kentucky lawmaker has introduced the bill at the request of a family that looked into bringing in a service monkey to assist their daughter, who was paralyzed in an automobile accident. The family found out Kentucky prohibits the use of service monkeys.

“Like all families do, they were searching for ways to help,” Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, said in a recent interview.

Monkeys aren’t recognized as service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act, but some states have exemptions, Schickel said.

His bill has been referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee. Its chairman, Sen. Paul Hornback, said he’s willing to bring the bill up for discussion.

“I don’t know much about it myself,” said Hornback, R-Shelbyville. “I’m going to try to read up on it.”

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Ali Centers pays tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Martin Luther King Jr.’s most famous speech is the main event at the Muhammad Ali Center as the nation remembers the civil-rights icon.

It’s tradition for the Louisville-based center to show King’s “I Have a Dream” speech on the federal holiday honoring the slain civil-rights leader.

Ali Center spokeswoman Jeanie Kahnke says the speech is being shown on the hour Monday, from 10 a.m. EST to 3 p.m. The big-screen showings are free to the public.

Kahnke says the replay of the speech draws a cross-section of viewers - from young people to those who lived through the civil-rights era, and people from different ethnicities and religions.

Permanent displays relive Ali’s boxing career and promote his humanitarian ideals. Visitors can see the former world heavyweight champion rail against war, segregation and poverty.

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Volunteers sought for annual Ohio River cleanup

CINCINNATI (AP) - A water pollution control agency is soliciting volunteers to participate in its annual cleanup day for riverbanks along the Ohio River and its tributaries.

The Cincinnati-based Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission says its 25th River Sweep has been scheduled for June 21. Thousands of volunteers in six states along the river help comb for trash and debris over 3,000 miles of shorelines from western Pennsylvania to southern Illinois during the annual event.

The interstate commission says potential volunteers can visit its website for more information, and the cleanup sites will be listed in early spring.

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Fundraising for guard memorial in final stretch

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The fundraising drive for a National Guard memorial in Frankfort has hit the final stretch.

Joshua Witt, a guardsman who is volunteering his time to help with the memorial, told The State Journal (http://bit.ly/19HU3jh) that another $580,000 is needed to meet the $1.3 million goal.

He is hoping a majority of that can be raised with three benefit concerts being held this year.

The first, on Feb. 8, features Delbert Clinton and Exile. On April 19, the Kentucky Headhunters and Black Stone Cherry are slated to perform. The third concert on Aug. 23 features The Charlie Daniels Band and Sunday Best.

He estimated that $450,000 could be raised if all three shows at the Frankfort Convention Center sell out.

“None of us, as volunteers, are concert promoters,” Witt said, with a laugh. “But what we are is soldiers who really want to see this thing happen - even if you’re not a big fan, you can buy a ticket and know 100 percent of that is going to the memorial.”

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