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Commercials give hint of campaign ad war to come Tigers bite back against Falcons SPORTS B1 FRIDAY NEWS A10 WWW.KENTUCKYNEWERA.COM Friday, April 20, 2012 | 75 cents, 51 cents average home delivery cost 20 pages, 2 sections | Volume 125, Number 112 | Hopkinsville, Ky. Est. 1869 illey takes pride in drug legislation BY CARLA JIMENEZ NEW ERA STAFF WRITER Rep. John Tilley, D-Hopkinsville, takes great pride in what he accomplished during the 2012 Kentucky General Assembly . Of the legislation he worked to pass, he is most proud of the new synthetic drug ban, which went into effect last week and has led to at least two raids on Christian County businesses. “It’s been effective,” he said of the new law. “We’ve seen our store shelves wiped clean of these poi- sons. It could not have been a better result.” For Tilley this , year’s regular session was about addressing what he views as Kentucky’s No. 1 probTilley lem: the drug epidemic. The epidemic includes both synthetic and prescription drug abuse, he said. Tilley cited a statistic that more Kentuckians are killed by pre- scription drug abuse than die in car crashes every year. Tilley also shared a story about a new Wal-Mart opening up in Perry County to illustrate the problem. “Of the 800 job applications, 600 of those applicants tested positive for drugs and had to be stricken from consideration,” he said. Kentucky’s drug problem is getting in the way of employment in an already struggling economy he , said. SEE DRUG, PAGE A9 DAVID SNOW | FOR THE NEW ERA K4 and a glass pipe were confiscated and people were cited Wednesday during a raid of Smoke n More. Raid nets Taking care of tobacco drugs, cash, citations BY DAVID SNOW FOR THE NEW ERA A Wednesday raid conducted by the Oak Grove Police Department netted 466 packs of synthetic drugs and more than $2,500 in cash. The 6 p.m. raid at Smoke n More, 15238 Fort Campbell Blvd., came after police received information from an informant that the business was selling synthetic drugs. Police officers entered the building with a search warrant and found 466 packs of K4 and Bang Bang, which both mimic the effects of marijuana, worth $11,650. Police also found $1,900 kept in two bags inside a small file cabinet drawer. Police also found $665 in the cash register. Each package of synthetic drugs sold for $25. The store’s owner, Basel Ghalayini, was charged with trafficking in synthetic drugs (first offense). Clerks April Mohler, Tawyna Lee and Rebecca Hamilton were also charged with INSIDE: Our Opinion: Fake drug sellers face economic pressures Opinion A8 TOM KANE | KENTUCKY NEW ERA The 2012 tobacco crop has not yet reached the fields surrounding Hopkinsville. It’s still in greenhouses, like this one owned by Billy Garnett. The seedlings are growing in blocks of Styrofoam with holes drilled in them for the root systems to reach the water and fertilizer. When the plants are mature enough and the weather is right, the plants will be “set” in the fields. Garnett estimates that will be in about two weeks and should continue throughout May. When the weather gets too cold, the greenhouses can be heated up to protect the crop. SEE CITATIONS, PAGE A9 Study: Kentucky pushes awareness of minority health gaps “Observances ... assist us in our ongoing work by helping educate the public about the impact of disparities and focusing on sources where they are needed.” Vivian Lasley-Bibbs Of the Kentucky Department of Public Health n BY NICK TABOR NEW ERA STAFF WRITER Racial minorities in Kentucky suffer from far worse disease rates and personal health conditions then whites, according to a major study the state commissioned three years ago. Infant mortality cancer , deaths and sexually transmitted diseases are far worse for blacks than for whites, the study determined. Blacks and Hispanics also use hospital services far less often than whites. Because the federal govern- INDEX www.facebook.com/ kentuckynewera or follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/kentuckynewera OBITUARIES LOTTERY LOCAL/STATE OPINION WEATHER TV ASK AMY MY ANSWER COMICS CLASSIFIEDS HOROSCOPES instance, the Department of Public Health received $420,000 in federal money two years ago to reduce diabetes rates among Hispanics and infant mortality rates among blacks. It is developing a program to improve health A2 A3 A6 A8 A10 B4 B4 B4 B5 B7 B10 Ean Haby is in his first year of managing his own lawn care business and enjoys the extra time he gets to spend with his children now that he is self-employed. He has been cutting lawns for 16 years. “I wish I was a good salesman,” he said. “My goal is to get 50 lawns a week — 10 per day. I like doing what I am doing.” In his free time, he spends every other weekend with his children or goes out on his jet ski. His daughter, Chantelle, is 7 and his son, Toby, is 4. Toby wrestles and Chantelle plays T-ball. Haby likes to watch TV and is a fan of the Tennessee Ti- care leadership among minorities and improve “cultural and linguistic competency,” according to a news release from Kentucky’s Health and Family Services Cabinet. The 2009 study showed Kentucky’s population becoming April is National Minority Health Month WHO WE ARE: Ean Haby, 32, Hopkinsville BIGGER JACKPOTS BETTER ODDS MORE MILLIONAIRES Now $2 ment has declared this month National Minority Health Month, Kentucky’s health care officials are trying to make the public aware of these gaps. “Observances, like Minority Health Month, assist us in our ongoing work by helping educate the public about the impact of disparities and focusing on resources where they are needed,” said Vivian Lasley-Bibbs, who works for Kentucky’s Department of Public Health. The state also wants to inform everyone of certain efforts to reduce these gaps. For tans and the Kentucky Wildcats. He said the Wildcats entering the NBA draft should have finished school. “It’s four 15 minute quarters in the NBA,” he said. “They don’t know what they are getting into.” Is there someone you know who deserves attention? We’d like to know. Contact us at 270-887-3238 or visit kentuckynewera.com. We’ll take it from there. SATURDAY DRAWING $152 MILLION SEE STUDY, PAGE A9 MORE INSIDE Hearings continue Ship officials, crew answer questions on incident. Local/State A6

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