Kentucky environmentalist among Heinz Award winners

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The man who is considered Kentucky's environmental watchdog is among five people being named Heinz Award winners in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Thomas FitzGerald of Louisville, who is founder and director of the Kentucky Resources Council, is receiving the environment award.

Besides the environment, other fields recognized are arts and humanities; the human condition; public policy; and technology, the economy and employment.

Each winner receives $250,000.

The Pittsburgh-based Heinz Family Foundation has presented the awards since 1994 in memory of Sen. John Heinz III, heir to the Heinz food fortune who died in a 1991 plane crash. The awards will be presented at a private ceremony in Pittsburgh on Oct. 21.

Teresa Heinz Kerry, John Heinz's widow who is now married to Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., is the foundation's chair.

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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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