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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - February 22, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                170 KOKOMO lTllIBUNE 1994 50 cents Roof coat Earl an employee with McGuff folds a large piece of plastic covering the roof of Patrick 1230 Arm strong while work was under way to repair the School officials said the last arctic air which invaded the area caused problems for the roof over the schools gym and Work was scheduled to be completed this week on the two Tribune photo by Tim Bath Compromise would lower Ameritech rates INDIANAPOLB AP Ameritech and consumer representatives have reached a compromise on a revolutionary regulatory plan that would change how the telecommunica tions company does business in Ameritech agreed on Monday to a million residential telephone rate reduction and freeze through 1997 in return for support for its Opportunity Indiana which gives the Chicagobased company flexibility in pricing and introduc ing phone services used mostly by Ameritech also said it would spend million by the end of the century to link every interest ed government center and hospital in its territory to a state oftheart communications net work and provide an additional million to help schools take advantage of the The plan still must be approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory The benefits for the I are perfectly aligned with the benefits to the and that was our objective all said Thomas president of Ameritech The agreement ended Ameritechs battle with the Indi ana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor and four groups con cerned about the cost of basic phone service the American Association of Retired the Citizens Action the Indiana Retired Teachers Associa tion and United Senior Those organizations and Ameritech will ask the IURC to act on the proposal by April Ameritechs communications competitors still could fight the which would give Ameritech greater freedom to compete with them but wouldnt break Ameritechs local phone service American Telephone Tele Saph issued a statement onday saying the agreement doesnt address any of the issues necessary to foster competitive development in this emerging industry to the longterm detri ment of Indiana residential and business Michael an attorney who represented the Citizens Action Coalition and the three seniors said he hoped the plans other opponents could be persuaded to support I would hope that Ameritechs competitors would not make its mistake of getting involved in a war with the customers for whom theyre he Mullett said the agreement would reduce charges for basic local phone service by million Those savings would come from a reduction in the monthly charge for access to longdistance service and elimination of the 65 centspermonth charge for TouchTone service to residential Businesses pay a month for TouchTone The reduction would come in four steps 67 cents on May 1 71 cents on 1995 42 cents on 1996 and 41 cents on June Ameritech would offer cus tomers who dont have Touch Tone service 90 days to get it with out having to pay a startup The agreement also would pre vent Ameritech from raising rates on basic local services until The pact also would prohibit Ameritech from implementing local measured service before that A legislative ban on local measured under which consumers could be charged per minute or per call for local expires in July The consumer and senior oppo nents of the first Opportunity Indiana plan had said it was an attempt by Ameritech to force basic phone service customers to pay for a hightech network that many wouldnt fully Under this Mullett Ameritech shareholders would pay for installing the riet Snow heading our way A dangerous winter storm brewing on the horizon will bring with it a combination of sleet and freezing says local weather observer Robert i A lowpressure system in the southwest is moving north east toward pulling very moist air along with it by Wise Howard County can expect some precipitation in the form of snow this evening which will accumulate a couple of inches before turning to sleet and By Wednesday morning it will be falling as The high temperature today will be 33 degrees with northeast winds blowing at 10 to 20 The low tonight will be Wednesday will be warmer with high temperatures of 40 degrees and rain should end by the There will be cloudy skies all day with a low tempera ture of 25 Wise says Thursday will be partly cloudy and cold with some snow flurries Highs for Thursday will be right around 32 The National Weather Service has posted a winter storm watch for the northern portion of the state which is expected to receive heavy sleet and rain DeVore drops out of race INDIANAPOLIS AP The hard work and good luck of state Auditor Ann DeVore dissolved into nothing when she abandoned hjer congressional campaign after missing a filing deadline met by scores of other The campaign has disappoint ed so many people who have given so she said announcing her decision to quit the All I can say is that I am so DeVore had been campaigning and building an organization for a planning a challenge to Democrat Phil a 20 year Her candidacy was buoyed when who had easily beaten Republican opponents in recent announced his DeVores plans began to unravel Friday when she either or never about the filing Local A candidate for Howard County Democratic chairman steps Page Style Hospital Cheer Guild announces plans for upcoming annual Page Sports TorvillDean duo settles for bronze despite fan Also inside Classified Local Natipn News of Candidates file reports Buyer has early financial advantage over Beatty By DAVID HAWKINGS Thomson News Service WASHINGTON Steve Buyer has built a modest campaign war chest but a sizable early finan cial advantage over his probable opponent this a Monticello Republican in his first had in his political bank account at the start of the having saved threefifths of the contribu tions he took in during Howard County Sheriff a had just in the bank at the end of last The numbers were contained in annual campaign finance reports recently filed with the Federal1 Elec tion Buyer and Beatty are the leading candidates in the 5th which sprawls across much of northwest Indiana and counts Kokomo as its largest Mel Ligon of Kokomo is also seeking the Republican and Hugh Salisbury of Plymouth is running for the Democratic The primaries are May and the month for announcing candidacy ended on In the 6th which covers Tipton Republican incumbent Dan Burton of Indi anapolis had more than in the bank as he began his bid for a seventh term against four oppo two of whom he beat in the primary and gen eral elections of That Buyer won an upset victory even though he spent less than incumbent Democratic Jim who is now running for the Senate against Republican incumbent Richard But the gap between Buyer and Jontz was never as wide as it is now between Buyer and and a challengers early success in fundraising can often make or break his Buyers campaign Mike said Monday the campaign would probably need to raise more than the it did two years Gopher said the extra money would be needed to counter an expected wave of labor donations to But not a single union political action committee gave to the challenger in when Buyer opposed organized labor on a series of culminating in his support for the North American Free Trade No other PAG gave to although he is seeking their Buyer has promised to take no more than half his contributions from groups organized by com unions and other special interest groups to donate money to potentially likeminded Last year PAG money accounted for 45 percent of Buyers and most came in checks at a Hal loween theme party PAG fundraiser on Capitol Indiana Bell Telephone PAG gave the The PAC gave while five others gave Most of the special interest money came from Hoosier the automobile groups angling for position in the health care reform debate and defense Buyer is on the House Armed Services Beattys biggest donation was from Kokomo Mayor Robert Both candidates biggest expenses late last year were for Buyer spent for the services of a consultant and to stage a golf event in Beatty spent Red tape unplugs car EAST AP Craig Davalos electric car does not emit so it has no but he still must get it tested for After one visit to a testing cen ter with the cars manual and two with the he was told he couldnt get it tested and could nt get an exemption so he could buy a new license plate His 1976 Citicar is powered by an motor run on eight 6volt batter It plugs into household cur rent to be Its Davalos Its just bureaucracy in I want them to get their act I have one of the few cars in Lake County that doesnt pollute at and theyre giving me a hard Indiana law requires emissions tests in Lake and Porter counties on all vehicles unless they are Craig Davalos poses with his 1976 an electricpowered automobile AP photo FCC trying again to cut cable rates Cable companies fear the worst WASHINGTON AP The last timethe government tried to hold down soaring cable televi sion prices the move backfired and the public outcry resounded Today the Federal Communica tions Commission is trying Cable which say regula tions have already cost them bil lions of fear the Wary many of whom saw their bills go up instead of down last time the FCC imposed rate are waiting to see if things get Our goal is to set competitive prices wriere competitive markets do not exist without stifling incen tives for further investment and FCC Chairman Reed Hundt said in a 11 speech in Los Agency officials have declined to estimate the amount of any price cuts for the 57 million Amer ican households that receive cable Speculation has ranged from 5 percent to 10 but indications are that congressional Republicans could oppose any rate When it passed the law that took effect last Congress intended that cable rates be but an FCC survey of the 25 largest cable companies showed that while 68 percent of subscribers received lower monthly 31 percent got higher Consumer groups said even that was misleading because many smaller companies that serve mil lions of homes have raised A deluge of complaints flooded local governments and the FCC after the billing changes took effect last   

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