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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - August 18, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana High school football section inside 339 KOKOMO TRIBUNE 1994 50 cents Smoothing things over O S Lee and Tim Shapley of Hunt ingtons Hammel Floor Service sand the wooden floor of Memorial Gym at Kokomo High downtown Wednes day Crews have been working this week to refurbish the Sealer had begun to and paint had begun to The project will be complet ed in time for athletic events scheduled in the gym this said KHS Athletic Director Jim Tribune photo by Tim Bath Magnetek closing doors in Kokomo By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer Magnetek said it will close its Kokomo plant on North Web ster in November and elimi nate 100 jobs as part of a plan to consolidate power supply manu facturing at a company facility in The Los Angelesbased compa ny said 20 mostly would be trans ferred to the Huntington Another 100 Kokomo mostly production and mainte nance will be let The Kokomo which man ufactures ACDC power supply converters for the recreational vehicle will be combined with MagneTeks transformer and power supply operations in Hunt MagnTek acquired the squarefoot Kokomo plant in April 1987 from BW Manufac turers for an undisclosed We were constricted by space in Kokomo and felt we needed a larger manufacturing facili It is strictly a consolidation said company spokesper son Bob We are already manufacturing power supplies for computers ana other office machines in Hunting And the RV support work is analogous it makes sense to consolidate it in Huntington where we have a larger Workers were notified of the closing Murray said terminated employees will receive a severance package totaling one weeks pay for every year of ser In June MagneTek closed an electronic ballast operation in Huntington and consolidated operations at a ballast facility in The move result ed in the layoff of 280 workers in MagneTeks power supply operations and nearby technical center in Huntington employ 300 At one time the company con sidered moving the Kokomo oper ations to where economic development officials had offered the firm financial incentives to Some workers charge the com pany is relocating to avoid attempts by Teamsters Local 135 of Indianapolis to organize employees at the Kokomo Theyve threatened to shut the door if theyre forced to bargain with the said Bernice who has worked at the plant for nearly nine Im 50 years there are not a lot of jobs I can go out and get The plants workers voted with five ballots on 27 to the NLRB upheld management charges that Team sters officials unlawfully induced workers to sign union authoriza tion cards by promising to waive initiation Bob assistant to the NLRBs regional director in Indi said today the NLRB has not scheduled a second organiza tion In MagneTeks board of directors voted to divest about a third of the company as part of a sweeping restructuring that would reduce debt and leave the company focused on core busi ness including lighting electric motors and gen adjustable speed distribution transformers and commercial power Bipartisan plan may be care Its less generous than Mitchells bill WASHINGTON AP The Senate is considering health reform at the rate of one amend ment per But the pace could pick up with the debut of a bipar tisan plan widely viewed as piv otal in the muddled The moderate group of 10 Democratic and nine Republican senators was hearing today from the head of the Congressional Budget Office in a final numbers check before presenting its blue print to the Senate Democratic and Republican The Senate is formally consider ing Senate Majority Leader George Mitchells designed to make a basic insur ance package available to nearly all Debate was continuing today on a package of rural healthcare The Democratic sponsors said they would aid rural health facilities set up incen tives for doctors and other med ical personnel to practice in rural areas and help rural providers form their own healthcare net The moderate alternative to the Mitchell bill promised to be less ambitious and less generous but perhaps more likely to attract enough votes for COUNTDOWN TO Mitchell and Senate Republican leader Bob had sep arate meetings Wednesday with 16 members of the selfdescribed mainstream Dole was noncommittal after his 20minute D allowed that I will con sider any suggestion that they make with an open Kent said both men assured the participants that they were not on a fools errand and their work would be Wave of refugees swamping Florida KEY AP Lawton Chiles asked the feder al government for emergency help in handling the largest wave of Cuban refugees to arrive in Florida since the 1980 Marie His plea came amid reports Cubans were flee ing the communistruled island without police The Coast Guard picked up more man 500 Cubans Wednes the biggest singleday total since the Mariel boatlift brought people to Flori da during a fivemonth On Tuesday the number was 339 and Monday it was So far this Cubans have This is approaching an Chiles repeating his request to the Jus tice Department to make money available to help state and local governments pay for immigration Attorneys in Garner case seeking change of venue By LISA FIPPS Tribune Tipton Bureau The attorneys for the parents of two girls who claim a TriCentral Elementary teacher made sexual advances toward them have requested a change of venue for an upcoming jury the plaintiffs filed the change of venue motion Wednesday in Tip ton Circuit Court seeking to move the trial to Madison or Clinton June Kokomobased attor neys Mark McCann and Corbin King filed civil lawsuits on behalf of their Michael and Penny Williams and Steven and Julie There are two separate civil one filed on behalf of the WiUiamses and one for the The suits were filed against Northern School and teacher Donald W Garner indi vidually and as an agent of the l TriCentral Elementary is a part of Northern School The suits did not state how much the WiUiamses and the Flicks are seeking in damages and expenses they claim they suffered because of Garners alleged sexu al advances toward their daugh ters during the 9293 school Tipton Circuit Judge Dane Nash said a hearing will be slated on the courts calendar for both sides to present their views on the He said if a change of venue is the jury trials would be scheduled as time allowed on the selected countys court The motions cite the following reasons for me need for a change of venue from Tipton County t Northern School is in Tipton tTfee WiUiamses and Flicks are unlikely to receive a fair trial in Howard or Grant counties because of alleged local bias or prejudice generated by newspa per Newspaper coverage has been immediate and extensive upon each action taken by North em and Garner or favorable to Northern and Garner and much of the publicity has been generat ed by Northern and Garner themselves or by friends and sup porters of the including some friends and sup porters and the Indiana State Teachers Stress and repetition given in the newspapers to certain factual matters apparently on the to Northern and Gar such as the delay in the childplaintiff in reporting the improper the failure of a Tipton County grand jury to return a criminal indictment against the defendant That an 11 Kokomo Tri bune story suggested taxpayers may have to pay any judgments awarded the Williamses and Flicks if Northern did not have applicable Inside Local A bookkeeper pleads guilty to charges related to stealing thousands of dollars from her former Page Style Be a good sport in Brown Page Sports Top seeds ousted at RCA Also Inside Classified Local News of taken The insurancecoverage goal in the moderate option is in the same ballpark as the 95 percent envi sioned in the Mitchell according to But he said the blueprint is substantially scaled down in terms of bureaucracy and Pre scription drug coverage for die elderly and a new home health care program were believed to be among the benefits on the cutting room On the Senate for the time being at a bipartisan script was playing out despite harsh political The first Democratic amend ment speeding up preventive and prenatal care requirements for women and children passed Tuesday with votes to The first Republican amendment removing a fine for employers whose health plans didnt match the benefits package required by the bill did even It was approved 1000 A good beamed Daniel Patrick chairman of the Finance Commit praising senators for their cooperative McOuch Windfall lands in scalded womans lap AP A jury awarded million in damages to a woman who suf fered thirddegree burns after spilling a cup of McDonalds cof Stella said in her lawsuit that McDonalds serves coffee that is too Her Reed said there have been several lawsuits over the temperature of McDon alds which is 180 to 190 degrees when But he believed mat Liebecks decided by a state District Court jury on was the first to reach a Liebeck testified she was riding in a car in February 1992 when she put the cup of coffee between her legs while she removed me The coffee spilled and she suf fered severe burns on her groin and Morgan the womans medical bills close to