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Hutchinson News (Newspaper) - March 8, 1990, Hutchinson, Kansas The Hutchinson News March 22 Year 118 248 Covey a student at Riverside Elementary School in takes a really close look at a stuffed alligators Students from the school were visiting an alligator Kentucky became the 41st state to adopt a Martin Luther King holi day when Wallace Wilkinson signed legislation before a jubilant crowd in the Capitol Women who put off starting their families until late in their child bearing years face little extra risk of having premature or unhealthy a study a red kangaroo who was on the brink of death is alive and well because of a historic im plant of a pacemaker Monday at the San Francisco In Skippy gets a treat and back scratch from veter inary nurse Michelle Brozi Vegetables sprayed with a genet ically altered biopesticide will arrive on grocery store shelves for the first time this Mycogen of San Diego has received government approval to begin the first largescale field test ever of a bioengineered bug Hotels at South Padre this month are charging steep security deposits to make guests think twice about tossing furniture out the windows as the area prepares for the annual Spring Break on National International 15 21 Yesterdays weather extremes High 91 at Texas Low 18 below zero at and Saranac My feeling is that the issue of the hostages is moving toward a President Hashemi Raf sanjani of quoted by Irans official Islamic Republic News speak ing of hos tages in Leb MARVIN SMITH lawmaker Topeka Dear It looks like your fellow taw makers have lost sight of your bills Hutch Syria hint that hostage release near The Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON After al most four years of raising false hopes about the prospects for a hostage Iran and Syria are sending unprecedented public and private signals that the end may be in sight for eight Ameri cans and 10 other foreigners held in Lebanon for up to five The cautious optimism within the Bush administration was bol stered Wednesday by a statement from Iranian President AH Akbar Hashemi who told a news My feeling is that the issue of the hostages is moving toward a A source close to the hostage issue said he anticipated the first release as soon as the next two But some officials ex pressed concern about Irans ability to win release of all the hostages because of obstacles among the Shiite extremist cap tors in who have their own set of demands forthe re lease of the 18 I think somethings happening in But Im not sure anything is happening in Lebanon and thats the tough nut to a State Department official Within of Rafsanjanis there came an angry denial of amy breakthrough from the Revolutionary Justice Organ which holds at least two There is no intention to re lease it warned in a handwritten Yet Peggy sister of Amer ican hostage Terry said she remains In the theres been an adren aline rush and then terrible dis Not this It may not happen tomorrow or next but in the coming weeks it has to According to American sources involved in the hostage a confluence of factors have come together to force the previously stubborn Iranian government to intervene in the hostage situa Those factors include pri vate pressure from regional allies and European Irans deteriorating economy and the fast pace of events in Eastern Prairie sentinel Heavy fog shrouds this stately wind standing in a pasture on the west side of Yoder Road Wednesday The moisture from Tuesdays heavy combined with warm temper atures high dew resulted in heavy and lingering fog in parts of cen tral and western Kansas The fog cut visibility to a quartermile at Photo by Sandra Watts Wichita and Dodge with less than onehalf mile in much of north central and central Hutchinson received inches of rain from 6 p Tuesday to 6 Wednesday Garden City received a trace Dodge City trace Smith inch and La to 1 New judge says Doskocil case will be a challenge By Sara Peterson The Hutchinson News It was just the luck of the Thats how Bankruptcy Judge John Flannagan describes the way he was chosen to preside over one of the largest Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases in Kansas his It just so happened that it was his Topeka courtroom that cor Adv porate officials from South Hutchinsonbased Doskocil Com panies walked into when they filed 19 separate bankruptcy pe titions The which involves a pizzatopping maker with million in corporate is the largest and perhaps the most complex case a rela tively novice has presided over in his five months on the It will be a said in a telephone inter view from the Federal District Courthouse in It should be enjoyable and took over the newly created position on the court last October after prac ticing law in Olathe for 25 In taking the he joined three other bankruptcy judges See Page 2 Lawmakers fail to see eyetoeye on proposal TOPEKA AP The House rejected a bill Wednesday that would have allowed people with one good eye to drive school buses in On a 2462 the House defeated the sponsored by Marvin Smith said a vocational agriculture teacher with one eye asked him to address the issue after the teacher learned that he no longer could transport more than 16 students on field Smith declined to name the teacher or the but his district includes northeast Shawnee County and eastern Jackson The bill would have allowed the secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation to exempt persons who dont meet minimum physical requirements for bus KDOT noted that the exemption procedure could have been inconsistent with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regula Smith said the teacher has been transporting his students by bus since 1969 and has never had an Im sympathetic to the problems of Smiths but I care more about the safety of said Dennis countered that his constituent was an out standing teacher who had 140degree field of the minimum I wouldnt worry about my kids or grandkids driving with Smith GOP renewing pension fight Plan lets working elderly get full Social Security payments WASHINGTON AP Con gressional Republicans are re newing a 25yearold fight to al low more older Americans to draw full Social Security pensions even if they continue to Republicans say they will try to force repeated votes in the Dem ocraticcontrolled House and Senate to get their way this We are going to vote on it over and over and over said Phil For the the Bush ad ministration is on the sidelines because by some estimates the change would cost the Treasury about billion a year in lost Sponsors of the bill say the government actually would end up with more money as former retirees returned to the work The battle is over a provision that is as old as the Social Secu rity system The retire ment test or earnings limita tion restricts the amount of wages a person age 62 to 70 may earn without losing any Social Security A person age 63 or 64 may earn a year without pen alty for each earned above that the person forfeits in A person who has reached 65 but has not yet turned 70 gives up for each earned above There is no restric tion on those 70 and The GOP bill would repeal the earnings limitation for those 65 and as the party first promised in the 1964 party plat form on which Barry Goldwater its an outdated idea that penalizes productive older Americans who choose to remain in the work Rudy RMinnesota The limitation is a governmentsponsored program to push seniors out of the work force and into the rocking Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole of Kansas told a news con ference In my thats age discrimination of the worst It is time that this Depression era fossil was done away said Dennis chief House sponsor of the Hastert said 181 of the 435 House members have signed on as as have 18 of the 100 A big reduction in the earnings limit was approved by the full House and by the Senate Finance Committee last year but died in the Senate as part of a deficitreduction agree Democratic leaders have fought the repeal bill over the years for two They note the first limit was placed in the law in even before the first Social Security check was ever to ensure that pensions went only to people who were Associated Pressphoto This photograph from a SPOT Image Corporation satellite purports to show a Libyan chemical weapons facility outside The White House claims Libya has resumed production of chemical requir ing vigorous action to eliminate the See Page
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