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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - April 13, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY FisSigfon: Altoona Central-Catholic students perform Living Stations. Nation; McVeigh's execution for bombing to be telecast. Ci_______ FE: The circus is coming to town. Jaffa opens doors Monday. 01 Alt0ona Copyright 2001 FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2001 newsstand Businesses hit by drug use of employees BY TIFFANY SHAW Staff Writer Illegal drugs are taking a toll on local businesses, but more employ- ers are fighting back by establish- ing ways to help employees. Even though stereotypes picture a drug user as destitute and living on the street, nearly three-fourths of all illegal drug users are employed, according to Drug Free Pennsylvania Inc. But those employees with drug problems are costing businesses. Appleton Papers Inc. mill man- ager John Showalter believes too many companies turn a blind eye to the problems that could be affecting employees. "You have to assume that a lot of things happening in society are carried into the he said. "We know people are impact- ed by alcohol and drugs. You'd be naive to assume it doesn't enter the workplace." As Roaring Spring's largest employer, the paper mill started a drug program .several years, ago with union leaders. Employees' who have drug problems or are DID YOU KNOW? More than 70 percent of all illegal drug users are employed. Workplace drug-related problems cost U.S. companies more than billion each year. Up to 40 percent of all industrial fatalities and 47 percent of industrial injuries are linked to alcohol abuse and alcoholism. 15 percent of drug users have gone to work high in the past year. 18 percent of users skipped work in the past month. Drug-affected workers are less productive, miss three times as many workdays, are more likely to injure themselves or others and are five times more likely to file worker's compensation claims. Statistics provided by National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information. found during random testing first are directed toward rehabilitation, Showalter said.- Please see AID Crew disputes Chinese account BY. BARRY SCHWEID The Associated Press WASHINGTON Navy crew members returning Thursday from 11 days of detention disputed China's account of the collision that brought down their surveil- lance plane, saying a Chinese pilot was at fault. President Bush said "tough questions" would be put to China at an inquiry next week. His tone stern, Bush said at the White House, "The kind of incident we have just been through does not advance a constructive relation- ship between our countries." With clearly different emotions, Bush also spoke by telephone to Lt U.S. crew back on American soil PAGE C1 Shane Osborn, the mission comman- der. The rest of the crew listened to the conversation on a speakerphone. "Y'all Bush asked. "We're all here, sir. Thank you for getting us Osborn said. "Welcome home. We appreciate you. You did your duty. You reprfr sent the best of the pres- ident said. "As an old F-102 pilot, let me tell you, Shane, you did a heck- uva job bringing that aircraft down. You made your country proud." Please see A10 THEN... "Together I see no limits whatsoever in what we can do... I want to amaze the __________ world at how good this southern company pfC can be." fl Goode to Blair County railroad workers Juni ...NOW "Our plans were made in good faith with the best statistics available at the time." Norfolk Southern Vice President Richard Timmons to Pa. House Transportation Committee April More quotes from Thursday's hearing PAGEA1D Mirror photos by Gary M. Baranec Research analyst Jason Wagner (left) and state Rep. Jess Stairs, R-Westmoreland, (center) lis- ten to a question from state Rep. David Levdansky, D-Allegheny, during a hearing with Norfolk Southern Thursday at Penn State Downtown Conference Center. NS: Boom times gone bust Area officials, unions don't buy railroad's economic reasoning on car shop shutdown. BY CRAIG WILLIAMS Staff Writer The president of Norfolk Southern testi- fied Thursday that the railroad giant is closing the Hollidaysburg Car Shop based purely on financial conditions and as a result of making business decisions based on a booming economy. The testimony in front of the House Transportation Committee by Norfolk Southern President David Goode ran into plenty of opposition. "In our view, Norfolk Southern has not shown a correlation between economic con- ditions and the plant closing because it does not testified Gary Maslinka, interna- tional representative of the Transport Workers Union. The union is the largest col- lective bargaining unit at the shops and co- signer of a petition now before the federal Surface Transportation Board to review what the union considers contractual state- ments made by Norfolk Southern before the board and the state during the Conrail acqui- sition hearings three years ago. State Rep. Rick Geist, R-Altoona, chairman of the House State Transportation Committee, called upon the railroad, the workers, unions Jay Strawmire and Steve McKnight with Altoona Blair County Development Corp. listen to proceedings. NEXT ON TAP A hearing 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 In Harrisburg. and the community to testify on the state of the former Conrail operations during the hearings at Penn State Downtown Conference Center. At issue, Norfolk Southern's plans to close the Hollidaysburg Car Shop, and with it, transfer more than 300 jobs to other facilities in the company's multistate rail system. According to the unions, some jobs already have been moved to the Juniata Locomotive Shop, and many of the remaining workers do not want to move. There are about 230 TWU workers at Hollidaysburg with the remain- der from a variety of other unions. The union contends that Hollidaysburg Car Shop is profitable. The railroad said they are not profitable enough. In response, six unions associated with the railroad and the state have petitioned the STB to review statements made to the board during the merger process, which unions said outline a retention and growth of jobs in the Altoona area. For Geist, Thursday's hearing was just the start of a possible series of fact-finding sessions. Appearing before the committee for the rail- road was Richard Timmons, Norfolk Southern.., resident vice president in Harrisburg, who told the panel of seven state representatives, includ- ing Jerry Stern, R-Martinsburg; Larry Sather, R-Huntingdon; and Dick Hess, R-Bedford, that the railroad based its statements of growth dur- ing a more prosperous economic climate. Please see A10 Got fish? Don't eat it all at once BY TIMOTHY MAY The Associated Press HARRISBURG A month after assuring the public that Pennsylvania's hatchery- raised trout are safe to eat in unlimited quan- tities, the state reversed course Wednesday and warned people not to eat more than one of trout or other sport fish per week. The advisory came just three days before Saturday's opening of trout season. A spokeswoman at the state Department of Environmental Protection said the statewide warning includes all sport fish caught in state waters and advises that people con- sume no more than one "meal" a half- pound of fish for a 150-pound person per week. The DEP advisory is intended to protect Pennsylvanians from mercury-contaminat- ed fish, but officials said it also would help FOR MORE INFO More information about PCBs and trout Is avail- able at: shield them from any threat posed by conta- mination from pplychlorinated biphenyls amid lingering disagreement over the size of the PCB threat. An environmental group that performed its own analysis of data used by the state to determine the PCB content in hatchery trout this week had questioned the state's decision to announce that the fish were safe to eat. Please see A10 Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Robert Sollenberger watches as his grandson Vincent Saylor, 13, both of Williamsburg, puts a brown trout into Clover Creek, near Williamsburg, after the fish had fallen onto the ground as they were putting others into the stream. Family, friends unite for fishing BY JOHN HARTSOCK Mirror Sports Staff It's the 21st century, and in our high-tech society, times certainly have changed. One thing that has endured through the test of time, however, is the allure of trout fishing and its ability to bring family and Bait and tackle friends together for a day of fun. merchants keep That was Plan as area fish- busv PAQE B1 ernien perused through the fare _ at bait and tackle shops to make preparations for the opening day of trout season Saturday. Eric Dellinger, 39, of Queen plans to spend the first day of trout season with his son, Seth, 9, on Bob's Creek in Pavia. 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