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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - April 27, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY RELIGION: Married to the church: Part one of a series on ministers' spouses FREE INSIDE Former Central Cambria standout could play in the Canadian Football League Bl LIFE- Doctor suggests hormone therapy to make menopause more manageable Dl dftirror Copyright 2001 FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2001 500 newsstand Bud Shuster becomes consultant Shuster BY WILLIAM KIBLER Staff Writer Former Congressman Bud Shuster has a new consulting firm that may allow him to lobby his son Bill a year from now. But Bill Shuster, if he wins his dad's old seat next month, said that won't matter what the rules are. "He certainly would not lobby said Bill Shuster, a Republican in a heavily Republican district "I wouldn't let him, and he wouldn't dp it." Bud Shuster's Strategic Advisors Ltd. is a consulting rather than a lob- bying firm, said Bud Shuster, who reg- istered the company with the House Clerk's office. Under House ethics rules, he may not lobby members of Congress or staff for a year after his retirement or allow his name to be used by an inter- mediary on clients' behalf. But he can aid or advise clients on how to lobby Congress. The company has one client FastShip Atlantic inc. of Philadelphia, which asked for help, said Bud Shuster, who spoke at a luncheon in Duncansville Thursday. FastShip holds a patent on a con- tainer vessel that can cross the ocean at twice the speed of conventional ships, according to the company's Web site. The company will do for shipping what jets did for air travel, Bud Shuster said as he entered the lun- cheon. FastShip could create jobs. Strategic advisers will analyze how legislation could affect Bud Shuster's clients. The firm will provide accounting and legal services, said Bud Shuster, who is the company's president. "We're just putting it together." Asked whether he will begin to lobby after the cooling-off period ends in March, Bud said, "I'll cross that bridge when I come to it." When asked whether he might lobby his son, he said, "Who Please see A13 NORFOLK SOUTHERN HEARINGS House members chastise railroad BY CRAIG WILLIAMS Staff Writer HARRISBURG Round two of Pennsylvania House Transportation Committee hearings on the proposed closing of the Hollidaysburg Car Shop played to a packed house Thursday. ;More than 14 state representatives ques- tioned, prodded and scolded Norfolk Southern Corp. officials, who responded to the question of with the same figures that formed the bulk of the testimony at a hearing two weeks ago in Altoona. However, this time Norfolk Southern spoke in terms of intermodal traffic and serving the cus- tomer, and it presented a list of investments already made in the state and some projected upgrades. But from the outset, it was evident that the majority of House committee members were set against Norfolk Southern. "This is the most blatant, arrogant and shameful act by any company to the legislator in the 17 years since I have been Rep. Michael R. Veon, Democratic Whip, said of the railroad's announcement to close the car shop less than two years after taking over its portion ofConrail. "This company made'very specific promises to the state. They lied to the people of Pennsylvania. They lied to the governor of the state, and they lied to the state Legislature." Throughout the four-hour 'hearing in the Capitol building, railroad representatives were told of legislators' disappointments and fears of political reprisals for deals gone bad. "Did you make those commitments because you wanted to get the support of [Congressman Bud Rep. David Levdansky asked. Please see All TAKING BACK THE NIGHT Mirror photos by Kelly Bennett bove: Leann Elberty, Sinking Valley, examines the Blair County Clothesline Project, a display of T-shirts decorated by victims of abuse and their survivors as part of Take Back the Night activities Thursday at Heritage Plaza in downtown Altoona. At left: Participants visit various booths to obtain information on groups that offer aid to those affected by violent crimes. The event was sponsored by Family Services of Blair County. 9TH DISTRICT RACE Governor stumping for GOP's candidate BY ROBERT IGOE Staff Writer While the Roosevelt Junior High School Jazz Band played "When You Wish Upon A Gov. Tom Ridge accepted the well-wishes of more than 200 guests at the Casino at Lakemont Park and urged them to support fel1 low Republican Bill Shuster in his quest for the 9th Congressional District seat! As widely expected, Ridge announced he is throwing his support behind Shuster, the son of retired Congressman Bud Shuster, whom Ridge called "a great friend to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania." Bill Shuster is Democrat Scott Conklin. Ridge gives his take on and Green Party candi- local PAGE AS date Alanna Hartzok in----------------------------------- the May 15 election. "I'm pleased to be here as a friend to Bill Shuster, a friend to the families and a friend of the president of the United States, who I am sure would welcome the support of Bill Shuster in Ridge said at a press confer; ence before the event. "The president has laid out an agenda that I think is very important to Pennsylvania and this region. Because of Bill's background in business and the community, he understands the importance of tax cuts. Traditionally, Republicans believe in putting more money into the hands of those who earn it, while Democrats favor keep- ing more of what people earn. "I think a congressman like Bill Shuster would be what the writers of the Constitution were thinking of when they created a two-year term Ridge said. "They wanted someone to come out of the community, who lived and worked and had been a part of that community and had a connection with that community." Please see AS State-sponsored health care covers RU-486 abortion pill JEANETTE KREBS capitolwire.com HARRISBURG State-funded health plans will include the abor- tion pill RU486 for poor women, Pennsylvania officials said. Women covered under Medicaid are eligible to receive the drug starting this month, said Susan Aspey, a spokeswoman for the state Public Welfare Department. Although the Food and Drug Administration approved the pill last year, Aspey said the state needed to wait until an agreement was reached between the federal government and the drug compa- ny on reimbursement payments. There are 1.4 million people, half of them children, receiving Medicaid in Pennsylvania. The program is funded through the state and federal government. Like all newly approved drugs, Aspey said, the state will not noti- fy medical assistance recipients or providers about the change. Providers have access to a free phone line giving them an updat- ed list of drugs covered under Medicaid. Please see A4 (GPU, The recommendation clears the way for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to issue a final ruling on the merger of New Jersey-based SPU Inc. and Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp. and on GPU's request for more than million in rate relief. first! Pa. judge recommends GPU merger, rate hike BY TIMOTHY D. MAY The Associated Press HARRISBURG An administrative law judge has recommended that state regulators approve a proposed merger of GPU Inc. and FirstEnergy Corp. and allow GPU to raise rates for Pennsylvania customers to recoup losses it has incurred from rising wholesale power costs. The recommendation, issued by Judge Larry Gesoff Wednesday, will be reviewed by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, which may adopt or reject it, either in full or in part. The recommendation clears the way for the PUC to issue a final ruling on the merger of New Jersey-based GPU and Ohio-based FirstEnergy and on GPU's request for more than lion in rate relief. Please see A9 ooivnY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 4 3915 Lottery numbers, A2 Chance of showers, Forecast, A2 2001 Grand Che Q Business State University announced their plans to Movies 03 students' concerns after a series of death threats against black students.