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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 6, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Orgel Considering Georgia Post Page 3B A Quick Read DOE Plans To Ask For Million WASHINGTON SNS The De partment of Energy plans to ask Con gress to spend million in FY1990 on initial planning and construction for two new nuclear weapons materi als production reactors one to be built at the Savannah River Plant according to a department source The other nuclear production reac tor is to be built at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory near Idaho Falls The plants will produce tritium a perishable radioactive isotope used in the production of nuclear weapons Energy Department officials have estimated the total construction cost of the new plants win be billion The Savannah River plant is expect ed to cost billion a department spokesperson said The new production reactor at the Savannah River facility will contain a complex of four small reactors in a modular design said Chris San key a DOE spokeswoman inmate Charged With Lunchtime Robberies COLUMBIA An inmate has been accused of sneaking away from a workrelease program during his lunch hour and robbing banks Lawrence Terry Jordan 39 of the Campbell Work Release Center has been charged with holdups on Nov 28 and Dec 9 of two First Citizens banks in Columbia authorities said Thursday Jordan who is serving a 15year sentence for a Charleston County robbery conviction has been trans ferred to a locked cell at the Broad River Correctional Institution said Francis X Archibald a Department of Corrections spokesman Jordan was working as a laborer at the maintenance complex of the state Department of Mental Health maintenance complex off CaUhoun Street Archibald said Inmates at the complex are not su pervised during lunch They are dropped at their work sites in the morning and picked up in the evening Weather Warm Weekend Skies will be fair tonight with a low in the mid 40s Mostly cloudy skies are forecast Saturday with a high in the upper 60s Please see details on Page 6A Pagr2A SC Senate Tones Down Media Ban Deaths Mamie T Beckum Martinez Nancy C Fox Lexington EvaH Rice Saluda Barbara B Shealy Columbia Dee H Singletary North Augusta Lillie Mae Thompson Aiken Please see details on Page 7A Inside Today Bridge5C Calendar8C Classifieds1C Comics2B Crossword6C Cryptoquote4C DearAbby2B Local Front1B Obituaries7A Opinions4A Sports3B Television2B Weather6A Date Finally Set For House Election tihrnr Friday January 61989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 6 Lawmakers Perks Fuel Salary Debate By MICK ROOD States News Service WASHINGTON The argument erupt ing over whether members of Congress should be paid a year might be best considered in light of the other bene fits they receive Congressman Average commands more than to staff and equip his office enjoys ample free telephone and mailing privileges smells free flowers from the Botannical Gardens at the foot of Capitol Hill looks forward to an ample pension travels as widely as he pleases pockets up to for giving a luncheon News Analysis Related Story On Page 2 talk to a lobbying group and spends his excess campaign funds on just about anything Consumer advocate Ralph Nader says the package of benefits and privileges has created imperial legislators who brandish selfrighteous and mistaken comparisons between public service and their assumed peers in the private sector In response Rep Victor H Fazio D Trends In US Cigarette Smoking The proportion of smokers among people who had completed college dropped by more than a third while the drop in the smoking rate among people who had never graduated from high school was much less LZJ 1985 363 1974 342 377 366 344 128G 285 184 Less than high school High school graduate Some college College graduate Source Centers lor Disease Control AP Graphic Millions Kick The Habit But Almost As Many Start By The Associated Press CHICAGO Bettereducated Ameri cans smoke far less since the surgeon general first warned of tobaccos dan gers 25 years ago but by 2000 30 per cent of those who never went beyond high school will still be lighting up re searchers reported today Poorer and less educated people are missing the message that smoking is linked to cancer and other numerous health problems said researchers at the national Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta Smoking prevalence has declined across all educational groups but the decline has occurred five times faster among the higher educated compared with the less educated they reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association One reason may be that much of the antismoking message has gone out in newspapers and medical journals typi cally read by the better educated said Dr Michael C Fiore a leader of the CDC group Little has gone out via mass media especially television he said in a tele phone interview Thursday from Madi son Wis where he is now an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin Medical Center Please See MILLIONS Page 6A Jobless Rate Drops Back To 14Year Low By JOHN KING AP Labor Writer WASHINGTON The nations civilian unemployment rate dropped back to a 14 year low of 53 percent in December with serviceproducing industries leading the way in the creation of 279000 new jobs the government reported today The jobless rate dropped 01 percent age point from November reaching 53 percent for the third time this year the Labor Department said in its final unem ployment report of the Reagan presidency In its yearend report the department reported that 3798000 jobs were created in 1988 the most since 1934 when employ ers reporting adding 305 million people to their payrolls Janet Norwood commissioner of labor statistics said 3 million of the new jobs last year were on the service side of the economy including 700000 in retail trade The goodsproducing sector also re flected considerable strength during Please See JOBLESS Page 6A Calif circulated a memo challenging Na ders assertion that members of Con gress earn over five times more than the average American worker the memo says What is the point of comparing the salary of members of Congress with that of the average American worker Mem bers of Congress dont have an average American job The stage will be set Monday when President Reagan makes his salary rec ommendation for 2600 top federal offi cials including congressmen in the fiscal 1990 budget The Commission on Execu tive Legislative and Judicial Salaries has proposed a 51 percent in crease over the current According to a spokeswoman Presi dent Reagan will lend his support to a 50 percent pay raise for members of Con gress and other federal officials The president also will urge Congress to abolish outside income such as speak ing fees as the Commission on Execu tive Legislative and Judicial Salaries recommended last month Reagan spokeswoman Leslye Arsht said in a statement released Thursday evening Please See LAWMAKERS Page 6A Dogfight Film Supports Libyan MiGs Armed US Pilots Provoked By NORMAN BLACK The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Pentagon has released photographs and a dramatic au dio tape of the USLibyan dogfight over the Mediterranean that it says prove its pilots were provoked and acted reason ably in downing the Libyan planes The photographs although of poor quality show at least one of the two Liby an MiG23 fighters carried missiles The Libyan government has claimed both its planes were unarmed The cockpit audio tape clearly records the pilot of the lead US Navy F14 Tom cat citing each of five attempts to maneu ver away from the approaching Libyan jets then along with a second F14 shooting down the MiG23s Libya has asserted that the incident Wednesday was connected to growing American complaints that a Libyan chemicals plant is being readied for full scale production of poison gas President Reagan has said he would not rule out a military strike against the plant which Libya claims is merely a medicine factory The Pentagon said there was no link between the factory dispute and the air battle which it said began while the Navy Tomcats were flying a routine pro tective patrol for the aircraft carrier John F Kennedy well off the Libyan coast In Paris on Thursday Secretary of State George P Shultz hinted that Rea gan may be willing to work out a deal with Libya that would not require de struction of the plant Before arriving in Paris for an interna tional conference on chemical weapons where the USLibyan dispute will take center stage Shultz acknowledged even some of Americas allies are not con vinced the plant is a weapons facility In his first public comments on DAN HOWARD Pentagon spokesman briefs reporters on dogfight video Wednesdays air battle with Libya Rea gan on Thursday said the American pi lots had done the right thing in firing their missiles Our pilots acted completely in self defense Reagan said as he boarded Air Force One in Los Angeles where he end ed two weeks of vacation The audio tape released Thursday by the Pentagon indicated that early in the confrontation the American aviators be came concerned about the Libyans intent The release of the photo and audio tapes came as State Department sources disclosed the United States had sent a straightforward message to Libya through diplomatic channelsto let them know our point of view on dogfight No response from the Libyans has been received the official added Auto Insurance Rate Freeze Proposed By Commission By The Associated Press COLUMBIA Some state lawmakers fear theyll be sued if they try to put a six month freeze on automobile insurance rates but theyre willing to try it anyway The state Insurance Commission rec ommended Thursday that the General Assembly place the freeze on increases for private passengercar policyholders Insurance Commissioner John G Rich ards said the moratorium would allow the General Assembly and the Insurance Commission to consider auto insurance reform legislation Prohibiting rate increases until after July 1 also would give lawmakers and insurance officials time to examine the effects of an auto insurance bill that took effect July 11988 and of the Safer High ways Act of 1988 which stiffened the pen alties for driving violations Richards said The sevenmember commissions rec ommendation calls for the General As sembly to adopt a joint resolution which would have the full force and effect of the law A member of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee said insurance companies might challenge a moratori um in court I think wed probably be sued for passing the resolution said Sen Edward A Saleeby DDarlington There are al ways questions anytime we mandate something whenever we are administer ing something I think we should attempt to do it and if it goes to court see what happens Richards and the commission said in a statement that they are concerned that the implementation of higher automobile insurance rates during the legislative session will offset any premium reduc tions which might be realized or mandat ed by the action of the General Assembly to the detriment of the consuming public   

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