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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 10, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports USCA Claims Win Over Charleston Page 7A A Quick Read Washington Fights SC Sales Tax COLUMBIA The state of South Carolina could lose more than million if the federal government successfully argues it unnecessarily paid state sales taxes over a sixyear period A federal lawsuit spurred by the Army Air Force and Coast Guard seeks reimbursement for state sales taxes it says were paid between 1980 and 1986 state officials said Though federal officials initially estimated the amount owed them at million when they filed the suit in 1986 recent state Tax Commission estimates put the actual amount at 10 times that amount plus interest said Ray Stevens whos handling the case for state Attorney General Travis Medlock The US Constitution prohibits states from taxing the federal government Star BOSTON AP Astronomers have spotted a star as it devoured its companion orb and perhaps solved a celestial mystery Scientists have long argued about how some superdense stars called pulsars could get themselves spin ning hundreds of times a second The question may now be answered by the discovery of a black widow bina star that like the spider uses its companion and then destroys it If current theories are correct the star represents a celestial missing link a bridge between fastspinning stars that have mates and those that do not The duo is made up of a pulsar an incredibly dense dead star that trans mits rhythmic beats of radar It is orbited by a much larger ordinary star known as a brown dwarf Astronomers have evidence that the pulsar is transmitting a powerful blast of energy that is literally blow ing its companion away Weather itll Be Rainy Skies will be mostly cloudy today with a 60 percent chance of rain The high will be in the low 50s Tonight will be cloudy and cooler with a 30 percent chance of rain and a low near 40 Wednesday will be cloudy with scattered showers Please see Page 6A for details Deaths Margaret T Bolin Salley Leonora M Hollingsworth Cross Hill Bertie H Jones North Augusta Robert S Monk Augusta Velma D Smith Barnwell Please see Page 6A for details Inside Today Bridge6B Calendar8B Classifieds4B Comics2B Crossword7B Cryptoquote5B DearAbby2B Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions4A Sports7A Television2B Weather6A Gorbachev Opens Reform Assembly Cooke Cablevision Tuesday January 101989 250 Aikeri South Carolina Vol122 Nof SRPs Budget Share Still Uncertain Plant Officials Are Expecting Increase From Staff and Wire Reports WASHINGTON Savannah River Plant officials say their exact share of the Department of Energys proposed billion budget for next year hasnt been determined But the plants annual allotment of billion is almost certain to rise if Con gress approves the DOEs request for in creased spending next year on modern ization and waste cleanups throughout its weapons complex Department officials held a press con ference Monday to announce they will re quest spending authority of billion in fiscal year 198990 starting Oct 1 The figure is a 77 increase over the current year The DOE is asking for million next year for the design and construction of two new production reactors for mak ing nuclear weapons materials in the next century The larger of the two is proposed for SRP Department officials also are seeking million next year for maintenance and repair of the plants current facilities The plants three existing nuclear re actors which provide the nations only source of radioactive tritium for nuclear weapons are currently shut down for wideranging upgrades No restart dates have been announced Please See SRPS Page 11A AP Laserphoto REAGAN SALUTE President Reagan using the hand surgically repaired Saturday tips his cowboy hat while making a speech to a trade organization Monday Reagans final budget which was presented Monday is getting a thorough look now on Capitol Hill Democrats Reject Reagan Package By ALAN FRAN The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Democratic chairmen of Congress budgetwriting committees said today that President Reagans farewell trillion spending plan is a dead letter and that President elect Bush must submit a substitute re flecting his more moderate policies This Reagan budget is a continuation of what weve seen for the bast eight years increased spending in defense cuts in domestic spending and a lot of red ink And George Bush needs to reverse that trend said Sen James Sasser D Tenn chairman of the Senate Budget Committee Joining Sasser on NBCTVs show House Budget Committee Chair man Leon Panetta DCalif added These kind of budgets have been over whelmingly rejected by Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill So if Bush wants a budget that no only goes someplace on Capitol Hill but also reflects some new priorities for this country then hes got to change the bud get that was presented yesterday Sasser said Bush must cut defense spending in favor of restoring funds for domestic programs that were slashed un der Reagan Please See DEMOCRATS Page 11A By TRIP DuBARD The Associated Press COLUMBIA Legislators crank up the 108th General Assembly today with organizational issues expected to domi nate firstday activity Less than 24 hours before lawmakers returned paintsplattered workmen roamed the state Senate touchingup an estimated refurbishment of the chambers The 46 senators convening in the reju venated quarters will spend much of the day doing nittygritty organization de ciding on rules electing officers and making committee assignments Unlike the House where the Speaker makes committee assignments Senate commit tee duties are determined by seniority But jazzing up Senate deliberations this year will be the touchy question of where the media should be seated Though traditionally reporters have been allowed in the back of the chambers first floor they have been relocated to the bal cony this year in a move Senate Clerk Frank Caggiano says is meant to im prove the decorum of the body Some senators have vowed to return the media to the more accessible loca tion and the issue is expected to be one of the first to come up as senators discuss the rules under which theyll operate for the year The House has already held its organi zational meeting and can proceed to work on legislation almost all of which is expected to head to committee first BotlTstate House and Senate members point to automobile insurance reform strongly supported by Gov Carroll Campbell and environmental issues such as hazardous and infectious waste disposal as the issues most likely to dominate the agenda Influential state Rep Bob McLellan DOconee said he hopes the House will move cautiously on any changes in auto mobile insurance And he said legislators are taking a closer look at the environ ment because voters are I think its one of the priorities that the public itself has set he said So often our constituents do set our agendas and I think thats the case here with the envi ronmental issues This years assembly will have 29 new members eight in the Senate and 21 in the House But Democrats continue to hold an overwhelming majority of 359 in the Senate and 8737 in the House Influential state Rep Bob McLellan DOconee sees the new class of repre sentatives as more serious and guided Please See 108TH Page 11A Winter Safety is A Matter Of Caution By STEPHANIE WARNECKE Staff Writer As the red line on the thermometer out side dips lower and lower people need to take extra steps to ensure a healthy season Plants pets and people can be three of the hardest hit when the cold northern winds begin to blow All plants that are not coldhearty should be moved indoors according to Tom Earle an agent at the Clemson Ex tension Service Outdoor plants such as shrubs should be mulched heavily Plants with buds or blooms can be cov ered with a sheet or similar material to prevent frost and freeze damage With special plants you can put a light under the sheet to prevent damage Indoor plants should be kept away from drafty windows he added Water ing or other care may change slightly Plants in a wellheated room may re quire less water Dogs should be brought inside unless they have a wellbuilt doghouse prefera bly insulated There should be warm bed ding in the house to help the dog retain body heat All small pets should be moved inside Earle said Outdoor pets may require more food in the winter and should always have fresh water that is not iced over Another problem animal owners may face during the winter is if a dog or cat ingests antifreeze The animals like the taste and only a small amount will cause acute kidney failure and death Supreme Court Sets Stage For Abortion Debate Again Winter Reminders a Bring in your pets a Bring in your plants Wrap all outdoor water pipe that is exposed Remember the antifreeze Avoid alcoholic beverages Dont forget your flu shot By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Supreme Courts decision to consider a request that it reverse its 1973 decision legalizing abortion is setting off alarms with wom ens rights groups while lifting the hopes of their antiabortion adversaries The justices said Monday they will study a federal appeals court ruling that struck down key provisions of a Missouri law regulating abortions The courts eventual decision expect ed by July could resolve the Missouri controversy without disturbing the 1973 decision But Missouri officials and Jus tice Department lawyers are urging the justices to use the case to overturn the landmark Roe vs Wade ruling Womens lives are literally on the line if the court reverses its most fam ous abortion ruling said Eleanor Smeal president of the Fund for the Feminist Majority Molly Yard president of the National Organization for Women added We are now declaring a state of emergency for the women of America Yard speculating on a worstcase scenario said Women will not accept an overturn We will not go back to ille gal abortions Its going to be like Prohi bition We arent going to obey the law Judith Sewderowitz executive director Please See SUPREME Page 11A For humans dressing warmly eating properly and staying active are tips for remaining healthy during the cold and flu season Flu shots are a wise precaution early in the winter season especially for people over 65 who have a chronic condition such as high blood pressure Avoiding extreme changes in tempera ture can decrease your chances of catch ing a cold Doctors advise avoiding alcohol par ticularly for older people because it causes you to IOSP body heat more quick ly when it is in your veins Also exercis ing and dieting are recommended to keep Please See WINTER Page 11A Derrick Challenges Synar Invites Oklahoman For Tour ByBRADSWOPE Staff Writer US Rep Butler Derrick DSC has accused another congressman of making untrue and unfair criticisms of Savan nah River Plant employees attitude to ward safety and has invited him to tour the plant Rep Derrick in a letter sent Monday to US Rep Michael L Mike Synar D Okla defended the employees and told Rep Synar that a visit would convince the Oklahoman of their dedication Rep Synar chairman of the House subcommittee on environment energy and natural resources helped preside at a Sept 30 joint HouseSenate committee hearing at which SRPs nuclear reactor safety came under fire He has emerged as a leading critic of the weapons materi als plant Rep Derrick sent the letter in re sponse to a number of comments that Congressman Synar has made said Jay Hyde Derricks press secretary I think Mr Derrick is just disturbed by the tone of the comments Rep Synar has talked about poor atti tudes hes talked about a cavalier way Please See DERRICK Page 11A
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