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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 18, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Mekonnen Wins Boston Marathon Page 7A A Quick Read South Carolina Farmer Goes Batty Over Bugs FORT MILL AP Jim Kluttz got in on the groundfloor of the bene ficial bug business on the East Coast His company The Beneficial In sect Co sells beneficial insects or bugs which prey on other bugs that are responsible for eating crops Most people are fascinated and interested and think Im doing some thing worthwhile said the 47year old Kluttz What I got into this for was to make a contribution Growers have used beneficial in sects for centuries to control plant damage Their use has multiplied in recent years as farmers have searched for alternatives to insecti cides and pesticides Hose Of Laser Light To Link US Japan NEW YORK AP The first fi beroptic cable across the Pacific Ocean is no bigger than a garden hose but stretches 8271 miles and is designed to tie the United States and Japan together more tightly than ever before The cable was scheduled to begin service today Instead of driving a golden spike the builders of the million cable were to mark its completion with a televised news conference between Japan and the boardroom of the New York Stock Exchange The cable runs from California through Hawaii splitting in the west ern Pacific into legs that travel to Guam and Japan Pacific Link will vastly increase the capacity for communication across the Pacific which is some times called the ocean of Americas future To the extent that this brings us closer to the Japanese and makes possible increasing trade to Japan this is a very significant cable Rick Wallerstein a spokesman for Ameri can Telephone Telegraph Co said Monday Prison Helicopter Escape Foiled Page 1B Helicopter Crashes At SRS rg e Weather Fair Skies Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the low 50s Partly cloudy skies are forecast Wednesday with a 20 percent chance of thundershow ers The high will be in the 80s Please see details on Page 10A Deaths Annie V Boatner Aiken Dr Seymour Gelfant Augusta Ruth S Gosnell Aiken Lelia A Moore New Ellenton Joseph H Reames North Augusta Please see details on Page 10A Inside Today Bridge7B Calendar2B Classifieds5B Comics2B Crossword8B Cryptoquote6B DearAbby2B Local Obituaries10A Opinions4A Sports7A Television2B Weather10A Tuesday April 18 1989 Aiken South Carolina 122 No 93 SRS Critics Dismayed By Study By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer SAVANNAH Ga Critics of the Sa vannah River Site voiced dismay Mon day that the sites idled nuclear reactors could be restarted before a study of the reactors environmental impact is completed The Department of Energy held the first of three regional hearings here to gather public comment on what should be included in an environmental impact statement on the sites reactors The DOEprepared study will be the first comprehensive environmental as sessment of all three of the plants opera ble nuclear reactors But department officials say they wont make completion of the study a precondi tion to restarting the facilities which have been shut down since last summer for upgrades to management and equipment The next hearing is Thursday in Colum bia and the third one Friday April 28 will be held in Aiken DOE has announced no reactor restart schedule yet but officials in Washington have said they hope to restart one of the reactors early in 1990 That could put it months before the EIS due out in final form in September of 90 The scenario upsets some residents in and near this historic port city located about 100 miles downriver from the Ai kenarea weapons plant A total of 37 plant opponents versus only three proSRS speakers took turns at the microphone arguing that safety concerns about 1950sera reactor compo nents and nuclear waste should necessi tate completing the EIS before any re starts Three environmental groups have filed suit in an effort to force that precondition As someone living downstream Im extremely concerned about reactor safe ty said Deborah Kearney a selfem ployed psychologist living on nearby Ty bee Island Ms Kearney called it patronizing for the DOE to consider restart before the study has fully explored risks to ground water and wildlif e See SRS Page 12A Staff Photo By Scott Webster FULL OF IDEAS Charles Snook the new executive vice president of the Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce has several ideas for strengthening the chamber Please see story on Page 1 B School Board Seeks Increase In Millage Rate By DEMISE STUBBS Staff Writer The Aiken County Board of Education asked for a 65 mill tax increase from the Aiken County Legislative Delegation Mon day night in a presentation of the school districts 198990 pre liminary budget If the school boards million budget and two lists of additional items totaling million are accepted the millage rate would increase from last years 84 mills to 905 mills The estimated value of a mill is according to the budget report The delegation took no action on the preliminary budget and additional proposals but said that it would decide in May whether to increase the 84 mills it designated for the school district last year The exact value of a mill has not been determined for the next school year To meet the total expenditures for the 198990 school year according to the base budget the school district would need at least 687 mills which would require no tax increase The two additional lists of 20 proposed items for program improvements in 198990 would increase the millage rate by 218 pushing the rate to 905 mills and increasing taxes For See SCHOOL Page 12A Critics Dont Think Bushs Textile Strategy Will Work By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON The Bush adminis tration strategy for persuading textile exporting countries to open their markets to US textiles and fiber will not work say critics of a proposal outlined last week by White House officials The chief UStextile negotiator Ron ald J Sorini describing the plan for a new general trade agreement in the so called Uruguay Round of trade talks said he would try to persuade textileex porting nations in Geneva next month that mutual reduction of barriers is in everyones best interest We would like to go out and crack the barriers open markets and would like to see more US companies exporting Sorini said Increased exports may be the salvation of the American textile and apparel industry he said But Jim Connors president of the American Yarn Spinners Association said the reduction of barriers and the exporttosurvive strategy suggested by the Bush administration will never work We simply cannot export our way out of the import problem it is just not going to happen Connors said Last year Connors helped found a fi berexporting company which markets the products of 37 American firms abroad He said he was proud the compa ny was in the black this year but cited trade disadvantages faced by American companies when they try to sell in the See CRITICS Page 12A Education Woes Threaten US Economy Report Says By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Failure to improve the US educational system could sad dle Americas economy with enormous longterm costs the congressional Joint Economic Committee said today in its first bipartisan report since 1980 America is falling behind the rest of the world in promoting literacy and job skills even though it already spends more money per student than any other country in the world the committee said While the panel did not break any new ground in recommending solutions to education problems or others facing the economy it was able for the first time in nine years to issue a bipartisan report supported by both Democrats and Re publicans on the 20member in mmittee During the Reagan years the panel of senators and House members became a battleground of warring economic ideo logies with Democrats and Republicans unable to reach any common ground Members of the panel gave credit for the show of unity to Rep Lee Hamilton the new chairman of the committee Hamilton had pushed hard for a joint report as the proper congressional re sponse to President Bushs calls for a bipartisan effort to address the huge fed eral budget deficit and the countrys oth er economic problems Hamilton DInd said members of the committee agreed that the most crucial thing Congress and the administration need to do is address the federal budget deficit See EDUCATION Page 12A Consumer Prices Rise 05 Percent In March By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Consumer prices jumped 05 percent in March propelled by higher costs for food energy and ap parel and helped produce the largest quarterly increase in two years the gov ernment reported today Last months climb in the Labor De partments Consumer Price Index fol lowed advances of 06 percent in January and 04 percent in February Overall consumer prices in the past three months rose at a compound annual rate of 61 percent It was the largest quarterly increase since the first three months of 1987 when prices rose 63 percent on an annual ba sis and was significantly higher than the annual consumer price rises of 44 per cent registered for each of the past two years Price increases have been even steeper at the wholesale level where inflation ran at a compound annual rate of 102 percent in the JanuaryMarch period the largest quarterly increase in eight years Daniel T Van Dyke senior economist at Bank of America in San Francisco said in advance of todays report that while price rises have moderated some since the start of the year we still have a problem with the pace of inflation Were in a period where the inflation rate seems to be hanging around 5 to 55 percent Van Dyke said That is too high for any longrun kind of equilibrium and I dont think thats what the Federal Reserve has in mind either Food costs last month rose twice as much as they did during the previous month up 08 percent in March after ad vancing 04 percent in February Energy costs meanwhile registered their sharpest increase since August 1987 last month advancing 11 percent after rising 06 percent in February The boost in petroleumbased energy prices up at a 224 percent annual rate so far this year accounted for more than twofifths of the price acceleration during the first quarter the Labor Department said Rising food prices were responsible for nearly onequarter of the price increases during the quarter it said Excluding those two volatile catego ries other consumer prices rose 04 per cent in March the same pace as in February The March figures left the overall Con sumer Price Index at 1223 percent of its 198264 base meaning that a hypothetical selection of goods costing during the base period would have cost in March 70 cents more than in February The overall index unlike other figures in the report is not adjusted to remove the effect on prices of seasonal fluctuations Bruce Steinberg senior economist at Merrill Lynch Co in New York said before todays report that the nation is in for a string of unpleasant inflation num bers for awhile He said that in addition to higher costs for food and energy rising prices for ma terials and wages are contributing to inflation Source US of Labor   

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