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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 10, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Over Charleston Page 7 A A Quick Read Washington Fights S.C. Sales Tax COLUMBIA — The state of South Carolina could lose more than $25 million if the federal government successfully argues it unnecessarily paid state sales taxes over a six-year 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 $2.5 million when they filed the suit in 1986, recent state Tax Commission estimates put the actual amount at IO times that amount, plus interest, said Ray Stevens, who’s handling the case for state Attorney General Travis Medlock. The U.S. Constitution prohibits states from taxing the federal government. 'Black Widow' Star May Solve Mystery 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 spinning hundreds of times a second. The question may now be answered by the discovery of a black widow binary — a 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 fast-spinning stars that have mates and those that do not. The duo is made up of a pulsar, an incredibly dense dead star that transmits 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 blowing its companion away. Weather It'll 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 Bridge ...........J.............*,..........„..6B Calendar. ....................................8B Classifieds.........................................4B Comics..............................................2B Crossword.........................................7B Cryptoquote.......................................5B Dear Abby........................................- 2B Local Front........................................1B Obituaries........................................ 6A Opinions............................................4A Sports ......................................7 A Television..........................................2B Weather.............................................6A Page 2A » Gorbachev Opens Reform Assembly Tuesday, January IO, 1989 25C Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 9 SRP's 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 Energy’s proposed $15 billion budget for next year hasn’t been determined. But the plant’s annual allotment of $1.1 billion is almost certain to rise if Congress approves the DOE’s request for increased spending next year on modernization and waste cleanups throughout its weapons complex. Department officials held a press conference Monday to announce they will request spending authority of $15 billion in fiscal year 1989-90, starting Oct. I. The figure is a 7.7 increase over the current year. The DOE is asking for $303.5 million next year for the design and construction of two new production reactors for making nuclear weapons materials in the next century. The larger of the two is proposed for SRP. Department officials also are seeking $735 million next year for maintenance and repair of the plant’s current facilities. The plant’s three existing nuclear reactors, which provide the nation’s only source of radioactive tritium for nuclear weapons, are currently shut down for wide-ranging upgrades. No restart dates have been announced. (Please See SRP’S, Page UA) 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. Reagan's final budget, which was presented Monday, is getting a thorough look now on Capitol Hill. Democrats Reject Reagan Package By ALAN FRAM The Associated Press WASHINGTON - The Democratic chairmen of Congress’ budget-writing committees said today that President Reagan’s farewell, $1.15 trillion spending plan is a dead letter and that Presidentelect Bush must submit a substitute reflecting his more moderate policies. “This Reagan budget is a continuation of what we’ve 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 NBC-TV’s ‘“Today” show, House Budget Committee Chairman Leon Panetta, D-Calif., added: “These kind of budgets have been overwhelmingly 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 he’s got to change the budget that was presented yesterday.” Sasser said Bush must cut defense spending in favor of restoring funds for domestic programs that were slashed under Reagan. (Please See DEMOCRATS, Page 11A) 108th S.C. General Assembly Convenes By TRIP DUBARD The Associated Press COLUMBIA — legislators crank up the 108th General Assembly today with organizational issues expected to dominate first-day activity. Less than 24 hours before lawmakers returned, paint-splattered workmen roamed the state Senate, touching-up an estimated $220,000 refurbishment of the chambers. The 46 senators convening in the rejuvenated quarters will spend much of the day doing nitty-gritty organization: deciding on rules, electing officers and making committee assignments. Unlike the House, where the Speaker makes committee assignments, Senate committee 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 chamber’s first floor, they have been relocated to the balcony this year in a move Senate Clerk Frank Caggiano says is meant to improve the decorum of the body. Some senators have vowed to return the media to the more accessible location, and the issue is expected to be one of the first to come up as senators discuss the rules under which they’ll operate for the year. The House has already held its organizational meeting and can proceed to work on legislation, almost all of which is expected to head to committee first. Both state 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 Mcl^ellan, D-Oconee, said he hopes the House will move cautiously on any changes in automobile insurance. And he said legislators are taking a closer look at the environment 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 that’s the case here with the environmental issues.” This year’s assembly will have 29 new members — eight in the Senate and 21 in the House. But Democrats continue to hold an overwhelming majority of 35-9 in the Senate and 87-37 in the House. Influential state Rep. Bob McLellan, D-Oconee, sees the new class of representatives 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 outside 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 cold-hearty should be moved indoors, according to Tom Earle, an agent at the Clemson Extension Service. Outdoor plants, such as shrubs, should be mulched heavily. Plants with buds or blooms can be covered 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. Watering or other care may change slightly. Plants in a well-heated room may require less water. Dogs should be brought inside unless they have a well-built doghouse, preferably insulated. There should be warm bedding 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 • Bring in your pets. • Bring in your plants. • Wrap all outdoor water pipe that is exposed. • Remember the antifreeze. • Avoid alcoholic beverages. • Don't forget your flu shot. By The Associated Press WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court’s decision to consider a request that it reverse its 1973 decision legalizing abortion is setting off alarms with women’s rights groups while lifting the hopes of their a iti-abortion 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 court’s eventual decision, expected by July, could resolve the Missouri controversy without disturbing the 1973 decision. But Missouri officials and Justice Department lawyers are urging the justices to use the case to overturn the landmark Roe vs. Wade ruling. “Women’s lives are literally on the line” if the court reverses its most famous 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 “worst-case scenario,” said, “Women will not accept an overturn. We will not go back to illegal abortions. It’s going to be like Prohibition. We aren’t 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 temperature can decrease your chances of catching a cold. Doctors advise avoiding alcohol, particularly for older people, because it causes you to lose body heat more quickly when it is in your veins. Also, exercising and dieting are recommended to keep (Please See WINTER, Page 11A) Derrick Challenges Synar; Invites Oklahoman For Tour By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer U.S. Rep. Butler Derrick, D-S.C., has accused another congressman of making “untrue and unfair” criticisms of Savannah River Plant employees’ attitude toward safety, and has invited him to tour the plant. Rep. Derrick, in a letter sent Monday to U.S. 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 House-Senate committee hearing at which SRP’s nuclear reactor safety came under fire. He has emerged as a leading critic of the weapons materials plant. Rep. Derrick sent the letter “in response to a number of comments that Congressman Synar has made,’ said Jay Hyde, Derrick’s press secretary. “I think Mr. Derrick is just disturbed by the tone of the comments.” Rep. Synar has “talked about poor attitudes, he’s talked about a cavalier way (Please See DERRICK, Page 11A) ;