Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 19, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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S.C. Highway Patrol Adding 50 Mustangs
COLUMBIA (AP) — Highway troopers who cruise the state’s roads in unmarked, high-performance Mustangs write twice as many tickets as their counterparts in marked patrol cars, officials say.
So, it should come as no great surprise that the state Highway Patrol is in the process this week of adding 50 Mustangs.
The patrol will have 115 Mustangs in its stable once the latest shipment hits the road. That accounts for less than IO percent of its total fleet.
Since December, the five-liter machines have been averaging 70 violations per month compared to about 35 per month for marked patrol cars.
“If you’re in a Mustang, it’s a busy day,” Patrol Commander Col. J.H. “Red” Lanier said.
The Mustangs have accounted for 28,159 violations since going into service last October. The cars have recorded more than 3,500 speeding violations in each of the past three months, including 3,893 in March.
Spotted Owl Fight Lost In Federal Court
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A federal judge has lifted the ban on logging large tracts of virgin forest but chastised the agency that administers them for failing to plan for the protection of a rare spotted owl.
In a major defeat for environmentalists, U.S. District Judge Helen Frye ruled Thursday against challenges to the Bureau of Land Management’s timber sales plans for the forests of western Oregon.
Frye said the agency’s decision not to update the timber plans “was arbitrary and capricious in light of the new, significant, and probably accurate information that the planned logging of spotted owl habitat raises uncertainty about the ability of the spotted owl to survive as a species.” Nevertheless, her hands were tied by an amendment to a budget resolution in Congress that prohibits challenges to the agency’s plans, Frye said.
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SRS May Lose Space Plutonium Task
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
A $65 million Savannah River Site facility, built three years ago to process Plutonium-238 for the U.S. space program, would be closed or converted to other uses under a government proposal to consolidate PU-238 work at the Hanford Reservation.
The Department of Energy proposal, described as only an option under consideration, would give the DOE’s Washington State facility the space plutonium work now done at both Savannah River
and the department’s Mound Plant in Ohio.
The proposal would mean an estimated 1,300 new jobs and a clear mission for a sophisticated new reactor at Hanford, a congressional official said.
No layoffs would result at Savannah River, which had up to 50 people working on PU-238 several years ago, but has since scaled back, officials said.
The proposal affects HB-Line, a section of Savannah River’s H-Area separations facility that prepares and packages 238 for the space program.
“Right now, either the actual facilities
would be closed, or they would be converted for use with other material,” namely Plutonium-239, said Julie Madden, a spokeswoman with the DOE’s Savannah River Operations.
“This is just one option,” Ms. Madden said of the consolidation proposal.
“It is currently under consideration. There’s no immediate decision pending,” she said, though a decision is possible in late summer or early fall.
PU-238, a different atomic variety from the PU-239 used for nuclear weapons, gives off heat because of its radioactive decay, and is used as an energy source
for deep space probes.
The heat can be used either directly — to keep instruments warm, for example — or to power thermoelectric devices that convert heat to electricity.
Plutonium from SRS was used on the Apollo moon flights, and plans are to use it again for space missions later this year, Ms. Madden said.
The section of the Mound plant that assembles Savannah River’s plutonium into thermoelectric generators also would be closed under the proposal, she
(Please See SRS, Page 13A)
School District Budget
1989-90 PROJECTED EXPENDITURES
General Fund Items
Budget Items Salaries, Regular
Expenditures 198e’89 To ,989-90
Difference plus $2,597,561
Workers' Comp./Liability Insurance
Purchased Instructional Services
Staff Graphic By Sharon McLaughlin
Tax Hike Needed To Balance Aiken County School Budget
By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer
The Aiken County Legislative Delegation voted 8-1 Thursday in favor of an 84 millage rate to fund the 1989-90 school district budget of $60 million, which means higher taxes for Aiken County property owners.
Even though the 84 millage rate is the same as last year’s rate, recent property reassessments have increased the value of the mill from $186,000 to approximately $229,000.
The tax increase to cover the Aiken County School District expenses will, for example, cause property tax on a $50,000 house to increase by $19.20, according to Sen. Thomas Moore, D-Clearwater.
The delegation’s approval of the 84 mill cap leaves the school board room to decide how much they will actually use. The
current preliminary budget requires a millage rate of 68.7 mills.
This amount will allow the school board to comply with the state law that prohibits the school board from levying more than I percent above the 1988-89 revenue without the General Assembly’s approval.
With the 84 mill cap, the school board has leeway to generate enough funds to cover the top seven items on the school district’s “20-item top priority” list that is not included in the 1989-90 budget general fund.
The delegation decided to meet yesterday to set the mill cap following a meeting with school board members and school officials in Columbia Wednesday. At the time of the delegation’s vote, Rep. Charles Sharpe, R-Wagener voted against the 84 millage rate.
(Please See TAX, Page 13A)
Peng Orders Halt To Student Revolt
Party Chief Offers Resignation After Visiting Protesters
Purchased Testing Services
Purchased Serv ers, AitOfne>/Aua«af
Association and Evaluation Dues
Water, Heat and Lights
Insurance — Buddings and Contents
Transportation — Special Programs
Tuition — Governor’s School
Printing and Binding
Purchased Services, Other
Equipment, New and Replacement
By The Associated Press
BEIJING — Premier Li Peng said today measures will be taken to stop a six-day student hunger strike that has triggered nationwide demonstrations. Sources said Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang, who opposed a crackdown, offered to resign.
It was rot ir innate! W’.aar if Zhao’s offer, reported by/ K;o sniment source and confirmed by a second source, was accepted. I
The sources, who demanded anonymity, said the State Council, China’s Cabinet, banned demonstrations as of midnight, declaring they destroy stability and unity.
Beijing Television devoted most of its half-hour evening newscast to calls for the students to end their hunger strike in Tiananmen Square and for others to stop marching for democracy. More than 3,000 students are fasting in Beijing, and tens of thousands of people are keeping vigil with them.
Zhao, accompanied by Ii, visited some of the strikers before dawn today, boarding buses where they were temporarily housed for protection from the rain.
Students of Beijing Normal University said Zhao had tears in his eyes as he spoke to them and autographed their hats and shirts.
They quoted Zhao as saying, “I came too late, too late. I should be criticized by you.” He said the “problems you have raised will eventually be resolved,” but he made no concrete offer, the students said.
“He was very sincere, he was sympathetic and understanding,” said Chen Hong, a 22-year-old math major, who spoke with difficulty through cracked lips.
(Please See PENG, Page 13A)
Lawmakers Cautioned Teen Abortion Bill May Be Illegal
By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA —■ The General Assembly should delay passage of a proposed abor-tion-consent law for unwed girls under 17 because it is probably unconstitutional, a civil libertarian says.
The House gave key approval Thursday to a bill requiring such girls to get permission from a parent or judge before having an abortion. Girls who become pregnant as a result of incest would not have to obtain parental or judicial consent.
Steven Bates, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union South Carolina affiliate, said the lawmakers should not take further action until the U.S. Supreme Court decides on several
abortion cases before the court.
He urged lawmakers to put the bill aside and “wait for a definitive ruling from the Supreme Court. ”
The House approved the measure 102-0 on second reading. Routine final approval is expected next week. The bill would then go to the state Senate for its consideration.
An amendment that allows girls to obtain permission from one parent, not both parents as a bill sponsored by Rep. Wes Hayes, D-Rock Hill, required, won House approval Thursday.
A similar bill, also sponsored by Hayes passed the House last year but stalled in the Senate.
(Please See LAWMAKERS, Page 13A)
MARCOS: Gravely ill in Honolulu, not expected to live, can’t return to Philippines.
Marcos Denied Permission To Die In Homeland
By The Associated Press
HONOLULU — Deposed Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos was in very critical condition today following kidney, cardiac and pulmonary failure, hospital officials said.
His successor, Corazon Aquino, said she would not permit Marcos to return to the Philippines to die despite an appeal from Marcos’ wife, Imelda. The Philippine government has not decided whether to allow Marcos to be buried in his homeland.
Marcos, 71, suffered kidney failure Thursday morning and underwent surgery to prepare him for kidney dialysis, according to Gene Tiwanak, assistant administrator at St. Francis Medical Center.
(Please See MARCOS, Page 13A)