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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - April 27, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY HEUCfr'N Married to the church: Part one of a series on ministers’ spouses / FREE INSIDE _Former    Central    Cambria    standout    could play in the Canadian Football League / SI Doctor suggests hormone therapy to make menopause more manageable / DIAltana mirror © Copyright 2001 MMMMMMHIMMMNIiHS FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2001 50C newsstand ■■■■■IBud Shuster becomes consultant By William Kibler Staff Writer Former Congressman Bud Shuster has a new consulting Firm that may allow him to lobby his son Bill a year from now. But Bill Shuster, if he wins his dad’s old seat next month, said that won’t happen — no matter what the rules are. “He certainly would not lobby me,” said Bill Shuster, a Republican in a heavily Republican district. “I wouldn’t let him, and he wouldn’t do it.” Bud Shuster’s Strategic Advisors Ltd. is a consulting rather than a lobbying Firm, said Bud Shuster, who registered the company with the House Clerk’s office. Under House ethics rules, he may not lobby members of Congress or staff for a year after his retirement or allow his name to be used by an intermediary on clients’ behalf. But he can aid or advise clients on how to lobby Congress. The company has one client — FastShip Atlantic Inc. of Philadelphia, which asked for help, said Bud Shuster, who spoke at a luncheon in Duncansville Thursday. FastShip holds a patent on a container vessel that can cross the ocean at twice the speed of conventional ships, according to the company’s Web site. The company will do for shipping what jets did for air travel, Bud Shuster said as he entered the luncheon. FastShip could create I,(XX) jobs. Strategic advisers will analyze how legislation could affect Bud Shuster’s clients. The firm will provide accounting and legal services, said Bud Shuster, who is the company’s president. “We’re just putting it together.” Asked whether he will begin to lobby after the cooling-off period ends in March, Bud said. “I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.” When asked whether he might lobby his son, he said, “Who knows?” Please see Shuster/Page A13NORFOLK SOUTHERN HEARINGS House members chastise railroad By Craig Williams Staff Writer HARRISBURG — Round two of Pennsylvania House Transportation Committee hearings on the proposed closing of the Hollidaysburg Car Shop played to a packed house Thursday. More than 14 state representatives questioned, prodded and scolded Norfolk Southern Corp. officials, who responded to the question of “Why?” with the same figures that formed the bulk of the testimony at a hearing two weeks ago in Altoona. However, this time Norfolk Southern spoke in terms of intermodal traffic and serving the customer. and it presented a list of investments already made in the state and some projected upgrades. But from the outset, it was evident that the majority of House committee members were set against Norfolk Southern. “This is the most blatant, arrogant and shameful act by any company to the legislator in the 17 years since I have been here,” Rep. Michael R. Veon, Democratic Whip, said of the railroad’s announcement to close the car shop less than two years after taking over its portion of Conrail. “This company made* very specific promises to the state. They lied to the people of Pennsylvania. They lied to the governor of the state, and they lied to the state Legislature.” Throughout the four-hour hearing in the Capitol building, railroad representatives were told of legislators’ disappointments and fears of political reprisals for deals gone bad. “Did you make those commitments because you wanted to get the support of [Congressman Bud Shuster]?” Rep. David Levdansky asked. Please see Railroad/Page All9TH DISTRICT RACE Governor stumping for GOP’s candidate By Robert Igoe Staff Writer While the Roosevelt Junior High School Jazz Band played “When You Wish Upon A Star," Gov. Tom Ridge accepted the well-wishes of more than 200 guests at the Casino at Lakemont Park and urged them to support fellow Republican Bill Shuster in his quest for the 9th Congressional District seat. As widely expected, Ridge announced he is throwing his support behind Shuster, the son of retired Congressman Bud Shuster, whom Ridge called “a great friend to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.” Bill Shuster is opposing _ Democrat Scott Conklin ■ Ridge gives his take on and Green Party candi- local issues/ Page A5 date Alanna Hartzok in- the May 15 election. “I’m pleased to be here as a friend to Bill Shuster, a friend to the families and a friend of the president of the United States, who I am sure would welcome the support of Bill Shuster in Congress,” Ridge said at a press conference before the event. “The president has laid out an agenda that I think is very important to Pennsylvania and this region. Because of Bill’s background in business and the community, he understands the importance of tax cuts. Traditionally, Republicans believe in putting more money into the hands of those who earn it, while Democrats favor keeping more of what people earn. “I think a congressman like Bill Shuster would be what the writers of the Constitution were thinking of when they created a two-year term limit,” Ridge said. “They wanted someone to come out of the community, who lived and worked and had been a part of that community and had a connection with that community.” Please see Stump/Page A5 Mirror photos by Kelly Bennett M bove: Leann Elberty, Sinking jT% Valley, examines the Blair County Clothesline Project, a display of T-shirts decorated by victims of abuse and their survivors as part of Take Back the Night activities Thursday at Heritage Plaza in downtown Altoona. At left: Participants visit various booths to obtain information on groups that offer aid to those affected by violent crimes. The event was sponsored by Family Services of Blair County. /Page A13 MING BACK THE NIGHT State-sponsored health care covers RU-486 abortion pill JEANETTE KREBS capitolwire.com HARRISBURG — State-funded health plans will include the abortion pill RU-486 for poor women, Pennsylvania ofFicials said. Women covered under Medicaid are eligible to receive the drug starting this month, said Susan Aspey, a spokeswoman for the state Public Welfare Department. Although the Food and Drug Administration approved the pill last year, Aspey said the state needed to wait until an agreement was reached between the federal government and the drug company on reimbursement payments. There are 1.4 million people, half of them children, receiving Medicaid in Pennsylvania. The program is funded through the state and federal government. Like all newly approved drugs, Aspey said, the state will not notify medical assistance recipients or providers about the change. Providers have access to a free phone line giving them an updated list of drugs covered under Medicaid. Please see RU-486/Page A4 The recommendation clears the way for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to issue a final ruling on the merger of New Jersey-based GPU Inc. and Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp. and on GPU's request for more than $80 million in rate relief. DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7    22910    00050    4A BIG FOUR 3    9    15 ■ Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Chance of showers, 71° ■ Forecast, A2 *2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee ■ *6000 ■■ Up to Leas* Cash Back 3)&7h Ask Demi For DetailsChrysler - Plymouth ■ Jeep 1549 Pleasant Valley Blvd. Altoona, PA 943-4147 Pa. judge recommends GPU merger, rate hike By Timothy D. May The Associated ITess HARRISBURG — An administrative law judge has recommended that state regulators approve a proposed merger of GPU Inc. and FirstEnergy Corp. and allow GPU to raise rates for Pennsylvania customers to recoup losses it has incurred from rising wholesale power costs. The recommendation, issued by Mi MMM □ iocai Q nation Business A9,11 Classifieds C5-14 Hospitals Obituaries A13 A13 0ure Opinion A8 O SPORTS Comics D5 Movies D3 Local B4 Puzzles D4 Scoreboard B5 I Television D4 Judge Larry Gesoff Wednesday, will be reviewed by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, which may adopt or reject it, either in full or in part. The recommendation clears the way for the PUC to issue a Final ruling on the merger of New Jersey-based GPU and Ohio-based FirstEnergy and on GPU’s request for more than $80 million in rate relief. Please see GPU/Page A9 INSIDEIN STATE Penn State University officials announced Thursday their plans to address students’ concerns after a series of death threats against black students. PAGE A13 Shuster ;

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