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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - June 3, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Altoona iKtrtor Copyright 2001 JUNE 3, 2001 newsstand IN LIFE Find out what the TV networks planned for fall m f Junk food that's really good for you Hundreds eligible for rail settlement Property owners will get a piece of the action as Norfolk Southern sells telcom access along its tracks. DO YOU QUALIFY? Anyone with land abutting property that has a. Norfolk Southern Corp. rail line running through il may be eligible to participate in a class action lawsuit against the company. Property owners who have not already been contacted by The Ackerson Group should call the lawsuit settlement claim center toll-free at (866) 653-5344 by July 13 to discuss registering as part of the suit. Bv WILLIAM KIBLER Staff Writer It seems nobody is letting Norfolk Soufhern get away with anything any- more. Even as the railroad awaits a federal decision that could spoil its plans to close the Hollidaysburg Car Shop, a class action lawsuit has prodded a sub- sidiary into paying millions of dollars to owners of land adjacent to tracks where the company is placing telecommunica- tions lines. The Washington, D.G., law firm that obtained the settlement in a suit against Norfolk's T-Cubecl will send notices to landowners in 16 states this week, including owners of 602 parcels adjacent to the mainline in Blair County. There are 847 parcels in Cambria County and 425 in Huntingdon County involved in the settlement. Landowners will receive SS.OOO per mile for the first three conduits T-Ciibed installs along 10 rail corridors totaling miles. Landowners also will receive at least 7.5 percent of the revenue T-Cubed will generate for up to nine more conduits for a potential total of per mile, or million, according to information in a news release by The Ackerson Group, representing the plaintiffs. Landowners will have the option to buy into a company formed to incorpo- rate rights conferred by the settlement to buy into those T-Cubed lines and to handle landowner interests on the other side of the corridor from the T-Cubed conduits, according to the news release. "This was a negotiated settlement that allows T-Cubed to proceed with business plans without threat of Norfolk spokesman Rudy Husband said. "While T-Cubed does not concede the legitimacy of any of the claims of the class, the settlement eliminates all pend- ing claims filed against T-Cubed and bars future claims." Listening to details of the benefits Thursday evening behind his front screen door, Jim Knouse.of Pine Avenue near the Jaffa Mosque said, "That'd work for me." He has about 30 feet of property adjoin- ing a city alley that abuts the Norfolk Southern mainline. Please see A5 Hours, wages prompt nurses to take action From Minor staff and wire reports It was a scenario that nurse Linda Warino had come to dread: Too many patients. Not enough nurses. No volunteers to work overtime. About once per week and she only works three days per week she said she was required to work beyond her 12-hour shift. It led her and her colleagues in Youngstown, Ohio, to walk off their hospital jobs to demand bet- ter conditions and pay. They have been on strike for 31 days. Warino, a nurse for 28 years, said it wasn't just long hours or salary issues that prompted the 770 nurs- es at Youngstown's Forum Health hospital system to act. They feared patient care was suffering. "Let's be real. In your 14th or .15th hour you are not as good as yoyi are in your first, second or .third she said. Dissatisfaction with pay and increasingly stressful' work condi- tions, aggravated by a shortage of nurses at hospitals across the coun- try, is spurring job actions and the formation of nurses' unions. Healthcare PSEA (Pennsylvania State Education Association) has been trying to unionize Altoona Hospital's 600 registered nurses since late last summer. The union has obtained signa- tures from more than 200 nurses declaring their willingness for a unionization vote. It's more than the minimum 30 percent needed to get the National Labor Relations Board to conduct a vote, but the union said it wants to get a clear majority before pro- ceeding. There's "a very good possibility" the union will file for a vote before The Associated Press Fair view Riverside Hospital nurse Catherine Rose-Sikich sets down a picket sign Wednesday in Minneapolis. the card campaign expires in mid- September, organizer Alf Nelson said. In October, Nelson said there was no doubt the union would file for a vole. "The only question is he said then. Nurses' gripes include short- staffing, mandatory overtime and bonuses to attract newcomers, which veteran nurses resent, Nelson said. "Nurses are tired and over- worked and don't feel appreciated or Nelson said. Hospital management has no comment, said Judy Boerger, Altoona Hospital vice president for nursing. This week Minneapolis faced the threat of nurses striking at a dozen hospitals. Please see A5 The Associated Press Miss Greater Juniata Valley Erika Shay, 22, of Claysburg practices her baton twirling routine for the. talent contest at the Miss Pennsylvania Pageant in Bethlehem Friday. Shay, a 1996 graduate of Altoona Area High School, competed with 24 other contestants for the title Saturday night in Bethlehem. I PAGE A3 Lawmakers: Political gridlock loosening its grip BY ROBERT IGOR Staff Writer Partisanship? What partisanship? Since the November election, there have been concerns about gridlock among political leaders who put party alliance over public concerns in the very tight House and Senate con- cerns that intensified last week when Vermont Sen. Jim Jeffords announced he was leaving the Republican Party. But area federal lawmakers from both sides said that everyone is playing More political news PAGE A6, B6 nice and taking turns on Capitol Hill. "Our purpose is to provide fair and immediate tax relief for hard-working American families, create the world's best schools so that no child is left behind, assemble a fair judiciary, final- ly establish a national energy policy, rebuild pur nation's defenses and pro- tect Social Security for this generation and generations to said Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa. "We will continue to work with the White House, House Republicans and Senate Democrats to achieve these bipartisan goals. And we commit to a renewed spirit going into next year's elections to build a new majority based on these principles." Santorum insisted the process actu- ally is getting better, not worse. What we've been able to accomplish with such a very narrow margin 1 think speaks to our ability as Republicans to work in a bipartisan he said. "We passed a tax bill with 12 Democrats when just a year ago, we passed a tax bill with a billion tax cut, and we didn't get one Democratic vote. This year, we pass a much largei tax cut with 12 Democrats. That just tells you that we have a president who is dedicated to working together to get things done. "I'm hopeful that this Senate can con tinuo to be progressive, rather than obstructionist." Please see A6 Mirror illuslration by Tom Worthington II DCUVERY Subscription or home 'delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-44BO BMFOUR 9 7 8; 0 I Lottery numbers, A2 Showers likely, Forecast. A2 THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. 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