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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - May 9, 1986, Altoona, Pennsylvania Altoona Mirror vol. To a no. 280 of our i Lith year phone 946-7411 a Altoona pa., Friday May 9, 1986 final edition 30 a cop Conrail bidding heats up by Tom Bibb staff writer Norfolk Southern corp. Threw a twist into the Conrail Sale this morning increasing its bid to $1.9 billion but apparently doing Little to hush its critics. The Southern rail giant said it would go along with transportation Secretary Elizabeth h. Doles request this week to raise the Ante moving from the role of Low bidder to a tie for the highest bid. The announcement late this morning came a Day after Conrail acquisition corp., another of the three Conrail suitors raised its own offer by $100 million to a total $1.9 billion the Norfolk Southern announcement seemingly would help to soften critics who claim the Railroad was trying to walk off with Conrail at a fire Sale Price. A but in the real world it does t mean a Ann Eppard an aide to ninth District Republican congressman Bud Shuster said this morning. Quot. It does t get them one vote on the indeed raising its bid by $700 million apparently wont erase the opposition from one key congressional player House Energy and Commerce committee chairman John Dingell a Mich. Dingell has told mrs. Dole he remains opposed to the Norfolk Southern bid and Public urged her to abandon her support of the offer and aim toward forging a Public Sale that would leave Conrail As an Independent Railroad. Quot Well see Quot Norfolk Southern spokesman Robert fort said of How the Railroad would get around that key opposition. Quot i can to address that Issue indeed one part of Norfolk Southern s increased bid that is Likely to draw criticism is the Way it is funded. Mrs. Dole said Norfolk Southern can use $360 million in Over funding from Conrail a pension plan to bankroll the increased bid. And while fort maintained that the remaining $340 million Quot is coming out of Norfolk Southern s mrs. Eppard insisted that the Southern Railroad will be Able to use Conrail a excess Cash to help pick up the Tab. The final Anthem tic she said is that Only Quot about $200 million Quot would come from Norfolk Southern a pockets. As for the Money from the pension fund that is All Money that is pure Gravy to the fund. Fort said. Quot its the amount left once the employee rights Are fully protected Quot he said. In addition to upping the Price Norfolk Southern also agreed to forego some tax benefits and have the Sale judged by the interstate Commerce commission fort said. Company officials had steadfastly insisted they would not go along see Conrail on Page a3 City authority poised to float Bond Issue for sewer project by Jeff Mulhollem staff writer the Altoona City authority is poised to float a Bond Issue of Between $20 million and $45 million to finance a massive sewer system renovation project. Authority chairman Robert Smith citing what he called Quot excellent Market revealed this morning that he expects the authority to take action within the next two months. The City authority holds title to the sewer system. According to Smith a former College economics professor Only continuing confusion Over the City a eligibility for a Federal Grant to 55 percent of the estimated $42 million project costs has delayed action. City councilman Karl r. King who Heads Altoona s Bureau of sewage disposal announced thursday that Altoona would not receive Grant Money for the sewer project in fiscal 1986, ending this october Grant eligibility for fiscal 1987 is Uncertain in Light of changes in the clean water act Congress is contemplating. Quot we re not dragging our feet on this Quot Smith said. A we have been in constant Contact with the investment Bankers. We Are ready to jump into the Market at the proper time. We have been talking to the Bankers trying to decide which Way to go. What we were hoping for was some specific information about the likelihood of getting the Altoona is under administrative order by the . Environmental Protection Agency to Stop polluting the upper Juniata River Basin with its sewage system by july i 1988. The project proposed a which includes rebuilding both the Easterly and Westerly treatment Plant and controlling two combined sewer overflows a is the most expensive capital Effort Ever undertaken by the City. Even with the 55 percent Grant a which would amount to approximately $20 million a City residents sewer Bills must triple Over the next five years to finance the local share without the Grant. Smith noted financing becomes More Complex. He expressed doubts today about whether the authority could borrow that much. Quot but we really won t know until a decision is made to go into the he explained. Quot a lot depends on the timing and How investors Are looking at Bonds at the time. Quot this is a difficult situation Quot added Smith who retired As associate executive emeritus of Altoona Campus of Pennsylvania state University see Bond Issue on Page a3 tourism a compromised proposed by Phil Ray staff writer Hollidaysburg the Blair county commissioners have proposed a new tourist development program in which the Altoona area chamber of Commerce and the local Quot professionals Quot will play a major part. The Board of commissioners preferred to remain closed mouthed about the details of the proposal but commissioner William c. Stouffer said it was designed to avoid Quot fragmentation Quot within the Community. Stouffer late thursday afternoon hand delivered a letter to Robert Couch the director of the chamber and to two chamber officers Marge Helsel a vice president and Robert Henshaw who is the Board member in charge of the chamber a tourism program. Stouffer said that the letter reflected the views of himself and fellow commissioners John j. Ebersole and Donna d. Dorily. Quot we feel the position taken by the commissioners is a very very reasonable position that addresses All the facets of the tourist Bureau for Blair Stouffer said. Quot we feel both sides win and above All the Community the area of Blair county and the citizens will be the big Winner a Stouffer said. He said the commissioners proposal is a Compromise Between the positions taken by the Altoona area chamber and a group of hotel and Motel owners and members of the old convention and business Bureau who wanted to see a tourism Agency created that would be Independent of the chamber of Commerce. The Quot Compromise Quot would place the tourism program under a full time director James Caporuscio who has directed the chamber a tourism efforts in the past but Only on a part time basis. The commissioners Are proposing also that a new Board be created see tourism on Page a3 work on �?~22begins Hollidaysburg new Enterprise Stone and Lime co. Thursday afternoon was Given the go ahead to proceed with the construction of a 2 9-mile Section of new route 220 South of Newry. Asbury Lee the Community relations representative for Penn Dot in Hollidaysburg said construction of the Highway is under Way. He said new Enterprise worked Well into the night thursday As the Clearing and grubbing operations for the new Road began. New Enterprise was awarded the contract last week but at a Job conference on monday construction was placed on hold because one property owner had yet to be moved from his Home in the right of Way. That situation was corrected by thursday. Reagan May Call for More sanctions against Libya Washington up president Reagan enjoying a relaxing weekend at Camp David after his rigorous asian journey is reviewing proposals for More economic sanctions against Libya. Reagan left thursday for a three Day break at his rustic Retreat in the Western Maryland mountains. He is to return to the White House sunday afternoon. Before departing he briefed his Cabinet on his 13-Day, 22.000-mile trip with stops in Hawaii Indonesia and a five Day stay in Tokyo for the economic Summit meeting. He planned to publicly endorse the tax Reform Bill pending in the Senate in his weekly saturday radio address. In the aftermath of the Summit statement on terrorism the administration has vowed to continue what one official called Quot the momentum by invoking Quot additional economic measures Quot to isolate Libya. Deputy press Secretary Larry Speakes said Reagan in his private talks at the Summit was told Quot most of the countries Quot represented in Tokyo planned to take Quot a number of Steps Quot a most of them economic in nature a against Libya. A we have since january been discussing with other nations a variety of economic and other peaceful actions that could be taken against countries like Libya who support International he said. Speakes refused to discuss specific options but other officials acknowledged measures being considered include a crackdown on libyan airlines in Western Europe As Well As a bid for european governments to withdraw funds held in financial institutions owned in whole or in part by Libya. Robert Oakley director of the state departments counter terrorism office told the Senate foreign relations committee wednesday the United states plans to ban imports of All libyan Oil refined in Europe. Administration officials were More reluctant to discuss possible moves against Syria implicated by israeli and West German officials in a bombing in Berlin and the attempt to place a bomb aboard an Al Al jetliner. White House chief of staff Donald Regan declined comment on alleged syrian involvement in the two incidents. Quot Well have to wait for the evidence and then Well have to make up our minds about possible retaliation he said. Reagan Cut almost All direct commercial ties with Libya in Early january in retaliation for the dec. 27 terrorist attacks at the Rome and Vienna airports blamed on the libyan backed palestinian terrorist group Abu Nidal. But . Allies refused to join in the sanctions against Moa mar khad Afy. Though . Officials said the april 14 attack on Libya and a recent rash of terrorist incidents have Given that undertaking added impetus. One official said he was Quot absolutely certain the allies would follow up on their Summit declaration against terrorism with further sanctions against Libya. Democratic led committee plays hardball on budget Washington up the democratic led House budget committee steam rolling past gop protests has approved a budget that would Cut military spending sharply and increase funds for poverty programs. The $994 billion proposed budget for next fiscal year also would direct new taxes at deficit reduction to produce a $137 billion deficit a Well below the Gramm Rudman requirement of $144 billion in red Ink. Democratic leaders of the committee had indicated earlier this week that they wanted to try for bipartisan Accord on their budget but resorted to using their nearly 2-1 majority to whip handily a gop attempt to Amend their spending plan by putting More Money in defense or lowering taxes. After a Day of raucous debate the budget rolled through the demo cratic dominated panel thursday on a vote of 21-11, along near party lines. One Republican rep. Vin Weber of Minnesota joined the democrats in favor of the budget. Rep. Henson in the Mirror accidents. A a 7 or. Gott. .a4 Astrograph. .d6 hospitals. .b4-6 births. .b2 lifestyle. Cd 2 sports. Classified.  c3-9 local. Comics. A 7 movies. .a8, 9 weather. .a6 crime. A 7 obituaries .35,400 Moore r-la., voted Quot present Quot a not taking a Side. House budget committee chairman William Gray d-pa., said the spending plan would protect the elderly and children while allocating adequate resources to the Pentagon a though far less than what president Reagan requested. But Republican members of the panel protested the plan had been rammed through by the democrats without regard to the minority. Quot they just Roll sighed rep. Connie Mack. A Fla. Quot they know they can Roll us. There was no serious attempt at a key Republican on the panel Lynn Martin of Illinois said the Hope was to change the budget when it goes to the House floor next week. Quot one holds ones nose and tries to get it out of Here the committee she said. House speaker Thomas of Neill had said he would not support a budget that included taxes unless republicans did. A democratic source indicated gop support on the floor would be sufficient. Study less than one fourth of americans using Seatbelt Chicago up a a Survey published today shows that less than one fourth of american motorists wore seat belts in the Early 1980s and safety experts fear new Laws requiring Drivers to buckle up May not improve the trend in the Long run. The centers for disease control reported in the journal of the american medical association that 75.9 percent of 22.236 adults surveyed Between 1981 and 1983 said they did not Wear seat belts regularly. People who engaged in other risky Behaviours such As smoking Drunken driving and being overweight were even less Likely to buckle up. The cd said. The same was True for people aged 18 to 24 and adults whose formal education ended with High school said or. Gary Goldbaum of the cd in Atlanta. Quot the human and financial Burden of motor vehicle collisions could be dramatically reduced if everyone used seat belts Quot Goldbaum said. He estimated Universal seat Belt use could reduce traffic deaths by at least 60 percent saving 18,000 lives and $10 billion in medical costs annually. he said Quot while seat Belt use costs nothing requires Little time and Effort and entails no documented risks fewer than one fourth of . Adults use seat belts Quot particularly sobering was the difference for drunk driving Quot the report said citing a 86.4 percent non usage rate. Hispanics reported wearing seat belts most frequently 32.6 percent followed by Whites 24.2 percent and then Blacks 19.4 percent the cd said. Seat Belt usage increased with age and education across All groups. Goldbaum said the recent passage of mandatory seat Belt Laws by Many states could have a major Impact on curbing Highway deaths citing a 22 percent decline in fatal accidents during the first three months of new Yorkus seat Belt Law. But Barbara Carraro. A statistician with the National safety Council said those Early successes Are deceptive. Quot initially they be seen that kind of an Impact but it just Hadnot held Carraro said. She said in most cases the Laws Only have a Long term effect where they Are Likely to be enforced. Quot in Illinois for example usage is about 43 percent on the expressway system but on Rural roads it s probably not nearly As High Quot she said. Quot people also May be More Likely to buckle up on the expressways anyway but not when they get in the car for that Short hop to the grocery store or the mall Quot Carraro said. In a ass United press International lady needs facial the statue of Liberty s face is dirty and so is her right Arm As shown in photo provided by the new York daily news. Dark streaks along the statues Torch Arm and blackening of her left Cheek Are caused by Manhattan pollution experts say and it can to be removed without endangering her fragile Copper skin. A wife i a Iff us fab or a m. P5 i it a % y

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