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Bluefield Daily Telegraph (Newspaper) - March 11, 1990, Bluefield, West Virginia More problems. Despite massive bailout measures amp a Industry still in trouble a-4 what to Wear. Looking at the latest styles local stores Are offering for Spring / inside hoops. . Tops Clemson Louisville squeaks by in league tourneys / sports d-1 sunday a March 11,1990 staff photo by Mark Shelton signs of Spring Joshua Boyd 9, takes a swing during lit teams when the season officially begins tie league tryouts in Cedar Bluff va., sat april 7 with a Parade through Richlands urday afternoon. The town will Field five and games later that afternoon. Deal Falls through teachers consequences a Are pretty bad by Barbara Hawkins of the daily Telegraph staff Charleston a an agreement Between West Virginia a striking teachers and gov. Gaston Caperton has apparently fallen through prompting a Call for teachers to remain on the picket lines. Caperton responded by saying he has asked county schools superintendents to follow state Law and discipline striking teachers. During a Capitol press conference late saturday night West Virginia education association president Kayetta Meadows called for West Virginia s teachers to continue their strike statewide saying Caperton a a once again changed the rules of the Only hours earlier striking teachers had voted to accept the conditions of the agreement which was reached late Friday night. The Uvea said that Deal called for immediate resumption of negotiations toward a settlement a special legislative session to enact a settlement and no reprisals or loss of pay to striking teachers. In Exchange striking teachers would return to classes monday and not strike again for 30 Days. Teachers statewide voted to accept the Deal but Meadows said Caperton backed out of the condition calling for a special session and educators should remain on strike. Late saturday night Caperton termed Meadows comments about a special session a a total lies and said county school superintendents Are free to discipline striking teachers. Attorney general Roger Tompkins last week said teachers can be suspended or fired barred from teaching for a year or charged with mis demean a teachers a-5 legislature ends with a flurry Charleston a the legislature on saturday ended its 1990 regular session by voting to end a $60 million a year tax credit program and create a system of regulating Cable television but failing to act on a $250 million bailout of the workers compensation fund. Lawmakers also were unable to Complete work in the final minutes on a $250 Bills establishing ground water protections and revamping the state system for funding schools. Legislators meanwhile sent to the governor a Bill to raid special Revenue accounts set up to fund specific projects of nearly $21 million to provide a boost to the department of health and human resources. They also passed a Bill providing $5 million so assessors can begin updating property valuations Over the next three years. Legislators said the Bill will raise no additional funds. Lawmakers faced a Midnight deadline for final action on legislation except the 1990-91 state budget but members still had the option of extending the session for other matters with two thirds approval in both houses. The governor also could extend the session. The House and Senate sent to the governor a Bill to end the a super tax credit program which provided huge tax Breaks to businesses. But under the Bill any business that already has taken advantage of the tax credits can continue to do so. Sen. Oshel Craigo a Putnam said the legislation raises no Money but Quot stops Haemorrhaging of $60 million a the Senate and House also approved a Bill setting up a seven member Board to provide limited regulation of Cable television. The Board will include four citizens appointed by the governor two Cable to representatives and one Public service commission member. On the health and human resources bailout the House had voted to take $20.65 million from various special Revenue accounts for the department of health and human resources while the Senate had approved taking $20.05 million. The agreement approved saturday takes $19.4 million from those accounts with a companion Bill to take another $1.3 million for a total of $20.8 million. The workers compensation Bill part of the governors legislative package would take $250 million from a Black lung fund surplus and use it toward a projected $4 1 5 million workers compensation a legislature a-5 budget funds local projects by Barbara Hawkins of the daily Telegraph staff Charleston a $1.6 billion state budget scheduled for action by the West Virginia legislature during the extended three Day session includes funding proposals for several Mercer county projects. Separate versions of the budget approved by the Senate and House of delegates were moved to a conference committee on saturday. A Compromise will be scrutinized by both bodies during the upcoming extended session with a decision expected by tuesday. A project of major interest in Mercer county is a proposed $ 1 50,000 contribution toward establishment of a county senior Center to be operated by the a budget a-5good morning Louie the Llama can now Lead Medford . A Louie the Llama does no to have to be a Follower any More. The 5-month-old, 72-Pound South american ruminant had cataracts removed from his right Eye in an operation that lets him to see for the first time. Or. James Clinton the Medford veterinarian who performed the 50-minute surgery thursday said Louie a history suggests the Llama could not see because he never started any activities with fellow animals. This one always followed a Clinton said. A it never Louie is recovering at Popcorn Park zoo Home to about 300 injured or abandoned animals ranging from chickens to Deer said zoo director John Bergmann. With cataracts the crystalline Lens of the Eye becomes opaque blocking Light rays instead of refracting them. The surgeon removes the Lens leaving the Cornea the transparent tissue Over the front of the eyeball. Today partly Cloudy with near record highs Are forecast by the National weather service. Highs should reach the lower 70s. Tonight partly Cloudy and mild overnight with lows dropping Only into the mid-50s. Weather package a-8 Section a Section b briefs. .a-2 Region. By people. .a-2 obituaries. .b-2 a amp is. .a-4 funerals. .b-2 weather. A-8 classified. B-3 Section c Section d automotive. Cd sports. .d-1 classified c-2 statistics. D-2 Section e Section f Money. Al lifestyles. Al opinion. .e-2 weddings. .f-2 Coal Page. .f-5 births. .f-3 in listings. .f-6 dear Abby. .f-4 vol. 95, no. 70 it Virginia a session no tax hikes but taxpayers face More fees Richmond apr after july 1, it will Cost More to live in Virginia if you drive a car own a Motorboat drink whiskey or get in minor trouble with the Law. Members of the 1990 general Assembly can Tell voters they went Home without approving a general tax increase but their actions still will lighten Many taxpayers wallets. Not Only did lawmakers approve several fee increases they rolled Back tax Relief for retirees and Low income virginians As they struggled to make up a $267 million budget shortfall forecast Over the next two years. A we did rely on user fees a lot. If you need to make up differences user fees Are the Way to do it a said Del. Leslie l. Byrne a Fairfax a member of the House finance committee. Gov. L. Douglas Wilder who got most of what he wanted from the Assembly preferred to focus on his legislation that would repeal the sales tax on non prescription drugs in 1992. Even the Bill that reduced a pension tax break by $116 million still represents a tax break just a smaller one than retirees got last year Wilder said. The tax break was passed in a special session last year to make state Law conform to a . Supreme court ruling that state local and Federal retirees must be taxed the same. A the pension tax Relief was Relief a Wilder said. A we could have said rather than give Relief Well tax fee increases Are simply a tradition in government he said. A that Hasni to Ever the increases and broken promises on tax Relief were More numerous than Ever As legislators carefully avoided the anathema of raising taxes to pay for new programs. Here Are some of the Bills that will Cost taxpayers Money if they Are signed into Law by the governor a under the pension tax revision retirees age 65 and older Are entitled to a $12,000 deduction on their income taxes retirees 62 to 64 get $6,000. Last year the Assembly approved More generous tax Breaks for retirees As Young As 55. A a $22.50 tax credit for Low and moderate in come virginians would be repealed. A annual car inspections would go up from $6 to $10 to cover mechanics rising costs. A the annual car registration fee would increase from $25 to $26, with the extra Dollar going to state and local emergency medical service agencies and Rescue squads. Richmond a the 1990 general Assembly adjourned saturday after approving a $26.4 billion state budget and killing Bills that would impose a solid waste tax on businesses and keep loaded guns away from children. Gov. L. Douglas Wilder praised the lawmakers As he signed into Law his major legislative Victory a repeal of the sales tax on non prescription drugs effective in 1992. A this legislature obviously is concerned with fiscal responsibility a Wilder said. If the Economy improves Wilder said he would like to remove the tax before 1992 and work toward removing the sales tax from food As Well. A if there a any upturn in the Revenue forecast and hopefully there will be in a hopeful that we will be Able to implement this sooner them 1992,�?� he said. A the forms of that tax Relief would be varied and one of those things that would be on our Agenda my Agenda particularly would be eventually to get the a ales tax off of food a he said. Repealing the sales tax on food would Cost the state and localities $300 million to $400 million a year. Wilder said. The repeal of the non prescription drug tax costs $27 million a year. The Assembly delayed action on two controversial Bills until the last hours of the session and ending up killing both before adjourning at 6 37 . One Dill would have imposed a solid waste tax on businesses to help localities Cope with growing trash problems. The House had removed a $10,000 Cap on the tax and added services such As doctors and lawyers offices to those who would pay the tax. A conference committee agreed to keep services and the Cap but the Senate refused to go along and killed the Bill 21-17. Several senators objected that the tax would shift the tax Burden from big business to smaller firms. A this Bill will kill you in the next election a warned sen. Dudley j. Emick jr., a Bot Tourt. The sponsor sen. William e. Fears a Accomac denied that he introduced the Bill at the Behest of Large Beer and soft drink bottlers. The gun safety Bill died More quietly after a conference committee deadlocked on a Cloudy today a High 70s a. House speaker . Philpott a Bassett uses comic Relief during final oks $26.4 billion budget

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