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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - August 9, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 330 kt Kokomo Ind Tuesday Aug 50 cents Matt Wilson a Manpower employee boxes a handful of thousands of books being moved this week in a Kokomo Howard County Public Library renovation project Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds A moving experience Library renovation involves toting books KokomoHoward County Public Library officials are moving about books mis week preparing to renovate the adult fiction and nonfiction area to comply with the American With Disabilities Act Sue Fennig who is in charge of adult ser vices said the book shelves will be removed and carpeting will be added The shelves will then be put back but the aisles between the shelves will be widened for better wheelchair accessibility Other areas being renovated to comply with the act are restrooms and the entrance to the library During the renova tion patrons will find that access to certain books and services has been curtailed The renovation work is expected to take about a week and officials hope to have the entire library open by Saturday morning The work began Monday with help from Manpower employees The books are being stored in the librarys community room Industry giant buys TeleCable TCIs billion deal could hasten introduction of new video technology By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer TeleCommunications the nations biggest cable television company agreed Monday to buy the parent of TeleCable of Koko mo in a deal valued at more than billion TCI will give privately held TeleCable shareholders stock valued at about billion and will assume about mil lion in debt Denverbased TCI is the run away leader among cable system operators with about million cable subscribers nationwide It also owns wideranging interests in cable networks ranging from Cable News Network to the Home Shopping Network TCI recently agreed to increase its stake in the shopping channel operator QVC Inc and reportedly is talking about a cable systems venture with the entertainment company Viacom Inc TeleCable based in Norfolk owns 15 cable systems with subscribers and generated million in revenue last year It is the 18th largest cable compa ny in the United States In addi tion to Kokomo it owns cable tele vision systems serving Arlington Texas Kansas City southern Florida GreenvilleSpartanburg Lexington Blooming tonNormal HI Racine Rad cliff and others Under terms of the deal TeleCa ble shareholders would receive more than million shares of TCI Class A common stock plus preferred stock that could be con verted into 10 million more shares of TCI common stock TeleCable shareholders would own per cent of TCI TCI Class A stock fell cents or percent a share to a share in trading on the NASDAQ Stock Market Monday At that price the TCI stock involved in the deal would be worth about billion The merger must be approved by TeleCable shareholders fran chise authorities and other regula tors Richard Roberts TeteCables chief executive said in a statement that TeleCable managers felt the company needed to merge with a larger company to remain com petitive amid fastmoving regula tory and technological changes The firm retained Lehman Broth ers last year to pursue strategic alliances Chairman Frank Batten founded TeleCable in 1964 and Roberts Kined the company four years ter when it had about subscribers Batten is also chair man of closely held Landmark Communications which owns cable TVs Travel Channel and Weather Channel as well as several daily newspapers TCIs management is excep tionally creative and entrepre Batten said Its systems and programming assets are well positioned for the coming revolu tion in The deal could hasten the intro duction of new video information services here TeleCable of Koko mo officials announced just last week they would begin Installing fiber optics in September allow ing the company to offer new video services by the end of 1995 TCI has been very aggressive in the rollout of fiber optics and other said TeleCable spokesman Mike Smith We dont have all of the financial wherewithal and expertise to offer services that we think our cus tomers TCI Chief Executive John Mai one is among the industrys most ambitious players despite critics complaints that he already wields far too much influence in the cable industry Malones defenders say his com pany must grow in advance of anticipated competition from telecommunications companies on delivering video phone and other services to homes Federal Communications Com mission rules prohibit any one company from controlling more than 30 percent of the roughly 90 million homes wired by cable TV systems Cable system owners are challenging the rule in court TCI is believed to reach between 20 percent and 22 percent of the homes serviced by cable systems while TeleCable and Viacom are believed to reach fewer dun 3 per cent That still would leave TCI under the 30 percent threshold Indiana State Fair opening Lots of fun for Mom Dad and the kids State fair schedule Hot air balloon race 8 4H swine judging 8 4H sheep judging 8 4H western horse show 8 4H beef show am Opening ceremonies 9 4H rabbis Judging 10 Cat show 10 Band day competition 1 Donkey mule halter daises 6 Donkey and mute hitches 7 AllStar Jaw Ensemble 7 Square dancing 8 Band day INDIANAPOLIS AP The Indiana State Fair opens its 12day run Wednesday night with new attractions for children and adults to complement the usual fare of exhibits entertainment and rides The Nabisco Family Fun Park has picnic and playground areas childrens rides pony rides an environmental awareness play an art program and a circus where kids dress up as animals Another new attraction the Blades and Boards Action Attraction Stage wUI feature BMX bicycles and skateboards Members of the taduuiapolis fee hockey team will give youngsters a lesson in rollerblading said fair spokesman Jeff rites This years music acts aountry tupentan Wynonna Travis Tntt and Brooks and Duna Television Grandstand The grandstand will feature a free fireworks show after Tritts concert Aug 21 the final night of the fair The fair will begin at 6 each day dosing few 11 to 1 ajn depending on the Midway hours Adulfcrwill be chanted and children five and under wul get in tor free Inside A special exception for an airport in northern Tipton County raises the ire of home owners Page A2 Business markets Classified ads CffBlift in II nrr Dr 17 Entertainment 82 Local news AZ3 News of record AW A10 Sports A79 Mayor opposes project ByJEFPPARROTT Tribune staff writer Kokomo Mayor Robert Sargent came out in strong opposition Monday night to a farm workers housing project proposed for the citys north side Sargents remarks came before a standing room only crowd at the Kokomo Common Council meet turnout mat was unf azed by a torrential rain shower that briefly flooded uptown streets Im personally opposed to the development of that project on the north Sargent said The mayor mentioned nothing of the crime overcrowding and property devaluation that many northeastside residents fear will accompany the lowincome hous ing project He spoke instead of what hed rather see go in at the proposed site which sits on Mor gan Street about a block west of Apperson Way Weve spent thousands of dol lars there in sewer streets and sidewalks as you know to attract business to the north end Being from the north end I know how sorely business is needed at that Sargent told the audience hes voiced that sentiment to officials of Harvest Homes the non profit group sponsoring the devel opment Theyve assured him there will be a public meeting soon in which the project will be described thoroughly he said Several council members then weighed in with their opposition to the project which would rely largely on a federal grant to house area farm workers now without a permanent place of their own But they also stressed that the council has no official say in the matter The project conforms to the busi ness zoning at the site so the only approval needed would be mat of the city planning commission Still residents such as neighbor hood leader and group spokes woman Helen Bowman said they took heart in having the mayor and select council members on their side Im very Bowman said I was wondering about the mayor because he hasnt stepped forward yet but he has now so Im very Bowman said if Harvest Homes decides to go forward with the project the Northside Community Awareness Team will take its case to the planning commission Council member Mike Kennedy Dat large said since the matter is out of the councils hands resi dents should be contacting their congressman with regard to the federal Farmers Home Adminis tration FmHA grant They already had Council Pres ident Andy Castner sent Rep Steve Buyer a letter and a petition signed by more than resi dents opposed to the housing pro posal according to Pat Hinton Buyers press secretary Hinton said Buyer has forward ed the letter petition and a letter of his own to FmHA State Direc tor John Thompson Buyers letter urged Thompson to hold a public forum in which residents could voice their concerns Hinton said Healthy debate opening today Mitchell threatens GOP WASHINGTON AP Repub licans would pay a huge political price if they carry out a threat ened filibuster to block health care reform legislation Senate Majori ty Leader George Mitchell said today After decades of fitful starts and failed attempts at national health insurance the Senate opens debate today on a Democratic bill designed to cover at least 95 per cent of Americans by the turn of the century To stop the momen tum now Mitchell said would hot be politically wise Its one thing to say We dont like your bill Heres our alterna tive said Mitchell who made the rounds of the morning TV talk shows In this case what theyre saying is we dont want anything to happen and so were going to prevent any vote on There will be a huge political price for anyone to pay for filibus tering a health care he said Sen Phil Gramm RTexas invoked the threat of a filibuster on Monday saying no amount of fingerpointing will stop me from opposing something that is an anathema to everything I believe is right for Another conservative Sen Jesse Helms saying haste does make introduced a resolu tion urging Congress to put action off until next year Mitchell said they would vote on the amend ment Wednesday morning Democratic leaders remained intent on pushing a plan crafted by Mitchell and a companion bill in the House through Congress this month before the lawmakers home for a delayed summer reak This is a very historic week for every Health and Human Services Secretary Donna E Shalala said at a White House briefing where the admin istration released reams of statis tics on the 15 percent of Ameri cans almost 39 million people who now lack insurance The Mitchell plan There will be a huge political price for anyone to pay for fili bustering a health care Sen George Mitchell Senate majority leader would overhaul insurance rules and provide subsidies to help mil lions of Americans buy private insurance It would require employers with fewer than 500 workers to offer wide choices of health plans including the option of buying coverage through com munityrated cooperatives Larger firms could selfinsure but would also have to offer choices between feeforservice care and managed care If 95 percent of Americans were not covered by the year 2000 and Congress failed to take other action employers with 25 or more workers would be required to pay half their insurance premiums starting in 2002 in states with more than 5 percent uninsured According to a new ABC Washington Post poll seven of 10 Americans are dissatisfied win the way Congress is handiitt health care although 52 pWQMJT believe the lawmakers and ton will end up making gnif improvements in the system ;