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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - August 25, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 347 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Thursday Aug 50 cents Question puts Beatty on spot ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer A tape recording of John D Beatty fielding a question at a cam paign stop last week about abortion cover age in health care had the Democratic con gressional candidate on the defense Wednes day A volunteer for Rep Steve Buyer recorded Beattys comments while attending one of Beattys town listening meet Beatty ings in Rensselaer Beatty said he did not know his remarks were being taped but the Buyer volunteer Chris tine Houghton Rensse laer said the tape recorder was in full view She provided the tape to Buyer Buyers campaign manager Mike Gopher supplied the Kokomo Tribune with a copy of the tape Wednesday a disclosure Beatty called for in a press conference at his campaign headquarters Beat ty called the conference to dispute a press release Buyer sent out on Monday that claimed the Howard County sheriff agreed with Gintons plan to have tax payerfunded What are your thoughts on covering abortion in the health care plan Houghton asked Beat ty at the meeting I am not in favor of taxpayer paid he answered Now I can tell you that in every one of the plans that are offered right now they are paid I dont want to see it but if it means we dont get health care coverage because of it then I am sorry Ive got to vote for for the overall plart although I dont agree with that and would try as hard as I can to get that out or there But I would support our goal which is universal health care Cm Wednesday Beatty stressed that he is prolife and his remarks didnt mean he supports taxpay erfunded abortions I will say this once loud and slow so Congressman Buyer does not misunderstand I do not sup port publiclyfunded Beatty said Beattys campaign manager Jim Bonham this morning tried to clarify the it that Beatty said hed sup port in order to get to universal coverage What is saying is he has this huge internal battle in Bonham said Because Roe v Wade is the law of the land and as a law enforcement offi cer he has the obligation to uphold the law he believes that in any universal health care bill abor Buyer Painted instructions YMCA manager Kyle Alexander paints a no div ing instruction in 7inch letters along the side of the Ys pool which this week has been drained for maintenance work The pool was being refilled on Wednesday but will not reopen until Sept 6 YMCA officials said the pool holds gal lons of water but it only costs to refill it each year after the maintenance work Tribune photo by Tim Bath Strikes impact GM plants shift to neutral ANDERSON Ind AP A strike at a General Motors compo nents plant here idled four of the automakers assembly plants and more than workers today and the impact was certain to grow as supplies of needed parts dried up Both sides voiced optimism that negotiations would resolve the dispute at the Inland Fisher Guide Riant but there was no forecast of ow quickly the striking workers would return to work Besides the Anderson operation which makes bumpers and light ing systems the strike idled about workers at the Buick City plant in Flint work ers at the DetroitHamtramck Assembly Plant at a plant in Oshawa Canada and at a truck plant in Fort Wayne said John a GM spokesman in Warren Mich There could be other things Shea said today The situation is changing on an hourtohour GM announced it will pro vide twicedaily announcements on the plants closed by the strike A UAW official said an assem bly plant in Baltimore employing was scheduled to shut down this evening but Shea said he could not comment on operations not yet closed by the strike But Shea said the impact of the strike at Anderson will affect more than GMs assembly plants Components plants whose parts would no longer be needed by the assembling operations also are in jeopardy he said Efforts adding up to success SAI report WASHINGTON AP Its no surprise reading scores dropped this year on the SAT college admissions test says English teacher Shirley Rau Our young people arent read ing The nations average score on the verbal part of the SAT dropped one point this year to 423 officials with The College Board which sponsors the SAT said Wednesday There was good news too Math scores improved one point over last year to 479 And die gap between boys and girls SAT scores narrowed with aids scores increasing in bom the math and verbal sections The changes reflect trends in high schooldassrooms College Board officials said Both girls and boys planning to go to col lege are increasingly choosing advanced mam and science classes Even though women are still die minority in many math and science classes their numbers are rising faster than those of men and those gains are reflect ed in their SAT said College Board President Donald M Stewart The College Board called the overall SAT scoring trends favorable noting mat the per centage of high school seniors who take the test is growing lATavtrMo Soaring scores thrill Hoosiers Coljjdf wtutiL ijJIA INDIANAPOLIS AP State officials are encouraged by an increase in Scholastic Assess ment Test scores among Indiana high school students but say improvement still is needed It shows that we have a lot to be proud of It points out that progress can be said Gov Evan Bayh who was informed of the better scores Wednesday The Indiana Department of Education said the average ver bal score increased by one but the average math score rose by six points its highest increase in nearly two decades Nationally the average math score was 479 up one point The average verbal point was down a point to 423 Indiana averaged 466 in math and 410 in verbal skills The test is designed to predict a students success and aptitude for collegelevel course work Given the fact that the per centage of our graduates taking the test has increased from 50 to 60 percent since 1980 our increased scores are indeed a very positive said Suellen Reed Indianas superintendent of public instruction Reed was reluctant to attribute Indianas scores to any one fac tor or program She cited several possible rea sons instead including Indiana students taking more academic courses The College Board believes the number of hours of academic courses is a strong determinant of students SAT scores Eventually it would but it varies from plant to plant and components plant to components plant Its hard to put a time on Shea said Anderson supplies many GM assembly operations Shea said but he declined to say whether any other plants provided the same parts as the Inland Fisher Guide plant Hon has to somehow be addressed in there Although hed try as hard as he could to get that out of there so its not the law of the land he would have to sup port an ultimate goal of universal health care Beatty would support legislation that addresses but not if it is taxpayer funded Beatty said Please see Question Need a Company wants to meet you By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer Indiana Packers Corp plans to hire up to 350 workers to add a second shift and significantly expand output at its pork process ing plant in Delphi The company placed advertis ing orders this week with area newspapers to solicit applications beginning in early September Company and state officials declined to comment further until a formal announcement is made at the plant possibly next week The Indiana Department of Commerce is expected to provide employee training grants for the expansion Indiana Packers officials plan to have the second shift operating by October 1 The plants first shift is supported by about 650 workers The companys hiring plans may place additional strains on north central Indianas tight labor market The unemployment rate in Carroll and surrounding Tippecanoe Howard and White counties is well below 5 percent Indiana Packers square foot automated facility processes hogs a day to produce con sumer ready products such as smoked ham bacon and boneless ham for the market under the Indiana Kitchen brand In addi tion to increasing market share plant officials are targeting exports to Japan When it opened in March 1991 at a cost of million officials said it would revolutionize pork processing The plant can report edly kill cut clean and process up to 600 hogs per hour Japans Mitsubishi Corp increased its stake and acquired management responsibility for the plant last spring Mitsubishi had been a minority shareholder in the pork processing firm with Fort Waynebased Central Soya Co holding a majority stake Follow ing the restructuring Mitsubishi now controls 80 percent of the company with Central Soyas Innovative Pork Concepts sub sidiary owning a 20 percent stake Inside Business PSI refund plan receives state approval Page Bt Style A really fun festival will apple blossom next montfi in Fort Wayne Page 91 Also Inside Business Classified Local News of Opinion Sports State ;