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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - July 15, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana KOKOMO Vol 143 No 305 Kokomo Ind Friday July 15 1994 50 cents PSI asks for a second dip 8 rate request on top of pending request INDIANAPOLIS AP PSI Energy wants state regulators to grant it a second rate increase this one for 8 percent so ratepayers can help it pay for meeting federal clean air standards Plainfieldbased PSI the states largest electric utility already has a rate hike request of percent pending before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Debate on both rate hikes is expected to last into 1995 PSI spokesman Rob Norris said it was too early to say how much the 8 percent request either for the company or its ratepayers in 69 southern and central Indiana counties The percent hike if granted would raise about million annually for PSI and boost the average residential customers bill by monthly The Citizens Action Coalition a consumer watchdog group and the states Office of Utility Consumer Coun selor have said PSI deserves only a percent rate increase News of the second rate hike request raised the hackles of CAC general counsel Mike Mullett We are never excited about a utility filing another request for a rate increase when they have one Mullett said James E Rogers chairman and chief executive officer of PSI said if the requested rate increases are approved the utility hopes to avoid any additional rate hikes through the turn of the The second rate hike would help PSI pay for rebuilding a power plant near Terre Haute and installing equipment at its huge Gibson station in southwestern Indiana in an effort to lessen its sulfur dioxide Sulfur dioxide a source of acid rain is a byproduct of burning coal that is used to generate elec tricity PSI has been identified as one of the nations largest sulfur dioxide polluters and faces a multibilliondollar cleanup bill PSI asked for the percent rate hike in late 1992 but put off pursuing it as it successfully fought a hostile takeover CO Enterprises Inc and worked on a planned merger between its parent company PSI Resources and the Cincinnati Gas Electric Co The merger partners still await federal approval to set up a utility holding company to be called CINergy Corp Survivor out of hospital Morgan letting nature take its course ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer Rick Morgan is out of the hospi tal and wont have to undergo skin graft surgery Morgan the Kokomo man who survived crash in Charlotte ivas released from Methodist Hospital in Indianapo lis Thursday Ifternoon He was receiving treatment there for sec ond degreeburns on his hands and arms andjwas scheduled for skin graft surgery He had been transferred from Carolinas Med ical Center on Saturday to be clos er to friends and family In an operation that was sup posed to take place Thursday burnt skin on his hands and fore arms was going to be replaced with skin from his thigh area But Morgan decided to let nature take its course in his recovery He elected to the let the burns heal ori their own instead of hav ing the grafts said Dr Hemant Sabharwal a Methodist plastic surgeon He was scared of the Sabharwal said Morgan 35 should eventually regain full use of both hands The recovery would have only taken five to six days if the surgery had been performed but will probably take a few weeks now he said Sabharwal had called the operation a rather sim ple procedure earlier Morgan jyill stay with his par ents in Frankfort for a while according to his good friend Butch Whitacre of Kokomo A nurse will visit regularly to redress his bandages and help him regain use of his hands through occupational therapy Sabharwal said Backoff III United Auto Workers union member Duane Burlingane yells at fellow UAW protesters at the Caterpillar headquar ters here Thursday to stop blocking the main doors after police threatened to begin arrest ing them The strike began June 20 AP photo Food fight What started out as a makeityourself ice cream sundae social quickly turned into a food fight Thursday afternoon at Country Club Hills Park Shannon Beatty left and Danny Cotey 10 did their part to make sure the cream six gallons in all kept flying The citys Parks and Recreation department sponsored the activity as part of its super vised summer playground program for neigh borhood children Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Invasion inevitable Situation in Haiti continues to deteriorate WASHINGTON AP An invasion of Haiti may not be imminent but it appears inevitable unless military leaders give up control of the Caribbean country some members of Con gress say The White House said today the situation in Haiti con tinues to Adding to the invasion specula tion Ambassador Madeleine Albright said Thursday that 12 Latin American countries have agreed to contribute troops to a peacekeeping force And the Pen tagon said an invasioncontrol ship will arrive Saturday in the Caribbean Sandy Berger President Clin tons deputy national security adviser said the buildup was a prudent measure of prepared ness and repeated statements that invasion is an option An invasion itself could be accomplished quickly several senators said The problem is the aftermath and the quagmire that would develop without an inter nationally supported plan Albright said the 12 other nations have agreed to contribute up to troops to a United Nations mission to carry but the work of peacekeeping and assist ing in the reconstitution of a Hait ian professional military and The Senate defeated 5742 a GOP measure that could have pre vented military intervention for 45 days Clock ticking on Pioneer exhibit The last day to view the Elwood Haynes automobile on loan from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington is Tuesday Spectators can also view the car this weekend Visitors can see the historic car for free at the Seiberling Carriage House 1200 W Sycamore according to Kelly Thompson executive director of the Howard County Museum Viewing of the car called the Pioneer is 10 to 7 Sat urday Sunday Monday and Tuesday Thompson said Elwood Haynes test drove the vehicle in Kokomo on July The inventor called it the first horseless carriage built in Ameri ca During the test drive 100 years ago the vehicle reached a top speed of 7 mph Historians say it vibrated violently and was noisy but it did work Further historians say the suc cess of that test drive inspired Haynes and the Apperson broth ers to go into the automaking business under the name of HaynesApperson Automobile Co The brothers were the mechanics who put Haynes invention together The business closed in 1925 Beatty lashes out at Rep Buyers mailings ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer Rep Steve Buyer is using his congressional newsletter as a cam paign instrument something the freshman congressman accused Jim Jontz of in the 1992 campaign according to Buyers Democratic opponent John D Beatty Beatty leveled the charges Thursday outside the Post Office in Kokomo 2719 S Webster St Buyer made similar accusations against Jontz then the Democratic incumbent frpm that same spot in 1992 According to a Sept 16 1992 Kokomo Tribune story Buyer said of Jontz Hes using taxpayers money to campaign You dont have to turn on the TV to find abuse in Texas and Arkansas its right here in the 5th District of Buyer showed a collage of mailings Jontz had sent out that addressed seniors health care balancing budgets and the North American Free Trade Agreement None of these things are facing Congress in the next three Buyer said That was candidate Beatty said Last week Con gressman Buyer mailed a dis trlctwide fourpage newsletter that borders on being a cam paign Beatty said I guess it didnt take long for Steve Buyer to become part or the prob lem in Beatty read from a prepared statement The mailing labeled official carried the congres sional seal It contained sections detailing Buyers stances on crime welfare and health care reform and his failed attempts to bring a wing of refueling planes to Grissom Air Force Base instead of Fort Waynes Baer Field Also included were reports of the con gressmans support of the Hoosier Heartland Corridor and steps hes taken on farm Issues Buyers press secretary Pat Hin ton defended the newsletter as a legitimate piece of information for constituents The difference between Buyers mailing which came about five months before the Nov 1 election and Jontz brochures which reached voters a few weeks before the election are night and Hinton said The newsletter is in keeping with Buyers 1992 campaign pledge to limit districtwide newsletters to one per congres sional term The newsletter came this late in the term because Buyer wanted it to coincide with floor action on health care crime and welfare which is expected in the next four to six weeks Hinton said Hinton said there will be no more newsletters this term but he wouldnt make that same promise for all pieces of unsolicited mail he said in case a town meeting needs tc be announced Hinton said Buyer has been a supporter of reforming congres sional franking regulations the rules that determine how much taxpayerfunded mail a congress man can send out He supported the Penny Spending cuts a failed measure that would have included cutting frank mail by 20 percent Hinton said Also Buyer returned of his franking budget last year and answered inquiries from constituents Hinton said Inside Classified Local News of ;