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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - October 25, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana 52 Election equipment undergoes test Members of the Howard County Election Board and Howard County Clerks office gathered to test the tabulation equip ment for the fall election Shown counterclockwise from Mildred Jerri Sue Rick Vogel and Brian Oaks check to see if test returns were tabu lated This years election is The Kokomo Tribune will publish its preelection section with information about the candidates on Tribune photo by Tim Bath 3 convicted in death of student South African judge calls Amy Biehls murder a vicious attack CAPE South Africa AP Three blacks were convicted today of murdering an American student because she was ending a trial that forced South Africa to confront the bitterness of its racial Convicted of killing Amy Biehl in a black township where the white Fulbright scholar was help ing with voter education ahead of South Africas first allrace elec tion were Vusumzi Mon Biehl gezi Manqina and Mzikhona High Court Judge Ger ald Friedman called the murder a vicious attack as he announced the deci sion before a mostly black courtroom where about 90 supporters of the accused and friends of the victim packed the Bucking threats and only six prosecution witnesses came for ward to say they saw a mob of black youths stab and bludgeon to death the Stanford University graduate on in near Cape Biehl had been driving black friends home when their car was stoned and According to she was pulled from the automobile and chased down by the crowd shouting the anti white slogan One Settler One Bullet Originally there were seven On the first day of charges were dropped against three because a key witness said he was afraid to The fourth a was put in the custody of his parents and ran He has since been and will be tried was in South Africa to research womens rights and help educate voters ahead of the elec tion that brought Nelson Mande las African National Congress to power in She was killed two days before she was to return home to Newport Melanie a friend who shared an apartment with Biehl until she expressed grati tude to witnesses brave enough to The case would have fall en flat without she CINergy begins combined operations Promises to keep utility rates down Dont expect a change in electric bill CINCINNATI AP Cincin nati Gas Electric and Indi anas PSI Energy are operating under a new merged parent com pany that promised to hold down rates and save customers about billion during the next 10 CINergy began its com bined operations but customers will see little immedi ate They will continue to receive power service and meter readers from and PSI the utilities We made official today a part nership that brings together the best of two successful compa said Jackson CINergy chairman and chief exec utive CINergy said it was the 13th largest investorowned utility in the nation in terms of electric gen erating Through and PSI it serves about million electricity customers and natural gas customers in a area of Indiana and the northern tip of The two utilities said the merger will enable them to save cus tomers money by combining oper ations and avoiding the indepen dent costs of building new power generating Those savings will help keep rates down for the util ities The merger will delay plans for a coalfired punt it had outlined for the early 2000s and a plant PSI Energy had planned for 1995 to provide power during peakdemand the utilities The utilities received the final required approval for the merger Friday from the federal Securities and Exchange The Federal Energy Regulatory Com mission gave approval on based in elected its 17member board of directors on will continue to be based in Cincinnati and PSI Energys headquarters will remain in Plain The two utilities will function as subsidiaries of CINer Corporate functions will be divided between Indiana and CINergy replaces PSI Resources which has been the holding company for PSI CINergys common stock will be traded on the New York Stock Exchange beginning under the symbol Trading of and PSI common stock ended with the markets close CINergys board approved a common stock dividend of cents per share to be paid on 15 to shareholders on record as of The amount was deter mined by prorating CINergys 43 cent per share quarterly dividend for the remainder of the quarter that ends The CINergy dividend will be in addition to prorated dividends of cents per share for and 18 cents per share for payable Tweak President Clinton draws bock from the hand of a woman who grabbed his nose during a rally in Mon day This Clinton departed for the Middle East to celebrate peace in the shadow of pledg ing to use his highprofile mission to salute the new IsraeliJordanian He also will visit President Hafez Assad in Syria and will stop in Kuwait on Friday to visit troops AP photo Del co loses big contract By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer Delco Electronics aiming to be the worlds choice in motive has lost a prized contract to supply power train controllers for future Gener al Motors includ ing the Cadillac Beginning in Siemens Automotive will develop a new engine and powertrain control module for some 1998 Northstar engines and as well as for GMs 1998 diesel V8 truck engines and Representing about units a the contract reported ly will be worth an estimated million by the end of the The Northstar designed to compete with leading European and Japanese perfor mance is featured exclusively on GMs luxury Cadillac the automotive electron ics arm of has been the sole supplier of powertrain modules for the automakers entire North American The company assembles about engine and transmission control modules a or 8 million at plants in Milwaukee and Its not a fatal blow by any means but its definitely a wake up call for Delco and GMs com ponents said Paul publisher of The Hansen Report on Automotive Electron Theres no question we are in challenging times GMs parts groups are no longer protected by the central Delco and GMs powertrain group officials declined Hansen and others speculate Auburn Siemens Automotive a unit of Germanys giant Siemens offered a lower Siemens may have a technolo gy lower costs and they certainly had a working rette tionship that brought invaluable experience to the said Jerry a former Ford Motor and Bendix executive who now serves as an engine Siemens first secured a major contract to supply GMs Opel watt in Europe with engine during the late Im sure there will be a short term dip in morale at this win make them come back more said Theyre pursuing more interna tional business and realize they cant be everything to Powertrain control modules direct the performance of a vehi cles engine and transmission bju monitoring fuel and air exhaustgas recircula gearshift schedules and transmission torque Future powertrain control mod ules will also manage onboard diagnostic systems that will give owners and service technicians warnings and information for Rivard said a highend power train controller can cost The next generation of engine control modules is going to require a huge amount of software to meet new onboard diagnostic requirements the government will for require for said Were talking about a lot of money to meet those Hansen said Siemens will likely build the controllers at a plant in E911 service now on line for Tipton ByLISAFIPPS Tribune Tipton Bureau Tipton Coun tys Enhanced911 service is now Dave E911 coor said during a commis sioners meeting That means in an anyone in Tipton County can dial 911 instead of having to direct dial the sevendigit law enforce fire department or ambu lance service phone For the past few resi dents with a 675 telephone those living in and near the Tipton city have had 911 but other county resi dents have Nearly Tip ton County residents with tele phones have been paying a a month E911 surcharge since Janu With within seconds of receiving a dispatchers of emergency services can access on a computer screen crucial infor mation about the such as phone number and Although called callers only have to dial not for Even though E911 dispatchers can access the callers address on the computer callers will be asked and need to be prepared to state the location of the emer First of Gillam by asking for the callers the dispatcher can verify information in the for someone is calling because a neighbors house is on the dispatcher will only have the address of the caller on the screen and not the address of the person in It took more man two years to St the system illam this is not the Its just the For the next two the service will be Gillam will test the He said he has already tested about 550 numbers in the For to test the system in parts of Cicero mem bers of the volunteer fire depart ment contacted some of the peo ple living in the township and asked them to dial Gillam then made sure the address and phone number input in the computer were Everyone will not be asked to dial he He is only com pleting random spot Peo ple are not to test the system unless asked by emergency ser vice personnel to do In people are only to dial 911 in an If they do not have an but need to talk to Taw enforcement or ambu lance residents are to directdial the administrative office numbers of those Not only will the system have to be but it will also have to continually be Gillam for to input the addresses and phone numbers of those who move or change telephone He said he is also working to implement a volunteer dispatcher Volunteer dispatchers will have to meet the same requirements as paid complete the same training and be periodically Those interested in volunteering can contact Gillam at Gillam said the Tipton County Tipton Telephone employees Larry Essig and Dick Timnx Marilyn who completed the re and the sheriffs department were instrumental in getting the system Inside todays Kokomo Tribunt Classified Local ;