The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on June 27, 2006 · Page 16
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B8 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS NEITHER TUESDAY, JUNE 27,2006 Expanded Forecast TMMT Partly Cloudy: South winds 10to15 mph. WHiNRMHi Partly cloudy: South winds 10 to 15 mph. High Low 95 63 National forecast Forecast highs for Wednesday, June 28 sunny Pt. cioudy cloudy STATI STATISTIC* Mostly sunny. Partly cloudy during Southeast winds 10 the day and night. to 15 mph. High: mid-90s Low: mid-60s High: upper 90s Low: mid-60s Partly cloudy. A 20- percent chance of storms at night. High: upper 90s Low: mid-60s Mostly cloudy, then partly cloudy at night. High: mid-90s Low: mid-60s Forecast for Wednesday, June 28 City/Region Low | High temps Colby $"• 56° I 85° **! &^ J! CL__} Liberal 59° I 88° Salina 62° I 87° Wichita • 61° | 90° 60° | 82° • '4 * L Topeka '£$ 58° I 83° ? ; .. Plttsburg , 59° | 87° • $' High and low temperatures and tation for the last 24 hours: HI LO.*., Chanute Coffeyville... Concordia ... Dodge City . Elkhart Emporia Garden City Goodland .... Hays Hill City Hutchinson . *$& Fronts Pressure Cold Warm Stationary Low High LOCAL STATISTICS . 83 52... . 86 56... . 83 56... . 82 58... . 80 59... . 82 57... . 81 55... . 79 57... . 82 54 ... . 83 53... . 84 52... Lawrence 84 54... Liberal 79 55... Manhattan 84 52.... Medicine Lodge .. 84 55 ... Olathe 80 59..., Parsons 86 53... Russell 83 56..., Salina 85 57..., Topeka 84 56..., Wichita 83 59.... Winfield 85 55..., MOON PHASIS precipi- ....Prc t 0.00[ 0.00 0.00 o.od o.od o.oo o.oo 0.00 0.00 0.00" o.ofl o.oq o.oo 0.00 0.00 o.od o.oo O.OQ o.oo ....0.00 ....0.00 ....0.00 l ce Cloudy A _ -( Rain • *» Snow Vr&rf JUNE 27,2006 From Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center, Hays: Overnight low ' 54 Monday high 83 Record high 117 in 1940,1980 Record low 40 in 1904 Year ago today 100 and 67 Precipitation for 24 hours ending at 8 a.m. today none Precipitation this year 6.88 inches Average to date 10.91 inches Sunset tonight 9:07 p.m. Sunrise tomorrow 6:13 a.m. Sunset tomorrow 9:07 p.m. From measurements taken at The Hays Dally News, 507 Main: Temperature at 11 a.m. today 64 Precipitation for 24 hours ending at 11 a.m. today none Maximum wind speed recorded at 11:24 a.m. Monday 14 mph 7/3 7/17 7/24 VA: More money is needed Late credit card payments slide higher Protection crucial after theft of veterans' data By HOPE YEN ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The Veterans Affairs Department is asking Congress for more money to help protect millions of veterans and members of the military from identity theft linked to the loss of a government computer. The protections the VA wants to provide, which would include iri- surance against expenses the veterans could incur, were being outlined today by VA Secretary Jim Nicholson in testimony to a House Appropriations subcommittee. No reports of identity theft have been reported in connection with the May 3 theft of a computer from a VA data analyst's home in suburban Maryland. The laptop contained names, birth dates and So- cial Security numbers for up to 26.5 million people. Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $160 million in emergency money to pay for credit monitoring. It is one of many expected payments as the government struggles with fallout from data thefts. Nicholson called the burglary a "wake-up call" that should not come at the expense of veterans, who have challenged the free monitoring in federal court as potentially inadequate. "We are making an effort to be responsive to concerns... that we provide 'detection, protection and insurance" for those possibly affected," he said in written testimony "It is only right that we, the government, do everything possible to protect our veterans and to keep them from incurring loss or expense." The department plans to offer free credit monitoring for a year to millions of veterans and troops. It said it would send out letters in early August — after it solicits bids from contractors — on how to sign up for the free service. Lawyers for veterans said the VA's deal was "incomplete and misleading," according to court papers. They said the VA must make clear whether veterans will have to give up their rights in court to a potentially larger payout. U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman in Kentucky scheduled a hearing for Friday to determine whether the VA should revise its offer. The class-action lawsuits, which are pending in Covington, Ky, and Washington seek free monitoring and other credit protection for an indefinite period as well as $1,000 in damages for each person — or up to $26.5 billion total — in what has become one of the nation's largest information security breaches. WASHINGTON (AP) — Late payments on credit card bills climbed in the first quarter of this year as elevated gasoline prices and rising borrowing costs squeezed some family budgets and made it hard for them to pay bills on time. The American Bankers Association, in a quarterly survey of consumer loans, reported today that the percentage of credit card payments 30 or more days past due increased to 4.4 percent in the January-March quarter, up from 4.27 percent in the closing quarter of last year. The increase came after some recent improvements; the delinquency rates on credit cards had fallen in the previous two quarters. "Credit card loan payments are sensitive to financial pressures. As gas prices eased at the end of 2005, so did credit card late payments," explained James Chessen, the association's chief economist. "But the favorable gas-price effect evaporated during the first quarter of 2006, and it's no wonder why The Federal Reserve continues to raise interest rates and high energy prices are taking a bite out of disposable income," Chessen said. Another factor in the higher delinquency rate is the extremely low savings rate of Americans. That gives them a limited financial cushion to deal with rising expenses, economists say The quarterly survey is based on information supplied by more than 300 banks around the country The survey offered a bright spot. The delinquency rate on a composite of other types of consumer loans, including popular home equity loans, dipped to 1.94 percent in the first quarter of, this, year. That was down from 2.02 percent in the filial quarter of 2005. 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