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1 20 THI TtNHKSIAN. WWnWoy, Aprfl Tt. 1f7 3 i P w J u M I lor WeJnndov A i now mil mmtmr t t- a r m w Cold Wo.Vk I0W V7r-... - - - m. V Bom CSS3 Showri Siolionary 0ludd high lor ana 'AJ Oolo Iron X J NATIONAl Wf AtMtl SHVICl. NO A US Otpl of Com" ftola it foncnt iajoa W.sr Grwt lotas XTMldirtg Ot for west oi art! ' North Dakota. Cool air it looetad for Hm Wait and Sovthwast, mild in rt E a t r m parti. Nashville's Temperatures U.S. Temperatures Midnight 48 Noon . 2 a.m 48 2 p.m. 4 a.m 45 4 p.m. 6 a.m 44 6 p.m. 8 a.m 49 8 p.m. 10 a.m 58 9 p.m. .62 .S3 .64 .64 .39 .56 Yesterday's high 67 at 3:M p.m. Low 43 al 7:31 a.m. Mean 55. Normal 64. Sunset today at 7:30 p.m. Sunrise tomorrow at 5:51 a.m. Highest 87 in 1942. Lowest 36 in 1911 , Highest last year 66, PRECIPITATION For the day ending at 9 p.m. .1 Total this month 7.70; excess 4.11. Total this year 19.33; excess 1.56. HUMIDITY at 9 p.m. 61 BAROMETER at 9 p.m. 30.01. rising. WINDS TODAY South. 10 mph. tf x a j . in . . . ,4i UmrnOtf , 17 tt Lm Vm . AlWfc CT. . 47 II Until.. .4441 .ma .417 AIM .454 datwJ.C. . . SI 71 Ch.W.V. . 41 II MTt... CSiitim ....3 NkHjNmW. O M 19 CUCfty. . Jf0 O ill .40 $7 . j m rwow . . . .Jtn II tkm-i..., .Mil UU .an uAaCkf.., .nn . 4M SffiM . IT IS .SIM Ti .MM in Ml mu mn am ma Forecasts NASHVILLE AREA Sonny, today wWi high io low 70s; far, wormor tomgllt, tomorrow; low tonight in low 50s. www TENNESSEE Mostly fair through tomorrow; MgJi todoy from low 60s tost to midJOs wost, low tonight from low 40s to apoor 50s. www SOUTH KENTUCKY Mostly sunny, wormor todoy wit high m midJOs; gonorolty door, warmer tonight with low in mid-5 Qs; partly cloudy, wormor tomorrow. www NORTH ALABAMA - Sunny, todoy with high i lowor 70s; fair tonight, tomorrow; low tonight near 50s. rfttHttmimuwimtmuMimmmtmSi1mWW UMW Decision Navajo Medicine Men Fee Coverage Rejected By MIKE McCLOY PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) The United Mine Workers union has refused to extend health and welfare coverage to fees charged by medicine men, disappointing some 750 Navajo coal miners. "We were very optimistic," said Tom Shirley, UMW international representative at Peabody Coal Co. mines at Black Mesa and Kayenta, Ariz. "We have a meeting coming up the first of May. We just got the notice and I'm sure they'll be disappointed." RANK-AND-file miners had suggested extending the coverage, said Shirley. "They feel they should have it because it isn't any different than going to a medical doctor." They even had a list of coverage limits "all drawn out," Shirley said. "There are in the neighborhood of 25 to 30 ceremonies, and the fee ranges from $20 on up to $700." UMW trustees released a statement yesterday saying medicine men will not be included as providers of health care eligible for union benefit payments. It added that the decision does not reflect on the type of care provided. THE PROPOSAL came up at the UMW national convention last October and was referred to a board of three trustees in February. 'One represents the coal operators, one the union and the third is neutral," said Shirley. "Between them, they denied it." While union benefits cover the cost of treatment by medical doctors, most of the UMW members working on the reservation have health care provided by the U.S. Public Health Service, Shirley said. "RIGHT now, they're (UMW headquarters) saving a bunch of money," he said, adding that "we might appeal their decision, and perhaps it could be an issue at contract negotiations this fall. Pete Martin, of the Navajo Office of Labor Relations, said use of medicine men is a way of life antong Navajo workers "It's Medicare Dialysis Rules Held Costly SEATTLE (AP) Medicare regulations requiring patients to receive dialysis in clinics and hospitals rather than at home is costing taxpayers millions of dollars, says a doctor who pioneered the use of the artifical kidney. "The percentage of patients receiving dialysis at home is now less than 20. In 1972, right before Medicare came in, the figure was 43," Dr. Belding H. Scribner, a University of Washington medical professor, said yesterday. ABOUT 33,000 PERSONS in the United States use artificial kidney machines. Scribner said in other countries the number of persons receiving home dialysis is on the rise. "In Great Britain 68 are at home. They (the British government) won't pay for medical center dialysis care," he said. cAuri! c nnrrnoc .. .i:... :- j:i-: he said. "They don't think it's safe and they think it's too much of a strain on the patient." he said. ' Scribner said legislation presently before Congress would make it possible for Medicare to cover home dialysis. "IT NOW COSTS patients more to go home rather than stay in a clinic or hospital," be said. Scribner testified before the House Ways and Means Committee in Washington Monday that "What started out in 1960 as a noble experiment gradually has degenerated into a highly controversial, billion dollar . program riddled with cost orerruns and enormous ' profiteering." part of their upbringing ... we utilize them for health and religion." Medicine men diagnose maladies through mysticism and close observation, "and then prescribe some sort of ceremony for mental, physical and spiritual treatment," said Martin. FOR A headache, Martin said, "the medicine man probably would tell the patient to rest for a while the same as a doctor. But if the patient complains all the time, the medicine man would do one of his diagnoses." The patient's family summons the medicine man and plays host to him during the treatment ceremony. Payment consists of money and traditional items such as sheep and blankets. School Takes Bicycle Use As Science MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) Lots of college students take their bicycles to school. But at the University of Wisconsin-Stout here, they take them into the classroom. Then they take them apart. THE SCHOOL, of of several UW campuses, has a class called "Bicycle Maintenance, Repair and Transportation" in the Department of Energy and Transportation. Instructor James Collier guides his students through everything from fixing a flat to investing in a bicycle manufacturing company. Part of the course involves taking the bike apart and putting it back together. Collier says the course reflects changing attitudes about bicycles. After years of being viewed as a toy only used by children and oddballs, he says, the bicycle has now been recognized "as a serious means of transportation." "Bicycle technology is on the movfe," the professor says. Chile Would Agree To Prisoner Swap? COPENHAGEN (AP)-The Danish Sakharov committee said Friday Chile would agree to exchange 13 political prisoners for 13 prisoners from camps in the Soviet Union. The committee has sent a list of 13 dissidents to the Soviet authorities, recommending their exchange. But so far there has been no reply from Moscow, the organization said. THE SAKHAROV com mittee, named after Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov, is a private human rights organization which last December mediated the exchange of dissident Vladimir Bukovsky for Chilean Marxist leader Luis Corvalan. The dissidents in the latest proposal include three members of the Soviet branch of Amnesty International, Sergej Kovaljov, Eduard Kusnetsov and Valentin Moras. 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