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THE SALINA JOURNAL NEWS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1997 A3 BRIEFLY Army officer moves closer to court-martial WASHINGTON — The sexual misconduct case against Sgt. Maj. of the Army Gene McKinney moved within a step of trial Wednesday when a reviewing officer concurred with a recommendation that McKinney be court- martialed. Col. Owen Powell sent his re•;• port to Maj. Gen, Robert Foley, who will make the final decision on whether McKinney should • stand trial. ._. _" Six women have alleged that McKinney made improper sexual •advances toward them. : All six testified at a Fort Me- JNair hearing to determine if ;there was sufficient evidence to .order a court-martial. • McKinney, the Army's top enlisted soldier, has denied all the ^allegations. " Col. Robert Jarvis recommend:ed that McKinney be court-mar- ^tialed on 22 counts, including in•decent assault, adultery and ob- ^struction of justice, and sent his ^report to Powell for review. * ' s , Grand jury looks into "meat contamination ~ ; WASHINGTON — A federal •grand jury is investigating whether Hudson Foods Inc. tried '„ to hide the extent of potential E. ~ "coli bacteria contamination in ; what eventually became the na> tion's biggest meat recall. ' Tom Monaghan, the U.S. attor- ; ney for Nebraska, issued a state; ment saying the investigation [ -;arose from information received last month from the Agriculture Department's inspector general i regarding the August recall of 25 J million pounds of hamburger pro| duced at the Hudson plant in • Columbus, Neb. , •••. Monaghan would provide no : other details, but Hudson officials ; confirmed Wednesday that they had received a subpoena for documents related to the recall and expected some employees to be called to testify before the grand jury in Omaha, Neb. "As it has in the past, Hudson Foods will continue to cooperate fully and completely with the . government's investigation," ;: Hudson, based in Rogers, Ark., » said in a statement. "Hudson • Foods is confident that a thor- • ough and fair investigation of the ; facts will confirm that it has vio- . lated no law." t • Jones hires new : lawyers for lawsuit I SAN MARINO, Calif. — Paula I Jones will fight her sex harass- 1 ment lawsuit against President ; 'Clinton with Dallas lawyers who j, say they aren't interested in set! tling out of court. And a conserv- £ ative organization in Virginia ;' ,has agreed to raise funds to cover (' their fees. '•; "I'm excited about the future. ; Why should I be scared?" Jones ••• said in making the dual an,' nouncement Wednesday with her »•' spokeswoman, Susan Carpenter! McMillan. J The Rutherford Institute of J* Charlottes ville, Va., a conserve• tive group, will raise money to ' pay for legal representation by '. the Dallas firm of Rader, Camp; bell, Fisher & Pyke, which spe- ;; . cializes in environmental and em- •; i^loyment law. ~ "- Jones' previous lawyers, Joe .. Cammarata and Gilbert Davis, re-: cently withdrew after a disagree-:. ment over a settlement. They had 2 worked on the case for three 3 .years. Jones said she felt comfortable with the Dallas firm, partly because its lawyers have Southern Accents and "they showed they 'were very willing ... to go to tri- From Wire Service Reports T FOOD SAFETY Fruit police Clinton to propose stricter food inspections By LAURAN NEERQAARD 77ie Associated Press WASHINGTON — Faced with soaring food imports, disease- tainted fruits and vegetables and far fewer safety inspections, the Clinton administration is moving aggressively to police the world's food. Under a plan President Clinton is to announce today, the government would spend up to $24 million inspecting farms overseas. Those failing to meet certain food-safety standards would not be allowed to import to the United States. U.S. farmers also would face new sanitation guidelines, The Associated Press has learned, in part to forestall any complaints that the United States would hold foreign farmers to higher standards. Critics charge that the food plan is an effort to counter opposition to free-trade legislation Clinton has pending in Congress. They argue that the U.S. food supply is the world's safest. "Clearly, being the world food police complicates the trade environment we operate in," said John Aguirre of the United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association. Risks from produce are low enough that "this is unwarranted." But the Food and Drug Administration, which has been pushing for the changes since "Clearly, being the world food police complicates the trade environment we operate in." John Aguirre United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association 1993, said it hasn't kept pace with Americans' food supply. "The whole infrastructure of food safety needs to be strengthened," said Associate Commissioner William Hubbard. FDA figures show budget constraints made its inspections of domestic food supplies plummet from 21,000 in 1981 to just 5,000 last year. Foreign food imports have doubled to 2.2 million shipments a year since 1992, while FDA border inspections were cut in half. A mere 2 percent of imported foods are sampled for contamination at the docks. Why the focus on fruits and vegetables? From 1973 through 1987, tainted produce accounted for just 2 percent of disease outbreaks in which the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified a food culprit — a proportion that jumped to 5 percent of outbreaks from 1988 through 1991. Then doctors uncovered pathogens previously unknown in produce, like the cyclospora in Guatemalan raspberries that sickened some 1,400 Americans this spring and the E. coli that contaminated unpasteurized U.S. apple juices. There is no evidence that imports are more dangerous than U.S.-grown produce, said Morris Potter, CDC's assistant director of foodborne diseases. "The concern is arising now because imports are on the rise," he said. Last year, 38 percent of fruits and 12 percent of vegetables eaten in the United States came from other countries, a doubling since 1986. Under the Clinton plan, a new corps of FDA inspectors would check foreign food-safety systems and ban imported fruits and vegetables from countries that don't regulate strictly enough, said an administration official. Some U.S. inspection is done in Mexico to prevent flies and other pests from entering the United States, but a Mexican farm official denounced the food-safety plan. "It is very clear to us that behind all this are economic interests which want to prevent Mexican vegetables from entering the U.S.," said Luis Cardenas, of an agriculture group in the state of Sinaloa, a big tomato producer. TCONGRESS Senate OKs pay raise on quiet vote By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Capping weeks of intense maneuvering, Congress approved legislation Wednesday that clears the way for a $3,000 cost-of-living increase in lawmakers' $133,600 pay. The 55-45 Senate vote was the latest in a series of close calls for the bill, which leaders in both houses and both parties nursed toward passage over many weeks without permitting a direct roll- call vote on a pay increase. Even so, the political anxiety was evident in the Senate, where 19 of the 30 lawmakers seeking re-election next year voted against the bill. "We shouldn't be receiving a (cost-of-living adjustment) during that period of time" when lawmakers are asking others to sacrifice, said Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., who faces the voters in 13 months and was one of a small number of senators to speak out against the increase. "I cannot support the COLA at this point in time." While partisan tensions inevitably surfaced, the issue exposed generational splits within the two houses. In the House, the younger, reform-minded Republicans were vocal in their opposition, while the older lawmakers of both parties supported the bill. Low Cost Healtin Insurance Now Available! 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Praising the hundreds of American, French, Italian, Scandina- vian, Polish and Russian troops involved in the raids, NATO Secretary General Javier Solana warned: "We will act swiftly against those who do not support" the U.S.-brokered peace accords. The Bosnian Serb government loyal to Karadzic went into emergency session and issued a terse statement threatening what it termed "a tough reaction" to the NATO move. Wednesday's raids silenced Serb radio and television for hours. When programming resumed in midafternoon, it came from Banja Luka, the base of Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic, who is locked in a power struggle with Karadzic. Until Wednesday, programming had alternated each day between Pale TV, loyal to Karadzic, and Banja Luka TV, which had not distorted foreign officials' comments or attacked the peace accords. 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