The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 26, 1996 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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Friday, January 26, 1996
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Leon looks back Cowboys star Leon" Lettisstillfondof Emporia State/C1 Ahoy! Community theater sets sail with "Pirates of Penzance" / D1 07 Mff.V ''"/>>• ' • LQSt jObS: Salina escapes Fourth Financial round of layoffs / A6 4 WJndbPBBkS: It's amazing what a few trees can do / A5 INSIDE Low: 10 An 80 percent chance for a few flurries of snow through the afternoon /B3 WEATHER Salina Journal Classified/C5 Comics/B4 Deaths/A7 Encorel/PI ;• Great Plains/ B1 Money 7A6 Sports/C1 Viewpoints/B2 )AY JANUARY 26, 1996 SALINA, KANSAS 50 ' T CHALLENGER: 10 YEARS LATER The Associated Press Ben Provencal, In his Concord, N.H., home earlier this month, holds a published photograph that was taken as he watched the space shuttle Challenger explode 10 years ago. WITNESSIN DISASTER Remembering the Challenger explosion, young adults still ask themselves, 'How?' By DAVID TIRRELL-WYSOCKI The Associated Press H olding a tiny Challenger T-shirt to his chest, Ben Provencal chuckled to think it fit him 10 years ago when he and his third-grade classmates traveled to Florida to watch their friend's mom rocket into space. Most of those youngsters are in college now. But they still carry memories of the trip and the shuttle explosion on Jan. 28, 1986, that plunged them from innocent excitement into unspeakable shock for the whole world to see. Provencal, then 8, was photographed in a Young Astronauts cap that was too big for him. He was staring at the sky, his jacket sleeves pulled over his hands because of the cold, trying to comprehend what he had just seen. "I see the absolute shock," T LEGISLATURE T L.CUIOL.M I UI1C House passes bill raising speed limits to 70 and 65 mph Legislation is approved by a narrower margin than many predicted By The Associated Press TOPEKA — It didn't get as many votes as had been expected, but the House easily passed on Thursday a bill raising the speed limits in Kansas to 70 miles ah hour on four-lane highways and 65 mph on good two-lane highways. .. The measure, approved 72-51, went to the Senate where Transportation Committee Chairman Ben Vidricksen, R-Salina, predicted at least one of its provisions would be amended. 0 That provision allows motorists to escape having speeding tickets become part of their driving record if they don't go more than 5 mph above the posted limit. Vidricksen said the Senate is likely to raise that so-called "buffer" to 10 mph. The 51 no votes came from House members who oppose raising the limits above the current 65 on four-lane interstate highways outside urban areas T BUDGET DEBATE Third shutdown averted After taking bruises in the polls, the GOP-led House passes a Clinton-friendly agreement By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — With Republicans bruised by two government shutdowns, the House overwhelmingly approved legislation Thursday to keep federal agencies running through March 15. The White House said President Clinton would sign it as the yearlong budget fires cooled on all fronts. After settling an impasse with the White House over abortion restrictions and spending levels, the House voted 371-42 for a stopgap measure that would temporarily finance dozens of federal agencies, though at lower levels than 1995. The Senate was expected to approve the legislation today. "Let's quit wasting the taxpayers' money," 4 Hillary Clinton and Whitewater: Just what does it all mean? / Page A4 said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bob Livingston, R-La., which has been the OOP's rallying cry all year. But reflecting his party's new, less confrontational mode, he added, "Let's keep the government open." "We're satisfied that a lot of give-and-take has produced an agreement the president can live with," White House spokesman Mike McCurry said. Lawmakers had faced a Friday-night deadline that if breached would see civil servants furloughed for an embarrassing third time since November. After taking a drubbing in opinion polls for their tactics, Republicans were no longer vowing to halt government's most basic functions unless their demands for a balanced budget in seven years were met. With this fall's elections on their minds, both sides seemed to feel the best path, for now, was to settle immediate differences and save their most stubborn disputes over Medicare, Medicaid and welfare until next year. But all the embers from the budget inferno were not dead. Despite an apparent truce over extending the debt limit and pressure from Wall Street to do so, the two sides fenced over how it would be accomplished. "Since I gave the State of the Union address, there have been some encouraging things said by the congressional leaders," Clinton said. "But I would remind you that we still have some roadblocks in the way that I think need to be cleared away." For the next seven weeks, the stopgap spending measure would finance many agencies whose 1996 budgets are incomplete, including the departments of Veterans Affairs, Interior and Labor and the Environmental Protection Agency. In a compromise between conservatives and abortion-rights lawmakers, the measure would block U.S. funds to international family planning programs, but only until July. the freshman at Springfield College in Concord, N.H., said this month as he looked at a framed copy of the photo. "My face is saying, 'How could they let something like this happen?' " His question is repeated by former classmates, who said that while the experience did not scar them, it shaped their outlook on life, risk-taking and trust — especially trust in government. "That was the first time that I had seen the result of how something can go terribly wrong," Trip O'Shea said. No longer would he automatically assume that "you are going to come home and sleep in your bed," even after something as mundane as driving somewhere or walking to school. "I never really took things ~ See SHUTTLE, Page A7 Up on the rooftop DAVIS TURNEFVThe Salina Journal Burton Brack of Altman Construction hammers a board onto a joist as a co-worker steadies the beam with his boot. The men were adding a slope to the roof of a building owned by Ken Reitz on Thursday at the corner of Fourth Street and Iron Avenue in Salina. Speed limit vote and 55 on two-lane roads and members—mostly from western Kansas — who think the top speeds should be even higher. When the vote first was tallied, just 63 legislators voted for it—a bare majority to pass a bill in the 125-member House. But nine members switched to vote yes before the final vote was counted, giving it 72 votes. Among those voting against it, Rep. Sabrina Standifer, D-Wichita, said in her explanation of vote, "I don't think I want to be responsible for raising my constituents' insurance rates." Rep. Bill Reardon, D-Kansas City, said, "Can this state afford the tens of millions of dollars in increased (accident and insurance) costs? No. Once again, the feds are dead wrong." None of those who voted yes explained his or her vote. Supporters of the bill described it as a compromise between those who see the increases as adding to highway deaths and increased insurance rates, and those from western Kansas who think even higher speeds are safe on the roads they drive. The Kansas House passed a bill Thursday to increase the state's speed limits by a vote of 72-51. Of the 81 Republicans, 54 voted yes and. 25 voted no. Of the 44 Democrats, 18 voted yes and 26 voted no. Area Republicans for: Carol Edward Beggs, Salina BUI Bryant, Washington, Delbert Crabb, McPherson Carol Dawson, Russell Joann Freebom, Concordla Fred Gatlin, Atwood Deena Horst, Salina Steve Lloyd, Clay Center Jim Morrison, Colby Area Republicans against: ClayAurand, Courtland • JoeKejr.Brookville Gayle Mollenkamp, Russell Springs Shari Weber, Herington Area Democrats against: Delbert Gross, Hays Laura McClure, Osbome Area Republicans not voting: Duane Goossen, Goessel 'No area Democrats voted for the bill Source: AP Journal graphic T DOCTOR'S TRIAL Jury to continue deliberations today Jurors discussed murder case against Naramore for 2 hours By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING Tlie Salina Journal ST. FRANCIS — The jury in the first-degree murder trial of a former St. Francis physician is to continue its deliberations today in Cheyenne County District Court. The case against Stan Naramore, 50, went to the seven- woman, five-man panel at midafternoon Thursday after about six days of sometimes contradictory testimony. Jurors met for about two hours before going home for the night. The trial ended with an emotional closing statement from defense attorney Kurt Kerns of Wichita, who described his client as a victim of politics. He said the state attorney general's office, which provided lead prosecutors, has used the case to take a popular stand against euthanasia in a situation where none exists. "This is a case where we searched for the truth and there is only one truth — that Stan Naramore did everything he could to help these people." "I hope we haven't reached a point where someone is prosecuted on lies," he said later. Prosecutor Jon Fleenor, an assistant attorney general, denied the charge of politics and said, "The people you heard from are real and the people they talked about are real. "These two cases are not about what the defendant wants you to believe. They are not cases of a doctor having no choice. The evidence is this man made a decision on his own." Naramore is charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 5, 1992, death of 81-year-old St. Francis farmer Chris Willt and the attempted murder three days earlier of terminally ill cancer patient Ruth Leach of Bird City. The 78-year-old Leach died 72 hours later of her illness. "Twelve of you will be deciding for him," Fleenor told the jury about their responsibility. "There was one of him deciding for Ruth Leach and Chris Willt. This man took a life and tried to take another." In his instructions to the jury, Judge Jack Burr of Goodland gave the panel the option of finding Naramore guilty of second-degree murder and attempted murder. A verdict of second-degree murder and attempted murder would mean the jury could find no premeditation in Naramore's acts. Burr also told jurors they must find Naramore not guilty if there is reasonable doubt. In his closing statement, Kerns said "It's tough to prove beyond a reasonable doubt a falsehood." Dr. Michael Arnall, a Florida pathologist who testified for the defense, took aim at the state's autopsy results on Willt, who died in the emergency room of the Cheyenne County Hospital. He disputed several findings, including the conclusion that Willt died from asphyxiation after Naramore injected him with a paralyzing drug and pronounced him dead. Arnall said Willt probably died from $ stroke, but he couldn't rule out a heart attack or asphyxiation because of the body's deterioration. Investigators exhumed Willt's body about three months after his death to have the autopsy performed. For rebuttal, prosecutors called Dr. Thomas Poulton, an anesthesiology specialist who testified earlier that "the Willt case was clearly an attempt to kill the patient." Poulton talked about the paralyzing drug Naramore used that night and said Willt should never have been pronounced dead while under its effects. Kerns asked Poulton whether he knew more than a standard physician's reference book on drugs, which apparently contradicted parts of his testimony. "Absolutely," responded Poulton.

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