The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 8, 1997 · Page 11
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 11

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, October 8, 1997
Page 11
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WEDNESDAY 'THE SALfWdbURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS/B2 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / B4 BRIEFLY V LEGISLATURE AND PRIVACY Red Steer opens as hot-food deli on Iron • IThe Red Steer, a hot-food deli, has opened in the former Hardee's building at 1400 E. Iron. " 'The restaurant's menu features hot roast heef, barbecue beef, pastrami, mashed potatoes, and macaroni and pasta salads, said owner Tony Pezzola, 28. 1 • The restaurant seats 85, Pezzola said. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 33*30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday. *• * fcause of girl's death fiot determined £ OSBORNE — The cause of fleath of a 3-year-old Natoma girl remains undetermined, according to-information released Tuesday *y the Osborne County Sheriffs Department. 5 Few details about the death of JNatasha Rene Leiker and the investigation have been released by authorities. She died Thursday at •Wesley Medical Center in Wichi- "ta after being flown there from ihe Hays Medical Center. I The girl was living in Natoma Jvith her mother, Melissa Leiker, Jvho had moved to Natoma only a couple weeks earlier from Victoria[. The girl's father, Gary W. ilerndon, lives in Hays. ! Authorities would not say Jfuesday if they were seeking a ^uspect in the case. The Osborne County Sheriff, Ellis County Sheriff and Kansas Bureau of Investigation are working on the case. i Legislature could get Friday-night TV spot • TOPEKA — The House Broadcasting Committee endorsed Tues"day a proposal by the Kansas Public Broadcasting Council to spend $350,000 in the year starting July 1 Jo enhance public television coverage of the Legislature. ! Under a recommendation going ito the Legislative Coordinating Council, the Legislature would appropriate $350,000 more than it now provides for public TV grants to pay for a weekly half- hour program summarizing activities of the Legislature and discussing issues. The program would be telecast simultaneously on Friday nights on the state's four public TV stations — in Kansas City, Topeka, Wichita and Bunker Hill. Audio from the programs would be available for broadcast on the state's public radio stations at a time of their choosing. ;«The House committee also rec- qmmended that the Legislature appropriate $85,000 to provide a second year of gavel-to-gavel coverage of the House of Representa- tyves' daily sessions in 1998. Two die when truck runs over their car ! SUBLETTE — Two Satanta residents died when their car was hit by a tractor-trailer in southwest Kansas, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. I The victims were identified as Cindy Ewing, 36, and Allison Ew- tog, 13. ;3They were killed Monday after- ijJJbn when a semi pulling an ejjjpty grain trailer ran over their <jaf while it was slowing to turn Onto a country road in Haskell County. The collision happened about 4:30 p.m. Monday on U.S. 56 iie"ar Sublette. ' The driver of the semi was injured and was taken to a hospital, the patrol said. two men shot dead outside Elks lodge JgWICHITA — Police have made ritfarrests in the shooting deaths q'fHwo men outside an Elks lodge inTnorth Wichita, and they weren't staying Tuesday what might have ijiotivated the killings. • "It appears to have started inside the club," Capt. Paul Dotson slaid. "We haven't commented on \yhat was happening inside the club or what precipitated the violence, because we're still working on that." ! James Berry, 35, and Kevin son, 24, both of Wichita, were at shortly before 2 a.m. Monday jja sidewalk across the street Jim the Elks Peerless Princess I^odge. Nelson died at the scene, ejnd Berry died less than an hour Ikter at a hospital. The victims \yere half brothers who shared the same father. | A man who was at the club said h'e saw a gunman walk across the a'treet and open fire. ; "He kept shooting and shooting," said the man. "Even when (&ey) fell down, he kept shooting." From Staff and Wire Reports Privacy urged for records on Kansans Oakley senator wants data protected from prying eyes of strangers on computer sites By LEW FERGUSON The Associated Press TOPEKA — State Sen. Stan Clark, an Internet buff, urged a legislative study committee Tuesday to recommend legislation that would better shield confidential government data from the prying eyes of "computer stalkers." Websites and home pages make a glut of government-generated information available to the Internet surfer, Clark told the interim Governmental Organization Committee during a Statehouse hearing, and many of those gleaning the information cannot be trusted to use it only for benign purposes. The committee took no action on proposals to more tightly regulate what is available, but Sen. Janice Hardenburger, R-Haddam, the chairwoman, said the panel would mdke recommendations to the 1998 Legislature. "We just might consider establishing a joint oversight committee on government information," she said. "With the rapid development of technology, we need to get a handle on it." Clark, a Republican from Oakley, said, "The information is there. It's available to anyone who wants to access it for whatever their purpose may be — good or evil. "It's an open book on your life. Do you want it to be? Welcome to the world of databases — where a stalker can dig deep into your life ... and suddenly appear in real life well armed with the information necessary to be a real threat." Clark demonstrated his point by presenting to the committee property valuation information on the homes of five Statehouse reporters. He told the horror story of a man whose wallet was stolen, his identity used by a criminal, his arrest for the other person's crimes and the years it took him to reclaim his good name. He also told of charity that requested and received from the Property Valuation Division in the state Department of Revenue the names of the owners of all homes valued at $50,000 or more in 23 Kansas counties so it could solicit them for donations. Clark said three principles should guide the state in establishing tighter control tol over the dissemination of personal infot*> mation: '•'" • Minimize the linkage between database es, by eliminating the use of Social Security) numbers and assigning people other idenbte fication numbers. This prevents those dor ing the prying from linking the names of people between two databases, he said, to! • Provide no names on property records^ just the address and legal description, 'rit • Avoid common identification numbe»sf when identifying people by name in thai records. nr ' He urged support for two bills carried, over from the 1997 session for considerac tion in the 1998 session: one prohibiting state agencies from giving out confidential 1 information, and the other banning the use of lists of names derived from state records' to solicit gifts or donations. >m Great pumpkin ••, The Associated Press Sarlta Pacheco, 5, Lawrence, Is dwarfed by the Great Talking Pumpkin Monday at the Lawrence Riverfront Factory Outlets. The pumpkin will come to life and answer children's questions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings Oct. 14 through Oct. 28, Saturday and Sunday afternoons Oct. 18 and 19 and Oct. 25 and 26 and on Halloween night. T LEGISLATURE Tax cuts expected in spring .1A 01T V BEEF SAFETY Meat-safety group must tackle perceptions By SCOTT BAUER The Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb.'— Beef industry officials on the front line of a public relations nightmare admit a new committee formed to tackle food- contamination problems will have to change consumer's perceptions as well as find ways to make meat safer. Three E. coli contamination cases linked to a trio of Nebraska beef producers in recent weeks has the industry looking for ways to eradicate the bacteria and educate the public about properly cooking meat. The current food safety inspection system is broken, said Keith DeHaan, BeefAmerica vice V SALINA SCHOOL DISTRICT president of technical operations. BeefAmeri- ca was at the center of a 443,656-pound recall announced Friday after meat tainted with E. coli found in a Virginia grocery store was traced to the company. "We've been through hell," DeHaan said. "Hopefully we can learn from it and go forth ... There's got to be some silver lining to this." DeHaan said BeefAmerica will be represented on the committee that Gov. Ben Nelson announced Monday. The committee will include about 20 representatives from the beef industry, agriculture science and others with interests and expertise in food safety. The committee must try to negate any negative image that has been formed by the public about beef, said Chuck Schroeder, committee chairman and chief executive officer of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. "Itls certainly No. 1, a public relations problem and we don't want to ignore (that)," he said. "It has been much more of a public relations issue than public safety." The decision to create the beef safety task force came out of a meeting with officials representing 17 beef industry interests, including IBP, ConAgra and Farmland Foods. The group will attempt to cull research in food safety and look at new techniques. As a group, the beef industry must step forward and do something to improve inspections and educate the public, DeHaan said. By LEW FERGUSON . <' The Associated Press ..,,[ i . TOPEKA — More tax cuts, inn- creased investment in education* and development of a new state* highway program are among top issues facing the 1998 Legislature, u leaders told the state chamber's annual Business Congress TuesdaySS Bulging state coffers — the re-j suit of a robust economy and a> windfall corporate tax payment —I provide lawmakers with an opportunity in the session opening inf January to add to the tax relief be-j gun in 1997, they said. But tax cuts should be balanc^fl with judicious funding increase* in some areas, especially educ tion, the leaders tcttd about 150 people attending the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry's §j- rum at the Kansas Expocentre. jj Panelists were Senate President Dick Bond, R-Overland Park; Se|j- ate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka; House Speaker Pro Tern Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, and House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer, D-Wichita. They said the state should have more than $100 million in excess revenue available for tax reduction, but Bond warned it would be "a recipe for disaster" to put th ; one-time windfall money into 01 going programs. If the econom ' slows, it could force budget cut:, he warned. Hensley and Sawyer plugged fc :• greater investments in educatioi, saying a well-educated an 1 trained work force was critical t) the future of the state. They sai i Wichita has a shortage of skille 1 workers now. Wagle said cutting taxes wa > her top priority, because nothin ; deters businesses from moving t > Kansas as much as its high ta c rates. "Clearly the two biggest issue s will be taxes and education," Bon 1 said. "We have the ability to ci t taxes, but I would hope the Legii • lature and the governor would d< - termine early in the session what the prudent amount is to cut taxei. Salina schools won't give up on try for technology grant $6 million federal grant won't be coming, but community effort isn't finished yet By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal The Salina School District and Salina community won't receive a $6 million federal grant for technology, superintendent Gary Norris said Tuesday. The district hasn't received official written notice the application for a five- year Technology Challenge Grant from the U.S. Department of Education has been denied. But Salina officials called the department to find out the status of the grant and learned it had not been approved. "We're disappointed," Norris said. "But we understood going in, this was one of the most competitive grants in the country." But Norris said he's not giving up. "We will take all this information we've put together and we will not let it drop," Norris said. "The need is too great." The information, including more than 100 letters of support from the community, can be used to apply for other grants. "With all the work and investment that has gone into this, someone will eventually agree with you," Norris said. The grant money would have been used for full Internet service for the schools, local government agencies, public library and nonprofit agencies. The application also included the networking of computers in the community, interactive television services, two public access computer labs and linking the Salina Regional Health Center with physicians and other health care providers. The grant would have also provided assistance developing a school-to-career program, expanding internship programs, develop curriculum and train teachers to use the technology. The grant application was prepared by Grant Links, a grant writing company the district hired for competitive grants. The district paid the company $8,400 to prepare the grant. With modifications, the application can be submitted to other foundations and funding sources on a list the company maintains. The district's IQW per-pupil funding, dropout rate and SaUna's low-paying job market were given as needs in the application for the grant funds. Monarchs en masse Monarch butterflies rest for the night at Will Rogers Park in Oklahoma City. They moved in with the last cold front, and warmer-than- normal temperatures have given Oklahomans a longer viewing season. The Associated Press SJS^SillSJSSiSB^^ •;•'..<.:-.'SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1.8QQ-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT

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