The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 8, 2001 · Page 13
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32J §SALINA JOURNAL GREAT PLAINS SUNDAY. APRIL 8, 2001 BS * CAPITOL NOTEBOOK New law to protect crops Measure aimed at activists against gene-altered crops By CAROL CRUPPER and SARAH KESSINGER Harris News Service Crop busting Eco-terrorists beware. The state is ready to punish you. Gov. Bill Graves signed a bill Wednesday that makes crop destruction a crime. The session's 91st new law allows trespassers who harm field plants to be pe- GRAVES nalized. Sen. Steve Morris pushed the bill after hearing of research losses in other states. Activists protesting gene-altered crops have destroyed some private and public research plots. "It has been known to happen in other places, and we'd like to prevent it from happening here," Graves said. Show and tell Senate Utilities Chairman Stan Clark, R-Oakley, used a "pet rock" Thursday to show colleagues a little something about underground gas storage. ADIT cylinder CLARK of "permeable geologic strata," a core sample taken from 4,000 feet underground, looked and felt like concrete. Gas is injected and stored in the porous areas. "It's an interesting visual," Clark said. A leather sling was attached through a hole drilled in the center • "With any accuracy, it would deliver a knockout punch," Clark said. All-Star legislation? Senate Education Chairman Dwayne Umbarger vented a bit of frustration Thursday when a committee member suggested that senators consider the House of Representatives' point of view on school bills. "Through all the process, we have been very respectful to the House," the Thayer Republican said. He said House members had not shown similar UMBARGER consideration. He said they had done what they threatened, "a body-slam of our bills." "It is getting trying," Umbarger said. I'll drink to that After failing to garner enough votes for their two-year, $263 million school finance bill, members of the Senate Education Committee tried to pick up the pieces Thursday "1 think we can drink our way out of this problem," one audience member whispered to another. One of the components of the proposal was a liquor tax. Fit to be tied Alas, Lindsborg Sen. Jay Emler opted for a straight tie over his trademark bow tie Thursday just when the Senate recognized Washburn's national runner-up basketball squad. The team was accompanied by Washburn University President Jerry Farley, another bow tie devotee. Sen. Dave Jackson, R- Topeka, applauded the team and referred Farley to visit with Emler "who would like to ... discuss how to tie bow ties." Wrong guy to blow off Sen. David Corbin, R-Towanda, upset with increased valuation of his property, called the Butler County appraiser's office to see if he could change his appointment time to protest his appraisal. During debate on the Senate floor Wednesday, Corbin told colleagues ^^DDIM he was basical- CORBIN ly told, "that's tough." "I'm not the person to tell 'That's tough' to," the senator said, drawing a round of laughter. Corbin is chairman of the Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee. EMLER The speech got quick results. "(The appraiser) called and said I could come in any time," Corbin said Thursday Credit card cool-off Give Rep. Rocky Nichols some credit, just not too much of it. The Topeka Democrat, who pushed a bill this session to ban credit card solicitation on college campuses, now plans to work with university officials and alumni over the summer to get the problem resolved. Although his bill didn't get out of committee, it did get the Regents' attention. "They understand this is a serious concern," Nichols said. "Solicitation has gotten out of hand." Weird weed A bad weed in southeast Kansas has spurred Statehouse action. Lawmakers worked this week to create a plant pest emergency response fund. The fund would foster quick action on new, mean weeds. One is Grecian Foxglove, an escaped ornamental plant that spread in Wilson County a few years ago and felled a couple of livestock that ate it. The plant contains digitalis, a heart stimulant that can be deadly It is harmful to humans who cut it and are overcome by digitalis fumes. Details, please Rep. Deena Horst, R- Salina, a middle school art teacher, is tired of seeing broad-brush strokes in school district accounting. The House voted 65-59 Friday to allow school districts to raise their local-option budgets. Horst successfully attached an amendment to require all districts to provide a detailed audit of how funds are spent. Horst said Salina wouldn't be pleased with the local-option budget bill, but she thinks having legislators know exactly where money is spent would help school districts in the long run. "It will give them an opportunity to show where discrepancies are," she said. Spring Cleaning AJVIILGSTONE chimney service and stove store 245 S. 5th, Salina 823-9000 Personal central Service central in Beloit National Bank MEMBER FDIC 120 E. Main St., Beloit HOSPICE OF SALINA, INC. Eighth Annual Living With Grief Teleconference Caregiving and Loss: Family Needs, Professional Responses Helping those who serve to better understand the needs of family caregivers coping with loss and end of life care. This program is offered free of charge • CEUs available. To Register Call! Hospice of Salina, Inc. 785/825.1717 • STUDENT SUICIDE K-State student takes own life Denver sophomore jumped from eiglith floor of dormitory By The Associated Press MANHATTAN — A Kansas State University student has died after jumping from the eighth floor of a dormitory Friday night, a university spokeswoman said. Andrew Charles "Drew" Cobb II, 19, died from injuries he suffered after jumping from the eighth floor of Haymaker Hall, Kansas State spokeswoman Cheryl May said. He died after undergoing surgery at Mercy Hospital in Manhattan. Cobb was a sophomore in graphic design from Denver. He was born May 15,1981, in Denver and was a 1999 graduate of Kent Denver School. He was a member of the executive board of the United Black Voices at Kansas state. He is survived by his parents, Gena and Andrew Cobb of Denver. May said campus ministers and counseling center staff were at Haymaker and neighboring Moore Hall Fri­ day to talk to other students. Additional counseling will be offered Saturday and today, she said. "Our first priority is our students," said Pat Bosco, dean of student life and associate vice president for institutional advancement. "We are deeply saddened that one of our K-State family has taken his life. 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