The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 13, 1986 · Page 1
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"Journal Home Edition — 25 Cents Salina, Kansas MONDAY January 13,1986 114th year — No. 13 — 16 Pages Legislature set for fast start in '86 session TOPEKA (AP) - The Kansas Legislature is poised for a fast takeoff in the 1986 session opening that begins today. With all 165 lawmakers — 40 senators and 125 House members — returning from the 1985 session, there was little in the way of housekeeping chores that needed to be done as the two bodies prepared to answer the 2 p.m. gavels of Senate President Robert Talkington and House Speaker Mike Hayden. For the first time since the 1923 session, according to a check of the records by the secretary of state's office, not a single new legislator needed to be sworn in. Usually in even-year sessions, there are successors to be sworn for those who died or resigned. This year, everybody is back. No leadership changes or committee assignment shufflings take place this time either, enabling the lawmakers to get down to serious business the opening week of the new session. That means in rapid fire order this week, Gov. John Carlin will go before a joint session to outline his proposal for increasing the state's sales tax from 3 percent to 4 percent and the House Assessment and Taxation Committee will introduce the measure, conduct hearings on it and maybe even vote it up or down—just that quick. Carlin will reveal specifics of his proposed fiscal 1987 budget to legislative leaders and the news media this afternoon. He will deliver his State of the State and budget messages to the joint session at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the House chamber. The budget Carlin submits will be an austere one, with agencies' spending authorizations reduced by $35 million, or 2 percent, from what they received in the current fiscal year. But also will call in his legislative message for a 33 percent increase in the sales tax, and how he proposes to spend the additional revenue that would bring in. , Chairman Ed Rolfs, R-Junction City, of the House tax committee announced Friday that he plans to have his committee introduce Carlin's sales tax proposal in bill form Tuesday, then conduct hearings on it Wednesday and take a vote. It remains to be seen if others may try to slow the process down a bit from Rolfs' ambitious schedule, just to consider amending it or to give everyone a little more time to mull it over. But sentiment seemed to be mounting as the session got under way that state government does need additional revenue and that besides effecting as many budget cuts as possible, the best way to get money needed to balance an adequate budget probably is an increase in the sales tax. Pre-session debate centered on whether the state needed to increase the sales tax a full penny — producing an estimated $190 million in FY 1987 and about $200 million a year after that — or whether a half-cent increase would be sufficient. Iranian sailors search U.S. merchant ship WASHINGTON (AP) — Armed Iranian navy sailors searching for war goods bound for Iraq on Sunday boarded an American merchant ship sailing in international waters just outside the Persian Gulf, the State Department said. There were no injuries or loss of property during the two-hour search of the President Taylor, the first U.S. flag ship to be stopped by Iran, which has been fighting a five-year war with neighboring Iraq, said department spokesman Bruce Ammerman. After the search, the bulk cargo ship owned by the American Presi- Today SCREAMING NEW ENGLAND fans take to the streets of Boston Sunday after their Patriots beat Miami, 31-14, to win a trip to Super Bowl XX. New England will meet the Chicago Bears, who won a Super Bowl berth with a 244 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. See Sports, Page 9. Inside Classified 13,14 Entertainment... 16 Fun 15 Living Today 6 Local/Kansas 3 Nation/World 5 On the Record....; 7 Opinion 4 Sports 9-11 Weather 7 Weather KANSAS — Sunny and mild today, highs in the mid-40s northeast and low 60s southwest. Clear tonight, lows 25 to 35. Sunny and continued mild Tuesday. Highs in the mid-50s to low 60s. dent Lines, Ltd., proceeded to the port of Fujaira, located on the Gulf of Oman in the United Arab Emirates, Ammerman said. The boarding party consisted of seven Iranians who inspected the ship's manifest, said Richard Tavrow, senior vice president and general counsel of the Oakland, Calif .-based shipping company. A U.S. government official said the Iranian party consisted of three officers and four sailors "described as businesslike and non-threatening." Tavrow said the President Taylor, a bulk cargo ship that usually carries grain between West Asian ports, was stopped by a single Iranian navy ship. The ship, which normally has a crew of 40 to 45 seamen, was carrying bags of grain when it was stopped, he said. "They requested the ship to stop," apparently by radio, Tavrow said. "The master protested and said the ship was in international waters, but they in effect said you'd better stop because they had an armed vessel." None of the 23 ships operated by American President Lines serve Iran or Iraq, Tavrow said. The search marked "the first time that a U.S. flag vessel has been stopped by Iran," Ammerman said. "Iran for the past approximately five months been conducting numerous visits and searches of several neutral nations' merchant ships in the gulf area looking for war supplies destined for Iraq, its enemy in the five-year-old war," he said. Hard-luck shuttle gets off the ground SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) - Shuttle Columbia and its seven-member crew soared smoothly into orbit Sunday, overcoming a record number of false starts, and then sent the world's most powerful commercial communications satellite spinning off into space. Columbia, kept earthbound by seven launch delays since Dec. 18, climbed flawlessly through a blue Florida sky from the Kennedy Space Center and left a smoke trail tinged crimson and white by the rising sun. The crew was jovial as it boarded the shuttle for the eighth time Sunday. Crew member Steve Hawley, a former Salina resident, wore a Groucho Marx disguise as he boarded the spaceship. The disguise, he said, was so that the shuttle wouldn't know he was a part of the old crew. The blastoff was the first of 15 shuttle launches scheduled in 1986, expected to be the nation's busiest year in space. Nine and a half hours later, the astronauts sent signals to eject the $50 million RCA Satcom KU-1 satellite from Columbia's cargo bay. The crew reported the satellite seemed to spring out on its own two seconds earlier than expected, but space officials said this would present no problem. Mission commander Robert Gibson moved Columbia a safe distance away from the satellite and 45 minutes later an automatic timer on the Satcom fired a rocket engine to start the 2-ton satellite toward its permanent working orbit 22,300 miles above the Earth. Mission Control told the astronauts that the satellite's rocket engine fired as planned and then separated from the satellite. "It's on its way," Mission Control said. Gibson answered: "That's great." Earlier, the commander said his crew "really did a nice job of getting that thing out.'' RCA officials said the Satcom will be capable of providing video and audio communications for all of the United States except Alaska, delivering a signal powerful enough to be received by dish antennas as small as three feet. The company is paying $14.2 million to launch the craft, helping to pay part of the $150 million that Columbia's flight will cost the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. In contrast to some of the failed launch days, the weather over Cape Canaveral was crystal clear Sunday. The countdown to launch proceeded without a flaw, and Columbia blasted off on schedule, carrying seven astronauts, including a congressman whose district includes Cape Canaveral. The weather was so clear that observers on the ground could see the shuttle's two solid fuel booster rockets fall away two minutes after launch. It was the first flight for Columbia in more than two years. The craft, the flagship of America's four-vehicle shuttle fleet, was returned to the factory for overhaul and installation of new equipment after a December 1983 flight. Columbia is scheduled to land Friday at the Kennedy Space Center. Astronaut Steve Hawley (upper left) wears a Groucho Marx disguise as he boards the shuttle, which lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center Sunday morning (right). Minutes later, (lower left) only its smoke remains. Dutch remain on alert against terrorists THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A high alert to guard against possible Palestinian terrorist attacks was expanded Sunday to include U.S. diplomatic and commercial offices in the Netherlands, the Dutch Justice Ministry said. The access road to the front of the U.S. Embassy in The Hague was blocked by sand-filled dumpsters at each end Sunday night, and police converged within minutes to investigate the flash of a photographer's camera. Police presence was increased at the U.S. consulate in Amsterdam, and police spokesman Klaas Wilting said other U.S. facilities were being guarded. The alert began Thursday in the Netherlands and Scandinavia, when Interpol, the international police organization, warned that Abu Nidal terrorist commandos might strike at any time against Jewish or Israeli targets. "There had been talk for a few days that American targets could be endangered," ministry spokeswoman Toos Faber said Sunday. "But this morning it became more conclusive. There is an extension of the targets." Dutch authorities said privately that the expanded alert made guarding all potential American, Israeli and Jewish targets "practically impossible." Scandinavian officials said their alert had not been expanded to include American targets. But two suitcases that appeared to lack owners caused a two-hour delay of a domestic flight from Stockholm, Sweden, to the northern city of Sundsvall, police said. The plane departed after the owner was located and authorities tracked the error to the check-in computer. The U.S. government has blamed the Abu Nidal faction, a dissident offshoot of the Palestine Liberation Organization, for Dec. 27 terrorist attacks that left 19 dead, including five Americans, at airports in Vienna and Rome. Faber declined to disclose further details of the Dutch response to the new threat, in line with an official policy of confidentiality on such matters. A West German newspaper meanwhile said Sunday that Libyan leader Col. Moammar Khadafy has ordered Palestinian gunmen to kill Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher. The Hamburg-published Bild am Sonntag quoted unidentified "members of the (West German) government" as saying Bonn received a warning from an Arab country that Genscher was in danger. A deputy spokesman for Genscher's office refused comment. Report says drugs given livestock endanger meat eaters By The New York Tunes WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has inadequately monitored the use of toxic drugs and nutrition supplements in raising livestock, posing a grave threat to the health of consumers, according to a congressional report. Residues of these substances, many of which have been identified as causing cancer and other illnesses, have been found in beef, pork, poultry, eggs, and milk, the report says. The study, "Human Food Safety and the Regulation of Animal Drugs," is to be made public today. The report the most detailed congressional evaluation in 15 years of the agency's ability to oversee and regulate the nation's $2 billion-a- year animal drug industry. The study was prepared by the House Government Operations subcommittee on Intergovernmental relations "The law requires, and consumers deserve, far more public health protection than the FDA has provided." —Rep. Ted Weiss and human resources, which conducted hearings on Capitol Hill last summer. The subcommittee report is the latest in a lengthening list of recent congressional and government inquiries into how federal regulatory agencies control pesticides, food additives, drugs, and other toxic substances that are used in food production. The subcommittee chairman, Rep. Ted Weiss, D-N.Y., said: "The law requires, and consumers deserve, far more public health protection than the agency has provided. The FDA has repeatedly put what it perceives are interests of veterinarians and the livestock industry ahead of its legal obligation to protect consumers." Officials of the agency said that they agreed with most of the findings but that the conclusions were "overblown." "There aren't a lot of surprises here for us," said Dr. Gerald Guest, acting director of the agency's Center for Veterinary Medicine. "This report is very much an overstatement of old, chronic problems that don't affect the public's health. The mere fact, for instance, that there are unapproved animal drugs out there doesn't necessarily translate into a public health problem." Among the study's findings were these: • Thousands of animal drugs and feed supplements now used by the nation's farmers to help keep animals healthy and make them grow more quickly have never been approved by the federal agency "and are being marketed in violation of federal law." • The agency has failed to restrict or ban nearly a dozen animal drugs that the agency's scientists have identified as carcinogenic. Weiss said this was "blatantly unlawful behavior by the FDA." • The agency has been unable to control the "widespread, illegal sales" of unregistered animal drugs imported from Eastern Europe and Asia.

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