The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 19, 2001 · Page 3
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 3

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, April 19, 2001
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THE SALINA JOURNAL NATION THURSDAY, APRIL 19. 2001 A3 • MIDWEST FLOODS Mississippi continues to rise rapidly Hundreds leave homes, but crests lower than expected By ROBERT IMRIE The Associated Press The surging Mississippi River forced hundreds of shoreline residents to abandon homes, halted barge and rail traffic and left weary sandbaggers in four states — Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin — hoping Wednesday that expected heavy rain won't make it worse. "Something like this, it might take two weeks just to get down below the flood stage," said Randy Eddy Jr., 34, from his father's home on French Island, Wis., surrounded by water and thousands of sandbags. Half a dozen pumps ran constantly The river crested Wednesday at 16.4 feet at La Crosse, Wis., lower than initial predictions of 17 feet and more than a foot below the record set 36 years ago. The river could drop by about a foot by Sunday, the National Weather Service said, but La Crosse Mayor John Medinger said the crisis isn't over. "It won't be over until the river goes down to 13 to 14 feet. The potential is there for serious problems," he said. Two to 3 inches of rain is forecast along the Mississippi in southern Minnesota this week but that shouldn't threaten riverfront communities there, said Minnesota emergency management official Kris Eide. 'Worst is behind us' Flood crests on the Mississippi appear to be moving downriver ahead of schedule and are not as high as expected. "We are very close," Eide said. "The worst is behind us." However, hundreds of people in Wisconsin and downstream in Iowa had moved out of low-lying riverside areas while volunteers and others worked to reinforce sandbag dikes. Sixteen counties in Minnesota have declared a state of emergency as did nine in western Wisconsin. A disas- The Associated Press A duck swims near a flooded road sign Wednesday at Main and Glenn streets in Prairie du Chien,Wis. ter proclamation was in place for 10 Iowa counties as the flood crest moved down- riven "A lot of the people in the community have done a great deal of work ahead of time to help minimize damage," Wisconsin Gov. Scott McCallum said Wednesday on CBS' "The Early Show." Volunteers needed Communities throughout the Quad Cities area — Moline and Rock Island, 111., and Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa — where the crest is expected to arrive next week, pleaded for volunteers to fill sandbags, and some schools let students out of class to help. Prison inmates were sent to help at Hampton, 111. "I have a friend who lives on the river. I know what it's like. Everybody needs to do their part," said Matt Campbell, a student at Riverdale High School in Port Byron, 111., just north of the Quad Cities. U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., and his wife, Tawni, were among those driven from French Island, where 4 feet of water stood in their basement. "If this is the worst thing that happens to me in my life, then I will take it," said Tawni Kind, wearing hip boots and wading through her family's belongings. "Compare it to losing your kids or something like that, and it's no big deal." • JOHNSON & JOHNSON Suit to be settled for $860 million By The Associated Press NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay up to $860 million to settle complaints it told customers to throw out after one day disposable contact lenses that could have been worn up to two •weeks. A 1996 lawsuit claimed J&J's Acuvue and 1-Day Acuvue lenses are the same product, even though 1-Day Acuvue costs much less than the two-week version. The lawsuit estimated 6 million people spent $1.1 billion since 1994 on contact lenses because of misleading advertising. The company has agreed to remove the words, "disposable" and "for single use" from the 1- Day Acuvue packaging. Company spokesman Jeff Leebaw said Wednesday J&J always has been "straightforward about its lenses" and agreed to settle to put the matter behind it. All the BANK you 7/ ever need. JHVTSl PI King of Clubs li^M Corner of Pacific & Ohio • Salina • 820-2869 512 S. Ohio/Salina I FLORIDA '5 785-827-4114 FREE DELIVERY 10% Cash & Carry Discount Medicaid Prescriptions Welcome Bob Randall / Jim Cram / Rod Smith Hours: 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-l:0O p.m. Saturday Toll Free: 1-800-794-2698 > THURSDAY April 19,2001 KING OF CLUBS 1056 E. Pacific Salina, KS (785)820-2869 $5.00 w/ ticl<et $7.00 without T MARINE CORPS AIRCRAFT Pentagon: Osprey has problems By The Associated Press 4 DAYS ONLY! APRIL 1922 Everything you need to complete your paint stain or wallpaper project. Ask how. Ask now. Ask Sherwin-Williams." ALL SAVINGS ARE OFF REGULAR PRICES. 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The aircraft has the ability to take off and land like a helicopter, yet fly like an airplane. : The four-member panel found the Osprey is the best alternative to replace an aging helicopter fleet, but members said it requires additional testing and engineering changes to fix system problems. : Problems cited range from a software glitch in the aircraft's computer system to a tendency for a hydraulic line to rupture. • "The V-22 is probably the best answer available," said panel member Norman Augustine during the second of two public hearings. "It's not ready today though, for operational use — not close to it." • The panel plans to submit its recommendation to Rumsfeld by Tuesday and then to the Senate and House Armed Services committees. What do you want? when health is a concern? You want excellent care and services, from the providers you choose. You want prompt access to care, with no referrals. You want reliable health insurance, backed by award-winning service. 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