The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 11, 1996 · Page 3
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 3

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, October 11, 1996
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THE SALINA JOURNAL NATION FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11,1996 A3 T NEW YORK CITY FIRE The Associated Press New York City firefighters leave the GE Building In Rockefeller "Center after they put out Thursday's early morning fire. Smoky fire injures 13 at NBC headquarters : Blaze disrupts Today' : show; tapings of talk j shows postponed ; By The Associated Press NEW YORK — A smoky fire at NBC's 70-story headquarters early Thursday knocked the local TV affiliate off the air, . briefly disrupted the "Today" .show and caused minor injuries to 13 people. ' ",.' More than 300 firefighters 'battled the blaze at the landmark GE Building in Rockefeller Center for more than four hours before bringing it under control. The fire, which was confined to the fifth through 10th floors, was believed to have started in a lOth-floor electrical closet at the network's local affiliate, WNBC. Early morning programming for the New York area was knocked out. "Today," which broadcasts from a glass-enclosed studio across the street, began on schedule, but the video signal was interrupted at one point and Katie Couric spent some of the morning co- hosting from the street. Taping of the Rosie O'Donnell and Maureen O'Boyle talk shows had to be postponed, and the network's evening news show was broadcast from Washington. Fewer than 100 of NBC's 2,000 employees were in the building when the fire broke out at 4 a.m. All were evacuated. Thirteen people were treated for smoke inhalation, including at least two firefighters. T FEDERAL SPEED LIMITS Speed limit debate heats up Early study shows highway deaths have risen in many states By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID ne Associated Press WASHINGTON — Since the federal government let states raise highway speed limits last winter; at least eight states that did so have seen increases in highway deaths, an Associated Press survey found. Yet, four other states that raised limits actually saw fatal accidents drop slightly. The conflicting statistics have led the American Automobile Association and the government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to caution that it's too soon to draw firm conclusions. Many states, for instance, have yet to gather data since raising speed limits. Many troopers out on the roads, however, echo Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Robert Flowers, who says he's seeing more damage from high- speed crashes: "It opens vehicles up. Doors come off, windows come in." A little more than half the states have increased limits on at least some highways since Congress ended the federal cap of 55 miles per hour — 65 mph on rural interstates. Before the change, highway deaths had been increasing for the previous three years, highway safety groups note. And the increases that have occurred since might be attributable to reasons besides higher speeds, including bad T TOBACCO INDUSTRY Many officials estimate it could take up to three years to get good data. Yet in some cases, the increases are startling and are worrying state officials. weather or higher rates of drunken driving. Many officials estimate it could take up to three years to get good data. Yet in some cases, the increases are startling and are worrying state officials. Early counts show highway deaths up in Alabama, California, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Texas. Missouri highway patrol spokesman Lt. Ron Beck said officials simply don't know if the jump is because of higher speed limits, now 70 on rural freeways and 60 on city interstates. But Oklahoma Lt. Gerald Davidson has no doubts. Since his state raised limits to 70 mph on most interstates and 65 mph in urban areas, speed has been a factor in 30 percent to 33 percent of traffic deaths, up from 20 percent before. On the other hand, fewer people died in Florida, Massachusetts, Montana and Utah despite higher speed limits on significant numbers of roads. Massachusetts officials attribute the drop to enforcement of seat-belt and drunken-driving laws. While the death toll has varied, one thing seems clear: Raising the speed limit means more people can drive legally. California Highway Patrol Officer Hector Marquez patrols a busy stretch of Interstate 5 near Sacramento: "I haven't seen a great change in people's driving habits. Many drove right around 70, even with 55 limit. Now that it has been raised to 65, people are still hovering right around 70." But Utah officer Flowers said he sees an increase in damage since the speed limit was boosted to 75 mph on most rural freeways and 65 mph in cities. Under the old limit of 65 mph on rural freeways, a car would roll over one or two times, Flowers said. But now, cars roll as many as seven or eight times, he believes. When debate over the speed limit swirled through Congress, Nevada was often singled out as a state likely to see an increase in speeding and deaths. In the first six months of this year, 167 people in Nevada lost their lives in accidents, 20 more than at the end of June 1995. The speed limit was boosted to 75. • • the actress but a delight for the viewers." - Don Lambert Trial date set for lawsuit ^i^^^^ 8 ™ 1 *^ 8 " 1 ^'-^"* 1 " against tobacco industry 16 states have sued tobacco industry; Texas 3rd state to get trial date By Cox News Service AUSTIN, Texas —'A federal judge has set a tentative trial date of Sept. 22, 1997, for the State of Texas' $4 billion lawsuit against the tobacco industry. If the case goes to trial as scheduled, Texas would be the third state to present its case. Sixteen states have sued the industry. Mississippi's case is scheduled for trial in March, and Florida's in August. U.S. District Judge David Folsom, who sits in Texarkana, set the date Thursday during a closed- door meeting with lawyers on both sides. Folsom is predicting the trial will last two to four months. Lawyers for the state and the tobacco companies said they welcomed the trial date. Philip Morris U.S.A., the nation's largest cigarette company, is one of six tobacco companies that Morales accuses of racketeering, anti-trust, deceptive trade practices and other violations of civil law. Morales wants the companies to reimburse the federal and state governments for the costs of treating Medicaid patients who suffered from smoking-related illnesses. Al ow. . . Oil Change S 14 95 Includes 15 point Inspection and up to 5 quarts of oil 913-823-6372 Bennett Autoplex, Inc. Service Department 651 S. Ohio Salina (}nd performed By Griffin Available lo Kansas residential customers only. 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