The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 5, 2001 · Page 11
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SATURDAY M^y 5. 2001 THE SACINA JOURNAL Great Plains A LOOK AHEAD / B2 DEATHS / B3 FUN /.B6 BRIEFLY Yard waste disposal day going on today Got grass clippings, limbs or brush to get rid of? Today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. you can dispose of yard waste free at the city's disposal site at thesouth end of the East Crawford Recreation Area. The city also will have another free yard waste day May 12 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., said Steve Snyder, director of the Parks and Recreation Department. Signs directing visitors to the disposal site are posted beginning at Crawford and Markley, he said. House issues ban on liuman cloning TOPEKA — The House ap- , proved a ban on human cloning research at state universities. The vote Friday was 104-17 and sent the proposal to the Senate. The proposal came as an amendment Thursday to bill designed to spur more research at state universities. . "I just think we have to say as a society that we don't permit the use of one person for the benefits and desires of others," said Rep. Mary Pilcher Cook, who sponsored the amendment. Leoti murderer gets two life sentences GARDEN CITY — A Leoti man was sentenced to two life terms after pleading guilty to killing his cousin and his cousin's wife. German Arellano, 21, was sentenced Wednesday in Finney County District Court after agreeing to a plea in March to avoid the death penalty. He will be eligible for parole in 49 years. Arellano stabbed his cousin, Yony Flores-Reciado, 23, at least 38 times in March 2000. The attack occurred in front of Reciado's two young children. He also raped and stabbed Re­ ciado's wife, Beatriz Martinez- Flores, 27. Arellano lived with the couple and their two children, who were found uninjured in their Wichita County apartment. Indianan convicted after huge pot bust WICHITA — An Indiana man has been convicted in a drug case that involved more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana. Raymond Arrieta was found guilty Thursday of one felony count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Arrieta was arrested Nov. 19, 2000, after he pulled over his tanker-trailer on U.S. Highway 54 near Goddard because of a possible tire problem. A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper became suspicious when he noticed the tanker was not displaying any of the placards that are normally used to document liquids being transported on the highways. From Staff and Wire Reports Salina's lowest gasoline price found yesterday by the Journal. Call us at 823-6363, Ext. 150, If you find a lower fuel price in town. T STATE BUDGET Gompromise includes tax hike But even as the legislative session continues into overtime, the plan is shaky By JOHN HANNA The Associated Press TOPEKA — Negotiators produced a compromise plan for resolving the state's budget problems, but many legislators considered it doomed Friday because of its reliance on tax increases. The plan would eliminate the $206 million gap between expected revenues and spending already approved for fiscal 2000, which begins July 1. House and Senate negotiators bargained for five days before agreeing. About $43 million would be raised through higher traffic fines, a penny- per-gallon increase July 1 in the tax on gasoline and diesel fuel and a $10 million increase in the tax on insurance. In addition, the plan calls for small cuts in spending already approved, tap- Budget plan summary Here is a summary of a compromise budget plan. Figures are for the state's fiscal 2002, which begins July 1, and the general fund, which holds most state tax revenues and is the largest source of money for Kansas government programs. New revenues Total: $100.5 million. Steps up the collection of delinquent taxes, to raise $45 ping funds not normally used for general government programs, delaying some spending and making some accounting changes. The tax increases required separate legislation, and if those bills failed, negotiators would have to rewrite the million. Increases gasoline and diesel fuel taxes by 1 cent a gallon on July 1, to raise $16.5 million. The state already planned such an increase for July 2003, to help finance highway projects. Triples the state's portion of traffic fines, raising $16 million. Spending cuts Total: $20.1 million. Decreases general government spending $6.9 million; cut agencies' salary expenses, $4.8 million; and decrease general fund spending on highway projects $3.5 million. Postpones a 1.5 percent pay increase for government workers from December 2001 to March 2002, saving $4.9 million. Additional spending Adds $3.7 million for state universities for operating expenses that officials said were not covered by spending already approved. The universities sought $6.1 million. (Net of cuts over new spending is $16.4 million). plan. Some House members wore buttons that said, "As long as it takes, NO increased taxes," and were prepared for more days in session. They speculated that legislative leaders might try to cut off their pay next week, before the Legislature starts to eat into cash reserves set aside for its 2002 budget. House Speaker Kent Glasscock, R-Manhattan, acknowledged the possibility See BUDGET, Page B2 T SCHOOL FINANCE Price from Total, Ninth and Euclid KANSAS KIDS FITNESS DAY ^^^^ I lOM uuHbtY / I ne aaiina journal Third-grade Students walk In a tarp Friday morning In Oxbow Park as part of the activities for Kansas Kids Fitness Day. Kids from all over Salina participated in the noncompetitive activities that emphasized health and teamwork. The fun of fitness Youngsters here and across Kansas celebrate fitness By TANA THOMSON The Salina Journal On the surface, it might be difficult to spot the life lesson being learned by the 500 kids running a relay with wooden blocks, hunting for bean bags and pushing around huge, rainbow- colored balls in Salina's Oxbow Park Friday morning. But upon further inspection, it was apparent the Salina third-graders worked in teams, cooperated with each another, used their brains and, most importantly on this day, got their heart rates up. Third-graders all over Kansas celebrated Kansas Kids Fitness Day by getting up, getting out and getting exercise. Salina's third- graders were no exception as they gathered for activities for the third year in a row. The American Red Cross, Safe Kids Coalition and students from Bethany College and Kansas Wesleyan University helped the Salina School District prganize the kids and the activities. "We want to get the kids moving ... get their heart rate up but still have fun," said Glynis Nixon, physical education teacher at Oakdale-Hawthorne Elementary School. About 16,500 kids participated in Kansas Kids Fitness Day last year, Nixon said. "And it is growing every year." Nixon, who helped coordinate Salina's event, said she wants the children to understand exercise doesn't have to be competitive or boring. None of Friday's 12 activities had winners or losers; it was all play. "It doesn't have to be soccer ... (sports) are great, but it doesn't have to be competition," Nixon said. Nintendo vs exercise Carol Sias, physical education teacher at Meadowlark and Whittier- Bartlett elementary schools, said in the day of computer games and endless television channels, it is especially important to emphasize the importance of exercise. "More and more, we are seeing a lot of (overweight kids)." David Sanderson, a physical therapist at Salina Regional Health Center, said, "From what I've seen over the (past) few years, is kids seem to be more sedentary, less physically fit and a greater percentage are obese." He said that is in line with national trends. He also said "the injury rate would be higher for kids who are less physically fit, and a rehabilitation course would be longer and more extensive for them." Debbie Christie, physical education teacher at Sunset Elementar School, also helped coordinate Friday's activities. "We don't have a problem motivating third-graders," she said. "It's the older ones that are hard to get moving. Yes, they do Nintendo games, but they still like to play" Christie said students talk about the fitness day long after it's over. "They still enjoy playing and doing activities like these," she said. "Look at them." • Reporter Tana Thomson can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 173, or by e-mail at sjtthomson@saljournal.com Finance debate lives on But Friday's mood at State Capitol better than it was Thursday By JOHN MILBURN The Associated Press T COIUIMENCEMENT EXERCISES Jurich to speak at KSU-Salina ceremony CORRECTIONS ••••• The Journal wants to set the record straight. Advise us of errors by calling the Journal at (785) 823-6363, or toll free at 1-800827-6363. Corrections will run In this space as soon as possible. Family and marriage therapist and professor to address graduates at today's event By The Salina Journal Tony Jurich, family and marriage therapist and professor of family studies and human services at Kansas State University, will speak at KSU-Salina's commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. today at the Highway Patrol Training Center, 2019 E. Iron. Mike Higley, student governing association president, also will speak. Ninety-eight students are expected to graduate. Other Iqcal and area college gradua­ tions include: • A total of 1,134 degrees are expected to be awarded at Fort Hays State .University's commencement at 10 a.m. May 12 at Gross Memorial Coliseum. Kansas Board of Regents member Harry W. Craig Jr. of Topeka will give the address. • Kansas Wesleyan University's commencement begins at 2 p.m. May 13 at the Salina Bicentennial Center. About 200 graduates will receive their degrees. Rev. Carl Evans, chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of South Carolina at Columbia, will speak. Evans graduated from Kansas Wesleyan in 1963. • At Tabor College, Hillsboro, commencement is set for 10 a.m. May 19 at the Tabor College Gymnasium. Gaylord Go- ertzen, pastor of Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church, Hillsboro, will speak to about 120 expected graduates on "What is God's Plan?" • Christopher Crawshaw, vice president for finance of Bombardier Aerospace Business Jet Solutions, Dallas, will speak at Bethany College's commencement at 3 p.m. May 20 in Presser Hall Auditorium. Crawshaw is a 1987 Bethany College graduate. About 113 students will receive their degrees at this year's commencement. • McPherson College commencement is at 2 p.m. May 20 at Brown Auditorium on the McPherson College campus. Keith Funk, minister at the Church of Brethren in Quinter, will speak. There will be about 90 students graduating. TOPEKA — Differences of opinions remained Friday as negotiators continued their work 'on a bill to allocate $2.26 billion to public education. The mood improved from a day earlier, when three senators walked away from the table. At the heart of the exchange was renewal of the statewide property tax levy for schools, which generates about $380 million. During Friday's session. Rep. Ralph Tanner, lead House negotiator, said he could not discuss the levy until he had permission from House leaders. "I haven't been turned loose on it yet," said Tanner, R-Baldwin City The Senate has approved a bill renewing the levy at the current 20 mills and exempting the first $20,000 of a residential property's appraised value. The House version would raise the exemption to $30,000 in fiscal 2002, which starts July 1, and cut the levy to 18 mills in 2003. A mill is $1 in taxation for every $1,000 in assessed valuation. House and Senate tax committee negotiators have been at odds over the bill for nearly a month, with little movement. Education negotiators found some common ground on other issues, including special education spending and funneling it through the school finance formula. Doing so would increase the budget authority of the 304 school districts and allow them to raise more money through a local option budget, or LOB. An LOB allows a district to levy extra local property taxes, to raise up to 25 percent of the total budget of the district. Currently, 29 districts are at the 25 percent cap. Also at issue was a provision to raise base state aid next year by $50, to $3,870 per pupil, through a $67 million increase in funding already approved by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Bill Graves. Democrats said that was too little. Rep. Bill Reardon, D- Kansas City, said he would not agree to any bill produced by the committee because he thinks districts' needs are going unmet. "This is going to help create a crisis in education based on declining enrollment," Reardon said. "More than 100 districts will be punished." He also expressed concern that the House never produced a school finance bill or had ample debate on the substantive issues of the Senate bill. Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, said he also would not sign the conference committee's work. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbwearlng@sal )ournQl .com

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