The Springfield News-Leader from Springfield, Missouri on May 1, 1984 · 1
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Tuesday, May 1, 1984
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GRAY MAY DAY: Turning cloudy with highs in the 70s , "On j THE OZARKS TODAY T3 O 2TJ jg D J3 O C x "Tlx i d o m sj u r jo a -n r- Ancient caves Thayer's Grand Gulf expects state-park designation3C That's a winner Hendrick breaks out of slump with game-winning homer1 B I n O c Copyright, 1964 Springfield Newspapers, Inc., A Gannett f 28 Pages Three Sections SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI, TUESDAY MORNING. MAY 1. 19 c . ui . - a- -c I as 25c mw mp ". fc Mi,t-jL.i i George HenOrick no TOOL'S i ! : - .1 1 t 'IS . v - A. rf1 ' -i f ft M - : tr-i - j JrlfW ylBl 11 ffjj Units iactot Senate vote puts proposal on state ballot in November Ella Charman, foreground, and her aunt, Dorlase Spurgeon, search for belongings Monday after a tornado Sunday destroyed her mother's home. The tornado skipped through Gasconade County and destroyed 50 homes and about 25 trailers. Eight people were injured. A tornado also struck Mannford, Okla., Trough over Arizona means twisters for us Forecasters warn pattern could hold through May United Press International Sunday, killing one man and injuring 30 others. Two churches and two schools also were destroyed. National Guard troops were called in to block off the area from passers-by and sightseers. An 8 p.m. curfew also was imposed. Weather story on Page 6C. United Press International KANSAS CITY A weather pattern over Arizona and New Mexico this spring is to blame for creating the most tornadoes in a decade, according to Fred Ostby, director of the National Severe Storms Forecast Center. Trying to simplify weather patterns, Ostby said the jet stream breaks down into ridges and troughs and noses downward. The trough currently is over Arizona and New Mexico, and the jet stream then comes in from the north Pacific, across California and New Mexico and then tums northeastward. "The jet is coming in at fairly high latitudes, like southern Canada," Ostby said. "As it reaches the West Coast, it dips southeastward, down toward the west-central part of the U.S., and then it turns northeastward, toward the Ohio Valley and middle Atlantic states. "What this means is the weather systems coming in from the West Coast tend to intensify ... as they get into this low' pressure trough, then they move on eastward and draw warm, moist air one of the most important factors in storm development from the Gulf of Mexico. "We can't project and say it's going to stay that way, but patterns tend to stay locked in for some time. It could go gang-busters all the month of May." This year's tornadoes have caused more deaths nationwide 101 than at any time since 1974 when more than 360 died in twisters. Ostby says the next worst year during this decade was 1979 with 84 tornado deaths. The average number of tornado deaths per year calculated over a three-decade period from 1954 to 1982 is 88, Ostby said. "So we're there already and we still have May and June to go," he said. Through April 29, there have been 447 tornadoes reported. - 'Si :' fi HI it t By Roger Snell Our Capital Bureau JEFFERSON CITY The lucky number Monday for a proposed state lottery was 18-16, as the Missouri Senate gave it the minimum number of votes needed to pass the matter to state voters. Opponents weren't calling the vote lucky, saying it is a dangerous move by the state to promote gambling. Battle lines now will be drawn between opponents and supporters to try to influence state voters in a November election. "I can see the possibility of a very intense campaign," said Sen. John Russell, R-Lebanon. "The pro-lottery people will be able to raise large amounts of money," said Russell, who opposed the lottery. "Those against the lottery will have some money." The public will have the final say on the proposed amendment to Missouri's Constitution. It is a proposed constitutional change that was called drastic by Sen. Dennis Smith, R-Springfield. Proposal to finance dioxin bunker loses2A School districts get additional money2A "This is a landmark change," Smith said during the first stage of a filibuster. "No more than bingo or Hancock," replied Sen. Edwin Dirck, D-St Ann, sponsor of the lottery bill. "It is something new for the state to become involved in gambling," Smith said. The lottery bill cleared the Senate with 12 hours left in the 1984 session of the Missouri General Assembly. The final day began slowly with a filibuster on the lottery bill and steamrollered through the early evening Monday on the budget, bonds and revised state DWI law. Please see LOTTERYPage 2A DWI revision breezes to legislative approval 1 - " . -mm ' s -1 ' . v. - i - t i United Press International In Detroit, two women had to hang on to a tree in the downtown area Monday as they tried to make it make to their offices after lunch. Winds clocked at more than 60 mph belted the city, making walking a job in itself. The National Weather Service said the winds were caused by a powerful storm system in the Midwest. By Roger Snell Our Capital Bureau JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri House and Senate approved a key revision in the state's law against drunken drivers with almost no opposition or debate Monday. " . The bill sponsored by Sen. Dennis Smith. R-Springfield, now moves to Gov. Christopher S. Bond for his signature. Smith said the public would notice "pretty quickly" the impact of the bill when it goes into law in August. Smith said he hoped the Missouri Department of Public Safety would lead an intense publicity campaign to inform local law-enforcement officers of how the proposal works. Changes made in the House Monday the last day of the session did not alter the original bill significantly and were accepted by the Senate in a 31-0 final vote. The House vote was 1 35-10. The provisions of the bill include: The bill would close a loophole State lawmakers get $3,078 raise JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri General Assembly Monday boosted members' pay by $3,078 a year. The raise would take effect Jan. 1, 1985, providing $18,078 a year to a lawmaker instead of the current $15,000. The pay raise got the minimum votes necessary in both the House and Senate, passing the House 82-76 and the Senate 18-16. Please see RAISEPage 2A in the state's current DWI law by allowing local police officers to revoke licenses of suspected drunken drivers. Please see DWIPage 2A Reagans wave goodbye to China, to meet pope in Alaska The Associated Press SHANGHAI, China President Reagan concluded his six-day visit to China on May Day, the communist holiday celebrating workers, telling Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang today, "We leave with many warm memories and a warm feeling for you and your people." After touring a commune and accepting congratulations from Zhao on the success of his journey, the president, accompanied by his wife, Nancy, waved goodbye to Chinese officials and Air Force One departed for the nine-hour flight to Fairbanks, Alaska. In a farewell telephone call from Zhao in Peking, Reagan pledged to "do our utmost to continue the relationship that we feel has been established." " T Reagan, whose visit here marked a transformation in his long held anti-communist attitudes, said he looked forward to visiting China again. "We would come with great pleasure." His last stop was the Rainbow Bridge Township, formerly called a commune, one of the basic units of communist society. "I think it is wonderful," Reagan said. In Fairbanks, the president arranged to meet Pope John Paul II on Wednesday. Reagan was to return to the White House on Wednesday night Zhao, with whom Reagan had met earlier in Peking, told Reagan that his visit "has enhanced understanding and improved relations between our two countries." Reagan said he was especially impressed with a tour of a commune home and his visit with the family who built it, Bao Hong Yuan, 35, and his wife Yong Hong Fang, 33. The president spent 30 minutes with the couple and their 7-year-old son, Gian Fang, and their elderly parents. The house appeared to be one of the finest on the commune, which grows enough vegetables to feed about 2 million people. Asked how he liked the commune, Reagan said, "I think it is wonderful, especially because our host has built the home himself." The visit to the township of 28,500 people was carefully staged by the Chinese with the cooperation of American officials. Tbpof themorning Nation Marketplace Ozarks Sports Index Drug dealer sought in Kennedy probe Palm Beach, Fla., police are looking for an alleged drug dealer for questioning in the death of David Kennedy. Page 3A. Court ruling could aid newspapers The Supreme Court Monday ruled that appeals courts have broad power to second-guess trial courts in libel cases, a decision that could save news organizations millions of dollars. Page 6A. Hew Home Sales. i-n frii'iiiil.hiiriiluiiiiTr.-ii iiii Viilmnii ' i-n'l j " M A M J J AUNl)Jfhj i - i " Seasonally adjusted annual fates w" thousand; of syo-faity homp$ JP Economic indicators slip slightly in March The index of leading economic indicators dropped a steep 1.1 percent in March, the first such drop in 19 months, signifying a slowdown in economic growth. Page 4B. House sales slow but still strong Sales of new houses slipped 4.9 percent in March, bringing the selling rate to 660,000 units a year, still far above the pace for all of last year. Page 4B. Council suspends day-care ordinance The Springfield City Council Monday night voted 6-0 to suspend the city's new day-care ordinance. A committee is to study the issue and report to the full council in 60 days. Page 1 C. Chemicals found in wells in county Traces of benzene and a compound used as an additive in gasoline have been found in water samples taken from seven private wells just north of Springfield. Page 1C. NFL draft opens in New York today National Football League teams will sift through what's left of this year's college seniors during the annual NFL draft that begins this morning in New York. Page 1B. Kickapoo, Central win All-City meet The Kickapoo boys and Central girls track teams won their respective divisions in the All-City high school track and field championships held at Kennedy Stadium Monday. Page 1B. Classified6B Comics5C. Horoscope4C Lifestyle3C Local1C Markets4B Obituaries2C Sports1B TV listings6A Viewpoints4A Weather6C VOL 93 NO. 237 J

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