The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 3, 1997 · Page 4
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 4

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, May 3, 1997
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SATURDAY, MAY 3, 1997 GREAT PLAINS THE SALINA JOURNAL T KANSAS LEGISLATURE Compromise reached on school LOBs Without action, districts with supplemental funding face likely elections next year By The Associated Press TOPEKA — The Legislature ground through the third day of its wrap-up session Friday, leaving several matters unresolved. Both houses ^ will convene at 10 a.m. today, with leaders hoping to conclude the session by tonight LEGISLATURE but conceding a — Sunday afternoon session might be necessary to finish work. When the session ends depends largely on agreement being reached by negotiators from the House and Senate on the $23.4 million omnibus appropriations bill. It is the last spending measure of a $7.9 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1. The conference committee on the omnibus bill met late into the night Friday trying to resolve funding issues. Also still to be resolved were bills to extend school districts' local option budgets, expand the law to collect child support payments and implement federal health insurance legislation, including women's "right to know" abortion legislation. A conference committee agreed on a plan for renewing LOBs, but the House couldn't debate it because it took so long to prepare the report encompassing all the changes it would make. The education conference committee agreed on a compromise version of the local option budget bill, but the House ad journed for the night without debating it because it didn't get the conference report by a reasonable time. House Speaker Tim Shallenburger, R- Baxter Springs, said no parliamentary games were being played on the bill. "I wouldn't prevent that from coming to the floor," Shallenburger said. He said he thinks the LOB plan will pass the House, but said he might vote against it. Rep. Mike O'Neal, R-Hutchinson, chairman of the House Education Committee, also said he thought the compromise could gain House approval. But it was not a foregone conclusion, he said, because many House members are willing to let current law continue. That would force districts with LOBs to submit them to protest petitions and likely elections next year. Many districts fear they cannot get voter approval to continue their LOBs, which fund substantial portions of many districts' budgets. The compromise plan would allow the 162 Kansas school districts that have them to keep their LOBs at 100 percent for the 1997-98 school year. After that, their LOBs would be reduced to 95 percent in 1998-99, 90 percent in 1999-2000, 85 percent in 2000-01 and 80 percent in 2001-02 — unless local school boards sought to retain them at 100 percent and made the full authorization sub- ject to voter protest. Another conference committee reached an agreement on an informed consent measure for women who want to undergo abortions. It would require doctors to provide women seeking abortions with a packet of printed information 24 hours before the procedure could be performed. The information could be mailed to them, but doctors would be required to have face-to-face meetings with the patients before the procedure was performed, or before any medications were given so women could ask last-minute questions. The Senate confirmed the appointment of Albert Murray as commissioner of the state's new Juvenile Justice Authority, 40-0. Also confirmed were the appointments of Vern Chesbro and Regenia Moore-Lee to the board of trustees of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System and Larry K. Williams to the board of directors of Kansas Inc. T SMALL BUSINESSES Small businesses urged to hire welfare clients But challenge is to find time to train unskilled workers, some say By ALF ABUHAJLEH The Salina Journal • "In an effort to reform the welfare system, the federal Small Business Administration is asking Salina business owners to hire people off welfare and put them to work. Bruce Kent, a regional SBA ad; .ministrator, said the agency is fol- • lowing its own advice and has set i aside 123 jobs, or 2.6 percent of its (.'.national work force, for former [welfare recipients. ;•' • The agency has rolled out a pro- 1 gram to hire people coming off 1 welfare to work for the agency in : entry-level jobs for three years. ; During that time, they would receive the training needed to be- f(* S-T COURTS come full-time employees in the fourth year. The program was prompted by the federal welfare legislation President Bill Clinton signed last summer, Kent said. The new lav/ limits federal assistance to five years and requires welfare recipients to find work within two years. "We as a society made the decision to change welfare as we know it, and the new law was strongly supported by small-business owners," said Kent, administrator of the agency's offices in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa. "But to succeed in getting people off welfare and into the workplace, small businesses have to meet the challenge of hiring and training them." Kent is traveling through the four-state area spreading the agency's message to business owners and community leaders. During a visit to Salina Friday, Kent said small businesses, which create two-thirds of the nation's jobs, can help the welfare-to-work plan most. Challenge of training In Salina, 95 percent of all businesses are independently owned and employ fewer than 500 people, said Gerald Cook, president of the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce. Cook said most local small-business owners are probably willing to hire former welfare recipients. But most firms don't have the time or resources to train unskilled labor, he said. "Sure we could hire welfare recipients, but it's not that simple," Cook said. "Some of them don't have the necessary education to handle the skills that companies need them to do. Only 15 percent of all the jobs in Salina are un- skilled jobs." Don Schwegmann, owner of. World Wide Windows at 736 N. Ninth, said it would be hard to train an unskilled worker. The firm, which manufactures and installs vinyl replacement windows and doors, employs four shop workers and three installers, he said. "If I'd have to pull a person from either of those two tasks, production would fall by more than 25 percent," Schwegmann said. "It's hard to run the business as it is." Lou Ann Dunn, co-owner of Artful Parties and Events, a party decorating firm at 921 Shalimar, said it's hard for small businesses to find workers. "A small business is more like a family than a corporation," she said. "We need someone who fits into the company. Someone who is flexible and willing to work hard because that's how we survive." "To hire former welfare recipients or unskilled workers is a great idea, in theory," she said. "In actuality, it's a lot more difficult because we might not have the time to take on that person." |Sex with 13-year-old brings 7 years •JjtQ-year-old male faces Sfull 7-year term if he £ messes up in county jail |^By GORDON FIEDLER JR. \. .The Salina Journal H-t> !; A 19-year-old Salinan who | pleaded guilty to rape for having ' consensual sex with a 13-year-old (iigirl was sentenced Friday to seven Ji"years in prison. [•;: District Judge George Robert• •son granted the defendant, Jason I! Hauck, probation of 36 months on ^(condition he serve 120 days in jail J££T 90 days for supplying the victim alcohol and 30 days for the — and that he behave himself in custody. Some discipli- « : 'pary problems were noted in a »' presentence report, and Robert!:"son threatened Hauck with the T;,"full seven-year prison term if he J" hears of a single infraction. >' Robertson also required Hauck \.l to be registered as a sex offender. [*. Hauck has been in the Saline i t>i ' -T CAMPAIGN SPENDING County Jail since the incident on Sept. 23,1996, in which the victim, a runaway from a Salina youth home, was found unconscious in a ditch on East North Street. Her blood-alcohol content registered 0.264. The legal limit in Kansas is 0.08. He had picked the girl up — neither knew the other — and afterwards, when she refused to tell him where she wanted to go, she was left in the 1800 block of East North Street. Hauck, who was 18 at the time of the offense, pleaded guilty in February to rape and furnishing alcohol to a minor, and was facing 15 to 17 years in prison under the state's sentencing guidelines for those offenses. The sentencing by Robertson followed tearful pleas for and against leniency from relatives of the defendant and victim, and arguments by assistant county prosecutor Christina Pellant, and Hauck's attorney, Roger Struble. • Struble compared the case to one in Wisconsin in which an 18- year-old is facing up to 40 years in prison for having sex with his 15- year-old girlfriend. "Incarceration of 15 years for consensual sex seems to be harsh, to say the least," Struble argued on behalf of his client. "This is not in the best interest of the state of Kansas." Pellant argued otherwise. "Mr. Hauck didn't know the victim before. He didn't treat her as a girlfriend on that day," she said, arguing against the court departing from the sentencing guidelines. When the judge did depart from guidelines, the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence in Topeka was ready with a response, saying the group was "very disappointed" with the sentencing. Sandy Barnett, the group's technical assistance coordinator who was in the courtroom, said the organization had prepared two statements, depending on Robertson's decision. The coalition cited cases of consensual sex between underage teen-agers that may violate the let- The Umbrellas of Cherbourg 1UK! UfflK! Hi iiitofl titoiltoir School-board race had low spending By The Journal's Staff Spending was low in the Salina School Board race, according to the Saline County clerk. Candidates in the April 1 school board election who were filing their expenses as individuals were required to file expenditure ; reports as of Thursday. ; Three candidates had filed their reports as of Friday. Linda Smith reported spending $238 on advertising and a filing fee. Richard Brake reported spending $289 on yard signs, post cards and his filing fee. Abner Perney reported spending $139 on advertising and filing fee. Smith, Brake and Jerry Lundgrin defeated Perney, Tony McGraw and Starla Fauci-Wills to win four-year terms on the board. Candidates who formed election committees will not be required to file expenditure reports until the end of the year. Salina City Commission candi- dates were required to file two reports before the election and will file another report in January. Times: Thurs. 6:00 7:00* Fri. 5:00 7:00 8:00 Sat. 2:00 6:00 7:00 0:00 Sun: 2:00 6:00 7:00 01 minutes Rated NB 12 packs 29* * Prices good through May 6th,1997 We Do The Ike 70 Y? MuAtCe Cow! Bett B«UMU, Di«w, Tfce Gwut Tina* At Swot? Gui fud, & Tfc* Bwl FwucW* OtinJu In TUIN! 1820 S 9th Street Daily 8:00 am to 10:00 pm Sunday 11 00 am to 7:00 pm SONIC DRIVE-IN 310 SOUTH SANTA FE eoi ciiiiu 3*d & fttoij 41k Fw Out Enjoy Eagle Country 99KG Live Remote Saturday May 3rd I 1 2pm-4pm. Bring me family -- enjoy the Sonic Characters | who will be handing out goodies for the children. We will also have a juke box witn 70's music. Come join the fun, we're looking forward to see/ng you! V CRIME Teen leads chase on dirt roads By The Journal Staff A 16-year-old was arrested Friday night after a 25-minute, high- speed chase through dirt county roads by officials from the Saline County Sheriffs Office, said Sgt. Mark Malick. A deputy spotted the pickup the 16-year-old was driving at 6:32 p.m. on West State Street at speeds of 80 to 85 mph. The 16-year-old didn't stop for the deputy, and the chase began, Malick said. The deputy caught up to the 16-year-old on Brookville Road and chased him at speeds of more than 100 mph. The 16-year-old led the deputy and Malick on a chase down Wyman Road and onto K-140. He turned into several pastures, and Malick followed in a four-wheel- drive vehicle as the deputy went another way. The pickup went onto Stimmel Road and traveled west until being stopped by the deputy's car blocking the road at Stimmel and Brookville roads. The unarmed juvenile gave up without incident, Malick said. The teen wasn't using alcohol or drugs. "I have no idea why he ran," Malick said. "We are very happy it turned out the way it did. It could have been worse." The teen was charged with reckless driving, fleeing and eluding, driving at an unsafe speed and speeding. Baldwin Bros. May Furniture Specials All La-Z-Boy 8 Recliners All Bar stools 4 Tell City Swing Rockers 1 La-Z-Boy® Sofa Sleeper 1-Tweed Love Seat 3 Dinette Chairs 1 Tell City Dropleaf Table & 4 Chairs 15 pc. Glass Dinette REDUCED $f00ft$f60 REDUCED 25% REDUCED 50% Reg $789 HOW $499 REDUCED 50% Reg. $129 HOW $39 Reg. $1,595 Reg. $1,095 HOW $1,095 WOW $547 ter, but not the spirit, of Kansas law and probably would not result in charges being filed. "The case heard for sentencing today is not such a situation," Barnett said. "To equate this case to the young dating couple is unconscionable." Hauck, shackled and dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit, addressed the court before sentencing. "I'm not trying to get out of what I did," he said. "I apologize for my actions to her. I didn't mean to do her any harm." Robertson advised Hauck to be a model prisoner for the next four months. "If you have one disciplinary report from the Saline County Sheriffs Office ... I will put you in prison and you will stay there," Robertson said. Baldwin Bros. Furniture 141 S. Santa Fe Downtown Salina 827-5584 Sunset Fri.('4:45)-7:00-9:15 Saturday (*2:15-*4:45)-7:00-9:15 IE Sun. (*2:15-*4:45)-7:00 Mon. -Thurs. (*S:00)-7:15 JACKIE CHAN'S ± L|AR LIAR FIRST STRIKE /I JIM CARREY ^ HIS BIGGEST ACTION FILM Frl.('S:00)-7:1 0-9:10 Sat. C2:30-'5:00)-7:10-9:10 Sun.C2:30-'5:00>7:10 Mon.-ThUf».('8!lO)-7:10 Frt.('4;45y-7:15-9:15 Slt.('2:1S-'4:4S)-7:1S-9:15 _. Sun.('2:15-'4:45)-7:15 gl Mon.('5;15)-7;15 ' VAL KILMER Central Mall. ThePeopk vs. Larry Rynt Central Mall. Frl.- Sat. 7:00-9:30 Sun. 7:00 Mon. -Thura. 7:30 Frl. ('4:35)-7:05-9:25 Sat. ('2:05-'4:35)-7:05-9:25 Sun.(*2:05-'4:35)-7:05 Mon.-Thura. 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