Beatrice Daily Sun from Beatrice, Nebraska on January 23, 1990 · 2
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Tuesday, January 23, 1990
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i Poll shows waiting period favored by Nebraskans for handgun purchase Beatrice (Neb.) Daily Sun, Tuesday, January 23, 1990 A-2 Abortion bill heads into continuing floor fight LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraskans overwhelmingly support legislation that would require a seven-day waiting period before the purchase of handguns, a telephone poll conducted for the Lincoln newspapers showed. In the state-wide poll of 450 Nebraskans, conducted Jan. 15-17 by National Research Corp., 87 percent expressed support for such legislation. Only 11 percent opposed waiting period laws. The poll published in Tuesday's editions of The Lincoln Star had a a margin of error of plus or minus 4.6 percent. Respondents in the state's more rural 3rd District were less likely to support such legislation than residents of the eastern 1st and 2nd Districts, which include Lincoln and Omaha. The level of support was 78 percent among the 141 3rd District residents polled versus around 90 percent for residents of the 2nd and 1st Districts. Among those polled were 106 Nebraskans, or slightly less than 25 percent, who identified themselves as handgun owners. The poll indicated 34 percent of men and 13 percent of women in the state possessed handguns. En Brief Bomb threats are prank calls What started out as a bomb scare at a local grocery store early Tuesday morning turned out to be nothing but two prank tele phone calls from a Beatrice man, According to Beatrice Police, a dispatcher received a call on the 911 line at 4:02 a.m. Tuesday. A man said that Econotoods had just received a "bomb scare" byjelephone. The caller would not give his full name, identifying himself only as Keith. He said he worked at Econofoods. . An officer immediately went to Econofoods, police said, but discovered there had been no bomb threats. . At 4:14 a.m., the dispatcher received another call, again from a man saying Econofoods had been threatened. The dispatcher wasn t sure if it was the same man. The 911 calls were traced to a Beatrice residence, where police found a 54-year-old man. The man, whose name was not Keith, first denied making the calls, saying he heard about the bomb scare on television. He then confessed to police to making the calls and said he would have no reason to bomb Econofoods. No charges were expected to be filed, police said. Kiwanis proceeds to lights fund The Beatrice Noon and Early Risers Kiwanis clubs donated more than $800 to the Winter Lights fund this month. The two clubs donated $802, which was proceeds from the second annual soup supper sponsored by the groups during the Winter Lights Festival in November. The money was presented to a Winter Lights committee representative on- Saturday, Jan. 13, at a meeting of the Early Risers Kiwanis Club at the Beatrice Inn. Budget workshop in Beatrice A budget workshop to assist those preparing budgets for cities, townships, fire districts and other governmental subdivisions will be conducted by State Auditor Ray A.C. Johnson and members of his staff in Beatrice on Thursday, Feb. 15. The seminar will begin at 7 p.m. in the Jackson Building Conference Room of Southeast Community College-Beatrice. Orr is Fairbury banquet speaker From page 1 With the 150th anniversary of the Oregon Trail approaching in 1993, Mrs. Orr said Rock Creek Station and the surrounding area could become, a large tourist attraction. "People are fascinated with anything having to do with the Old West," she said. "This area could become of great interest." In fact, she said, 1990 will provide more opportunity for improvement in the state. "We must be prepared to make economic choices . . . focus attention on preserving and protecting the quality of life evident in Nebraska. "I am confident that people like us working together can make Fairbury one of the greatest success stories of the decade," she said. , - Shirley Howell.'Fairbury mayor from 1980-88 and co-owner of Howell Lumber Co., was presented the Community Service Award by Chamber President Doyle Buchmeier at the banquet. Among other activities, she was the first city councilwoman in Fairbury, and the 1988 Fairbury Business and Professional Women's organization Woman of Achievement. The Kiwanis Barbershop Quartet performed at the banquet and serenaded Mrs. Orr. . Industrial site gets shot in arm From page 1 Ball Complex 11 recommended by Lee Papal, chairman of the recreation board. on buyers, and help ensure they are not convicted felons, he said. Unlike the Brady Bill, it would, impose the same requirement on sales of secondhand pistols. Clark said that provision was designed to prevent felons from obtaining used handguns or acquiring guns through buyers who can pass background checks. ., , , ; Currently 23 states have some type of Legislation that would require a seven- waiting law on me day waiting period before the transfer of Ashford md T6m Wyld a media represen- ownership of handguns is pending before tative of Washington office of the lawmakers nationally and in Nebraska. National Rifle Association, said they was not Nationally the legislation is known as .the surprised by the results of the Nebraska poll. Brady Bill. That legislation was the model Ashford said polls in other states had for Omaha State Sen. Brad Ashford's similar results. LB642, which is to be debated in the Legis- Wyld said the poll indicated many lature this year, Ashford aide Doug Clark Nebraskans , had not been informed of sald. . . .-,' ' . research showing waiting periods of a week Like the Brady Bill, LB642 would require or 10 days would accomplish little more a seven-day waiting period on purchases to than on-the-spot background checks of the allow police to conduct background checks type used in Virginia. Nursing homes face new fed rules on restraining residents By Ed Howard Associated Press writer The auipmenl order wai tabled for two weeks. The rec board and City Council will meet Jan. lion mall annually from Kansas Department of Transportation for thii purpose. equipt 3 1 at 7 p.m. at the Lakeview conceiiion Hand to itudy the equipment order. tween Highway! 77 and 36 that lies within the city limits. The city receives $2,000 a mile . The recreation budget for 1990 is J72.572, not including the swimming pool Highway maintenance Approved continuing maintenance of the 3.4 i mile link be- Dlspoaal service Accepted a low bid of $163.20 a month from ACKE Trash Service, Maryrville, for collection from seven buildings and sites in the city. The other bid was $270 from Temps Disposal Service, Maryiville. Tile work Accepted a bid of $886 from Feldkamp's, Maryiville, for tile removal underlay and tile at the Bulldog Barber Shop on the Koeiter Block. The other bid was $515 from R L Dusin, Washington, but didn't include ule removal. Cable rate Heard from Beatrice Cable Televiiion that there will be a $2 increaie in sates beginning March 1. Subscribers will be sent a notice of adjustment in their February statements. Special meeting Scheduled a meeting for 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at the City Hall for builders, building contractors and City Council members to discuss proposed licensing requirementi. Fair gate admission increased KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) The Nebraska State Fair Board has approved a 25 percent increase in gate admission prices for the 1990 fair to help cover losses at State Fair Park in Lincoln, which increased six-fold from 1988. A preliminary financial statement showed the state fair, the horse-racing meet and off-season activities at the park together suffered an operating loss of $396,345 in 1989, compared with a $65,316 loss in 1988. The $1 increase in adult gate admission from $4 to $5 was approved Saturday at the board's annual meeting. Slate Fair Kiwiwbi .villi ksniu UIU J.IUIIUUJT lllIJl. -I 11V. SI VV J 1 dUVUUtt tickets also will increase from $2 to $3. Skold said the board will consider additional increases in prices I for night entertainment shows during its next meeting in February. Last year those tickets cost from $12 to $15. The Stale Fair Park racing meet, aided by off-track simulcasting, showed a $313,374 profit. But the 1989 fair and off-season activities had a combined loss of $709,719, the statement presen ted by State Fair Board President Russ Chrislcnscn said. , LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Sen. David Bernard-Stevens Tuesday accused his colleagues of running roughshod over democratic principles as he used procedural votes to tie up a bill that would require a parent be notified before a minor has an abortion. The debate on LB769 entered its second day with the possibility of continued parliamentary maneuvering. Bernard-Stevens said the guiding principles of the democracy dictate that rules be observed to protect free speech and to see that the minority voice is heard. He said lawmakers were resorting to "brute force" rather than facing serious questions about the pending bill. Lawmakers rejected Tuesday, 14-18, a Bernard-Stevens motion to reverse their previous decision and to allow him to of- LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) f Some Nebraska nursing home residents tied to their beds and chairs for their own protection might be. untied under federal rules that will take effect in October, local administrators said. The change will require more staff and a change of philosophy for nursing homes and families, they said. New rules will ban physical restraints and psychoactive drugs "for purposes of discipline or convenience, and not required to treat, the resident's medical symptoms." Restraints will be used only to ensure the physical safety of residents and only with doctors' orders. Nursing homes have long used restraints to protect elderly residents from injuries, said Pat Snyder, executive director of the Nebraska Health Care Association. The association represents most of the state's nursing homes. Restraints most often are used with people who are unsteady on their feet, have poor balance, tend to wander or who act aggressively toward other residents. The restraints vary from belts tied around a person's waist to locked vests and special wheelchairs with locking trays. Some lists count bedrails as a type of restraint. State rules require that nur-; sing home staff check restraints every halt hour and release people for 10 minutes every two hours to exercise. The rules also say restraints can be used only when ordered by a doctor and the doctor must specify the type Weather of restraint and when it should be used. But the safety that restraints offer comes at the expense of residents' freedom, Ms. Snyder said. Banning restraints will require nursing home staff to rethink freedom versus safety, she said. "I think we're going to need to do an intense amount of training on the philosophy of a restraint-free environment before they will accept it," Ms. Snyder said. Bill Page, director of the state Bureau of Health Facilities Standards, said he favors tipping the balance toward residents' rights and freedoms even if it means greater risks. "There's a certain dignity of risk involved in living. I think there is a place for restraints, but only when it gets down to injury to self or others. In general, I would be opposed to myself or a family member being tied in a chair or bed," he said. Restraints can . cause problems, injuries and even death. More commonly, they can lead to pressure sores, incontinence, 'physical deterioration, , 9 emotional withdrawal, depression, behavioral and other problems. State Health Department records show that violations of the regulations are common in Nebraska nursing homes. Homes have been cited for not releasing" people often enough and for using restraints without a doctor's order. . Neither Snyder nor Page said they knew of any nursing homes in Nebraska that have given up using restraints entirely. "Mv concern is that no one seems to care if we pass a good bill. They just want to pass a bill that resembles the Minnesota law that the federal appeals court said was constitutional," Bernard-Stevens said. "They don't seem to care if the Minnesota law is any good or to have any interest in whether we can write a better law that would better serve these young women," he said. Mrs. Labedz, chief sponsor of the bill that has 28 other co-sponsors, had hoped to take up a motion to suspend the rules and force a vote on the bill's advancement Monday the 17th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. An amendment Bernard-Stevens proposed would provide additional rights and services to pregnant minors. He put it before lawmakers by withdrawing one amendment fer his proposed changes to and substituting a new version. LB769 in seven parts. When the motion failed, he promptly offered another motion to reconsider the vote he had just lost. Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha concurred with Bcmard-Stevens, saying a majority of lawmakers wanted to push the bill through because it involved abortion. Chambers chastised Lt. Gov. Bill Nichol for ruling that Bernard-Stevens couldn't divide the amendments because legislative rules clearly give a senator that right. Sen. Bernice Labedz of Omaha said Nichol had ruled for Bernard-Stevens initially but then bowed to the will of the legislative majority. Mrs. Labedz told Bernard-Stevens that she was angry and that although she had planned to leave the Legislature, "you may force me to run at age 72 because I'd drop dead at this microphone before I let you get away with what you're getting away with." Bernard-Stevens led manuevering that left LB769 sitting lit the first stage of floor consideration, where it has. been since last yean ; ' Supporters of the measure need 30 votes to suspend the rules. Only 25 votes would be needed to advance the bill itself. Bernard-Stevens said Monday that some lawmakers want to use the bill as an anti -abortion measure, not to provide a parental notification program. "I would be the first to say that I favor some parental notification procedures in the law," Bernard-Stevens said Monday. He then unveiled what veteran lawmakers said was a new one to them: He asked that the lengthy amendment be considered in 19 separate sections, a situation that could lead to hours of debate. Bemard-Stevens said he would have his ideas considered even if he had to offer them as 19 separate amendments. "You're a sly fox Bernard-Stevens," said Sen. Elroy Hefner , of Coleridge, a supporter of the bill. . "I would hope that you understand that I am a sincere, sly fox," Bemard-Stevens replied. Labedz demanded to know why Bernard-Stevens hadn't informed her in advance Of his plans. "I may be a sly fox," he said. "I am not a fool!" Bemard-Stevens move threw up what turned out to be an insurmountable road Block. When a series of complicated parliamentary maneuvers on both sides were over, the Legislature had adjourned for the day without a vote on advancing the bill. - Bemard-Stevens said - the amendments he offered to the bill "are entirely and completely sincere.".. , . ' ' "My problem is that, it seems to me, you have some people within and without the Legislature who want to use this as anti-abortion legislation, a bill that would reduce the number of abortions ... It is supposed to be a vehicle to give us parental notification, with some exceptions, when a minor elects to have an abortion," he said. Mild to continue due upper air systems By The Associated Press A series of fast moving upper air disturbances will sweep across the Plains through tomorrow, leaving Nebraska with continued mild temperatures through Wednesday. The National Weather Service to 25 mph. Elsewhere over central and eastern Nebraska winds remained variable in direction with speeds around 5 to 10 mph. The state forecast calls for increasing cloudiness tonight with lows in the mid-teens to mid-205. It will be cooler Wednesday ... . Beatrice and area Tonight, increasing cloudiness. Low in the mid 20s. Northwest wind 15 to 25 mph becoming west around 10 mph. Wednesday, mostly cloudy, breezy and cooler. High near 40. all ht kWV.'J:fld! dr " L 4 a i .. t ii-iiimn The Accu-Weather forecast for noon. Wednesday, January 24 Una anew high tawnpamluraa. says it will be windy during the daytime hours with variable . and still be somewhat windy. It cloudiness through the penod. win rjc partly sunny in the Thickening high clouds have southwest and mostly cloudy in kept skies mostly cloudy over the northeast Highs Wednesday the eastern half of the state since will be in the mid-30s to lower midnight, while western areas were mostly clear. Predawn temperatures ranged from the 20s in the south central and southwest to the mid -to to upper 30s across much of the southeast. The state's overnight low as of 7 a.m. today was 17 at Cozad, while Chadron held the state high Monday with 59. It was breezy in the Panhandle with winds out of the west at 15 H igh and low temperatures and precipitation in Beatrice as of 7 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23: High, low 46 30 High, low a year ago 59 28 Precipitation this month .92 Precipitation this year .92 Prccip. to date last year .01 Sunrise Tuesday 7:44 a.m. Sunset Tuesday 5:34 p.m. K ansas extended lorecasi Thursday through Saturday. mild Thursday with little if any precipitation expected throughout the period. Highs in the upper 4()s to Unid-5()s Thursday, cooling to the 30s on Saturday. Lows in the 20s Thursday and Friday, dropping to the tccas on Saturday. 40s. Nebraska extended forecast Thursday through Satur-' day: Mostly cloudy Thursday and Friday. Fair Saturday. Highs in the 40s Thursday and 30s Friday and Saturday. Lows in the teens to lower 20s Thursday cooling to 5 to 15 by Saturday. Previous day's high temperature. Overnight low as of 6 or 7 a.m. CST Tuesday. Precipitation last 24 hours. Sky conditions as of 7 a.m. CST. HI U Pre Sky Aimwonh 48 33 dr Alliance 45 24 dr Bcatnce 46 30 cdy Broken Bow 47 21 clr Chadron 59 28 cdy CoMd 47 17 clr Falls City 52 32 cdy Grand Iiland 46 26 dr Hastings 48 28 clr Imperial 41 23 clr Kearney 46 26 clr Kimball 51 23 clr Lincoln 48 27 clr McCot 43 32 . - clr Mullen 45 30 clr Norfolk 50 25 clr North Plait 42 20 clr Omaha 45 34 clr O'Neill. 42 28 clr ScotublufT -45 M) clr Valentine 56 2 clr The. state high Monday was I . 40 I Tak I A( M COLO aVAfsat STATXtovrr C'WO Aocu-Wao hm , He mm low tMomma iw rsromit ftuwi snow- kc snwr n cloudy ciouor Tuesday Tarawa ait par mu days high, over Haiti loo. HI 36 35 Alt.ny.N-Y Alhuoaeroas Amanita Anchoraas AahrviUc AUaoB) AOanotGty Aui Ballast tip Bawaijhanl Banana torn Beam BrovaaWal Buffalo Bnmioa.Vi Ca OarU-.SC CWIa.oo.WVa. Qwloat.N C 59 at Chadron. low as of 7 a.m. Cozad. The overnight CST was 17 at Clacato O land CdantaaJC. 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