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Thursday, November 1, 1990
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7 STATEREGION Pittsburgh Post-Gazcttc: Thursday, November I, 1990 Collecting last cent repudiates good sense Computer threatens student borrowers By Barbara White Stack Post-Gazette Stall Writer The threat seemed real: Pay the penny or the state student loan agency would unleash the bill collectors. But it was just a mistake. The dunning letters sent to several hundred student loan recipients were the work of a overeager computer system. After instructing the computer that it didn't have to round up parts of a cent and try to collect, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency thinks that it has the problem under control. Sagging economy drags state revenues By Gary Tuma Post-Gazette Harrisburg Correspondent HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania continued to feel the pinch of a slowing economy last month as revenue collections slipped another $21 million, or 2 percent, below official estimates. . The shortfall in General Fund revenue for the first four months of the f iscalyear has now reached $68.5 million. The shortfall was $43 million at the end of August and $47 million at the end of September. '"There is no question that the economy is sagging, but we are still showing growth over last year, even though revenue collections are off our projections," said Vincent Car-occi, a spokesman for Gov. Casey. Hunter slain, is mistaken for turkey FRANKLIN, Pa. (AP) - A hunter was charged yesterday with accidentally killing a Beaver County man he mistook for a turkey. Troy Alan Moore, 24, of Ti-dioute, Warren County, was booked on a misdemeanor. Game wardens said Moore shot Charles Boyer, 43, of New Galilee, in the forehead from about 90 yards away. The two men were hunting in separate parties Saturday on a timber company's property in Deerf ield, The letters, which cost more than a quarter to post, should stop, said John Ebersole, PHEAA public information officer. Ebersole said he didn't know how many borrowers had responded to the threat and dispatched their pennies by mail. Many had called to complain. The error probably cost the agency about $50 for postage and paper, but considering the fact that the agency deals with a million borrowers, the error was tiny, he said. Although this problem is solved, Ebersole said, PHEAA might be sending out real bills for pennies in the future if a new federal regulation on collecting student loan payments is not changed. The regulation says the agencies must go after borrowers for every cent, he said. Currently, PHEAA stops trying to collect disputed loans, when the balance is $5 or below. As defaults on student loans have risen, stricter federal regulations for collection have been instituted. This down-to-the-last- penny rule is among them, but agencies are trying to get it changed before it takes effect, Ebersole said. Tax collections for the fiscal year are 2.6 percent higher than they were at the same time last year. The slowing pace of consumer spending was obvious in the state revenue data. The largest component of the $68.5 million shortfall was in sales taxes, which fell $55.3 million below estimates. Realty transfer taxes were $14 million below estimates and reflected sluggish home sales. Inheritance tax, generally considered one of the least predictable revenue sources, was $12 million above estimates and corporate taxes were $2 million above estimates for the fiscal year to date, the administration said. Robert Bittenbender, executive Warren County. Both Boyer and Moore were at fault in Boyer's death, said Lorraine Yocum, law enforcement supervisor for the state Game Commission in Franklin. Boyer was wearing clothes with blue-gray patches that resembled turkey heads, Yocum said. He and a friend were calling turkeys as they knelt among some bushes. Moore saw the blue-gray spots moving and fired, grazing Boyer above the right eyebrow. "Until Moore and his hunting buddy ran for help we're talking a remote area it was 40 minutes later and Boyer lost a lot of blood,' Yocum said. Boyer died shortly after paramedics arrived. C 0- Annual J X Yield 7V l''rT7tt:i u a &A : Honor society case is back for 4Daddy V story : PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled an Indiana County woman dismissed from an honor society for being pregnant should be allowed to have a judge in Pittsburgh hear testimony from a male student who fathered a child but didn't lose his membership. But the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a ruling Tuesday, did not overturn a lower court finding against Arlene Kerner, saying only that new testimony had to be considered by the court. The court said it could not find a clear error with U.S. District Court Judge Barron McCune's finding that she was dismissed from the National Honor Society at Marion Center High School in 1983 because of premarital sexual activity and not because she Murderer who escaped in 1983 is captured LUNA PIER, Mich. (AP) - A convicted murderer who escaped seven years ago from a Pennsylvania prison was captured in Michigan on a tip from a television viewer, authorities said yesterday. Robert Thomas Nauss Jr., 38, who was listed among the country's top 15 fugitives, was arrested Tuesday night as he drove up to his home with his wife and three children. director of the Republican-con-, trolled Senate Appropriations Committee, predicted that the state's financial condition would continue to worsen. "I think we'll see the situation continue to deteriorate at an increasing rate over the next few months. We're just now seeing the effects of the economic downturn," he said. With many retailers expecting one of the worst Christmas shopping seasons in years, sales tax revenues could dip further. "We'd probably see the evidence of that in January," Bittenbender said . "Even though corporate taxes are holding up so far, the forecast for corporate profits are pretty bleak. I Former boxing champion jailed for drugs A twice-convicted murderer and former Pennsylvania Golden Gloves lightweight champion was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison yesterday on heroin charges. Melvin Hauser, 37, of Bennett Street, Homewood, received the sentence from U.S. District Judge D. Brooks Smith for involvement in a multimillion dollar heroin smuggling ring. Hauser, originally from Philadelphia, was the state Golden Gloves boxing champion in the lightweight division in 1976. He was convicted of second-degree murder in 1967 when he was 14, and again in 1971. Brooks cited Hauser's previous criminal record in sentencing him as a career offender under federal sentencing guidelines. Hauser and four other men were convicted in May of conspiracy to distribute more than 2.2 pounds of was pregnant. The court called that an important distinction. Kerner, 24, was 17 years old and known by her maiden name of Arlene Pfeiffer when she was expelled from the society. "Regulation of conduct of unmarried high school student members is within the realm of authority of the National Honor Society given its emphasis on leadership and character," the three-judge appeals court panel said. The court said, however, that the district should not have excluded the testimony of a former Marion Center Area High School student who reportedly fathered a child with another girl two years after Kerner's dispute with the honor society. He had set up a new life under the name of Richard Ferrer, keeping his past a secret, authorities said. Nauss, a former vice president of the Warlocks motorcylce gang from Darby, Delaware County, escaped Nov. 17, 1983, from the State Correctional Institution at Graterford in suburban Philadelphia, where he was serving a life sentence for the murder of a former girlfriend. down again would not be surprised to see a major problem there when we get to April," he said. Revenue Secretary David Dona-hoe said Pennsylvania still was better off than nearby states. "Unlike some of our northeastern neighbors, Pennsylvania revenues continue to grow above last year's levels, enabling the commonwealth to better cope with the consequences of the nation's economic downturn," he said. The Motor License Fund had a surplus of $4 million in October, bringing it to $3 million above estimates for the year to date. The Lottery Fund showed a shortfall of $55.8 million through Oct. 31. heroin. The government charged that Hauser received 1 pound of heroin at $10,000 an ounce from Reginald McGlory, the ringleader of the drug network. Hauser then resold the heroin, which McGlory received from Thailand through California. Prosecutors have called the McGlory heroin network, whose participants smuggled more than $100 million worth of the drug, the largest heroin ring in Western Pennsylvania. Monday in the Post-Gazette Science Sports Bruce Keidan (5) fn(o) See the tree for an unbelievable CD. $50,000 minimum deposit 55 convenient offices Call toll-free (800) 825-5226 to get your by phone or stop by any branch 33 quibank Member HX Yield based on rrnrw.il nf pnn ipal and interest assumma renewal at same rate and term. imposed lor early withdrawal. Kales subject to rhanue without notire. 1 1990 Lquimaik Corp. That young man, nicknamed "Daddy" by the high school community, also was a member of the society. "We believe that the evidence has the potential of being relevant to whether the council members followed a double standard in evaluating premarital sexual activities of NHS chapter members," the panel said in the opinion, written by Judge Ruggero J. Aldisert. The appeals court ordered the district court to hear the new testi And now, a word for our sponsors. The individuals and businesses listed below are part of a very special program. By adopting a school, they bring newspapers into the classroom where they can stimulate young minds. The Educational Services department of the Post-Gazette has one word for these sponsors - thanks. But there are still schools waiting to be adopted and that's where you can help. The Adopt-A-School program will continue throughout the school year. To sponsor newspapers in a school at the educational rate, call Educational Services at 263-1551. 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Vann Elementary West Allegheny Senior High West View Elementary Whitehall Elementary Wilkins Primary School Woodland Hills High Pittsburgh MiE NEWSPAPER mony and reconsider the evidence cited in its decision. Kerner had sued the school district and honor society, contending that she was dismissed because of her pregnancy. She said the dismissal was a violation of Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments. McCune handed down his ruling in January. Neither Kerner, a sales manager for an Indiana hotel, nor an attorney for the Marion Center school district returned telephone calls yesterday. SPONSOR Corpen Bowling Lanes In memory of Craig R. Stephens Park Cafe Hedi's Restaurant & Lounge Armor Security Systems Donald R. Teyssier A Boss Opticians Attorney William R. Friedman Subway Mt. Oliver Soroptimist International of Pittsburgh Dr. Zipora Gur Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Hedi's Restaurant & Lounge Nestle-Beich Fundraising Corpen Bowling Lanes April L. 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