Archive for Wednesday, October 18, 1989

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KCC REVISES RULE ON UTILITY CUTOFFS
October 18, 1989
The state’s utility regulating agency announced changes today in its “cold weather rule” that governs utilities’ disconnection of service during the winter. The Kansas Corporation Commission said the cold weather rule will be implemented two weeks earlier than normal this year, on Nov. 1.
PERMITS FOR GROUP HOMES APPROVED
October 18, 1989
The Lawrence City Commission won’t stand in the way of construction in the city of five group homes for developmentally disabled people. During its meeting Tuesday night, the commission unanimously approved issuing use-permitted-upon-review permits that will allow the homes to be built and operated.
AREA HOLDS OFF FREEZEFOR NOW
October 18, 1989
Tuesday night’s predicted freeze was a no-show, thanks to cloud cover that refused to leave the area, a local weather official said. Mark Bogner, forecaster for the Kansas University Weather Service, the official reporting station for Lawrence, said this morning that clouds, which were expected to dissipate, lingered over the area, retaining daytime heat.
HOSPITAL PUTS DENT IN NURSING SHORTAGE
October 18, 1989
Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s effort to recruit nurses for hard-to-fill evening and night shifts is going well, the hospital’s board of trustees was told this morning. Steve Ensinger, LMH director of nursing, said 13 nurses on staff have opted for evening or night duty under a premium pay plan approved last month by the board.
HOSPITAL REPORT
October 18, 1989
ADMISSIONS Dwane Lewis, 745 Ill.; Sheryl Moore, 1504 E. 21st Ter.
KU STADIUM TURF READY FOR GRAVE
October 18, 1989
Did you win 500 Gs in the lottery? Is it burning a hole in your pocket? Then give it away. Not just any ol’ place, though. Turn it over to the Kansas University athletic department. Kansas needs new artificial turf in Memorial Stadium.
FOR THE RECORD
October 18, 1989
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
ESU TO HONOR BINGHAM
October 18, 1989
Kansas baseball coach Dave Bingham will be inducted into the Emporia State Athletic Hall of Honor during homecoming festivities Saturday. Bingham won 558 games during 14 seasons as the Hornets’ baseball coach.
GEOPHYSICISTS WITNESS EARTHQUAKE
October 18, 1989
Two geophysicists with the Kansas Geological Survey will be able to provide eye-witness accounts of the second-largest earthquake of the century when they return to Kansas University. On Tuesday, Don Steeples, deputy director of the Kansas Geological Survey, and Rick Miller, another geophysicist with the survey, were teaching a short course on seismic reflection to about 15 geophysicists just south of San Francisco in Sunnyvale when the earthquake began.
LOCAL RESIDENTS RECEIVE WORD
October 18, 1989
The nation’s deadliest earthquake since 1906 sent aftershocks to Lawrence Tuesday and this morning as many local residents scrambled for information about the welfare of friends and family in Northern California. Pam Mattson, a secretary for the City of Lawrence planning department, said her sister was on a business trip in San Francisco when the quake hit about 5 p.m. PDT. Mattson’s sister, Maurine Gordon, talked to their mother about 8:30 p.m. CDT (6:30 p.m. PDT).
CHIEFS HIGH ON QB PELLUER
October 18, 1989
The Chiefs believe Steve Pelluer is a bona fide NFL quarterback. Proof of that is the fact Kansas City general manager Carl Peterson, operating without a gun to his head, Tuesday shipped two future draft picks to Dallas for the five-year veteran, a holdout this season because of a contract dispute.
ALBERTA M. HUSTON
October 18, 1989
Services for Alberta Mae Huston, 91, a former Lawrence resident, will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Rumsey Funeral Home with the Rev. R. Dean Dixon officiating. Graveside services and burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Vinton Cemetery, Vinton. Mrs. Huston died this morning at Newport News, Va.
CITY POSTPONES ACTION ON WESTERN ZONING
October 18, 1989
Commercial rezoning requests in western growth areas of Lawrence once again are bringing into focus the debate over the city’s policy of protecting the downtown business district. The Lawrence City Commission, after some parliamentary manueverings and an energized debate Tuesday over the merits of the city’s comprehensive and land use guide plans, decided it would delay its decision on a pair of requests to rezone land to allow commercial developments in the western section of the city.
PRODUCT LINE SALE TO COST LOCAL JOBS
October 18, 1989
The 185 employees of the Aeroquip Corp. plant in Lawrence learned Tuesday that about half of them will be out of a job by the first of the year, when the brake product line there is sold. Jobs for the remaining employees hinge on a deal to sell the plant’s cargo control line, which also is produced at the Lawrence facility.
AIRPORT SYSTEMS TO GET FUNDING
October 18, 1989
Plans for an instrument landing system at Lawrence Municipal Airport are no longer up in the air, after funding for the system escaped unscathed through a congressional conference committee. Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., said a House-Senate conference committee on Tuesday reached agreement on the fiscal 1990 transportation appropriations bill, which will include funding for the landing system for the Lawrence airport. The conference report is to be adopted by both houses, a news release from Dole’s office said.
ATTORNEY HOPES ABORTION RULING ENDURES
October 18, 1989
Attorney Sarah Weddington was raised in small Texas towns in a family headed by a Methodist minister who encouraged her to join groups such as Future Homemakers of America. Weddington said Tuesday at Kansas University that given her background she surprised people when at age 26 she won the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion.
CITY GIVES PRELIMINARY OK TO WATER RATE HIKE
October 18, 1989
Lawrence water and sewer customers will see their rates increase by an average of 4 percent beginning Nov. 15 if the Lawrence City Commission follows through on preliminary action. The commission at its Tuesday meeting unanimously approved on first reading an ordinance that implements a new schedule for water and sewer rates. Final approval is expected at the commission’s meeting next Tuesday.
STUDENTS LOOK TO THE YEAR 2000
October 18, 1989
Usually, the age range of Hillcrest second-graders is from about 7 to 8. But on Tuesday, the group of students who were busy making crepe paper windsocks in the classroom ranged in age from about 7 to 21. And all the students, young and old, munched cheerfully on iced animal crackers.
KU OFFICIALS REVISE NEW ADDRESS RULE
October 18, 1989
The home addresses of Kansas University faculty and staff will not be released if the only place an address is available is in the employee’s personnel file. That is the latest word from the office of Kansas Atty. Gen. Robert Stephan, which recently issued an opinion that triggered outcries about invasion of privacy from some KU employees.