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New Hampshire, Dole
looks to gain votes in
New York primary
Los Angeles Times~
WASHINGTON - Military offic-
ers like to say that amateurs study strat-
egy - experts study logistics.
While the extremely close finish
ETuesday in New Hampshire allowed
The Republican campaign now enters
a two-week period in which more than
400 of the 996 delegates needed to secure
the nomination will be chosen in a series
of contests from Arizona to Maine.
The logistic challenges of the coming
battles favor Dole virtually everywhere.
Only Dole is planning a major ef-
fort in every state; the others are
"cherry-picking," hoping to win
enough of the contests to keep their
candidacies credible and their donors'
Indeed, in New York, which holds its
primary March 7, Dole and magazine
publisher Steve Forbes are the only can-
didates on the ballot in most places.
Because of the state's arcane ballot-
access laws, Dole was able to keep
Buchanan off the ballot in all but a few
Alexander did not even try to get into
the New York race: The result should
guarantee Dole the lion's share of the
state's 102 delegates-a fair chunk ofthe
996 needed to win the nomination.
Despite Alexander's impressive
showing in New Hampshire, he faces
raising a substantial amount of cash
quickly to keep his challenge alive as
the campaign heads into a period when
Large grass fires burn out of control
AUBREY, Texas - Tinderlike conditions and unseasonably hot weather
yesterday fueled wildfires that destroyed dozens of homes in Texas and burn+d
more than 28,500 acres of grassland.
"Things are at crisis levels as faras fire danger across the state," said Mahlon
Hammetter, a fire prevention specialist for the Texas Forest Service in Lufkin.
Before yesterday's fires, 25,000 acres had burned since Feb. 1, prompting offici
to ban outdoor burning across about a fourth of the state. They also warned
automobiles sparking dry grass, motorists tossing cigarettes or matches, and arson.
The flames were kicked up by winds from the west and southwest and
exacerbated by record heat. By 3 p.m., Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
had reached 94 degrees, breaking the mark of 84 set in 1925. Nine other major
cities also notched new records in the high 90s.
"It is a dangerous situation right now," said Gov. George W. Bush, whoexhorted
public safety officials to be alert and made state workers, National Guard
helicopters and heavy equipment available.
The worst fires were near the small town of Poolvi lle, 35 miles northwest ofFort
Worth. What began as a 300-acre fire erupted into a 23,000-acre inferno tha
destroyed 22 houses and barns and 12 trailer homes.
At least 16 firefighters and two residents were injured in the Poolville area blaze.
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ltong campaign with but one purpose:
accumulating enough delegates to win
on the first ballot at the national con-
vention in August in San Diego.
And that has always been the single-
minded goal ofthe well-financed, richly
endorsed and painstakingly organized
march of veteran Sen. Bob Dole of
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Lamar Alexander waves to the crowd at the South Carolina State Museum in
Columbia, S.C., before speaking yesterday.
as many as nine states will conduct Asked if Alexander's campaign has
balloting on a single day. any money in the bank, Leo Hindery,
The difficulty of that task was driven the campaign's national finance co-
home to Alexander this week when he chairman and a cable television en-
fell far short of the $1.25 million fund- trepreneur based in San Francisco,
raising goal he set after his third-place said, "Nah. Nah. It takes success, to
finish in the Iowa caucuses last week. be frank, to raise money."
Engler, overnors present
Medicaid plan to House
WASHINGTON (AP) - The six to seek a way to contain the cost of the
governors, including Gov. John Engler, Medicaid health insurance program for
who created a framework for the over- the poor because it is growing at about
haul of the Medicaid program appealed 10 percent a year. Medicaid and wel-
to lawmakers yesterday to turn it into fare combined use about 25 percent of
federal legislation. state budgets on average, Thompson
"There is an urgency that you enact this estimated.
legislation. The window ofopportunity is "It's skyrocketing toward 30 percent
very small," Wisconsin Gov. Tommy by the end of the decade without re-
Thompson, a Republican and chairman form" to the program, Engler said.
of the National Governors Association, He said the impact on the state bud-
told members of a House committee. get "would be devastating."
Thompson saidthe window was small The Michigan fiscal 1997 budget al-
because this is an election year soon to ready anticipates $320 million in sav-
be filled with campaigning and many ings from a Medicaid overhaul, Engler
states are counting on the savings from said. Without it, the governor said he
a Medicaid overhaul, which they have would have to find the money else-
already figured into their 1997 state where, which "could mean the 5-per-
budgets. cent increase for Michigan's universi-
On Feb. 6at their annual winter meet- ties would disappear."
ing in Washington, all governors ap- The three Republican and three
proved the Medicaid overhaul frame- Democratic governors who crafted the
work along with a welfare overhaul bipartisan framework testified before
plan, hoping to break the budget im- the House Commerce Committee,
passe between the Republican Congress whose members had been called back
and President Clinton. from recess to start work on the Medic-
The governors are highly motivated aid legislation.
Acid pours out as
Colo. train derails
RED CLIFF, Colo. -A freight train
derailed near a snowy pass high in the
Rockies yesterday, killing two crew
members and spilling thousands of gal-
lons of sulfuric acid down a
mountainside and across a highway.
Rescuers trudged through waist-deep
snow to reach the wreckage of the South-
ern Pacific Railroad train near 10,400-
foot Tennessee Pass, south of this vil-
lage and 10 miles north of the historic
mining town of Leadville.
The National Weather Service said
several avalanches were reported in the
area. But sheriffs spokesperson Jeff
Beavers said there was no obvious sign
of an avalanche near the tracks.
It was the fifth major train accident in
the United States this month. Authori-
ties have found no common link.
The 82-car train was bound from
East St. Louis, Ill., to Roseville, Calif.,
when it jumped the tracks before dawn.
Both engines and 25 freight cars de-
railed, said Mike Furtney, a Southern
Pacific Railroad spokesperson..
The engineer and a student engineer
were killed. Their names were not im-
Two of six tank cars containing sul-
furic acid broke open, spilling some of
the 27,000 gallons they contained,
Court hears cable *
limits case argumet
WASHINGTON - A law restrict-
ing indecent programs on certain cable
channels turns the government into a
TV censor, opponents told the Supreme
Court yesterday. But the government
and other defenders said it simply re-
stores cable companies' ability to chose
what shows to carry.
At issue are provisions that have neW
gone into effect but would restrict inde-
cent shows appearing on channels that
cable operators are required by law to
lease to local groups, as well as those
set aside for public use.
A decision is expected by June.
Contained in the 1992 Cable Act, the
challenged provisions do not apply to
commercial cable channels such as
MTV, USA and HBO. a
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North Korean leader
tours country, sparks
suspicion of takeover
SEOUL, South Korea - A flurry of
appearances this week by North Korea's
reclusive leader Kim Jong Ii hastfanned
speculation that he is about to take
Kim viewed a military song and
dance performance Sunday, a mass
gymnastics display Monday, and a
women's military unit Tuesday, the
North's official Korean Central News
Agency reported yesterday.
Since the death of his father, Presi-
dent Kim 11 Sung, 19 months ago, the
junior Kim has appeared in public about
once a month.
He is believed to be firmly in control
of the hard-line Communist country,
but has not formally assumed the two
top offices-president and ruling party
general secretary. The delay has led to
questions about possible health prob-
lems or opposition to him.
During Kim's visit to the military
unit Tuesday, "soldiers presented him
with fragrant flowers representing the
deep respect of all the officers and men
of the Korea People's Army," KCNA
Kim was named head of the 112
million-member armed forces in ,19
while his father was still alive.
Four die in explosion
in Japanese hospital
TOKYO - A high-pressure oxygen
chamber exploded at a Japanese hospi-
tal yesterday, seriously burning the pa-
tient being treated inside it and killing
his wife, police said.
The two operators of the chatft
and another man outside the treatment
room were slightly injured in the blast
at the Yamanashi Kosei Hospital, said
Masaomi Kubota of the Kusakabe po-
Rihachi Nakamura under treatment
for inadequate blood flow to the brain,
was inside the cylindrical device, which
provides oxygen under high pressure to
promote the patient's blood circula-
tion, Kubota said.
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