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2A - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 17, 2001


Midwest reels as floods take toll

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The rising Mississippi
River submerged a stretch of railroad track near
here yesterday, forcing Amtrak to put passengers
onto buses between Minneapolis and Chicago.
The Mississippi also seeped into basements and
covered parks and boat landings, sending residents
of low-lying areas to higher ground.
Flood warnings were in effect from the Twin
Cities in Minnesota along the Minnesota-Wisconsin
state line to northern Iowa. Communities along
other rivers in Minnesota and North Dakota waited
to see if sandbag levees would hold.
Light snow fell on the Red River Valley yester-
day, but the National Weather Service said it would
not affect the river, which crested during the week-
end and started to recede slowly. The valley is along
the Minnesota-North Dakota state line.

A search resumed yesterday for a 19-year-old
man missing in the Minnesota River near Shakopee,
Minn. His older brother was rescued Sunday. The
two men had driven onto a flooded road, bypassing
warning signs, and were swept away by rushing
water in the area southwest of Minneapolis.
"It's going to get worse," said Al Blencoe, an
emergency dispatcher in La Crosse, Wis., about 150
miles southeast of Minneapolis. The river there was
4 feet above flood stage yesterday morning at 16
"Unfortunately, when you live in a river town,
you have to take it in stride," said Brian Larson,
who lives on French Island.
The river was expected to crest near La Crosse at
17 feet early Wednesday, just short of the record
17.9 feet set in 1965.

Inmates from the Scott County Jail fill sandbags yesterday,
in Princeton, Iowa to protect the town from rising waters.


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U.S. to meet with Chinese tomorrow
American negotiators will press for prompt return of a detained Navy surveif-
lance plane and discuss causes of its collision with a Chinese fighter jet when
they meet with Chinese officials tomorrow in Beijing.
The Bush administration ventured no prediction yesterday on the outco*of
the talks. But State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said the Chinese
government advised Washington "they intend to take a nonpolemical and straight-
forward approach" to the meeting.
"We look forward to that," Boucher said.
"We have made quite clear that we think that a productive meeting can set the
basis for our further relationship. On the other hand, a polemical meeting would
give us some indication of how they might or might not intend to procted ith
the relationship," he said.
The U.S. delegation will insist on prompt return of the plane and discuss wl W
caused the incident and how to avoid future collisions, Boucher said.
White House spokesman Ari Fleischer told reporters: "You can expect me
forthright conversations about those flights and about what took place."
The EP-3E aircraft was seized by Chinese authorities after it made an emer-
gency landing April 1 on Hainan island in southern China.
Bush uses tax deadline to sell his tax cuts
President Bush marked the income-tax filing deadline yesterday with a sales
pitch for his proposed tax cuts, arguing that heavy taxes levied to pay for g6vetn
ment spending jeopardize the U.S. economy.
"Excessive federal spending threatens economic vitality," Bush told thJ.S
Chamber of Commerce as he stood flanked by a pair of oversized 1040 tax forms.
Bush stepped up his criticism of lawmakers who don't see it his way, castinf
them as squanderers of public money. And he expressed his irritation at the Senate
for approving a $1.2 trillion tax cut - smaller than the $1.6 trillion cut he seeks.
He complained that the Senate has approved a plan that increases discretionar}
spending by 8 percent. He is trying to keep it at 4 percent.
"The Senate approved most of my tax plan but wants the government to spend fai
more' Bush told a crowd of nearly 400. "Some members of the Senate areunfotz
nately, proving the point I make all across the country: If you send it, they will spend it"
In another half-joking slap, he said this year's tax collections will yield $2 bib-
lion for every federal lawmaker. "I think they should be able to get by on that-
even the senators," he said.




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Israel warns Syria it
will pay for violence
Israel yesterday signaled a new
tougher policy in dealing with guerrilla
attacks in Lebanon, sending its war-
planes to attack a Syrian radar position.
Syria warned that Israel would pay a
"heavy price" for escalating the vio-
The heightened tensions between
Syria and Israel stoked fears that fight-
ing could intensify on a new front after
seven months of Israeli-Palestinian vio-
Jordan's foreign minister presented
Israel yesterday with an Arab peace ini-
tiative to end fighting in the West Bank
and Gaza. But Israel indicated it would
reject the plan, and violence persisted
with a Palestinian mortar attack from
Gaza on an Israeli town.
Israel's attack on the radar station,
which killed three Syrian soldiers, was
the first against such a significant Syri-
an target in almost two decades.
Mississippi to vote
on Conederate flag
Mississippi voters decide today
whether to banish the last state flag in
the nation to prominently feature the
Confederate emblem.
Voters will have two choices: keep
the 1894 flag with the Confederate
emblem of stars and bars, or adopt a
new flag that replaces the Confederate
symbol with 20 white stars on a blue
square, denoting Mississippi's role as

the 20th state.
Supporters of the current flag see it
as a tie to Mississippi's heritage.
Opponents see it as a symbol of
racism and slavery that will only hurt
Mississippi's reputation with the' rest
of America.
The issue came to the fore when the
state Supreme Court ruled las ay
that the 1894 flag is not officialthe
state flag because its design was not
carried forward when Mississippi's
laws were updated in 1906.
Order would quiet
McVeigh attorney
Lawyers for Michigan native Terry
Nichols asked a federal court yesay
to enforce an order that would silence a
former attorney for Timothy McVeigh.
The move in U.S. District Court came
after former McVeigh lawyer Stephen
Jones said he believed McVeigh exag-
gerated his own role in the Oklahoma
City bombing, in part to protect Nichols.
Nichols, 46, faces state charges in
Oklahoma in connection with the April
19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P .r-
rah Federal Building, which kile 68
people. Both McVeigh and Nichols were
convicted in federal court in connection
with the bombing. McOVeigh was sen-
tenced to death and is scheduled to' die
by injection on May 16.
A memorandum was issued during
McVeigh's 1997 trial barring iaWyers
and court personnel from talking about
the proceedings if their commenis would
interfere with a fair trial.
- Compiled from Daily wire reuts.

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