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MSA seat ruling
delayed until Jan. 9

Energy bill compromise near

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hearing last Monday night. CSJ dead-
locked on the decision and postponed it
until last night. At that time, they also
placed a 10-day restraining order on
MSA officer elections.
During the Monday hearing, MSA at-
large representative Irving Freeman
argued the appointed seats were in
"clear violation of the constitution" and
should be eliminated right away. He
said "As of now, equal weight of the
vote is still in the constitution. I think
that we should comply with it im-
mediately."
JIM SAY, representative from the
Law School, argued the other side. He
said the 17 school and college appoin-
.tees should be allowed to hold their
seats through April during a transition
period before the amendment takes ef-

feet.
CSJ deliberated several hours before
postponing the decision last Monday
night. Last night, the deliberations
lasted less than an hour before CSJ
concluded it wished to hear the eviden-
ce again in a "full evidentiary hear-
ing."
Last night, CSJ also placed a second
restraining order on MSA officer elec-
tions -this time until December 18.
MSA President Jon Lauer, said the
elections would not be held until
January 10, the first meeting of the new
term.
"IT'S ONE of those decisions you
hate to put off, only because it should be
decided now," said Justice Rick
Shahin, "But you don't have enough
evidence to do it now."

WASHINGTON (AP) - House and
Senate energy conferees are near an
agreement on the general outlines of a
compromise national energy bill,
congressional and administration sour-
ces said yesterday.
However, congressional leaders
raised doubts that work on the energy
bill could be finished until early next
year.
ALTHOUGH energy conferees
remained publicly stalemated and
leaders said no overall deals had yet
been fashioned, sources said con-

siderable progress has been made
toward agreement in a series of behind-
the-scenes negotiating sessions.
Rex Granum, deputy White House
press secretary, said Sen. Russell Long
(D-La.), the top Senate tax conferee,
and Rep. Thomas Ashley (D-Ohio), the
leading House negoitator, met with
Energy Secretary Jasmes Schlesinger
on Saturday for "a rather extensive
discussion . . . of what sort of con-
cessionswe might be willing to make."
Granum indicated during the daily
White House, news briefing that the
meeting included discussion of the

possibility lof Schlesinger allowing
newly produced oil to be sold at world
market prices.
ASHLEY SAID on Capitol Hill that
"there's movement. Both sides want a
bill, want to do their utmost to develop a
bill.... We're exploring several areas
of possible agreement."
But, Ashley added, "It's going to be
very difficult to get a bill this year."
Interviews with key energy con-
ferees, and congressional and ad-
ministration energy aides pointed
toward a compromise bill that would

contain the following elements.
" Approval of the crude oil tax, ata
proposd by Carter and passed by the
House, with its revenues to be used as
rebates for consumers in 1978 as the
administration wants.
" Senate abandonment of its proposal
to use revenues from the tax for a trust
fund aimed at encouraging the oil and
gas industry to develop exotic or ditr
ficult-to-produce forms of energy. l.
* Administration concessions that
would lead to higher profits for U.S. oil
producers-including steps to allow
larger quantities of oil from older wells
to qualify for higher prices and to per.-
mit newly produced oil to command
world market prices sooner than the.
1980 date envisioned by the originat
Carter energy bill.
" Continuation of federal price con-,
trols on natural gas.

WALK-OUT COULD LAST 3 MONTHS:

S. Korea agrees
to ,Park testimony

SEOUL, South Korea (AP). - The
United States and South Korea have
reached agreement on having Tong-
sun Park testify on his alleged
influence-buying activities in Wash-
ington and are now working on a joint
announcement, a highly placed gov-
ernment source said late last night.
The source said the announce-
ment is likely to be issued late this
week or early next, ending weeks of
negotiations that have strained U.S.-
Korean relations.
THE REPORTED accord calls for
Park first to be questioned in Seoul
by American and South Korean
officials, then to testify in the United
States in return for an offer of
immunity, the source said.
After the joint announcement,
American and Korean justice depart-
ment officials will work out a mutual
prosecution assistance agreement to
stipulate procedures for questioning
Park, he said.
The wealthy 41-year-old rice dealer
will also be granted immunity from
prosecution for possible irregulari-
ties in security and income tax
matters, the Korean source said.
PARK HAS BEEN indicted by a
U.S. federal grand jury on 36 counts
of bribery, mail fraud and other
corruption charges, but has refused
'to face trial in the United States.
The Seoul government has backed
Park's stand by saying it cannot
force him to leave the country
against his will in the absence of an
extradition treaty between the two

countries.
This position has angered some
congressmen, who have proposed
either to suspend or reduce Ameri-
carfaid to South Koirea.
TH E REPORTED agreement
came after seven meetings since Oct.
31 betweer U.S. Ambassador Rich-
ard Sneider and Foreign Minister
Park Tong-jin.
A U.S. Justice Department team,
headed by Assistant Attorney Gener-
al Benjamin Civiletti, met with
Korean officials here in October to
settle the issue of taking testimony
from Park for prosecution of his
case, but failed to reach agreement.
The Korean source said Tongsun
Park may be available for testimony
more than once, suggesting he may
make more than one trip to the
United States if necessary.
HE ALSO SAID the agreement
covers only testimony before a U.S.
court, not before the House Ethics
Committee or any other congres-
sional committees investigating Ko-
rean operations in the United States.
A U.S. Embassy spokesman con-
firmed working-level contacts have
been made between the two coun-
tries, but said he could not predict
when the final accord will be
reached.
Embassy information o f f i c e r
James- Menard said, however; the
latest meeting between Sneider and
the foreign minister was "very
helpful" and added he hoped a
solution would be reached soon.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP)-Dismal
cold and snow over much of the nation
marked the first day of the nationwide
coal strike yesterday as 160,000 miners
began the last weeks before Christmas
without salaries or medical insurance.
From Virginia to Utah, from
Alabama to Illinois, members of the
United Mine Workers union struck the
Bituminous Coal Operators
Association, demanding restored
health and pension benefits, higher
wages, and the right to local strikes.
UMU PRESIDENT Arnold Miller
said the strike would bring "hardships
and human tragedy" and said the
BCOA was to blame.
"It is now obvious that they never
wanted an agreement and that they're
trying to break this union," Miller said.
He began a tour of the coal fields in
his home state of West Virginia, "to be
with our members.''
Although about half of the nation's
coal production ceased with the ex-
piration at 12:01 a.m. of the UMW-
BCOA contract, no shortages were ex-
pected. Major utilities and steel

rs beginsrike
producers reported stockpiles suf- trustees blamed the losses
ficient for about 100 days. Miller has strikes and inflation. UMI
said a three-month strike was likely. demanded that the funds bi

AS EXPECTED,' trustees of the
UMW Health and Retirement Funds
announced a cutoff in health benefits
for about 815,000 miners and retired
miners and their dependents. The funds
are financed through company-paid
royalties on coal production.
"Effective Dec. 6, 1977, the UMW
beneift trusts will not be able to pay
bills for any covered medical ser-
vices," said a hand-printed sign on the
wall of a miners' clinic at Cabin Creek,
near Charleston.
The trustees also announced that,
81,819 retired miners may get reduced
pension checks beginning next month
while an additional 6,000 pensioners,
whose benefits come under a second
trust fund, will receive their usual
check.
THE BENEFIT funds were a major
issue in the contract talks which were
recessed late Monday. The funds were
cut back during the summer, and the

on wildcat
W members
e refinanced

and benefits restored in full.
The miners, who earn an average of GREEK NIGHT
$60 a day, also sought a "substantial and PIZZA NIGHT
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strike over local issues. The coal
operators wanted the contract to
specify penalties against miners who
take part in unauthorized strikes. -d
Chief federal mediator Wayne Hor-
vitz said both sides agreed to resume
the talks Thursday afternoon in rducedpricer on Pitchr, of beer
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