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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov.
James Blanchard unveiled yesterday m e
his fall legislative agenda, which fo- cuses heads
cuses heavily on crime and drugs,
including a $500 fee for casual drug lent offenders, and is in favor
users. multi-county grand juries and cou
The legal system now ignores ca- supervised wiretapping.
sual drug users, but imposing the
$500 fee would provide an incentive
to reverse that, the governor said. An anti-racketeering law pattern
The money would go to education after the federal law would help fig
and treatment programs. It has to be organized crime, Blanchard said.
defined as a fee because under state
laws, fines are earmarked for other The governor also called for acti
purposes. on a 13-bill medical waste packag
The governor also is considering a and a 16-bill solid waste package
proposal from state drug czar Donald boost recycling efforts and cut t
Reisig that calls for suspending or amount of garbage buried in landfi
revoking drug users' driver's li- by 70 percent in the year 2005.
censes, said William Kandler, Blanchard said he'd be ushing
Blanchard's legislative liaison. B g
Blanchard said he will back life in bills to improve Michigan's scho
prison without parole for repeat vio- and boost the economy by approp
eils fall agenda
list of priorities
ating $4.5 million for his Michigan-
Ontario trade plan.
In another area, Blanchard said he
hoped an agreement could be worked
out on a financial disclosure law for
state elected officials and top ap-
"I do expect a good legislative ses-
sion," he said. He added that the fall
session offered the best chance for
passage of some proposals, because
next year is an election year and they
could become political footballs.
"It's easier to get things done the
year the Legislature isn't up for re-
election than the years that they are,"
The governor added that he didn't
want restoration work on the
Capitol, which has forced the House
and Senate out of their chambers
into temporary quarters, to serve as
an excuse for inaction.
"I don't want anybody to think
they can sneak out of town and not
deal with drugs and crime," he said.
"This is our best chance to move
most of these items and any failure
to do so would be an ominous sign
for next year."
Blanchard hinted that election ma-
neuvering already had started, noting
"we do expect a full-time Senate. I
want to make that very clear."
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Trade deficit suffers setback
WASHINGTON - The deficit in the broadest measure of U.S. trade
widened to $30.99 billion from April through June as the country
suffered its first shortfall in the category covering overseas investment
earnings in three decades, the government reported yesterday.
The Commerce Department said the current account deficit rose by 2
percent over the January-March imbalance of $30.39 billion. It marked
the second consecutive quarterly setback and provided fresh evidence,
economists said, of how entrenched America's trade problems are.
The current account, also known as the balance of payments, is the
most important trade statistic because it measures not only trade in
merchandise but also trade in services.
College board scores decline
DETROIT - College admission scores dropped nationwide last
year, and Michigan joined the trend, recording the state's lowest scores
in six years, according to a U.S. Department of Education study released
State students averaged a combined score of 18.6 on the 1988-89
American College Testing exam, a decrease of 0.2 point from the
previous year. About 68,000 seniors this year took the ACT, making it
the most popular exam in the state.
Students in the rest of the nation also averaged 18.6 out of a
possible score of 36.
Scores may be lower as a result of cutbacks in educational programs
in financially strapped districts, said David Donovan, an assistant state
On the Scholastic Aptitude Test, scores increased two points over
last year to 972. The 14,000 state seniors who took the SAT scored
higher than national averages in verbal and math sections. National
scores remained virtually the same for the last four years.
Officials find toxic pollution
near Jackson Prison area
JACKSON, Mich. - The world's largest walled prison is a toxic
mine field of contamination hot spots following decades of pollution,
state Department of Natural Resources officials said yesterday.
Among the problems at the State Prison of Southern Michigan near
Jackson are illegal storage of chemicals such as DDT and Agent
Orange. A DDT-laced landfill is polluting ground water and prison
farms, which have been fouled by tainted sewage sludge over a 40-year
"Our investigation has yielded a set of concerns that are extremely
wide-ranging, more wide-ranging than I have dealt with before," said
Gary Klepper, supervisor of the DNR's environmental response
division in Jackson.
Typhoon rams into Taiwan
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Typhoon Sarah lashed Taiwan with heavy rains
and high winds for a second day yesterday, killing at least 11 people and
leaving nine missing, officials said.
They said the typhoon set off landslides, immobilized transportation,
flooded crops and broke a Panamanian freighter in two.
The 12,000-ton Lung Hao with 36 Turkish and Indian crewmembers
broke apart Monday off Hualien, 110 miles southeast of Taipei, and
rescuers still are looking for five crew members believed stranded on the
Four sailors swam ashore Monday and 17 were rescued yesterday.
Hualien was the hardest-hit area, with four people reported dead.
An Australian teacher, Jonathan Watts, died Monday when swept into ;
the sea while touring the harbor there with other instructors from' a
nearby English-language center, police said.
Australians gear up against
invasion of monster toads
SYDNEY, Australia - Toads that grow to the size of dinner plates
are invading Brisbane, Australia's third-largest city, and local authorities
are planning an elaborate program to get rid of them.
"For toads in Brisbane, this summer is shaping up as a nightmarish
scene from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre," the Sydney Morning Herald
said yesterday, the day the eradication project was announced.
Plans include ringing the city's suburbs with recordings of the
rattling call the male toad uses to attract females. When the
unsuspecting females arrive, trappers will shove them into plastic bags
and freeze them, said Greg Stegman, a city council member in charge of
the eradication plan.
Residents who find toads around their homes are being advised to
sprinkle detergent on them because it "does the job quickly," Stegman
He promised that the city of 1 million in the northeastern state of
Queensland will be toad-free within five years.
The Queensland Museum said the toads pose a major threat to
Australia's fauna wildlife. Biologists say the toads, when cornered and
frightened, squirt a liquid that can asphyxiate a dog the size of a German
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