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committee's minority vice chair, told Lannoye after her presen-
tation.
Engler spokesperson John Truscott said past increases toward
prison spending have been much larger and corrections are a
necessary evil."As long as people commit crimes, we're going
to lock them up,' Truscott said.
Lannoye said prisons are so overcrowded that "we have no
choice."
The additional 1.5 percent increase the University could qual-
ify for depends upon a requested repeal of the Tuition Tax Credit,
which Lannoye said is currently "an empty promise anyway."
The tax credit is offered to Michigan residents who attend a
state college or university whose tuition increase stays below the
rate of inflation.
Lannoye said recent low rates of inflation mean universities
can't easily keep tuition rates low enough for students to quali-
fy for the tax credit.
According to the proposal, universities would directly receive
the funding otherwise used for the credit, provided they keep
tuition increases below 3 percent.

"There's no incentive now for schools to keep their tuition
below the rate of inflation,"Truscott said.
Regent David Brandon (R-Plymouth) said the plan sends a
clear message to the regents.
"We need to do everything we can do to hold down tuition
increases;Brandon said.
The final 1 percent of the higher education increase would go
toward a four-tiered method of distributing funds. The formula
groups the state's public universities into four tiers, based on
cost per credit hour, and assigns each tier a per-student funding
floor. Money would go only to those universities that receive
less than their tier's floor level.
The University is grouped in the top tier, along with
Michigan State University, Wayne State University and
Michigan Technological University.
Because the University of Michigan already receives more
than $8,500 per in-state student as required by the top tier, it
would not receive any additional funding under the formula.
MSU would get money because its per-student allocation falls
below that number.
"I am opposed to the four-tier program," Schwarz said. "My
overall impression is that it's not as bad as I thought but certainly
not as good as I had hoped."

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Abortion
laws
blo cked
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - In a series of
remarkably consistent decisions, courts
have been blocking state laws that ban
so-called "partial-birth" abortions
almost as fast as the states have enact-
ed them.
With Congress having failed twice to
pass a national ban over President
Clinton's veto, more than half the states
have enacted such laws. In 18 of the 20
states whose laws have been chal-
lenged, courts either have found the
laws unconstitutional or ordered the
states not to enforce them until a trial is
conducted.
But despite their setbacks in the
courts, abortion opponents have
scored a substantial public relations
victory. Abortion rights advocates
realize that state legislators, eager to
ban partial-birth abortions, may
rewrite the laws so that they pass
constitutional muster.
The debate over this type of late-
term abortion has "made even people
who consider themselves pro-choice
confront aspects of abortion they
haven't before," said Susan Cohen, a
legislative analyst at the Alan
Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive
health research center that supports
legal abortion.
The laws enacted in more than half
the states are intended to prohibit a
method of abortion in which part ofthe
fetus is pulled from the womb and into
the birth canal before it is killed. The
laws' supporters, including the
National Conference of Catholic
Bishops, have promoted them as affect-
ing only this type of abortion, which
usually is performed after about 18
weeks of pregnancy.
But both federal and state courts
have found that the laws also might
apply to other methods of abortion in
the second trimester of pregnancy and
even, according to some judges, to
methods used in the first three months,
when the majority of the 1.3 million
abortions annually are performed.
Moreover, the courts have held that
the laws were too vaguely worded fr
doctors to be clear on which abortion
techniques were proscribed.
Wisconsin's law, for example, threat-
ened doctors with life in prison, and
Chief Judge Richard Posner of the 7th
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals called it
"a sweeping prohibition" that might
make doctors afraid to perform any
abortions.
"Pregnant women in Wisconsin
may find it impossible to obtain any
type of abortion that might conceiv-
ably, though mistakenly ... be held to
be a partial-birth abortion," Posner
said.
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million in compensatory damages.
Scientist duplicates
drug to cure cancer
BOSTON - Government scientists
have finally managed to duplicate a
Harvard doctor's success with an exper-
imental cancer treatment that wipes out
tumors in mice,and they plan to begin
human testing by the fall.
The closely watched developments
involve a natural protein called endo-
statin. It and a sister protein called
angiostatin both work - at least in mice
- by blocking tumors' ability to sprout
new blood vessels.
This makes cancer fall dormant or
disappear altogether in lab animals. But
no one knows if the same thing will hap-
pen in people.
The two proteins have been the sub-
ject of a roller coaster of speculation
ever since an enthusiastic front-page
story in The New York Times last May
on Judah Folkman and his experiments.
But doubts grew last fall when it was
reported that scientists from the
National Cancer Institute in Frederick,
Md., had not been able to reproduce

AROUND THE NATION
Large anti-tobacco verdicts expected
NEW YORK-A California jury's record-breaking award of$51.5 million to a for-
mer three-pack-a-day smoker could herald a wave ofjaw-dropping verdicts againstthe
tobacco industry.
Only three other times have juries awarded smokers damages in health claims
against tobacco companies - and all of them were overturned on appeal. Until
Wednesday, the biggest verdict was $1 million, in Florida.
Analysts suggested yesterday that cigarette makers' willingness to pay billions
dollars to settle state lawsuits has made the industry an easier target. The settlements
are perceived as a public admission of guilt and a sign that the industry has lots of
money to spend, experts said.
"When tobacco companies start offering billions of dollars of settlements, juries
lose their sense of how much is a lot," said David Logan, a law professor at Wake
Forest University who specializes in product liability.
That seemed to be the case in the lawsuit brought by Patricia Henley, who has inop-
erable lung cancer and accused Philip Morris of hooking her on cigarettes. It was the
first case to go to trial since California repealed a ban on individuals' lawsuits against
tobacco companies in 1997.
On Wednesday, the jury awarded her $50 million in punitive damages - more than
three times what her own lawyer asked for. A day earlier the jury awarded her $10

Folkman's results.
This week,an NCI team said it had at
last duplicated Folkman's work. The
breakthrough using endostatin came
only when the NCI scientists conducted
the experiments at Folkman's laboratory
at Children's Hospital in Boston.
INS commissioner
pressured by House
WASHINGTON - Two House
Republicans say they've run out patience
with Immigration and Naturalization
Service Commissioner Doris Meisster
and want her fired if she doesn't act
quickly to improve detention and dep r-
tation of illegal aliens.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Re '
Elton Gallegly (R-Calif.) sent a five-
page letter to Attorney General Janet.
Reno setting out their complaints ,and
asking that Meissner be replaced "if she
is unable to quickly address these
enforcement problems.'
Smith called INS "an incompetent
government agency.",

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Families bury 40
slain Albanians
RACAK, Yugoslavia - Their cas-
kets draped in red-and-black Albanian
flags, 40 ethnic Albanians were buried
yesterday on a snowy hillside in front
of 10,000 mourners, nearly a month
after their killings shocked the world
into action on Kosovo.
Women wept over lost sons and
husbands. Old men struggled
through the slush with their canes. A
choir sang a traditional Albanian
hymn, "Farewell," as the brown
wooden caskets were lowered into
muddy graves.
After speeches, the mourners had a
minute of silence and shouted "Lavdi!"
- Glory! - before silently walking
away.
The burials took place 26 days
after the bodies of 43 ethnic
Albanian villagers were found in a
gully following a Serb police attack
of this village southwest of Pristina.
The Serbs subsequently recovered 40
of the bodies but delayed releasing

them to relatives.
"We wanted to take part in the
funeral and to share the grief of fam-
ilies who had their loved ones
killed," said Beqir Rushti, who
walked with four friends from a vi.
lage six miles away.
Russian mister
desires new nukes
MOSCOW - At the height of
Russia's financial meltdown, the min-
ister named to save the economy out-
lined an overriding priority: build a
new generation of nuclear missiles.
The warning from First Deputy Prinn
Minister Yuri Maslyukov, first made if
October, that Russia could lose its
nuclear capability, has produced rare
unanimity among the country's bitterly
divided political factions.
Communists, nationalists and liber-
als alike agree that Russia must stake
everything on its nuclear forces if it
wants any claim to be a world power
and have any kind of credible military.
- Compiled from Daily wire report.

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