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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, July 15, 1980-Page 9
delcared in Mo.
ollowing 129
heat deaths

From UPIandAP
Missouri Gov. Joseph Teasdale, reac-
ting to 129 heat-related deaths in his
state, yesterday declared a state of
emergency and activated the National
Guard to assist heat-stricken resicents.
The nationwide death count frim the
relentless heat wave surpasse, 550.
Teasdale, the first governor in the
nation to seek federal held because of
the heat wave, asked Wa hington for up
to $8 million to help provide electric
fans and air conditioners for residen-
ces, hospitals and nursing homes in
Missouri, which has the highest heat
fatality toll in the nation.
"WHEN OUR frail elderly are suf-
fering and dying in our nursing homes,
when some hospitalized children, as
well as adults, cannot get relief, and
when no relief from the weather is ex-
pected for more than a week, Missouri
must act," Teasdale said.
"I have told the White House
Missouri's need is very severe and that
Missouri is doing all it can. Once again,
I urge all Missourians with elderly
family members who live alone to con-
tact them to ensure that they are not
suffering heat stress."
The National Guard will be used to
transport people to relief centers
established in the larger cities, a state
official said. Units in St. Louis, Kansas
City and Springfield are on stand-by
alert to be ready to transport people to
relief centers or to distribute equip-
OF THF 562 heat-related deaths
reported in 15 states, most of the recent
ones have been in the Midwest, par-
ticularly in the St. Louis area. Fifty-six
heat deaths have been reported in St.
Louis since July 2, including 43 during
the weekend.
The air-conditioned coliseum in

Macon, Ga., was opened for a second
day yesterday to provide emergency
shelter for the poor. About 150 people
sought refuge in the coliseum Sunday.
Seven people died in the central-
Georgia city over the weekend, and
Deputy Bibb County Coroner J.W.
Smith said many of them were poor
residents of a predominantly black
housing project. "Those poor people,"
he said, "they didn't have air con-
ditioning. They didn't have a fan. They
didn't have anything."
TWO INMATES were found dead
from the heat early yesterday and shor-
tly before midnight Sunday at Menard
Correctional Center in southern Illinois,
the state's oldest prison. The facility
has no air conditioning, and Warden
James Greer said 30 extra fans were
being used. He said inmates were being
given ice and liquids and extra showers
and exercise time.
In Memphis, Tenn., officials
operating a fan-distribution program
said about 500 fans have been delivered
to old people since Thursday. One local
fan manufacturer, Hunter Fans,
donated more- than 700 fans for the
In several states of the South and
Southwest, the heat wave has been
aggravated by a lack of rain, -
threatening some crops and livestock.
The drought in key grain and soybean
producing areas pushed the future
prices up to the daily trading limit
yesterday on the Chicago Board of
In Texas, officials said range cattle
were being sent to slaughter early
because of the lack of grazing land.
Watering lawns and washing cars
was banned Sunday in Little Rock, the
state capital, after two pumps at the
city reservoir failed.

sportng mtie party pacnyaerm
New Jersey delegate-at-large Phil Matalucci shows off some "unconven-
tional" headgear in the lobby of his Detroit hotel Sunday. Matalucci, a Cape
May, N.J. resident, is in town for the'1980 Republican National Convention,
which began here yesterday.
Report: Flash caused
nuclear explosion

Intelligence Agency report has con-
cluded that a mysterious flash over the
South Atlantic last September probably
was caused by a clandestine nuclear
explosion, Pentagon sources said
The report, said to be hedged with
uncertainties, disagrees with the
opinion of a White House-sponsored
panel of nongovernmental experts who
leaned to the view that the flash stem-
med from natural-causes.
THE ISSUE arose last Sept. 22 when
a VELA nuclear test detection satellite
registered what was described as an
"optical flash." U.S. intelligence sour-
ces said at the time they believed South
Africa might have exploded a nuclear
device in the atmosphere over a remote
part of the South Atlantic.
South Africa denied conducting any
nuclear test. The intelligence report at
the time also fueled speculation that
Israel might have set off a test ex-
plosion in attempted secrecy.
In the nearly 10 months since, of-
ficials said, no tangible evidence, such
as fallout traces, has been detected or
THE PENTAGON sources, who

asked to remain anonymous, said the
Defense Intelligence Agency was
basing its conclusion principally on
readings from VELA satellite in-
Senior defense officials outside the in-
telligence community tend to agree
with the White House panel assessment
that the satellite signals resulted from
natural phenomena.
In an official reply to questions about
the DIA report, the Pentagon said, "the
experts disagree in this ,matter, so no
clear conclusion exists."
Last April, a senior defense scientist
said experts had studied between 20 and
30 different kinds of sensors without
producing any evidence of nuclear ex-
plosion except the flash.
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