The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, October 13, 1978, Image 5

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THE BATTALION FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1978 Page 5 Texas utility inquiry sought I u n i,ed Press International IjSTIN — The Public Utility m Imission ordered an investiga- ^ "land public hearings Thursday called “sweetheart’ transac- between affiliated utility com- s that provide electricity to than 3 million Texans. » 3-member commission ed Texas Electric Service Co., -t worth a $40 million increase t to possible rebates depend- ipon the results of the hearings, jairman George Cowden said commission could not act on f W w Bos 3 * 5 for reft,nds estimated at T-44U million without investigating reasonableness of transactions teen TESCO, Texas Power and t i Dallas Power and Light and r subsidiaries of their corporate iNTED ^ nt ’ TexaS Utilities Co ’ iwyers for the city of Fort th and the Texas Municipal ne Mrs '^'tue argued TESCO customers * entitled to refunds of over- es TESCO collected to pay for costs in controversial transac- with affiliates. tions involving lignite holdings and natural gas leases between affiliates investigated. He said the utility companies should be on notice that rate adjustments and refunds may be required. He also said the commission wants to investigate each and every affiliate transaction made since the state agency assumed regulatory au thority over the electric utilities in 1976. TESCO was seeking a $109.9 mil lion increase for customers in Fort Worth, Midland, Wichita Falls, Odessa, Grand Prairie and other North and West Texas com munities. The Commission granted TESCO a $44 million increase last year. ploymentii ME *Js 3 sharp Jet colleges -ouisiana. plus ex| iboltham NT Iritics of the utility company also lenged the legality of compli- d increases in interest rates ;ed to affiliates that have the re- of increasing customers' fuel adjustments. hursday the commission or- —. —...keel TTSCO’s f ue l cost charges |en until the issue is settled, den said he hoped hearings Id be held within two months. is is an unusual case, maybe most unusual case we’ve had up is point,” he said. 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' inW to * /cle act jn W {i 22,197' BeW a United Press International ASHINGTON — Neither rain sleet nor snow nor strikes will the postal couriers from the completion of their appointed ds— at least for this year, lie American Postal Workers i and the National Association tter Carriers — the nation’s largest postal unions — an- Inced Wednesday their members jed better than 6-to-l to ratify an "jtrated contract settlement and I a nearly 6-month labor dispute I threatened to erupt into a na- wide mail strike. jpecial mediator James Healy’s Jement gave 500,000 postal kers unlimited cost of living in- es matched to the rate of infla- substantial job security and er pay raises. ealy s ruling was considered al and binding,” but the two jest postal unions had mandated Headers to give members a vote lany contract — keeping alive ices of a strike. Camp David talks detailed for peace United Press International WASHINGTON — President Carter, formally opening Middle Last peace talks called to end three decades of hostility between Israel and Egypt, urged other Arab nations Wednesday to join in the negotiations and produce a comprehensive settlement. This must be a first step step toward a greater and even larger step toward peace between Israel and all her Middle East neighbors,” Carter said in his opening remarks. For 2,000 years,’ the president said, “the people in the Middle East, the people have cried peace, peace and there was no peace. The burden of war has lain heavily on this ground.” The discussions will be led by Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan, Egyptian Defense Minister Ali Hassan and Secretary of State Cyrus Vance. It is our hope and belief that we have reached the stage where we can accomplish a peace treaty,” Dayan said. Both Dayan and Ali praised Carter for his efforts, with Ali calling the president “a fvdl partner.” The alternative to the ministerial negotiations. Carter told the East Room full of dignitaries, “is drift, stalemate, continued enmity and perhaps another war.” Carter again invited Jordan and the Palestinians of the Israeli- occupied YVest Bank and Gaza Strip territories to “seize this opportu nity” to join in the peace negotiations. The talks are expected to produce a separate peace treaty between Israel and Egypt. Carter praised Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin for their agreement on a “framework for peace” in the Middle East at the Camp David sum mit. During the talks. Carter said, Egypt and Israel will “negotiate the terms” of the Camp David agreement “to define in a concrete way the terms of peace.” He said their purpose is “to make peace and dignity a reality for all the people of the Middle East.” “We have certainly not resolved all the issues, nor removed the risks, he said. We have established, however, principles and pro cedures for resolving the negotiations ahead.” As Carter was speaking at the White House, the Palestine informa tion office released a statement denouncing the talks. “Peace in the Middle East cannot be imposed through American imperialist powers and through American-made Israeli weapons and armaments," said a spokesman for the office. “Israeli military superiority and the Zionist and racist laws and institutions that dis criminate against Palestinians must end.” Saturday Special $1 Bloody Mary before the game Happy Hour doubles 4:30-6:30 Mon.-Fri. 11 A.M. Mon.-Sat. 5 p.m. Sunday 913 Harvey Rd. 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