Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

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NATION

WASHINGTON

Many House Members Push Educational TV For Youths

A letter signed by a majority of House members urges federal regulators to require TV stations to air at least three hours of educational shows for children each week.

The letter, initiated by Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., contains the signatures of 220 lawmakers. It was sent Wednesday to the Federal Communications Commission.

House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., and other GOP leaders did not sign.

"I think this is the turning point," said Peggy Charren, a children's television activist who believes the letter will pressure the FCC into action. The FCC has been unable to reach consensus on the matter for more than a year.

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But that might change now that FCC commissioner James Quello has reversed his position and now supports the concept of a minimum standard.

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AP

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ALASKA

Body Of Croatian Climber Found On Mount McKinley

The body of a climber killed in a 5,000-foot fall was found on Alaska's Mount McKinley late Tuesday, the National Park Service said Wednesday in Anchorage.

The victim, Milan Dolovski, 34, of Croatia, was found at the peak's 15,000-foot level at the bottom of a long, steep gully called the "Orient Express," said John Quinley, a Park Service spokesman.

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Two volunteers helping with park ranger patrols on the mountain found his body while they were ascending the West Rib, one of the more difficult routes up McKinley, Quinley said.

It was the first climbing death this year on 20,320-foot McKinley, Nort h America's tallest peak.

Reuters (END OF 3* ADDITION)

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NEW MEXICO

U.S. Wants Campers To Pay $8.5 Million For Forest Fire

The government wants two campers, including a German tourist, to pay $8.5 million to cover the costs of fighting a New Mexico fire that burned part of a national monument and threatened a national laboratory.

Attorneys for Farid Touchi of Allgau, Germany, and Gregory Steele of Questa, N.M., say there's no chance their clients can pay. "It's a ludicrous waste of time to try to get $8.5 million out of two unemployed people," said Judith Rosenstein, Steele's attorney. …

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