Monday, September ,1ft, HOPE (AttK.) STAR Page Health bill's chances appear highly uncertain By JOti MALL Associated Press Write? WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Finance Committee members have virtually reached agreement, on a health insurance bill they would like to see passed in the closing months of the 93rd Congress. Bui chances for such legista- Lion still are highly uncertain even though it has been given a top priority by Mouse and Senate Democratic leaders. MULTIPROBE SPACECRAFT slated to explore the surface of Venus will be launched by NASA in 1978. The two-vehicle craft consists of an orbiter (on the bottom) and a probe-laden "bus" which carries a large atmospheric probe and three identical smaller probes. The large probe will descend through Venus' atmosphere to an altitude of 44 kilometers before a parachute releases to lower it to the planet's surface. The three smaller probes are targeted to sample the weather of Venus at locations 5,000 miles apart. Sirica orders a separate trial Gordon Strachan WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica today ordered a separate Watergate cover-up trial for former White House aide Gordon Strachan. The order leaves five defendants to face charges to the main cover-up trial scheduled to begin Tuesday. Strachan's lawyer, John M. Bray, told reporters as he left the U.S. District Courthouse today, "we've been severed from the cover-up case." The action had been requested by Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski. Sirica also was expected to rule today on whether he will allow typed transcripts to be us^,.,alQng,,.witlx l , 1 som,e,,,33,, presidential tapes the prosecution wants as evidence at the trial. The others scheduled to be tried are: Former Ally. Gen. John N. Mitchell; former chief of staff H.R. Haldeman; former Nixon domestic counselor John D. Ehrlichman; and two men who worked for Nixon's re-election committee, former assistant Ally. Gen. Robert C. Mardian and committee lawyer Kenneth W Parkinson. All are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice by attempting to keep investigators from learning who was responsible for the June 1972 Wa-~ JUDGE SIRICA tergale break-in and who knew about it. The grand jury that indicted the men last March 1 also voted to name then-President Nixon as a co-conspirator. Nixon has been subpoenaed as both a prosecution and defense witness but his health has put his appearance at the trial in doubt. The trial, one of the most widely publicized in legal history, has attracted newsmen from all over the world. Court officials said that 135 organizations have applied for the 65 media seats available. This will be the second Watergate-related trial for both Mitchell and Ehrlichman. Mitchell was acquitted earlier this, year .of. charges,he did political favors in return for a $200,000 campaign contribution from fugitive financier Robert Vesco. Ehrlichman was convicted of conspiring to violate the rights of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist and two counts of perjury. He is appealing his sentence of 20 months to five years. By GAYLORD SHAW Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Betty Ford's bout with cancer has cast a question mark over President Ford's immediate and long-range political plans. Soon after the First Lady underwent surgery for breast cancer Saturday, the President told aides to curtail his public schedule for the next week. Ford also enlisted Vice President-designate Nelson A. Rockefeller to substitute for him on a planned speech-making trip to Utah and California Tuesday through Thursday. Mrs. Ford is expected to be hospitalized for at least 10 days, and White House aides say it is questionable whether the President will make any out-of-town speeches during that period. Also placed in question by his wife's illness is Ford's plans to make 25 or more speeches in behalf of Republican candidates in the two weeks prior to next month's elections. As he entered Bethesda Naval Medical Center Sunday night to visit with Mrs. Ford, the President was asked about his campaign plans. "We haven't looked beyond next week," he replied. Then he was asked about a report that his wife's illness has caused him to reconsider his tentative plans to run for a full term as President in 1976. The response was nearly identical: "We haven't thought beyond next week." White House aides say the President's political schedule will hinge on the pace of Mrs. Ford's recovery. But they acknowledge that even before her hospitalization, Mrs. Ford was cool to the idea of her husband spending many more years in public life. Arkansans paying more LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas consumers are paying from 1 to 9 per cent more money on many purchases than persons in surrounding states, a study by two University of Arkansas professors shows. The study blames the higher prices on Arkansas' 10 per cent interest limit set by the state Constitution. The study says Genealogists to hold anniversary meeting The Ark-La-Tex Genealogical Association will celebrate its 19th anniversary on Saturday, October 12, with a special all- day meeting at the Randall T. Moore Center. 3101 Fairfield Avenue, Shreveport. The meeting will begin .at 9 a.m. and feature a covered-dish luncheon. Mrs. Veda Thprnhill and Mrs. Fern Ainsworth will present a comprehensive program on South Carolina research. Numerous genealogical collections and charts will be displayed by Association members. . All interested genealogists from throughout the Ark-La- Tex area are urged to bring a covered dish and attend this very special meeting. It's an opportunity to exchange information, problems, and find possible solutions. Newcomers •o genealogy are especially welcome. Australia is the only continent to the world that contains only one country. this limitation forces retail outlets to raise prices on goods to compensate for the lower interest rates. The study concludes that a credit subsidy exists in Arkansas. Interest rales in most parts of the nation are from 12 per cent to 18 per cent. Arkansans will vote in November on a proposed amendment to remove the 10 per cent constitutional limit by giving the legislature power to set such limits. The study predicts that if the limit isn't removed by the approval of proposed Amendment 57, then the price differentials between Arkansas and neighboring stales will widen substantially. The study was financed by a gran l from Sears Roebuck & Co. and was conducted by professors Gene Lynch and William Hardin. Sears Roebuck supports the proposed Amendment 57. The Panama Canal has its Atlantic entrance west of its Pacific entrance. Sen, Russell B. Long, D-La., the Finance chairman and chief sponsor of the bill his panel is expected to approve, says one of ihc key factors is how much effort President Ford is willing 10 put behind the legislation. Ford has asked this Congress io act on a broad health care bill. But Long comments that, if the President "really wants a health bill," he is going to have to rally some Republican sup" pori For it. , Another hurdle for the legis- Union may be erected by Senate and Mouse members who want a much broader measure than the one under considera- iloil in the Finance Committee. Chief features of the bill are a plan to protect families from the huge expenses of a catastrophic illness and an improved health care program for the poor, Its annual cost would be alxnii $9 billion, far less than other national health insurance proposals. Long argues thai it will lay the foundation • for a broader program later. The catastrophic illness section would finance most health care costs after a family had incurred expenses of $2,000 in a year or after an individual had been hospitalized (JO days. The program for poor families would replace the present medicaid benefits and set nfi* iional standards of benefits aild eligibility. The catastrophic illness benefits would be financed by a three-tenths of 1 per cent in* crease in the Social Security tax. The cost would be $3.6 bil* lion a year. The $5.3-billion program for low-income families would be paid for out of general reve* nues. Betty Ford's cancer bout raises question about President's plans A ROADTO BIG SAVINGS Use Safeway Brands regularly and watch your savings add up! Like most homemakcrs, you're probably on the lookout for ways to make today's dollars bring home more food. Many of the women who shop with us have learned about the fine eating Safeway Brands bring at tower cost. 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