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State Report "•••••••MMHM. NASA announces 10-year contract with Lockheed Co. THURSDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 14,1993 THE GALVESTON DAILY NEWS 3-A Associated Press SPACE CENTER, Houston NASA announced Wednesday that Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Co. has been awarded a $1,5 billion, 10-year contract for Johnson Space Center projects. "These guys do all the engineering support and analysis for the Johnson Space Center. That's the bottom line," said Johnson spokesman Jeffrey Carr. The new contract, which begins Jan. 1, initially covers five years with renewal options of one and four years. The Houston-based company which has assisted NASA at its manned spaceflight hub since 1963, works on such programs as the space shuttle and the planned space station. Lockheed also helps train astronauts, designs some of their equipment and tools and develops computer hardware and software, among other jobs, NASA said. Carr said much of the contract's value is in the option years, for work on the redesigned space station. Lockheed's previous contract with the space center was a two- year deal with four options for two- year extensions. That'contract was worth $1.2 billion over the 10-year period, but the amount was exceeded in six years, prompting the new deal, said company spokeswoman Debbi Peters. Lockheed Engineering and Sciences has more than 2,000 employees in the Houston area and about 4,000 nationwide. Officials said 1,900 workers are supported by the new contract. Frost out, Mattox likely in for senate campaign Associated Press WASHINGTON— One Texas Democrat bowed out of next year's Senate race against Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison while another moved closer Wednesday toward a possible bid. Rep. Martin Frost told reporters during a news conference in his Capitol Hill office that he won't launch a Senate campaign and instead will seek re-election next year to his Dallas-area House district. "I think my seniority in the House is very important for North Texas," Frost said, noting that he's the highest-ranking Texas Democrat in the House leader- ship. Earlier this year, the eight-term member became chairman of an influential House administration sub- commi ttee that controls the purse strings for all House committees. Frost also gained MattOX promotion in the whip organization, which helps round up and count votes as well as chart strategy. Frost also suggested that "it's pretty clear" former Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox will enter the race and that both men would have competed for the same base of support. "I think Jim Mattox will be a strong candidate," Frost said. Three other Democrats on Capitol Hill — Reps. Mike Andrews of Houston, John Bryant of Dallas and Jim Chapman of Sulphur Springs — are mulling challenges to Hutchison. The political landscape was altered last month when Hutchison was indicted on charges she used her previous office as state treasurer for personal and political gain and destroyed records as part of a cover up. Trial is scheduled to start Nov. 29. The filing deadline for the March primary is Jan. 3. So far, only one Republican, Stephen Hopkins of Bumet, has announced a challenge to Hutchison for the GOP nomination. Hopkins finished seventh in a field of 24 candidates in the May 1 special election. He was fourth among the GOP candidates, taking 1 percent of the vote. A former legislator, congressman and attorney general, Mattox unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for governor in 1990 in a heated contest with Ann Richards. BRIEFS March approved BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — A federal judge told Vidor city officials Wednesday they could not interfere with a white supremacist group's planned march in the East Texas town on Saturday. U.S. District Judge Richard A. Schell said the small town's parade permit ordinance prevented The Nationalist Movement of Learned, Miss, from exercising its lawful First Amendment rights. Schell also declared the Vidor parade permit ordinance unconstitutional. He found it too broad and vague, giving city officials too much discretion in how it could be interpreted. Cult trial moved AUSTIN (AP) —A federal judge granted a defense motion Wednesday to move from Waco to San Antonio the trial of 11 religious cult members accused of killing four federal agents. The trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 10. Defense attorneys had said they couldn't get a fair trial in Waco, which is located about 12 miles west of where religious zealot David Koresh holed up with his Branch Davidian followers and held authorities at bay for 51 days. Tax rule OK'd AUSTIN (AP) — Employers may qualify for lower workers' compensation premiums under a rule adopted by the State Board of Insurance, officials said. Under the new rule, employers will be allowed to negotiate reductions in their premiums for having a safe workplace. "Workers' compensation is becoming a competitive line of insurance, with carriers wheeling and dealing for the better risks. This rule puts another issue on the bargaining table for employers who are improving workplace safety," Claire Korioth, who serves as chairwoman of the Board of Insurance, said Wednesday. The rule change will go into effect 15 days after it is published in the Texas Register. 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