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12-V iiuiM 23. 1)H2 siiHFVUHturnossim Tho Times State's shortfall could hit $200 million The No. 1 rated 1 microwave oven in BATON ROUGE (AP) State government's revenue shortfall this fiscal year may reach $200 million, Gov. Dave Trecn said Wednesday, acknowledging that a cost-of-living pay raise for employees is currently a dim possibility. "Our last estimate of shortfall was approximately $150 million," Treen told the Senate Fiscal Affairs Committee.

"While we do not have all returns for November in, it appears the shortfall will be in excess of the $150 million. It could go as high as $200 (million)." Mark Drennen, the chief fiscal expert for the Legislature, said his office's estimates show the general fund will be $264 million short. Administration and legislative analysts routinely have different figures on revenues the state will collect. A 4.4 percent budget reduction ordered by Treen last fall will amount to $76 million. "So you could subtract that from what our revenue shortfall would otherwise be," the governor said.

"We are now looking at specific cuts in various programs. None of these is easy. All are in the budget for one reason or another. All of them have a constituency. But I have a list of options that I must address soon." The cutbacks could be eased depending on what the Legislature will agree to when it convenes in special session Jan.

4, Treen said. He noted the House Cost Control Committee has filed a report recommending ways to reduce or increase revenue to gain $40 million. In addition, the Department of Public Safety has listed various ways to hike fees and services in the issuing of drivers licenses, vehicle inspections and the like to garner $30 million in extra revenue, he said. Treen reminded the panel that some legislators may view the fee Increases as taxes requiring two-thirds approval of the Legislature. That would make passage tough.

And lawmakers will be entering an election year. "A couple of items, I find obnoxious," said Sen. Sam Nunez of Chalmette, saying one would force vocational-technical school students to pay for bus transportation. The governor said he also might draw $36 million "as a one-time cash infusion" from a special fund used when major construction projects experience cost overruns. Trecn warned that even with the suggestions he had given, "If it (the shortfall) grows to $200 million we don't have enough measures yet to balance the budget." America.

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Everything was bought for a 14-year-old girl who disappeared eight years ago while Christmas shopping. If she's still alive, Leslie is now 22. Her little brother has grown up, married, and become a father. Her great-grandmother, who took care of her while her mother worked, is dead. Her Pekingese grew old and sick and had to be destroyed four years ago.

But the gifts are still in the attic, and her mother, Judy Wilson, now 40, still hopes. "Would you please assist in our search for our children?" Mrs. Wilson recently wrote to The Associated Press. "When I read in this morning's paper about President Reagan's Missing Children's Act, it gave me a new hope." The bill signed by Reagan in October permits parents to ask the FBI if the name of their missing child is in its computer files. If local police decline to enter the name, the act permits parents to do so on their own.

"Oh, I dream about her quite often. I know that she hasn't changed," Mrs. Wilson said, gazing at the last school picture of her daughter. "She'd be tall, and headstrong, spoiled, you know." Leslie Renee Wilson set out with two friends on an afternoon of Christmas shopping at Seminary South shopping mall Dec. 23, 1974.

She instructed her mother "in no uncertain terms" to pick her up at her great-grandmother's house at 4 p.m. "We were going to a party," Mrs. Wilson said. "I know she intended to be there." 1 Police never had many clues to the disappearance of Leslie and her friends Mary Rachel Trlica, 17, and Julie Mosely, 9. Investigators first assumed the girls had run away.

A few days later after they vanished, a note mailed to Tommy Trlica, Mary Rachel's husband of six months, seemed to support that theory. "I know I'm going to catch it, but we just had to get away," the penciled note said. "We're going to Houston. See you in about a week. The car is in Sears upper lot." Mary Rachel's name was misspelled, and FBI handwriting experts could not confirm if she had written the letter.

But the car was where the note said it would be. Inside were gifts the girls had bought, and a pair of blue jeans Leslie had gotten out of layaway. i The car was not dusted for fingerprints because officers did not think they were dealing with a crime. could have told you that night that they hadn't run away," Mrs. Wilson said.

"Leslie wanted to go to that party. And no 9-year-old is going to run off two days before Christmas. Everybody knows that." The families of the missing girls have sent 70,000 handbills with their daughters' photographs throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. They sent the pictures to 45 newspapers. They hired a private investigator, and followed up every tip from seers and psychics who claimed to know where the children went, or where their bodies could be found.

"We went around knocking on people's doors, asking them to let us look in their basements. We went out to a field in West Texas, we dug in ditches all over the place, and looked up and down creek beds. I have no idea how much money we spent," Mrs. Wilson said. Finally police turned the case over to the homicide detectives.

Major Case Investigator George Hudson has helped look for the girls for seven years. He has a file almost two feet thick, full of leads that went nowhere. "Probably the only way we'll ever solve this thing is if somebody just comes forward and says what happened to them," Hudson said. "There's no evidence, no nothing." Mrs. Wilson and her husband Richard have tried to go on.

Three years ago they finally threw away Leslie's old clothes, gave her bedroom furniture to her cousin, and put the rest of her belongings in the 4ttic with the Christmas gifts. "I'd be so grateful I just can't tell you how grateful if someone would tell me what happened," Mrs. Wilson says. "I dream about her so often. I just have to know." We Also Honor VISA Master Charge American Express Johnny M.

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See us for more details. HOLIDAY NOTICE The undersigned Shreveport and Bossier Parish Banks will be closed the following Legal Holiday. FRIDAY, DEC. 24, 1982 COMMEMORATING CHRISTMAS DAY American Bank Tract Company, Shravaport Bank of Bant on, Benton Bank of Commarca, Shravaport Bank of th Mid-South, Bottler City Bossier Bank Trust Company, Bossier City City Bank Trust Company, Shravaport Commercial National Bank in Shrevesort, Shreveport First Security Bank Trust Haughton First State Bank Trust Company, Plain Dealing Liberty Bank Trust Greenwood Louisiana Bank Trust Company, Shreveport National Bank of Bossier City, Bossier City Pioneer Bank Trust, Shreveport Red River Valley Bank, Bossier City Republic Bank, Blanchard Shreveport Shreveport Bank Trust Company, Shravaport Security National Bank, Shreveport The First National Bank of Shreveport, Shreveport United Mercantile Bank, Shreveport AMERICA'S FAMILY DRUGSTORE 6 6 WIND NFIRE 9234 Mansfield Road (Na.t to Brook.kira .) 6864922 Mall St. Vincent to Pall Royal) 227-1708 TIME AND MONEY.


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