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National Daily Prei,Thurday. May It, 19sf A3 Reagan papers indicate deal Svilli Honduras fi.Y. Time Newt Sen Ice I WASHINGTON Classified Reagan ad-rnini&traiion documents have cast fresh doubts on the Hush administration's asser tion that there was no deal between the United States and Honduras on aid to the Niearaguan rebels. ; The documents, not previously made public, show that in I9K3 and 1986 senior officials In the two countries viewed the relationship as being based, at least in part on a tradeoff of American government assistance for continued support of the Contras. Honduran officials are depicted as seeking to extract the largest possible American rewards in economic and military aid from White House eager to preserve the Contras' supply lines and base camps in Honduras at a time when Congress had barred military aid for the rebels. One December 1985 White House document, written by Col. Oliver L. North, who was then an aide to the National Security Council, said the Hondurans were accustomed to the United States manipulating aid disbursements to secure "concessions" and that "they are now using this same tactic with us." In recent weeks Bush has repeatedly denied that there was any formal understanding, or "quid pro quo," with Honduras over the Contras. ! - i. AP photo Texas storm damage JoAnne Fojtik, left, stands In her parents' living room Wednesday with a cousin after a tornado ravaged Jarrell, Texas. One person was killed and at least two dozen were injured in the town near Austin. Elsewhere in Texas, rescuers plucked residents from trees, cars and homes in the flood-stricken Dallas area. H ouse approves budget; Senate likely to follow WASHINGTON (AP) -Congress moved Wednesday within one step of giving its final blessing to a $1.17 trillion fiscal 19W budget, a package that moves money from defense to domestic programs while taking only a weak whack at the deficit The House approved the spending plan on a bipartisan 241-183 vote, and the Senate was expected to follow suit today. It would be the earliest date since 1978 that Congress has disposed of the blueprint it uses to guide its spending and taxing legislation. The ease with which the usually contentious work was accomplished was because the plan's foundation was cemented last month in a pact between President Bush and congressional leaders. But lawmakers still showed no enthusiasm for the budget. Even proponents have said its asserted savings $28 billion would leave much work in tackling the government's long- term deficit problems. "Solving the deficit problem is a marathon." said House Budget Commute Chairman Leon Panetta. D-Calif. "And with this budget we've taken the first mile." Critics have complained that the budget's claim of cutting the deficit to $99.7 billion is largely founded on giddily optimistic economic assumptions that make the shortfall look smaller than it is, on one-shot revenue infusions such as asset sales, and on sleight-of-hand maneuvers such as claiming a $1.8 billion saving by pushing the Postal Service "off-budget" On the spending side, the measure would hold defense spending to $299.2 billion, $2.5 billion more than last year but $4.2 billion less than the amount needed to keep up with inflation. Overall, domestic programs fared better, getting nearly $4 billion more than needed to defray inflation. Briefs I'anel OKs uniform poll-closing measure WASHINGTON A Senate panel approved on Wednesday a uniform poll-closing time of 10 p.m. EST for presidential elections in an effort to end network projections of results before all Voters have cast theirballots. I The poll-closing bill was approved as part of a package of unrelated measures including a blueprint for having eight regional presidential primaries around the country with the Federal Election Commission determining the order of the events by, lottery. . i( , ! Senate cbmmittee approval of the bill sets the stage for a possible collision with the House which already has passed a different version. Pilot to cooperate in near-collision probe WASHINGTON Capt. David M. Walker, commander of the latest shuttle trip, pledged Wednesday to cooperate with federal authorities after being accused of violating flight procedures in the near-collision of his jet with an airliner carrying 166 passengers. ; Walker declined to give a public account of the incident over the Washington area Monday, in which the pilot of a Pan Am Airbus 310 filed a report of a "near midair collision." ; The Pan Am pilot said the T-38 jet trainer flown by Walker zipped by within 500 feet of the wide-body airliner. '. Three federal agencies have Opened investigatiions. Boston proposes tax for college students BOSTON College students, who represent one-fifth of this city's population, would pay a tax of up to $60 a year to support the public library under a proposal introduced Wednesday in the City Council. Making students pay for city services is an old idea that's gaining new luster because of impending budget cuts. Boston is host to 32 colleges and universities. 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