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Voice of America to Open Moscow Bureau

June 16, 1988

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Soviet Union is allowing Voice of America, the U.S. government’s radio service, to open its first Moscow bureau.

U.S. officials said Wednesday that Soviet authorities have agreed informally to the request, which was made a year ago and renewed in informal talks at the recent summit in Moscow.

″Soviet authorities have indicated informally that they will soon respond positively to VOA’s request to open a Moscow bureau,″ said Beth Knisley, a spokeswoman for the radio service.

The bureau would be VOA’s first in Moscow and the service hopes to have it set up and ready for broadcasting in three months, she said.

The Soviets, under the glasnost - or openness - policies of leader Mikhail Gorbachev, have recently opened more doors to VOA and stopped jamming VOA broadcasts to the Soviet Union last year. --- House Passes Health-Welfare Bill With $1.2 Billion for AIDS Programs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House is moving on schedule with its fiscal business, sending spending bills to the Senate that include more money for AIDS research, education and job training.

One bill approved Wednesday includes the $135.8 spending package for health, welfare, labor and education programs. The second provides $8 billion for the Commerce, Justice and State Departments.

The health and welfare measure, approved 362-46, would boost spending by $8.6 billion over the current level, exceeding President Reagan’s request by more than $1 billion. The bill includes $1.2 billion for AIDS research.

The bill covers fiscal year 1989, which begins Oct. 1. The total also includes $14.8 billion earmarked for fiscal 1990, the amount requested by the president.

The Commerce spending bill was in line with the president’s request and it was sent to the Senate on a 314-96 vote. --- Not a Better Mousetrap

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling 24,000 electric mouse traps they say are dangerous to humans as well as to mice.

″Consumers should stop the use of these items immediately,″ the commission said in ordering the recall on Wednesday.

The agency said it determined the people might get shocked by exposed electrodes near the bait container, although no incidents of electric shocks or injuries have occurred.

The traps were sold throughout the country by catalog companies, including Pennsylvania-based Hanover House Industries, Inc. for $9.95. Hanover House will give mousetrap buyers $10 credit toward purchase of other merchandise when they return the traps and refund return mailing costs.

Consumers can call Hanover House at 800-621-5800.

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