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FCC Delays Vote On Murdoch TV Station Purchase

October 30, 1985

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Federal Communications Commission Chairman Mark Fowler has postponed a vote on publisher Rupert Murdoch’s request to purchase six big-city television stations from Metromedia, Inc.

Tuesday’s decision temporarily stalls Murdoch’s plans to use the stations in New York, Chicago, Washington, Houston, Dallas and Los Angeles as the basis for a part-time network. Murdoch, owner of the New York Post and Chicago Sun- Times, released a statement saying Tuesday’s action was ″just part of the process.″

Fowler and his key advisers were unavailable to explain the postponement of the vote scheduled for Thursday’s FCC meeting, said William A. Russell Jr., director of congressional and public affairs for the agency. FCC rules prohibit ownership of daily newspapers and TV stations in the same community.

WASHINGTON (AP) - For the fourth year in a row, new enrollments at U.S. medical schools declined this fall, the Association of American Medical Colleges reports.

″The decline in both applicants and matriculants appears to be largely due to the increasing cost of medical education and the public’s perception that there will be a surplus of physicians within this decade,″ the association said in a release Tuesday.

There were about two applicants for each medical school slot this year compared with about three for each of the 14,579 positions in 1974, the release said. The nation’s 127 medical schools accepted 16,268 first-time students this fall, a decline of 113 positions from 1984 and a drop of 362 from the record 1981 level.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A meeting between U.S. special envoy Harry Shlaudeman and Nicaraguan Ambassador Carlos Tunnermann appeared to produce no narrowing of differences between the two nations, a U.S. official said.

The half-hour meeting Tuesday was characterized as ″businesslike″ by the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The official said there was no agreement to resume the series of bilateral discussions the two sides held during the last half of 1984. The talks, most of which were conducted at Manzanillo, Mexico, were suspended by the United States last January.

The United States and Nicaragua have had limited high-level diplomatic contact since then. Tuesday’s meeting grew out of exchanges the two sides had last week at the United Nations. The initiative for the meeting was taken by the United States. anti-government rebels.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The process of picking cities to host the 1988 presidential nominating conventions is about to begin, Republican and Democratic officials said.

Republican chairman Frank Fahrenkopf Jr. said Tuesday that Miami, Atlanta, St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago and San Diego have indicated interest in having the GOP convention. Terry Michael, spokesman for the Democratic National Committee, said expressions of interest for his party’s convention have come from the District of Columbia, Atlanta, Orlando, Fla., San Diego, Philadelphia, Kansas City and Houston.

Michael said the Democrats will name their site selection committee by the end of this year and announce their choice in the spring of 1986, about a year earlier than in the past. Fahrenkopf said the GOP committee will be set up in January, and he hopes the site will be picked in January 1987, about six months earlier than in the past.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House Energy and Commerce Committee has approved giving most states another seven years to begin disposing of their low-level radioactive wastes through regional facilities.

The bill approved Tuesday extends the January deadline set by a 1980 law that allows the three states now accepting those wastes from around the country to cut off access to the other states.

A similar bill requiring the three states to continue allowing nationwide access to their atomic dumps until 1993 was approved by the House Interior Committee last July.

Tuesday’s compromise says the other states would have to meet strict interim deadlines for building regional facilities of their own by 1993 or risk losing access to the three current sites, Nevada, Washington and South Carolina. While the majority of states have formed into seven regional compacts, no new dumps are expected to be completed and licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission until the early 1990s.

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