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AIDS Commission Gets New Executive Director

October 14, 1987

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The chairman of the president’s troubled AIDS commission says the panel’s new executive director is just the right person to help the commission move forward and achieve its goals.

Polly L. Gault, who for six years served as staff director of the Senate subcommittee on education, arts and humanities, will be responsible for hiring staff and directing the day-to-day operations of the AIDS commission, the panel announced Tuesday. Ms. Gault has been minority staff director of the subcommittee since Democrats gained control of the Senate in January.

″She is precisely the person needed in this position at this critical juncture,″ said Retired Navy Adm. James D. Watkins, the commission’s new chairman, ″and with her help we can now set a course for meeting the challenges given to us by the President.″

The commission’s original chairman and vice chairman resigned last week after a reported power struggle among members of the body charged with proposing government policy for handling the spread of acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Linda Sheaffer, the commission’s first executive director, was removed last month, reportedly because of dissension among the panelists. --- Drug Education Grants Awarded

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than $20.3 million in federal grants is being awarded to schools and colleges to fight drug abuse on campuses, train teachers and develop model drug education courses.

The grants, announced Tuesday by the Education Department, are part of a $200 million, congressionally ordered campaign against drug abuse. The 171 grants range from $13,368 to $360,000, including:

-38 grants totaling $4.5 million to elementary and secondary schools to develop model drug abuse prevention programs that will be shared with schools nationwide in 1989.

-92 grants to colleges and universities totaling $7.7 million, primarily for programs to tackle drug abuse on their campuses.

-41 grants to higher education institutions totaling $7.7 million for teacher training and developing model drug prevention curricula. --- Conservative Group Challenges Congressional Action On Legal Services

WASHINGTON (AP) - A conservative group claims in a lawsuit that Congress is overstepping its authority by overriding efforts to cut federal financing for the Legal Service Corp., which provides legal help to the poor.

Landmark Legal Foundation filed suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia charging that Congress has unlawfully used appropriations legislation in the past several years to void several decisions by the LSC board of directors. The board is appointed by the president.

For example, the foundation claims, Congress last year prevented the board from terminating $13.4 million in financing to several national and state legal support centers.

Foundation President Jerald L. Hill said Congress was ″violating the constitutional separation of powers doctrine in its micromanagement″ of the LSC, which the administration has tried to abolish. --- Congress Gives Final Approval To Bill To Mint Olympic Coins

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan is being sent legislation that would direct the minting of commemorative gold and silver coins for the benefit of the 1988 U.S. Olympic Committee.

A similar minting of gold and silver coins for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles raised about $73.5 million.

The Senate, on a voice vote Tuesday, approved a House-passed bill that directs the U.S. Mint to strike 1 million gold coins and 10 million silver coins for direct sale to the public.

Coins in both metals would contain 10 percent alloy. The gold coins would contain 0.24 ounces of gold and bear a face value of $5. The silver coins would contain 0.77 ounces of silver and bear a face value of $1.

The face value, however, is a nominal amount intended only to establish that the coins would be recognized as legal tender in that amount. Each coin would sell with a surcharge of $35 for the gold or $7 for the silver, and its actual price would fluctuate with the market value of the metal it contained. --- Army Plans Mobilization Exercise Of Reserves

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Army is planning a mobilization exercise for the Reserves and National Guard next month in the Mid-Atlantic and New England states that will be the largest such exercise since World War II.

An Army statement Tuesday said the exercise would involve more than 24,000 soldiers from 115 Army National Guard and Army Reserve units assigned to the First Army.

The exercise will be staged from Nov. 6 to Nov. 22 and for most of the participants, will stand as their required two-week, active-duty training period, the Army said. The exercise will test alert, assembly and mobilization procedures, but no units will actually be sent overseas, the Army said.

The units affected are based in the District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine.

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