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Biloxi Sun Herald (Newspaper) - August 7, 1976, Biloxi, Mississippi Mgr nue a Foiw would a Pill by any other name work As Well by Louise Cook Asso rated press writer Consumers legislators and government investigators Are asking Quot what s in a name Quot when it comes to prescription drugs. And a growing number of people Are replying at Issue is whether pharmacists should be Able to substitute less expensive but chemically equivalent drugs for Brand name items listed by doctors in prescriptions. The Federal Trade commission announced a probe of the subject this week and . Rep. John m. Murphy d-n.y., opened a series of hearings in new York City on proposed Federal legislation to allow the druggist to select the particular product he dispenses. The Etc said commercial pharmacies sell $7.5 billion Worth of prescription drugs each year. Murphy said most of the prescriptions list Brand name drugs Quot which Are usually very much More expensive due to massive promotional campaigns and Drain the sick consumer of As much As $2 billion a year in excessive costs. Quot the drug research Board of the National Academy of science recommended earlier this year that pharmacists be allowed to dispense generic drugs for Brand name items. The pharmaceutical manufacturers association representing most of the major . Drug makers says however that the cheaper substitutes do not always work As Well As the established brands. Quot there Are distinct differences in competence among drug firms Quot says the association. Quot the research based companies that please turn to Page a-3 the suit Herald volume 92, no. 309 saturday morning August 7, 1976 Biloxi Gulfport Pascagoula Senate passes tax freeze Washington apr the Senate passed a Bill Friday night that freezes income taxes and makes billions of dollars Worth of changes in the taxation of businesses and investors. The measure which has something for just about everybody was approved 49 to 22. Most importantly the Bill would extend through dec. 31,1977, the individual and business tax cuts enacted last year. They Are Worth about $180 a year ago to a typical $15,000-a-year family of four. The measure debated by the Senate for nearly six weeks Aims to simplify the tax Fil ing process while creating new tax Breaks for College students working parents the elderly and housewives. Despite a fight by a bloc of liberals the Bill carries a Long string of tax advantages for High income investors and businesses. But it would end some abuses of tax shelters and make it More difficult for the wealthy to avoid taxation altogether. The Bill is sharply different from the version passed by the House last year. A Senate House conference will have to reconcile the differences later this month. As a whole the House Bill is less generous to High income investors and businesses. The Senate Bill however Aims to provide specific Relief to a parents of College students by allowing a special tax credit for tuition and similar expenses a homeowners by allowing a credit for certain Energy conservation improvements a working parents by simplifying and liberalizing tax benefits to offset the costs of child care expenses. A less generous provision is in the House Bill. A housewives by launching a program that eventually could Lead to federally subsidized pensions for spouses who do not work outside the Home. As far reaching As those provisions Are the Long Senate Battle was fought not Over such benefits but Over tax Breaks for investors and businesses. Sen. Russell b. Long d-la., and a majority of his tax writing finance committee wrote into the Bill a series of tax Breaks designed to attract investment in american business. Sen. Edward m. Kennedy d-mass., leading the opposition criticized Many of those incentives As an unwarranted Drain of tax dollars. In virtually every Case. Long won. One of the rare exceptions came on Friday when the Senate voted 43 to 39 against a Long proposal that would have provided an additional $870 million a year Worth of tax Relief for investors with two thirds of it going to the wealthy a persons with incomes above $50,-000. The arguments on that provision summed up the Long weeks of debate on the Bill Industry is crying out for capital. Long said. Quot these investment needs can be met Only by increased private savings Quot he added. Quot this in turn requires More favourable tax treatment of the income from the proposal replied Kennedy Quot is simply another Effort to provide an increased tax preference for the wealthy at the expense of the millions of Low and Middle income individuals who already Bear too heavy a Burden with the tax a major Side Issue during the debate was the fight by sen. Edmund s. Muskie a Maine chairman of the budget committee to protect the new congressional budget making process. Time and time again Muskie warned that by voting new tax Breaks to become effective in future years the Senate was almost guaranteeing that Congress would be unable to balance the budget. Muskie lost every fight. By preliminary estimates the Bill would raise $3.6 billion a year by 1981 by shutting off or reducing a variety of tax benefits mainly for investors and businesses. However by creating new tax benefits such As the credit for College tuition the Bill would virtually wipe out the entire Revenue gain by 1977. And by 1981, the net effect would be a $3.7-billion-a-year loss. These figures do not include the $24-billion Worth of across the Board tax Cut extensions for businesses and individuals. The Sun Herald Mike Ramsey True test a Mark Hamilton of Gulfport a member of the Mississippi coast Ballet company holds Jill Wilson Lawson also of Gulfport in a Back Bend lift. Hamilton a Brown Belt karate St talks about his love for Ballet on Page a-5. Save the Bay asks judge to Stop Dupont building by Jan Garrick Sun staff writer an environmental group Friday asked a Federal judge to halt construction of the proposed $150 million Dupont pigment Plant near Delisle. Save the Bay inc. Claimed in a lawsuit filed in . District court in Biloxi that the giant corporation failed to comply with Federal environmental regulations in obtaining a waste discharge permit in 1975. The . Army the army corps of engineers and corps District Engineer Drake Wilson who issued the discharge permit were also named As defendants in the lawsuit. Dupont was granted a permit last aug. 5 to construct an effluent outfall line into the Bay of St. Louis in order to discharge waste from the pigment Plant. Save the Bay claims the permit was issued arbitrarily without assessing the environmental Impact such construction would have on the fish and wildlife in the area. The suit said the Federal fish and wildlife coordination act mandates that fish and wildlife conservation be Given Quot equal consideration Quot in the Overall project before issuing permits which the suit claims was not done. Save the Bay a non profit organization claiming 400 members was rejected earlier this year in a state court fight to invalidate the discharge permit Harrison county Chancellor Frank Alexander upheld discharge permits issued for the Plant by the Mississippi air and water pollution control commission. An Appeal by save the Bay is set for hearing before the state supreme court in october. Dupont announced in june that construction would begin on the Plant in 1977 and operations would commence in 1979. Dupont officials said 600 employees Are expected to work at the Plant which will produce titanium dioxide a powdery pigment used for whiteness in products. Save the Bay has a lawsuit pending before the . Fifth circuit court of appeals in new Orleans which challenges the certification of the state permit program by the environmental Protection Agency. The District court lawsuit claims the defendants violated provisions of the National environmental Protection act by failing to conduct an environmental Impact study of the discharge proposal and by not developing alternatives to the accepted discharge proposal. The organization charges that Quot proper and adequate Public hearings Quot on the issuance on the permit were not conducted in compliance of the Federal Marine Protection research and Sanctuary s act of 1972. The lawsuit said the department of Interior was not consulted prior to the issuance of the permit which the group claims is contrary to the fish and wildlife coordination act. The lawsuit said members of save the Bay As Well As All other residents of Mississippi will be Quot adversely affected both economically aesthetically and environmentally Quot unless Dupont is halted from proceeding with the project. In addition to halting the project the please turn to Page a inside came time coach Irvin Favre s Gulfport american legion baseball teams to meet Tupelo today in state tourney Page b-1. Lady of Luck. Diana Ross has made it big after growing up washing dishes in Detroit. Page a 6. Wet and wild the second tropical storm of the season named Belle swirls into life off Florida coast. Page a 12. Gao claims judges misusing Deputy Mars vials by Jan Garrick Sun staff writer general accounting office Gao investigators have criticized Federal judges in five court districts including the Southern District of Mississippi for misusing the services of . Deputy marshals. In a report on the effectiveness of the . Marshal s services the Gao said it found that Deputy marshals Quot were used to some extent to perform such duties As washing judges cars Chau Feuring judges and picking up their Southern District judges flatly denied the claims. Quot no marshal has Ever done any chores for me Quot said chief . District judge Dan Russell of Bay St. Louis. . District judge Walter Nixon of Ocean Springs also denied the Gao claims. Quot no one has Ever washed my car Quot Nixon said. It is against Federal regulations for marshals who Are sworn Law enforcement officers to perform personal services for judges but officials said it is probably not against the Law. Thomas Jurk Swica the Gao supervisory management auditor who wrote the report said Deputy marshals were found performing personal services for judges in District courts in addition to Mississippi in Washington d.c., the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago the Northern District of Florida in Pensacola and Tallahassee and the Western District of Kentucky in Louisville Lexington and Owensboro. Russell said the Only times he was driven by a Deputy marshals were cases where he had been ordered to do so for Security reasons. Nixon said he has Quot Ocassio Nally Quot been chauffeured by Deputy marshals but Only when they were going to the same Federal court destination which he said in essence is Quot saving the government Quot they marshals Are not sitting around my office waiting on me Quot Russell said. Quot whenever i get through with them in my court i dismiss them and Tell them to go serve process or something. I Don t want them around. I Don t need them around Quot the chief judge said. The marshal s service maintains Headquarters for the Southern District in Jackson and also has an office in the Federal building in Biloxi. The service is staffed by a marshal a chief Deputy marshal and seven Deputy marshals. Russell said the Gao could have confused the work done by a Federal judge s court crier with a Federal marshal s work. A court crier is part of the judge s personal staff along with his Law clerk Deputy clerk court reporter and Secretary. Nixon said the crier is Quot More or less the Bailiff to the Quot certainly my court crier has serviced my automobile but it was in preparation for court trips Quot Nixon said. A spokesman for the . Marshal s service said the Agency has asked the Gao for the names of judges and Deputy marshals involved so an investigation could be conducted but the Gao refused. Quot this Type of thing is in violation of marshal s service regulations Quot the spokeswoman said. Quot but to our knowledge no one is doing it. As far As Headquarters is concerned this is not happening Quot she said. State agencies private firms study whether to pull plug on kilowatt Saver by Mack Dryden Sun staff writer state agencies and private firms in Mississippi and elsewhere Are continuing to investigate a new electrical device the Quot transient surge suppressor Quot which Many homeowners and businessmen Cwm reduces their use of electricity and in some cases their electric Bills. A Long Beach electric contractor has sold More than 100 of the devices on the Gulf coast and in Jackson since february prompting Mississippi Power come any to ask the Public service commission and the consumer Protection division of the state attorney general s office to investigate the device and its manufacturer s claims. The device is sold under several Brand names a among them Power guard Power master and surge lock a none of which have been approved for listing in the National electric code by underwriters laboratories inc. Us of new York the nation s most widely recognized electrical product tester. A us spokesman said Friday that tests Are still being conducted. The Power guard Brach is being sold and installed by Randy holy Jim and plumbing inc. Of Long Beach by the Maryland electrical testing co. Independent state certified Laboratory in Baltimore. . Is Small and not yet nationally recognized but a spokesman for the Maryland state fire Marshall said Quot we have a list of testing labs we give approval to and yes . Is listed or certified for testing under the electrical consumer products the Laboratory is also listed in a directory prepared by the american Council of Independent laboratories. An . Interim report the final report is expected in a few week states Quot the Power guard successfully completed the required testing and Are As of july 2,1976, listed by . Electrical testing company As accepted in accordance with . Standard no. 601.&Quot the report says that further testing will be done to ensure that the models marketed will be identical to the prototypes tested by . Labels bearing the Model numbers of the products covered were issued the week of july 12 and will be affixed to the product to show that it is approved by . Meanwhile the Mississippi attorney general s consumer Protection division is continuing an investigation to protect Consumers against unsubstantiated claims. Marshall Bennett director of the consumer Protection division said distributors in the state have been careful to avoid claims they cannot prove. C lawsuits have been brought against the distributors of transient surge suppressors in four states Quot he said Quot but the suits Are entered on the claims of saving Money on electric Bills. We Haven t had such claims Bennett said his office is seeking information from As Many sources As possible concerning the device. Quot we d like to test them ourselves Quot he said. Quot we d like to test them to see if they do what they say they la the manufacturers and distributors of Power guard Are being very careful not to claim anything they cannot prove but Are willing and eager to present testimonials from satisfied customers who say their kilowatt hour usage has been reduced since installing the Jie vice. The South Mississippi Sun interviewed several Gulf Gulf coast residents including a Well known architect and an electrical Engineer who bought Power guards from Holly. All of those interviewed said they have experienced reductions in kilowatt hour usage since installing the device. A Bank in Gulfport has purchased a Power guard from Holley and the City of Gulfport has Boullit one to see if savings can be realized. Holly like most Power guard dealers offers a 90-Day unconditional guarantee. A Power guard brochure distributed by dealers says simply that the Power guard transient surge suppressor is Quot an electronic device which suppresses transients which Are extremely Brief High voltage surges which occur in any electrical it says the main cause of the surges is Quot the switching on and off of electrical As for claiming savings the brochure Only says that Quot numerous Power guard customers have reported a wide variety of beneficial effects including heat reduction in motors and compressors lower rate of equipment downtime and failure and lower kilowatt hours the brochure says the device Quot will suppress transients appearing in your electrical system. Other than that we Don t know Quot what it will do. Mississippi Power company is doing its own investigation into the device and is not advising its customers one Way or the other until More can be Learned about it. Meanwhile Holly is doing a brisk business with people who either believe the testimonials or Are willing to take the Chance. He said he has sold about 30 Power guards since a Story about the device appeared in the South Mississippi Sun tuesday and that he has been deluged with inquiries. / the most Quot common Power Nard sold to homeowners costs $100 for the unit and ?25 for installation

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