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First Lady’s Press Secretary Resigns

August 17, 1985

WASHINGTON (AP) _ After just six months at the White House, Nancy Reagan’s press secretary, Jennefer Hirshberg, is resigning.

She will be succeeded by Elaine Crispen, the first lady’s special assistant since 1981, the White House said Friday.

James Rosebush, who is Mrs. Reagan’s chief of staff, said Ms. Hirshberg decided on her own to leave and that he was not aware of any complaints about her performance. But one White House aide in Santa Barbara, where the Reagans are vacationing, said ″she was in trouble.″ The aide faulted her for having inadequate information about the first lady and an inability to deal successfully with an aggressive press corps.

Rosebush said Ms. Hirshberg will work as a consultant at the Office of Management and Budget.


SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Legislation that will provide incentives to drug manufacturers to develop and market drugs for people with rare diseases has been signed by President Reagan.

The bill gives the Department of Health and Human Services the authority to make grants and contracts for research and development of drugs for people with rare diseases. Such ″orphan″ drugs are not profitable to produce because of their high cost.

In a statement released here Friday, the White House said the president signed the bill on Thursday.


WASHINGTON (AP) - AT&T, which already charges 50 cents for a long-distance directory assistance call, now wants to raise that fee to 60 cents on Oct. 1.

The request came in a rate proposal the company filed with the Federal Communications Commission on Friday.

AT&T customers still would get two free out-of-state information calls per billing period, provided they make at least two AT&T interstate calls that month.

The company also announced it would ask to pass through increased connection charges on various private line services it provides to businesses if the FCC grants local companies other increases they are seeking.


WASHINGTON (AP) - A week after his agency was publicly criticized by Energy Secretary John Herrington, a government administrator in charge of recovering billions of dollars in oil overcharges has quit.

Rayburn Hanzlik resigned Thursday as head of the Energy Department’s Energy Regulatory Administration, but he said Friday that ″it had nothing to do with Herrington’s speech.″

Herrington, addressing a group of oilmen in Dallas last week, described Hanzlik’s agency as ″in the business of allocating misery during shortages.″

The regulatory administration, which has 285 employees, is devoted primarily to settling more than $6 billion in overcharge claims against oil companies when petroleum was under federal price controls from 1973 to 1981.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - For the third straight fiscal year, U.S. Border Patrol apprehensions of illegal aliens on the nation’s southern border have surpassed 1 million.

″This is the earliest that the 1 million mark has been reached,″ INS Commissioner Alan C. Nelson said in a statement. The current fiscal 1985 budget year runs through Sept. 30.

The 1 million mark on apprehensions of aliens in fiscal 1984 was not reached until Sept. 13; and in the 1983 budget year, that total had not been reached until Sept. 17, the agency said.

In the San Diego (formerly Chula Vista) sector, which accounts for the largest number of apprehensions, the July total was up 39 percent from a year earlier, the agency said.