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Information for Historians, Researchers, Nostalgia Buffs, & Observer Fans Bound Volumes: The 1976 bound issues of The Texas Observer are now ready. In maroon, washable binding, the price is $15. Also available at $15 each year are volumes for the years 1963 through 1975. Cumulative Index: The clothbound cumulative edition of The Texas Observer Index covering the years 1954-1970 may be obtained for $12. Index Supplements: The 1971 through 1976 paperback supplements are provided at no additional charge to those who purchase the cumulative index at $12. Subscribers who do not want the cumulative index may purchase any of the supplements separately. The price is 50c for each year. Back Issues: Issues dated January 10, 1963, to the prsent are available at 50c per issue. Earlier issues are out of stock, but photocopies of articles from issues dated December 13, 1954, through December 27, 1962, will be provided at 50c per article. Microfilm: The complete backfile scription to the microfilm edition is $15. To order, or to obtain additional information regarding the 35mm microfilm editions, please write to Microfilming Corporation of America, 21 Harristown Road, Glen Rock, N.J. 07452. Observer Business Office. Texas residents please add the 5% sales tax to your remittance. Materials will be sent postpaid. THE TEXAS OBSERVER 600 WEST 7 AUSTIN 78701 carries much weight with, there was little she could have done; the Travis County legislation was one of those bills she knew was dead; as for HB 900, there were other liberal legislators \(including missed the vote from much less a distance than China. All in all, Weddington says, no one has pointed to a single missed vote or debate where she could have made a crucial difference, and if she had it to do over, she would still go to China. Affirmative reaction Officers at San Antonio’s National Bank of Commerce know that to do business with the ‘U.S. government, you have to play by the feds’ rules. But when the rules suddenly included the implementation of an affirmative action program for the hiring and promotion of women and minorities, well, NBC decided to fight in court rather than cooperate. Late last month the U.S. Labor Dept. warned NBC that it would have to comply with federal affirmative action guidelines within twenty days or give up millions of dollars in federal deposits. It was the first such warning ever issued by the government to a bank. Secy. of Labor Ray Marshall claims NBC held more than $139 million in U.S. money in 1976, but bank president Bob Seal says Marshall is talking about “flow through” cash; NBC’s federal deposits probably stood closer to $2 million on any given day, Seal says. Nevertheless, the bank refused to go along with Labor and earlier this month won a temporary restraining order against Marshall from federal district judge Adrian Spears in San Antonio. If you live in San Antonio and all this sounds unfamiliar, you have the city’s two newspapers to blame. Tom McGowan, city editor of the Light, would say only that his paper’s decision not to run a May 28 story on NBC’s run-in with the government was made on “a higher level.” Light managing editor Ken Byrd admitted receiving a relevant NBC press release Friday, May 27, but for reasons of “time and laziness” failed to run it. The next morning, he saw the NBC story in the ExpressNews neatly buried in the fifth section and concluded that a Sunday followup was essential. But nothing ran on Sunday. Meanwhile, wire service accounts had appeared in other Texas dailies, including The Houston Post and The Dallas Times Herald. Clouding the future of the pro posed Tennessee Colony Lake, largest reservoir in the Trinity River de velopment scheme \( Obs., dispute between major companies that own rights to lignite on land in central East Texas that will be flooded if the project is carried out. Texas Power and Light wants the lake built as planned. The utility company already operates one lignite-fired plant in Freestone County on the west bank of the Trinity, and is part of a consortium that is building another facility directly across the river in Henderson County. TP&L wants to exploit its mineral rights and strip for lignite on the Henderson County site as soon as possible. The lake, if built, would cover stripmining scars on some of the land, and save the company a considerable reclamation bill. All TP&L asks is that levees be built to keep water out of the mine sites until they’re stripped. A little south of the TP&L leases, both Dow Chemical and North American Coal Co. own lignite rights which they consider long-term investments. They have no immediate plans to mine and so want to stall lake construction indefinitely. This conflict apparently was behind remarks by Col. John Wall, district engineer from the Army Corps of Engineers’ Fort Worth office. He told a May 31 meeting in Liberty, sponsored by the Trinity River Public Involvement Program, that the Corps “is making a re-evaluation of the Tennessee Colony site because of lignite deposits in the area.” John Henry’s advice The Texas Observer traveled to the nation’s capitol May 26 for a bene fit bash to raise money for its expansionist schemes, taking along 70 dozen Rosita’s tamales, 20 cases of Pearl beer and one John Henry Faulk. Fourteen nationally prominent journalists and writers sponsored the event, which drew more than 400 folks. Among those on hand were Texas Reps. Jim Mattox and Bob Krueger, Iowa Senator Dick Clark and the real Don Yarborough. It was an all-around good time, sweetened considerably by a net of $7,000about twice what was expected. John Henry suggested the Observer get out of journalism and into the party-giving business. For each of our Washington subscribers and good friends who worked so hard to produce this success, Dolph Briscoe has agreed to let loose 30,000 cubic feet of natural gas. The governor feels certain the special session of the Legislature will okay a pipeline for house-to-house delivery. This issue’s political intelligence was written with the help of Wade Roberts, John Spragens, Laura Richardson, Dick Reavis, Ray Reece, Jo Clifton, Don Gardner and Paul Sweeney. –Eds.