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Box 2085 Austin 78768 –swampy banks just off the highway hence the road’s name. Hooks and the chain saws were stayed when attorney Houston Thompson, a Thicket loyalist, filed suit asking that the company be enjoined from cutting the timber because the county’s bids for the job had been improperly advertised. The restraining order was granted, but Hooks says he will either readvertise the job or exercise his authority as commissioner and have the trees destroyed in the name of road maintenance. “You see, what’s best for the road is best for the people,” Hooks says, “and we have to make room for a little progress. Actually, less than one percent of the people oppose the cutting of the trees.” The commissioner says there’s absolutely no way he’ll leave all the trees standing, but he hasn’t yet decided how many he’ll have cut or whether he’ll do it with his fellow commissioners’ blessing. The College of Engineering Foun dation at the University of Texas at Austin recently landed another big one when the Gulf Oil Foundation bought itself a one-year membership in the college’s industrial associates program. Gulf paid $20,000 for the privilege of receiving UT research reports, thesis and dissertation abstracts, and other publications. A corporation can become an industrial associate by coughing up a minimum of $10,000, 40 percent of which may be spent as the company directs; the rest must be handed over as an unrestricted grant. Gulf will join eighteen other firms that have paid their way into the collegeevery single one of them bigbigbig companies, including Texaco, Arco, Exxon, Conoco, Mobil, Phillips, Shell, DuPont, General Dynamics and Union Carbide. Like the UT business mamminatel . school \(Obs., gineering apparently has no trouble selling itself. When 71-year-old Omar Burleson announced early this month that sixteen terms in the U.S. House would be enough, the Anson Democrat became the third member of Texas’ congressional delegation to say he’d not seek reelection next year. Burleson’s announcement followed formal notices by Lubbock’s George Mahon, a veteran of 44 years in the House, and New Braunfels’ Bob Krueger, who will run for John Tower’s Senate seat after two terms as a congressman. Others who have not formally announced plans, but who are considered certain to retire, are W. R. Poage of Waco and Olin Teague of College Station. It is expected that John Young of Corpus Christi and Ray Roberts of McKinney will also call it quits next year. The retirements, announced and expected, would leave seven of Texas’ 23 seats up for grabs in 1978. All seven are held by Democrats, and the departures from the House would cost the state three of its five full-committee chairmanships. “Capital Eye,” the statewide press panel show produced and moderated by journalist Winston Bode, has been abruptly dropped from the fall line-up at Austin’s KTVV-TV. For the first time in eight years, the show won’t be aired in Austin. The Public Information Corp., which operates “Capital Eye” as a nonprofit, nonpartisan project and distributes it free to TV and radio stations, learned of the cancellation in an Aug. 12 letter from Richard Miner, KTVV operations manager. “Miner mentioned the difficulty of juggling football and religious programming,” said Fred Bell, president of PIC. “Capital Eye” was normally seen Sunday mornings at 10. “Every time it comes to scheduling, we get hind tit,” Bode commented. “A public affairs show always gets kicked around.” He went on to say that “Capital Eye” would take its case to the public by urging viewers to write letters of protest to KTVV station manager Al Howard. Miner said he would be watching his mail. This issue’s Political Intelligence was assembled and written with the help of Bruce Selcraig, Ellen Debenport, Dana Ehrlich, Teresa Acosta, Paul Sweeney, Steve Russell, Tim Mahoney, Laura Richardson, and Debi Pomeroy. THE COMMODORE HOTEL On Capitol Hill Owned by Texans. 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