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Comsat RSI wins state contracts

Comsat RSI, the manufacturing arm of Bethesda-based Comsat Corp., said yesterday that it has won two contracts worth a total of $8 million to provide satellite technology for two state governments' "distance learning" networks.

The company said Virginia awarded it a contract to provide three digital "uplinks" for sending programming from the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University. The company will also provide "downlinks" for receiving programs at other locations. Under the other contract, Comsat RSI will install 35 satellite downlinks at Florida penal facilities.

Green Spring gets Va. deal

Columbia-based Green Spring Health Services Inc. has been selected by Ukrop's Super Markets, a 23-store grocery chain in the Richmond, Va., area, to manage mental health and substance abuse benefits for its employees.

The contract, which covers almost 4,000 members, begins Oct. 1 and will be managed through Green Spring's Virginia office.

Judge issues order against firm

The Securities and Exchange Commission won a preliminary injunction against a Waco, Texas, company that was selling "interests" parceled from insurance policies of people with AIDS.

Federal Judge Royce Lamberth issued the order yesterday after concluding that the SEC had given strong evidence that Life Partners Inc. and its chairman, Brian Pardo, were selling unregistered securities in violation of federal law.

Bell Atlantic decries 'sick out'

Bell Atlantic Corp., still mired in unproductive labor talks nearly a month after expiration of its largest union's contract, accused the Communications Workers of America of disrupting customer service by staging a sick-out yesterday.

Bell Atlantic spokesman Dave Pacholczyk said about 2,000 of the 37,000 CWA members at the company called in sick. He said most of the absences were in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, and there was no such activity in Maryland.

Eric Rabe, another Bell Atlantic spokesman, accused the CWA of orchestrating the absences and vowed the company will not buckle under to "union pressure tactics."

Implant makers may make deals

Breast implant manufacturers, granted another week to restructure a $4.25 billion settlement of breast implant claims, said yesterday that they will seek individual agreements if they fail to reach a new industrywide deal.

U.S. District Judge Sam Pointer in Birmingham, Ala., granted the extension Wednesday after lawyers for plaintiffs and manufacturers told him they failed to meet his new settlement deadline.


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