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Commerce Official Picked to Head FCC

From Associated Press

President Bush will nominate Commerce Department official Alfred C. Sikes as the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to succeed the deregulation-minded Dennis R. Patrick.

The White House said Wednesday that Sikes, a former Missouri broadcaster, will fill the seat vacated in December, 1987, by Mimi Weyforth Dawson for the remainder of a five-year term that began July 1, 1988.

The commission has had only three of its five-member complement since the 1987 resignations of Dawson and former chairman Mark S. Fowler. Patrick, a Republican who often has clashed with Congress, has been outnumbered by Commissioners Patricia Diaz Dennis and James H. Quello.

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