BRIEFS

BRIEFS

AMERICA MINERAL READY

TO MINE IN ANGOLAJOHANNESBURG - America Mineral Fields Inc. said Wednesday it was ready to begin work on its concessions in Angola's Cuango River valley, recently evacuated by former UNITA rebels.

America Mineral, based in Hope, Ark., said it would send workers to Angola after confirmation the government had taken control of the Cuango from UNITA.

ENTERGY CORP. IS FORCED

TO LOWER UTILITY RATES

BEAUMONT, Texas - Entergy Corp. customers will pay lower utility rates because of a ruling by the Texas Public Utilities Commission.

Wednesday's decision by the PUC forced the utility to reduce its rates because of performance problems, the first time since 1982 that the PUC has penalized an electric company for poor service.