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Newswoman's complaint nixed

The Federal Communications Commission rejected a TV anchorwoman's complaint that a radio station attacked her by discussing whether she should have babies with a chance of inheriting her genetic disorder.

An attorney with the Western Law Center for the Handicapped, which represented KCBC-TV anchorwoman Bree Walker Lampley, said she won't appeal the decision.

"We've accomplished what we wanted to by filing the FCC action," said Paul Steven Miller, the center's director of litigation. "They needed to be called on the carpet in a serious way, and that's what has occurred."

In an Oct. 17 complaint, Mrs. Lampley and disabled rights groups maintained that Los Angeles radio station KFI-AM violated the agency's rule against personal attack and should be disciplined.

But Milton O. Gross of the FCC said the radio hosts had merely expressed disapproval of a disabled person's decision to bear children.

During a talk show last summer, radio host Jane Norris asked listeners whether Mrs. Lampley and her husband, KCBS-TV reporter Jim Lampley, were irresponsible in conceiving a child with a 50-50 chance of inheriting a disorder called ectrodactylism.

Mrs. Lampley has the disorder, which fuses the bones of the hands and feet. She is nonetheless able to walk normally and uses her disabled hands in almost a normal fashion.

She was pregnant at the time and has since given birth to a son with the condition. Her daughter also has the disorder.

Ms. Norris said she was pleased with the ruling.

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