Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on February 20, 1973 · Page 1
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Tuesday, February 20, 1973
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INHDE- Editorlal 4 For women 5 Sports : 10-11 Comics 2 ..v 12 Classified 13-14 Entertainment 16 113th YEAR-NUMBER 212 The Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1973 IOCAL FOftECAST- Fair and cool tonight w 11K lows in mid 20s; Wednesday partly cloudy with no important temperature changes; highs in low 50s; sunset today 6:03, sunrise Wednesday. 6:57. Weather map on pags 5. PAGES-TEN CENTS Gasoline Tax Increase Proposed Road Program Keynotes Bumpers' Budget LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Gov. Dale Bumpers outlined before the Arkansas Legislature Monday his over-all budget recommendations, · including a road Construction program that calls for a $30 million expenditure to be financed by a one-cent per ·gaildn increase on gasoline and .use of federal revenue-sharing 'funds. (Related News On Page 5) . In the prepared text of his ·speech before a joint session, Bumpers said his plan "would produce $300 million over a 10- year period on a pay-as-you-go basis. In my opinion, this is infinitely preferable to a $400 million debt to be spent over an eight-year period." The governor skipped over that when delivering his speech. The $400 million figure was the one proposed for a highway construction bond issue proposed by the state Highway Commission. The governor told the legislators, however, that he was not "firmly locked in" and had not decided whether he would ask the General Assembly to a c t on the proposed increase in the gasoline tax or whether to refer the issue to a vote of the people this spring. He said he would decided within 72 hours. His prepared text called for a referral of the gasoline tax increase to the people for a vote, but he deleted that section of liis address. Under Bumpers' plan, the slate would earmark $15 million of revenue-sharing funds for road construction. Another $3 million of revenue-sharing funds would be held in reserve to be used for roads when it is determined that the money would not be needed to fund other agency budgets. Bumpers said a penny increase oh the tax on gasoline would produce about $12 million a year for a total program of $30 million, whicn he said was the minimum needed for a "viable" plan. The governor also proposed that $6 million from the increased tax revenues be set aside to match county funds for rural-road improvements. Bumpers said he became undecided about referring the gasoline tax to the people on Monday because he had talked with many persons during the day who discouraged the referendum approach. He said they argued against the vote because of the $300,000 cost of the special election and because it would establish a precedent. The governor said he could not iassess what chance a gasp- line tax increase would have in a special election. He also said it would be "tough" to pass the increase in the legislature. He said he was not .prepared to say at this time whether he would recommend that the legislature earmark the revenue- sharing funds for highway construction in the event the t a x increase failed. Also, he recommended funds lo give most teachers a 20 per cent increase in retirement benefits and provide a minimum of $100 a month for all retired teachers who are not eligible for Social Security. Bumpers said that in order not Vocational Schools Win Senate Approval LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- The Arkansas Senate approved $8.3 million Monday to construct ..and equip ;10 more vocational- 'technical schools,' despite concern expressed by Gov. Dale Bumpers over additional costs that will be imposed on t h e state to operate the facilities. In other action, the Senate completed legislative work on funding for the Ozark Folk Culture Center at Mountain View. The House, meanwhile, approved 93-2 the administration's bill to create a Public Building Authority that'would construct a state office building on the Capitol grounds. The representatives also defeated an admin- ,-"5 Visiting Downtown Saigon Viet Cong Lt. Gen. Tren Van Tra, right, and other V i e t .Cong officers are escorted by an Indonesian officer on a visit to President Thieu's capital. (AP Wirephoto) 1! More Former Prisoners Leave Philippines For Home CLARK AIR BASE, Philippines (AP) -- In unrestrained public joy at being free, American prisoners of war frolicked with more than 1,000 teen-agers today, and then 18 of them Hew out of Clark Air Base for the United States. · : The big C141 hospital plane was due at Travis Air Force Base in California about 6 p.m. EST. . One of the 20 Americans released Sunday by Hanoi was left behind.' He was Capt. Joseph Crecca Jr., 32, of East Orange, N.J., who has malaria. But doctors said his condition was not serious and he would be flown home later in the week. The 20th man, Lt. James W. Bailey, 30, of Kosciusko, Miss., ilew home Monday to be with his ailing father. So far, 163 American military and civilian prisoners have been released in North and South Vietnam, leaving 432 to be returned, according to lists supplied by the North Vietnamese. Hanoi is expected to free another large group early next week. A few hours before their departure today, a dozen of the Air Force and Navy fliers vis- (CONTTNUED OW PAGE TWO) istration-backed bill to create a state board to regulate private employment agencies. The vote was 44-37 with 51 favorable votes needed for passage. The House has already approved a version endorsed by the private employment agencies. The vote in the Senate on the vo-tech bill was 23-0 despite the apparent opposition of Bumpers. Most of the construction money would come from the general revenue surplus that Is accumulating in the state treasury. Bumpers told the Legislative Joint Budget Committee last week that he recognized the popularity of vocational-technical schools but he feared the sudden proliferation of the schools would balloon the state's operating costs by $5 million to $10 million a year in fiscal 1975, when the schools would go into operation. All the costs will have to be borne without federal help. The governor warned the committee that a tax increase would be necessary in 1975 if the legislature was not careful this year about the kind of programs it began. Bumpers has not said, however, whether he would veto the legislation, if it clears the House. SPRINGDALE SITE The schools would be constructed in Pulaski County, Batesville, Newport. Springdale, De Queen, McGehee, Mena, DeWitt, Melbourne and. Crossett. The $690,561 appropriation for the Folk Culture Center was approved 33-1 on the third attempt in the Senate, the second vote of the day. The bill earlier had been approved by the House. · · The money, including $300,000 in cash funds now held by the state Department of- Parks and Tourism, would be used to open the center on April 1 and operate it until the beginning of the next fiscal year July 1. A separate appropriation is to be considered to fund the facility's operations for the next two fiscal years. · The center was built largely with federal funds and the state acquired the lease to operate the facility from a private firm that experienced financial troubles. The decision by the Parks and Tourism Department to obtain the lea§e without the specific authorization of the Gener(CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) Falling Tide Traps Ice Fishermen Six men fishing on frozen salt water inlet off Revere, Mass., were trapped when' falling lide broke ice free of t h e shore. Here rescuers struggle toward men,, beach boat on ice and finally, right, bring victims pho(o) · ashore. (AP Wire- Fighting Slackens In Vietnam SAIGON (AP) -- The number of cease-fire violations reported sy the South Vietnamese dropped 20 per cent today to the lowest level in more than two weeks. There was no immediate ex- The Saigon command report- planation for the decrease nor ed 135 Communist attacks diir- to jeopardize the . actuarial soundness of the teacher retirement s y s t e m , he recommended that the state imme- diatly transfer $4 million from the Capital Reserve Improvement Fund to the retirement fund. The governor also recommended $1.5 million'to provide "equalization" money to give special assistance to the 55 poorest school districts in the state and districts that have had a high growth rate in enrollment. Bumpers aid his recommendations for the colleges and universities were somewhat less than he had hoped to recommend. He said that exclusive of the University of Arkansas Medical Center, his recommendations represented a 16.9 per cent increase across the board in general revenue funding for the first year and an additional half per cent increase in the second year of the biennium. While Bumpers' recommendations were on ; operating budgets, the governor said that he also was recommending $14.6 million for construction of new facilities on the campuses of colleges and universities and that he now believed that a substantial portion of secondary priority projects in the highefr v education construction prograni may be funded. COLLEGES CUT \ Bumpers said he had reduced his original recommendation for the community colleges from $4.5 million to $3.5 million iu the next fiscal year. Bumpers proposed a balanced budget to the General Assembly. It called for expenditure of $396,359,140 in the 1373-74 fiscal year and $418.398,860 in the following fiscal year for general operation budgets: He said the budget was de^ signed to provide a contingency fund "against the uncertainties of the future and hopefully against any future tax in^ crease," to set aside most of the revenue-sharing funds for a "badly needed" highway program, and to "show conclusively that we can meet all of the legitimate needs of this state and still live within our means." The governor said the budgeting process this year had evidence it resulted from the appeal Saturday by the Joint Military Commission to stop the bloodshed. Cease-Fire SaidArranged By Rival Factions In Laos Rockefeller Worse PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) -- Former Arkansas Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, hospitalized here six days ago with a chest ailment, remained in critical condition today, a hospital spokesman said. Rockefeller, 60, underwent surgery last year in'New York for removal of a malignant cyst from his back and since has been under a program of chemotherapy. ' SAIGON (AP) -- Vientiane radio announced today that the' royal Laotian government a n d the Communist Pathet Lao have agreed on a cease-fire for Laos and a signing ceremony will be held Wednesday. The announcement did not describe terms of the cease-fire or specify when it would take effect. It said only that "a ceremony for signing the cease-fire agreement will be held"' in Vientiane at 11 a.m. Wednesday local time -- 11 p.m. today EST. The Communist-backed Path- et Lao h a v e been negotiating with the government of Premier Spuvanna Phouma for weeks in attempt to get a cease-fire. The Communist spokesman in Vientiane made no mention ol how the Pathet Lao-proposed cease-fire agreement would be supervised or whether it would _up( call for withdrawal of foreign troops. The North Vietnamese have 65,000 soldiers in the coun try, backing the Pathet Lao in their drive to take over. Prince Souvanna said earlie he would not be able to accep such a cease-fire because of th By Ex-Reporter Alan Cranston National Shield Law Sought WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. reporter in Alan Cranston, a prewar Germany and Italy, asked Congress: today to grant newsmen the unqualified privilege to refuse to disclose their confidential sources. In testimony prepared for a Senate subcommittee hearing on newsmen's privilege, Cranston drew on his experience as a news-service correspondent in Europe before World War II. · The California.Democrat said t h ' a t without confidential jources many, news stories would never be written, "I was' ' giVen Information ·bout those fascist regimes by nformants who would 'have been sent to concentration camps or shot outright if I had r e v e a l e d their identities," Cranston said. Cranston testified at the start of new hearings by the Senate subcommittee on constitutional rights, which is considering eight proposed laws on newsmen's privileges. The issue arose over the jailing of several newsmen following the Supreme Court's ruling last June 29 that they have no constitutional right to refuse to disclose confidential information to grand juries. . - " ' Cranston is sponsoring whal he called a "no-loophole" bill drafted by the American News- japer Publishers Association to ;xtend protection to work notes as well as confidential materials, and to cover states as well as federal jurisdictions. Meanwhile, a Senate Commerce subcommittee summoned Clay T. Whitehead, director of President Nixon's Office of Telecommunications Policy, to elaborate on the administration's proposed television license-renewal legisla tion. Whitehead prompted accusations of intended censorship with a speech last December hreatening to hold local sta tions accountable for "imba ance or consistent bias" in ne work news programs. The Justice Department a ready has opposed newsmen's privilege legislation in test nony at hearings before House Judiciary subcommittee At today's Senate hearing Sen. James B. Pearson, R Kan., advocated a qualifie privilege for newsmen. Pearson said professional r porters cannot meet their obi gallon to disseminate the new "without full opportunity gather newsworthy informatio from confidential sources," :on tinning threat of Hanoi's oops. He said the cease-fire uld only follow agreement on oop withdrawal. That presumably would in- ONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) Court Refuses Sirhan Review WASHINGTON (AP) -- The upreme Court today declined } review the conviction of Siran Bishara Sirhan for the nurder of Sen. Robert F. Kenedy. Sirhan's lawyers claimed in n appeal that police had earched his mother's home un- onstitutiorially after the 1968 hooting and that there was ew evidence he did not fire ic fatal bullet. The court rejected the appeal -0 without comment. Sirhan, 8, is serving a life sentence. He initially was condemned to xecution but was resentenced after the California Supreme Court outlawed capital punish- ing the 24 hours ending at 6 a.m., including fighting : in Quang Tri Province, just below the demilitarized zone; near the Cambodian border 30 miles west 'df Saigon; and in the western Mekong Delta. The South Vietnamese have been reporting an average of 170 violations a dayfor the past week. Most are small incidents. Two investigations of alleged major violations' began today. Teams from both the International Commission of Control and Supervision and the Joint Military Commission launched a field, probe into the shooting down of a U.S helicopter on a peacekeeping mission Friday near An Loc, 60 miles north of Saigon. Five crewmen were wounded, one critically. The United States blamed the Viet Cong. Another team from the military commission-jwhich comprises the United States, North and South Vietnam and the Viet Cong--arrived in Da Nang to begin an investigation of heavy fighting around Sa Huynh. a fishing village on the northern coast about 90 miles south of Da Nang. CONTROL CLIMED The Viet Cong said it controls Sa Huynh and the Saigon government has been attacking the area in a "land-grabbing oper- ation." :The Saigon command claims its troops never lost control of the area. But there have been reports from other sources that the South Vietnamese lost control, then regained (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) ment. Kennedy was slain June 5, 968, at the Hotel Ambassador n Los Angeles after winning he state's Democratic presidential primary. Following the shooting, police learched Sirhan's bedroom in lis mother's home in Pasadena vithout a warrant. They recovered notebooks containing an entry, "RFK Must Die," and used them at the 1969 trial. In response to the appeal, laliforria state officials said the state Supreme Court had ruled correctly that emergency circumstances justified the search without a warrant. Sirhan's lawyers, in trying to win a new trial for him, claimed also that a team of psychiatrists, physicians, physicists and others had uncovered "significant physical evidence" that Sirhan did not fire the fatal bullet. The state replied that "un- (CONTOTUED ON PAGB TWO) Weems Opens Fresh Attack LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Pros. Ally. Sam A. Weems of" Stuttgart has issued summons for U.S. Atty. W.H. "Sonny" Dillahunty and Ray M. Biggerstaff, director of the state Commission on Crime and Law Enforcement, regarding "possible bribery." The summons ask the men to appear at Weems' office in Stuttgart on March 5, Dillahunty at 2 p.m. and Biggerstaff at 4 p.m., "to testify in the matter of an investigation to be conducted by the said prosecuting attorney regarding possible bribery." Contacted today, Weems said, "I'll let the summons speak for themselves." The development comes less than one month after Weems was acquitted on charges of falsifying information in an application for a federal grant that would have come through the crime commission. Dillahunty prosecuted the case for the federal govern ment. Death Suspect Faces Charge SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) Sheriff Douglas James says he will seek four more first-degree murder charges against a former honors student already charged with six killings here within a month. The new complaints would bring to 10 the number of murder charges against Herbert Mullin, 25, of nearby Felton. Thirteen murder victims have been discovered in this picturesque coastal resort area in the past six weeks. James said Monday he will seek new murder charges against Mullin in the shooting deaths of four teen-age boys at their forest campsite. The bodies were found Saturday by the brother of one of the victims. James said each of the four had been shot in the head with a small-caliber weapon. The six slayings with which Mullin was charged earlier been the most difficult ever because of the record genera! revenue surplus building in the state Treasury, t h e "sudden growth" of revenues, the federal revenue-sharing, cutbacks in federal funds for some programs, and uncertainty due to the cutbacks at the federal level, inflation and the attack on the dollar in foreign markets. Bumpers said he had worked diligently to present "a very reasonable, fiscally responsible budget, providing for all the basic needs of our people," plus the continuation of programs he said he considered essential, whether funding with state o? federal money in the past. FEDERAL PROGRAMS He said he had not attempted nor did he think it wise to recommend that the state pick up all federal programs that had been discontinued or were in jeopardy as result of impoundment, changes in guidelines or other reasons. In recommending his highway program, Bumpers proposed that the legislature set aside $6 million from the tax increase to be used to match county funds for the rural road program. "I am firmly convinced and dedicated to the idea that the paving of rural roads will do more to improve the economy of our state, do more to improve rural life, do more to balance rural and urban growth were committed with small- caliher weapons. The sheriff said that, on the basis of the "result of a laboratory comparison of bullets and shell casings found at the 'scene of the crime" he would ask (CONTINUED ON XAGE TWO) than most anything Bumpers said. we can "People e c o n o m i c a n d educational prefer the rural life and if the opportunities exist, if primary health care is available, and if there are decent roads to ge( them out of the mud and dirt, they will build their home there, they will live there, and (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) Wednesday Likely To Bring Mild Temperature, Clouds By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A weak frontal zone moved outheastward across Arkansas his morning. The front ran from a low iressurfc wave over the eastern Jreat Lakes southwestward across southern Illinois and eastern Arkansas to south- central Texas. Some scattered light rain de veloped along and ahead of the front over portions of Nebraska and Kansas Monday, then m o v e d southeastward into northern Arkansas during the night. The very light precipitation this morning was over the east central section of Arkansas. I jvas expected 4o move to th«i outheast out'of the state todayj Another low pressure trough , _nd frontal system was moving southeastward into Montan^ and the Dakolas today and was expected to pass through Arj kansas late Wednesday OF Wednesday night. The air mass ahead of trH system will be quite dry and no precipitation was indicated. It will' be fair and a little copier tonight, becoming partly! cloudy''with little temperature change Wednesday. Lows tonight should be In thq mid 20s to low 30s and highs Wednesday in the 50s north tS the low 60s in the south. ;

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