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lOVvQ a place to grow Carroll Daily Times Herald Vol. 105 —No. 93 Return Postage Guaranteed Carroll, Iowa, Friday, April 19, 1974 — Eight Pages Delivered by Carrier Boy Each Kveninfi for 60c Per Week 15c Single Copy Big Share of Busing Funds to County The Iowa Senate has given final legislative approval to a bill to require local public school districts to transport private school students to their schools. The bill, approved 66-16 Thursday, now goes to Gov. Robert Ray, who is expected to sign it into law. With between 1,100 and 1,500 private school students within the Carroll Community School District, Superintendent Allen N. Stroh said the Carroll district is one of about six in Iowa which will receive the bulk of the state funds appropriated to implement the bill. Both Stroh and the Rev. Truckers Threaten to Strike DES MOINES. Iowa (AP)—If a bill legalizing 65-foot twin-trailer trucks does not come out of the Iowa Legislature, "chances are good" there will be some kind of truck strike, says a Teamsters Local 147 official. Charles Kirshbaum, executive secretary of the Des Moines group, said Thursday he is not in favor of a strike but has a hard time holding his men back on it. After Gov. Robert Ray vetoed a bill last month that would have legalized the longer trucks. Iowa Teamsters struck briefly without union authorization. A House-passed bill creating a State Department of Transportation (DOT) contains a similar provision for longer trucks. That bill is in a Senate- House conference committee. Richard Gilbert. Ray's press secretary, said the possibility of a truck strike would not change the thinking in the governor's office. Ray favors the DOT but is opposed to 65-foot double-bottom trucks. A nationwide shutdown is planned for May 13 by Overdrive Roadmasters. one of two large independent trucking organizations. In February, Iowa truckers took part in the nationwide shutdown to protest high fuel prices. Iowa Independent Truckers Association members are re- lunctant to participate in any more shutdowns, largely for economic reasons, said Charles Vaske of Dubuque. a board member. He said he believes independent truckers would hesitate to shut down over the double-bottom legislation. Area Forecast Partly cloudy and warmer Friday night with showers and thundershowers likely, lows 50 to 55. Showers and thundershowers likely Saturday, highs 70 to 75. Precipitation chances 40 per cent Friday night, 60 per cent Saturday. Thomas M. Donahue, Kuemper High School superintendent, said Friday the biggest thing needed in setting up a transportation system in the Carroll district is "close cooperation between the public and private schools." "We are very grateful that the State of Iowa looks so kindly upon us and wants to favor us in this manner," Fr. Donahoe said Friday in discussing the busing bill. "It has been our conviction for some time that all students attending an approved school are entitled to transportation — not just some of the students." he added. Fr. Donahoe said he sees the measure "as a good one, but one which may be difficult to implement. "It is going to require very close study and cooperation. We have students crossing district lines in every direction," he said. Stroh said the question of busing students who live outside the district is just one of many questions which will have to be answered before the transportation network can be established. "I think the bill if a fine thing for the Carroll Community School District, and we have quite a few private schools in our Iowa Sues Firm NEVADA. Iowa (AP)—The Iowa attorney general's office has filed suit in Story County District Court against J.B. Skeen Galleries. Itasca. 111. The suit filed this week asks restitution of purchases made by lowans. and an injunction against the firm to prohibit false statements or advertising. A state investigator who posed as a bidder at a Skeen art and jewelry auction in Ames last week accused the gallery of fraud. Asst. Atty. Gen. Douglas Carlson claimed in his suit that the gallery displayed written appraisals o'f jewelry carrying prices four to 10 times above "the realistic retail level of the merchandise." Prison Breakout RIO DE JANEIRO. Brazil (AP) — Forty prisoners armed with submachine guns shot their way out of a downtown Rio prison this morning, and seven persons, including one guard and one military policeman, were wounded, police said. The convicts fanned out through the north and south of the seaside city and gun battles were reported in at least five locations as police threw up barricades and surrounded small bands of convicts. Police said eight prisoners had already been recaptured, and appealed to the public over the radio to remain calm because the situation was being "brought under control." Funds Released WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's cities will receive all appropriated federal funds for community development by June 30. says Secretary of Housing and Urban Development James T. Lynn. Lynn said Thursday that $281 million will be released to enable urban renewal and neighborhood development programs in 430 communities to continue at approximately their previous funding levels. In addition, he said, $75 million will become available for Model Cities programs in 145 cities and some rehabilitation loan funds above the $60 million previously budgeted will be available to help urban renewal efforts. Signs Bills DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)— Gov. Robert Ray signed into law Friday a bill to pump another $25 million into the state school foundation plan intended to give teachers a 6.5 per cent pay raise. Ray also signed the so-called "puppy mill" bill, which sets standards for the care of animals, expecially by breeders. Book Awards NEW YORK (AP) - The 25th annual National Book Award for fiction has been won jointly by two authors, Thomas Pynchon, for his novel, "Gravity's Rainbow," and Isaac Bashevis Singer for his short story collection, "A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories." 'Swing Show 9 May 3,4 — Busy with preparations for the Carroll Community High swing show are Roger Hansen, coordinator, and Debra Osborn, in charge of ticket sales. The musical event will be presented May 3 and 4. Advance ticket sales got under way this week with all students -Staff Photo involved in the show selling tickets. Prices are $1.50 for adults and 75 cents for students. Rehearsals are being held nightly. district," the public school administrator said. "It will call for continued close cooperation between public and private schools in working out the details, but this is not insurmountable,'' he continued. The measure appropriates $4.4 million to the State Department of Public Instruction. Half of that amount would be used to transport private school students next year, and the other half would go to the School Budget Review Committee to pay for extra buses and other equipment. One of the biggest things the bill may do in the Carroll area Action on Subpoena Pondered WASHINGTON (AP) —The White House is pondering what to do about a sweeping subpoena that orders President Nixon to turn over a mass of tapes and documents to be used in the Watergate cover-up trial of his former top lieutenants. The subpoena issued Thursday by U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica directs Nixon to give the Watergate special prosecutor tapes and documents covering 64 presidential conversations. Special prosecutor Leon Jaworski had asked Sirica last Tuesday to issue the subpoena after what he said were unsuccessful efforts to negotiate a voluntary agreement with the White House. The subpoena was served late Thursday afternoon about two hours after Sirica signed it. It orders the materials turned over by 10 a.m. May 2. Withholding subpoenaed materials needed for the conduct of a trial is a tougher legal problem than resisting such requests from investigatory bodies. Two of the defendants in this case joined the prosecutor in requesting that the materials be subpoenaed. The new subpoena requests materials specifically for evidence in the trial, scheduled to start Sept. 9, of former White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman, ex-chief domestic adviser John D. Ehrlichman. former attorney general and Nixo^ campaign manager John N. Mitchell, and four others. Earlier subpoenas issued by the prosecutor's office had sought information for the grand jury rather than for a trial. One of these was upheld by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals here and led to the firing of original prosecutor Archibald Cox when he refused to halt the subpoena process. The White House later released the subpoenaed material. Some of the tapes also are being sought by the House Judiciary Committee, which is studying impeachment, in a separate subpoena under consideration by the White House. Another subpoena from the Senate Watergate committee still is in the courts. Golf Project Ground to Be Broken Apr. 23 Ground-breaking ceremonies for the construction of an additional 9-holes at the Carroll Country Club will be held at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 23. In addition to the construction of the new nine holes, the project includes some reconstruction work on the present nine. Play, however, during the 1974 season will not be interrupted. The membership of the club voted overwhelmingly earlier this year to undertake the $100,000 project. Club president Pat Moehn will be in charge of the ground-breaking ceremonies. A social hour in the club house will follow the ground-breaking. is to provide budget relief for the Catholic parishes. Currently, Kuemper High School has about $50,000 budgeted for transportation costs, and Fr. Donahoe said it is hoped most of that money can be saved, thus allowing budget relief for parishes contributing to Kuemper. "However, the bill as passed does not allow transportation for anything except going to school and returning from school," Fr. Donahue said, "so we will have to provide for extra-curricular transportation. But I think this can be done rather easily.'' Stroh said he feels the bill will be good financially for both the public and private schools, and added, "it will be a unifying influence in our district between public and private schools." The question of how a transportation network will be set up to serve the private school students in the district will be answered later jfter school administrators are able to meet with their school boards. Both Stroh and Fr. Donahoe, who were instrumental in writing portions of the bill, said the busing measure would not increase property taxes on the local level. The $4.4 million appropriated for the busing measure comes from an auxiliary services bill passed a year ago requiring public school districts to provide auxiliary services, such as special education and remedial education, to private schools. None of the $4.4 million was spent for that bill because the act has been tied up in a federal court suit. The busing measure replaces the auxiliary services act. But Stroh said that if the bill requires additional personnel, there may be an increase in the budget. He emphasized, however, that such an increase "is negligible compared to transportation costs." IPS Rebuilds Lines — Because of increased demand in Carroll for electrical energy, the Iowa Public Service Company is increasing the voltage on its lines throughout the city from 4,100 volts to 12.470 volts. Carroll IPS manager Darwin Petersen said Friday. The network will also give IPS the versatility to feed power from more than one station. Petersen said. Putting up the distribution lines on Tenth Street Thursday were Joe Webber, Carroll, Mark McMillan. Audubon. and Larry Stoll, Audubon, in the bucket near the top of the new pole. Costs Pushed to Record Highs by Food, Industry Price Boosts WASHINGTON (AP) Sharply higher food prices and a record jump in nonfood commodities pushed the cost of living up 1.1 per cent in March as the worst inflation in a quarter of a century held its grip on the economy, the government reported today. The Labor Department said last month's rise sent consumer prices 10.2 per cent higher than a year ago. the most in any 12-month period since an identical rise in 1948. For the first quarter of 1974, consumer prices rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 14.5 per cent, highest in any three-month period since the first quarter of 1951 during the Korean War. The gloomy economic report was the second in two days. The Commerce Department reported Thursday that the'Gross National Product — the nation's total output of goods and services — fell at a 5.8 per cent annual rate, the first decline in three years and the biggest drop in 16 years. Although the Nixon administration says it expects the economy to turn around in the second half of the year, some government analysts predict the next three months will be as bad or worse than the inflation for the first three months of the year. With inflation continuing unabated, the Labor Department said buying power of American workers fell nine-tenths of 1 per cent in March to a level 4.7 per cent below a year ago. It marked the biggest annual decline since the government began keeping that statistic in 1964. The 1.1 per cent jump in prices last month, on both a seasonally and unadjusted basis, compared with a 1.3 per cent rise in February and an increase of 1 per cent in January. It was the third biggest monthly jump since September 1947. The bill allows the public schools a choice of three ways to implement the bill: transporting private students in a public school bus, transportation by a contract school bus operator or by reimbursement to parents. Fr. Donahoe said the manner of implementation ''must be studied very carefully." One possibility of setting up the network, Fr. Donahoe said, is for the public school to contract with the private school for services already being rendered. "The bill says the public schools can contract with Busing, See Page 2 Break for Industries is Debated DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)—A bill to provide property tax exemptions for industry on air and water pollution control devices they are required to install was before the House again Friday. The House wrangled into the evening over the bill Thursday but finally adjourned after a squabble over interpretation of the rules. Reps. Norman Roorda, R- Monroe. and Floyd Millen, R- Farmington, said some kind of tax break must be given industry on pollution control devices they are required by the state or federal government to install. Millen said 43 other states already provide a tax break on such devices and Iowa must follow suit or new industry will shun the state and some industries already here will move out. Some of the devices cost millions of dollars, he said. He cited the Sioux City Stockyards, which he said is being compelled to spend $3.5 million to roof the stockyards to keep animal wastes from being washed into the Missouri River after heavy rains. He said he has about 100 letters from industrialists declaring it is hard for them to remain competitive with plants in other states which grant pollution control tax breaks. But Rep. Tom Higgins, D-Davenport, called the bill "little more than a miserable, dirty bribe to industries which have polluted our air and water for so many years." He said pollution prevention is a cost of doing business and it shouldn't be paid by the taxpayers. Tax bills of other property owners will go up because the bill would erode the local property tax base, he said. "You are going to throw yet another burden on taxpayers and do it in the holy name of big business," Higgins charged. Rep. Sonja Egenes, R-Story City, said industry already is receiving considerable tax benefit on pollution control devices through accelerated tax writeoffs permitted by federal law. Air,Ground Battles Range in Mideast By The Associated Press Syrian and Israeli war planes roared into action for the second straight day today as ground fighting raged for key positions on Mt. Hermon and along the 40-mile Golan Heights front. The Syrian command said its MIGs "scored direct hits" on I s r a e 1 i positions, "causing heavy losses in men and equipment," but Israel reported no casualties in the air strikes. The Syrians also claimed their missiles downed seven Israeli warplanes, but Israel said all its planes returned safely. The Tel Aviv command said the Israeli jets attacked artil- lery and troop emplacements six miles behind Syria's front lines, hitting Syrian targets for three hours on the slopes of Mt. Hermon and on the southern Golan front. In Lebanon, nine Israeli planes were seen striking a Syrian radar station on the peak of the Anti-Lebanon Mountains just east of the Syrian-Lebanon frontier. There was no immediate estimate of the damage or comment from the Syrian command. Control of Mt. Hermon is sought by both sides because its 9,200-foot peak commands a view for miles into Lebanon. Israel and Syria, and possession could be used as a 1 trading pointin disengagement negotiations. A Syrian communique said the downed Israeli planes were seen falling into Israeli-held territory on onto Mt. Hermon itself. An Israeli military spokesman said "all our planes returned safely." Syria also claimed that Israeli planes had bombed their own positions "inflicting casualties on their own troops" at Tel Al Arayess in the Golan Heights during confusion created by the Syrian missile attack. Israel called the claims "nonsense." The spokesman confirmed that SAM missiles had been fired at the Israeli planes, but said he could not confirm or deny that ground to ground missiles were employed. The Israeli jets struck at Syrian targets on the 9,200-foot peak and on the southern Golan front, a communique said. Israel's air action apparently was triggered when Syria shelled the Mt. Hermon defenders and Israelis on the southern bulge. Syrian communiques said ground fighting raged through the night and at this morning "the clashes spread to many areas of the front" involving tanks, artillery and ground to ground missiles.