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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS DOMINANT NEWSPAPER Of ARKANSAS AND SQWHSEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 22 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY. APRIL 15. 1954 SIXTEEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday Two Sewer Districts Play a Vital Role in 'All-or'-Nothing' Plan (•EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the last in a series of four articles explaining in simplified form the rudiments of the proposal for construction and financing of a citywide sewer system for Blytheville. This proposal is scheduled to be submitted to the voters at a special etecMon. In the interests "of keeping this review simple, no attempt •ha* been made to discuss the numerous technical details of engineering and financing which would be involved in any solution that might b« proposed.) Petitions that are now being drawn up and circulated in the proposed northern and southern improvement districts play a vital part in the accomplishment of Blytheville's current civic goal: new sewers. This is because the City Council has adopted a resolution which puts the sewer program on an "all or nothing at all" basis. In other words, let's either put in the entire system at once or skip the whole thing.- Here are the reasons why the + . Council took this action on March 23: 1) By doing all the work at once, it can be done at less cost than if three separate installations were required. 2) Any money saved in this manner could be passed on to the users in the form of either a shorter period of bonded indebtedness and a resultant savings in Interest payments, or lower sewer service charges. 3) Sistalling the "backbone system" in the presently-sewered part of the city but not including the areas without sewers would leave the problem only half- solved. This last point is true because there are parts of Blytheville where houses have neither city sewer facilities nor septic tanks. Sewers are needed in these areas far more than in the presently- sewered section. The Council's "all-or-nothing" resolution requires that the northern and southern improvement districts be formed before the City Council will sell any of the revenue bonds approved in the special election. Ike May Open Tax Files in FHA Probe WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Banking CommiW** today set public hearings for Monday on multi-million dollar housing- scandals. Chairman Capehart (R-Iud) said the first witness would b« Albert M. Cole, federal housing chief; Guy T. O. Hollydft?, resisted head of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA); and Clyde L. Powell, assistant FHA commissioner. By ROWLAND EVANS JR. WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower was reported ready today to order government tax files opened up for the Senate Banking Committee's probe of multi-million- dollar housing scandals. Some committee members none- "who were beneficiaries of big windfalls" aggregating 100 million dollars. " "We'll get the worst ones up theless felt strongly the inquiry would at least slow up Eisenhower's housing program — and perhaps kill it altogether for this session of Congress. Sen. Capehart (R-Ind), Banking Committee chairman, said he talked to the White House and expected to receive shortly a list of at least 251 firms or individuals ONE POINT to be remembered in connection with the sewer problem is that the proposed solution will be decided by the voters. The revenue bond ordinance now awaiting final Council action calls for a special election. Such an election could be held 15 days after passage of the bond ordinance. Since the 'Council could pass this ordinance at its April 20 meeting, an election could be held as soon as May 5. Actually, the 3850,000 revenue bond issue for the "backbone" system is all that will be voted on. A short, simple ballot will be marked either "For" or "Against" the bond issue. The improvement districts for the unsewered areas will be created by the City Council upon being asked to do so— by petition—by the people living in those areas. However, since everyone will— through the sewer charges—help pay for the "backbone" system, all Blytheville voters have a voice in this matter regardless of where in the city they reside. Provisions of the rate ordinance passed by the Council following a public hearing March 23 are included in the bond ordinance and hence the voters also will have the final say on the charges. * * * IF THE SEWER system is approved and built, residents of Blytheville would be required—by provisions of this bond ordinance —to connect their houses and businesses to the system. There should be no reason to find a requirement such as this startling, for unless the system, is used by ail, the health problem involved in the sewer situation is not solved. Actually, such a requirement exists now, but enforcement has been blocked by the inadequate condition of present sewers. Failure to connect with the new system within two weeks after being notified by the city to do so would be a violation of the law. Violators would be subject to a fine of not less Uian S2 and not more than $10 for each day's failure to connect. No charge would be made for connecting a house or business to the new system if this connection were made by Jan. 1, 1957. After that, a,$10 charge would be assessed and this charge would go up $10 each year until it totaled $100. After the $100 total is reached, this would be the connection charge thereafter. THE BOND ordinance would establish a three-man sewer commission with its members serving staggered terms of two, four and six years. They would be elected by the City Council. This commission would have charge of See SEWER on Page 5 County Officials Plan To Seek Re-Election Thirteen county officials indicated their intention of running for re-election by filing corrupt practices pledges with the County Clerk this week, eight at the Blytheville office and five at the Osceola office. DullesCites Indochina Talk Value SYRACUSE, N. Y. UP) — Secretary of State Dulles returned to the United States today and said he • was "well satisfied" with the results of his talks in London and Paris on Indochina. He added that he believed the Geneva conference would advance the cause of freedom in Southeast Asia. Dulles termed the Indochina war and the general situation in Asia a "disaster." "This disaster would be compounded if Indochina were lost," Dulles said. Dulles read a statement to newsmen on his arrival at the Syracuse Airport from Paris en route to his hideaway retreat on Duck Island n Lake Ontario. He said a more serious disaster 'can be prevented if the free r\a- ;ions are united—that unity of purpose depends on full understanding." Alliance Enhanced Dulles said the possibility of a 10-nation alliance simiar to NATO, proposed for the southeastern Pacific, "has been enhanced by my talks." The proposed alliance would aim to stem Communist expansion in Indochina and the rest of Southeast Asia. Some officials were out of town and have not filed yet. although they have indicated they will, Mrs. Elizabeth Blythe Parker, county clerk, said. Those filing the corrupt practices pledges at the Blytheville office were: Frank Whitworth, county treasurer; Philip Deer, county judge; E. M. Holt, county coroner; Mrs. Parker, county clerk: Geraldine Listen, circuit clerk; William Berryman, sheriff; Arch Lindsey. constable; tive. L. H. Autry, representa- Filing at the Osceola office were: Charlie W. Felts, justice of peace. McGavock township: A. E. Sadler, constable, McGavock township; Cliff Cannon, constable, Mon- here and put them under oath," he said in an interview. He also said he would "probably" confer with Atty. Gen. Brownell, at Brownell's request, on possible indictments which might come out of parallel probes by the administration itself, the Banking Committee and the Senate House Committee on Reduction of Nonessential Federal Expenditures, headed by Sen. Byrd (D- Va). Close Check Due The Banking committee had planned, to start final work on a housing bill next Tuesday. But what senators called "shocking exposures" indicated close scrutiny of both old and new sections in the House-passed bill and grave doubts whether the job could be finished in time for action during this Congress. One senator said the committee was "in no mood to write up a housing bill." Byrd told the Senate yesterday the housing program had been marred by extravagance and irresponsibility "if not actual fraud SINGLE COPY FIVE G»NT» ACTING F1IA HEAD—Norman P. Mason. 57. of North Chelmsford, Mass.. has been named acting: commissioner of the Federal Housing 1 Administration. Mason succeeds Guy T. 0. Hollydny, Baltimore mortgage b a n k' e r whose resignation Was accepted the previous clay as several government agencies probed possible scandals in the past history of the FHA. (AP Wircphoto) Humphrey Asks Fast Tax Action and graft." He prosceution may said "criminal result" if evidence shows government officials acted deliberately in such cases. Sen. Williams (R-Del) said on the Senate floor that indictments were "pending in the courts." WASHINGTON Secretary of the Treasury Humphrey today urged speedy congressional action on President Eisenhower's big tax overhaul bill, saying much busi- May Start Monday Capehart's committee was re- ness expansion is waiting for it to become law. In a speech prepared for the American Society of Newspaper Editors at the opening of its three- day annual meeting here. Humphrey also said the nation's econ- federal j omy is withstanding th ewdnoturn of military production "remarkably well." "I am confident of the future roe township: Herbert Shippen, j ported preparing an announcement ; and that we are not now neaded county assessor; W. P. Hale, justice of peace, Monroe township. Deadline for filing corrupt practices pledges is seme as for party loyalty pledges and filing fees, 12 o'clock noon. Apr. 28. House Ups Fund Total ForUSDA Agency 1$ First In Years to Get Request Upped By WILLIAM F. ARBOGAST WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department held the distinction today of being the first big federal" agency in recent years to win House approval of more money than it asked. House action in making addition after addition to the bill recommended by its Approbations Committee brought' an angry declaration from Rep. H. Cnrl Andersen (R-Minm that Secretary of Agriculture Benson sought to circumvent the committee through a secret White House meeting. "It's not the Congress of the United States writing this bill." said Andersen, head of the subcommittee which wrote it. "Here we are turning over to Mr. Eisenhower and the secretary of agriculture ... the right to write the agriculture bil." The measure, carrying $1.040,602,654 in cash and loan authority for the year starting July 1, was passed by the House yestercfny nnd sent to the Senate. The amount includes $720.102.654 in cash and $320,500.000 in lending authority— $21,300.841 more cash and 45 million more loan authority than the department, requested through the Budget Bureau. Never before in the memory of Appropriations Committee veterans had a big government department been voted more cash thnn it had requested. The customary procedure is for Congress to cut budget requests. Setback The House action was u stinging setback for the Appropriations that it would start public hearings j foi . a depression." he told the ap- I Committee, which had recom- next Monday. Since the charges of widespread proximately 400 editors. But he said fast passage of the mended thrit the department get the exact amount of cash and 45 scandal were first aired, two topi, ou " " c BR "V a . nu »«™ a ^ U1 "«= i million more lending authority than FHA official., have left their Jobs ! b ™ ad tax r f v *'°" ™asure now ™ aik"d autnonty than J iiofni-u fl-io Kjanafo T^innnr-B Pnm- lb «c"n-u. See IKE on Page 5 Ex-AEC Heads Called In Oppenheimer Case WASHINGTON (AP) — The two former chairmen of the Atomic Energy Commission plan to testify at the security hearing for pioneer atomic scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer both of them apparently in his behalf. before, the ^Senate Finance Com mitte would have "a tremendously helpful effect upon the economy." While the hill is basically a "long- overdue tax reform," the .secretary said, "it can help greatly the current economic transition." Hearings Underway The giant 875 page tax mtasure, already passed by the House, is Andersen said he wasn't invited to a secret White House meeting last Saturday, but he intimated some other House members were. Finally he said that "if the lid has been' blown off this bill and I have no fiscal responsibility." he too would support amendments for additional funds. The fact that the House approved 10 separate amendments boosting worded it- woud ease the tax load on business and individuals by an David E. Lilienthal, who headed , executive director of the Scientific j estimated $1,400,000,000 the first now the subject of hearings before j c ,. mmittee recommendations—none the Senrfte committee. As now j of thcm by close vote s—indicated the commission from the time it \vas formed in 1946 until 1950. said in a statement issued in New York last night he will testify for Oppenheimer. Gordon Dean, who succeeded Lilienthal and served until last summer, said he had been asked Dulles discussed the matter this . , „..., . . . week in London with British For- ! ney ' Whlle he would not dlscuss eign Secretary Eden and French Foreign Minister Georges Bidault. Dulles said "our common pur- Manpower Commission, a group set up by eight major scientific societies. Secertary of Defense Wilson implied yesterday that Oppenheimer had been eased out as an adviser to the armed forces last year. He said the committee on which Op- to testify by Oppenheimer's attor-; penheimer served had been abolished last July and added that wa; year. that proponents of bigger allotments, led by Rep. Hunter (R Calif>, had organized well in ad- i vance. Is Ordered in M'Carthy Case Army Files Charges, Dismisses Attorney WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret questioning of witnesses was ordered today in the row between Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) and top Army officials who have filed a new "bill of particulars" accusing the senator of improper pressure tactics. — + Meanwhile Frederick G. Fisher. one of the special lawyers picked to help the Army in its .flaming row wtli Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis), is out of the job because of former membership in the National Lawyers Guild. J. N. Welch, chief of the battery of lawyers retained by the Army for the public airing of'the dispute, confirmed the shiftr-and the reason for it—today as witnesses were Committee Okays Funds For Base Another step in thawing of funds fqr the $12 million reactivation of Blytheville's World War II air base was taken yesterday when the House Armed Services Committee approved rcprogram- ming of previously-appropriated funds. In its action yesterday, the House committee gave its okay to $2.717,000 which will be spent for purposes other than that for which it was originally authorized. Yesterday's approval will not be final until the committee votes on the entire military construction bill, which, it is now considering; item by item. Earlier, the Air Force had stated the $2.7 million will be used for airfield pavements and communications, navigational, (.mining:, maintenance, storage, shop and administration facilities. Humphrey said, "There are Biggest increase added by the many business projects around the J House was $6,452.584 to the school country which are being held up j \ unc ^ program, which Andersen's pending final decision on this re- committee alreadv had hiked by vision bill. . . . When the bill is $9,011.416. and which was allotted enacted, these new or expanding J $83,464,000 instead of the 68 milion what he will say, his acceptance of an invitation by the defense presumably means his testimony will pose" was set forth i n joint state- i be favorable to Oppenheimer. ments issued after each of those I Another prospective witness is Dr. Vannevar Bush, wartime head talks. He pointer 1 out that Thailand already had agreed to participate in the proposed 10-nation alliance and added "now President Magsaysay of the Philippines has indicated wiingness to participate." . Dulles said he believed the pro- of the office of Scientific Research and Development. An aide said Bush expect? to testify. The hearings for Oppenheimer. suspended from access to government secrets by order of President Eisenhower, are going on in a se- a "real smooth way" to get rid of a problem. He gave no other details. "Frankly, I have sympathy for anyone who made a mistake and then reformed. But I think they should be reformed somewhere else than in the armed services.' posed 10-nation alliance w o u Id j cret room somewhere in Washing- Sudbury Parents Meet Tonight • H. B. Richardson will be the speaker tonight when parents of Sudbury schol children meet in fn^ school's auditorium at 7:30. The meeting will be especially for parents of first, second and third grade children. Mr. Richardson will speak on the Salk polio vaccine program which will be carried on in the county late this month. Mrs. W. R. Summerville, Sudbury PTA health chairman, made head off Communist ambition to control Southeast Asia. Declines Answer He declined to answer any questions and said "I now have another very important engagement." He referred to his visit to his Lake Ontario retreat before going to Washington and returning to Paris early next week. He left for Main Duck Island in a two-engine amphibian aircraft. Mrs. Dulles accompanied the secretary. In Paris, American sources con- See DULLES on Page 5 # * * ton. The procedure is guided by strict rules formalized by the AEC in September 1950 in an effort to provide maximum protection for the rights of individuals and for the government's interests. ' Confidence Expressed The AEC has announced only that Oppenheimer was suspended, that a hearing is in progress and the membership of the three-man inquiry board. Expressions of confidence in Oppenheimer came yesterday from Dr. David Hill, chairman of the Federation.of American Scientists, and from Dr. Howard Meyerhoff, Red Troops Blow Up Portion Of Airstrip at Dien Bien Phu HANOI, Indochina W — The French hijfh command announced tonight that Communist-led Vietminh troops succeeded in entrenching themselves in the northern part of the main airstrip of the fortress of Dien Bien Phu, only 2,400 f««t from the heart of the bastion. An earlier announcement said rebels had been driven off. HANOI, Indochina The French high command reported today Vietminh rebels sneaked in during the night* to blow up the northern end of the main airstrip at beleaguered Dien Bien Phu and dug trenches across the strip. They finally were driven off. The Communist-led attackers got within 100 yards of the French defenders in the hard-pressed north- st corner of til? fortress where tnt airstrip lies. With Bangalore i planes in. torpedoes—high explosives on the end of bamboo sticks—they managed to rip up a big hunk of the airstrip's steel matting. In Tokyo, the U. S. Air Force announced the temporary transfer of a squadron of American C119 Flying Boxcars to the Philippines for airlifting supplies to Indochina, The Air Force said the squadron personnel would not normally travel the Indochina run, but would serve in maintenance, supply and administrative capacities. The rebels have poured tons of artillery shells into the Dien Bien Phu airstrip and put up a curtain of antiaircraft fire to keep planes from landing with supplies or evacuating the wounded. Thus far, the French have continued to repair the field each time it is hit in the 8 Traffic Cases Bring $646 in Bond Forfeitures A total of $646.75 was collected in Municipal Court this morning in bond forfeitures from eight cases of traffic violations. A. C. Brown forfeited bond of S61.75 on a charge of reckless driving after the original charge of driving while intoxicated wns reduced. Claris Gilliland forfeited $10 bond on a charge of speeding. Schultz Farm Machinery Co. forfeited $125 bond on a charge of being party to unlawful lease while E. L. Pierce forfeited $75 bond on a charge of hauling for hire without a permit. Mars Wholesale Grocery forfeited $75 bond on a charge of being party to an improper lease and Central and Southern Trucking Co. forfeited $50 bond on a charge of having no identification. Forfeiting $125 bonds on charges of having no 'Arkansas permit to haul for hire were J. B. Black and Carl Spellman. Mrs. Harriet Canada, director of county department of public welfare, resigned her position yesterday after serving with the agency eight years, six of which were as director. Her resignation will become effective on May 14 following her vacation. Appointed as acting director until a permanent one is chosen is Mrs. William Shannon of Little Rock. Mrs. Canada plans to become ope of eventually being able to get "-socr'cd with her husband in 1 busines*. businesses can so ahead with their plans, which will result in the creation of thousands of jobs and the vital expansion of our economy." The Treasury chief decried what he called "loose talking" about recession and possible serious depressions ahead. Average employ- requested originally by Benson. Lesser increases were voted for research, experiment statio'ns, extension service, forest roads and trails, free soil conservation maps, marketing research and state marketing activities. In most cases, the house restored cuts recommended ment in the past three months i by the Appropriations Committee, was 60 million." he said, the high- | which had trimmed some individ- est in any year except 1953, while ,, al it<1IT ,«. nnf1 i n r.rpa.<*rt others, personal income and construction contracts are running well ahead of a year ago. (Editors Note: Beginning in this space today .is the first in ' a series on the steel fabricating plant which is to be located in Blytheville by Central States Metal Co. "Industry and You" will include comments on this industry by local civic and business leaders' as well as facts on the effects of industry in a community.) New Portrait Studio to Open Blytheville's newest portrait studio, the Child Art Studio at 419 j 30 percent for scondary and 25 per West Main St.. will have its formal j cent for urban roads. Federal Highway Bill Goes to Ike Arkansans Slafed To Get $10,406,000 For State Roads WASHINGTON MP)—A bill calling for 966 million dollars a year in 'erieral highway financing—the biggest sum ever voted by Congress for the purpose-Ls on President Eisenhower's desk. The President is considered certain to sign the measure since he had recommended a big boost in federal road outlays, although not quite as much as Congress voted. Of the 966-million total in the bill, 875 million would go to states in grants and be matched, much of it on a dollar-for-dollar basi.s. However, the new expended program would not take effect until fiscal 1956 beginning July 1, 1955. The 966-million spending rate is authorized* for fiscal 1956 and 1957. WASHINGTON f/P) — Arkansas would receive $10,406.000 for state road construction under this federal aid for highways bill. The state would receive $2,494,0000 for interstate roads under the measure. The state-road found would be supplied on a 50-50 federal-state matching basis and would be allocated within Arkansas according to this formula: Forty-Five per cent for primary. "The benefits to be derived from the contemplated steel plant are unlimited. It is a plant that does not use our commodities that are grown in this section but is furnishing employment to a great many people who are consumers of the products we grow in this territory. » "The payroll brought into this town will be what is known as NEW MONEY coming into this territory and will be directly or indirectly beneficial to every business and professional man in BlytheviUe. It is a golden opportunity to achieve that which we have been seeking for a number of years."—B. A. Lynch, president, Farmers Bank and Trust Co. opening tomorrow. The feedral-state matching for- The studio, which will specialize j mula on interstate roads is 60-40. exclusively in child portraiture, is owned Hunter of Paragould. They operate a similar studio in Paragould. by Burk Brinton and Bill j f re nc/l Delay FDC Defeat6 PARIS (/P)—France's Cabinet to- The new studio will be managed j day postponed until May 18 its fin- by Lee Bearden. who has been as- a j decision National Assembly de- sociated with Mr. Brinton and Mr. Hunter since completing a course in child photography under William Mortensen at Laguna Beach, Calif, week later. bate on the European army plan. The government reportedly hopes the legislative talking can start a Phone Number Changes Here To Start at Midnight Friday Ike, Dulles May Meet AUGUSTA, Ga. (fP)~- Secretary of State Dulles may fly here next week to give President Eisenhower a. first hand report on efforts to build lar 2-2981. A number such as 4461, a Western Pacific defense wall ag-, will be rh--i<rd to POplflr 3-1461 With the issuance of ft new telephone directory by the Southwestern-Bell Telephone Co., all telephone numbers on the Blytheville exchange are being changed to make it possible to tie into the national long distance dialing network next month. The prefix POplar and the figure "2" or "3" will be added in front of all numbers on the Blytheville exchange in Arkansas beginning Friday at midnight. The remaining figures of the number will be the same as before. All numbers beginning with "2" will have the figure "2" placed in front of it and those numbers beginning with a figure "3" through "9" will have the figure "3" placed in front. For example—a number now listed as 2981 will be changed to, POp- *inst communism. Telephone numbers on the Blythe- ville exchange, just over the state line in Missouri wilKbe changed to read with the prefix OSborne and the figures "2" or "3". Thus, the number 2981 will be changed to OSborne 2-2981. In dialing the new numbers it will be necessary to dial all five figures, but not the profit name POplar or OSborne. The name prefix is used by the long distance operators in dialing direct from here to a telephone in another city. Blythevile will be tied into the national long ^distance dialing network next month. This number change over applies to all phones on the Blytheville exchange and outlying communities except Dell. That community will change at a later date. This long distance dialing system is already in operation between Blytheville and some cities in the sta te such as Little Rock and Jones- called for secret questioning to lay groundwork for the planned open hearings. Welch said he dropped Fisher after learning of the former guild membership, because "I didn't want a diversionary affair." The Lawyers Gulid has been described by the House Un-American Activities Committee as "the legal bulwark of the Communist party." The collision between McCarthy and the Army is a side development in the senator's hunt for subversives in government, which recently has centered on the service. Replacement Named The man picked to take Fisher's place, Welch said, is John Kimball Jr. Like Fisher he is a lawyer with Welch's Boston firm. Welch said the shift took place over the week end immediately following the April 2 announcement that Fisher never did actually go to work on the case. The closed door quiz session with witnesses was ordered after top Army officials filed their "bill of particulars" with the Senate investigations subcommittee yesterday, detailing their accusations that Me- Carthy had used improper pressure techniques. An informed source said the new outline was "stronger against McCarthy" than the original report which set off the inquiry. The subcommittee, putting on all speed it con to get the public hearings started a week from today, would not name the witnesses to be questioned by staff members, nor even tell just where or when the session woud ble.heci. Testimony Starts Sen. Mundt (R-SD), succeeding McCarthy temporarily as subcommittee chairman, told newsmen the group's special staff had orders to start "examining the witnesses and evidence" while the senators themselves grapple with problems of procedure. These include the role McCarthy will play in the inquiry. Mundt said he will call an extraordinary Easter Sunday meeting of the subcommittee to explore that with McCarthy if the Wisconsin senator returns by then from his trip to Arizona and Texas. The subcommittee and the Army refused to make public the seven- page typed statement of the Army's case, but an informed source said that it stuck tightly to the Army's original allegations that McCarthy and some staff aides used pressure tactics in efforts to win favored treatment for Pvt G. David Schine. The source said the new statement of charges is "more specific" in alleging that McCarthy backed the hand of Roy M. Cohn, the subcommittee's chief counsel, in seeking a commission and special assignment in New York for Schine. Before he was drafted last November, Schine was an unpaid consultant to the subcommittee. ARKANSAS—Cloudy, showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and east and south tonight, locally severe thunderstorms north this afternoon or tonight; Friday partly cloudy; cooler Friday and north and west tor.isht. MISSOURI—Cloudy this afternoon with scattered showers and thunderstorms except extreme northwest; partly cloudy northwest, cloudy elsewhere tonight with showers.and thunderstorms southeast and extreme south-central; Friday partly cloudy with showert or thunderstorms southeast; cooler Friday. Maximum yesterday—87. Minimum this morning—59. Sunset today—6:32. SunrUc tomorrow—5:27. Mean temperatum (midway bctwMtt high and low—73. Precipitation lait 24 hour* to »:00 a.m. today—none. Precipitation Jan. 1 to date—1B.S1. T»is Date L**t Year Maximum yesterday—70. Minimum yesterday—50. "rcclpitatlon January l to 118.21.

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