Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on December 16, 1977 · Page 7
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Hope, Arkansas
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Friday, December 16, 1977
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Friday, December ifi, 1977 HOPK < \HK > STAR , rn Death chain her plan gets committee OK LITTLE ROCK (AP) - With little else it could do, and little inclination to do it, a legislative committee quickly gave the go ahead Thursday to a plan to build an execution chamber at the Cummins Unit of the prison system. The Committee on Charitable, Penal and Correctional Institutions had no authority to stop the plan, anyway, since the legislature itself passed a law earlier this year authorizing the project. The legislature also appropriated |75,000 to pay for it. Robert A. Newcomb, assistant to Corrections Department Director Jim Mabry, said after the meeting that if the construction contract goes out for bids next month, a chamber could be operable eight months later. No one has been executed in Arkansas in more than a decade. The method of execution authorized by Arkansas law is electrocution. However, the facilities which were used for executions years ago have been put to other uses, or have become useless because of their age. Sea Clarence E. Bell of Parkin asked last month that the department delay a request for bids on the project to allow legislators time to explore other methods or procedures for executions. Bell said he did not think the death chamber would ever be used in Arkansas because the chief executives of the state would not allow executions. He said spending $75,000 on an execution chamber would be a waste. On the chance that he was wrong and an execution might actually be carried out under Arkansas law, some arrangement should be made to use the facilities of some other state, Bell said. Sea John F. "Mutt" Gibson of Dermott said it didn't seem right to him to have a situation where someone condemned under the laws of Arkansas would be executed by someone other than the people of Arkansas. Other members also said switching execution methods would involve other costs and also raise legal questions about the executio law. Rep. Bobby Glover of Carlisle, who has talked about running either for lieutenant governor or secretary of state next year, said he was growing weary of the delays in the plan to build a death chamber. He said it was time to get the project going. "I'm not bloodthirsy, don't misunderstand me," he said, explaining that a survey at Fort Smith drew 2,000 responses and about 86 per cent of them considered the death penalty a deterrent to crime. After the $75,000 was appropriated for the chamber, an architect estimated that the cost, as the chamber has been designed, would be about $100,000. Jim Mabry, the director of the Corrections Department, said inmates might be used to do some labor on the construction of the chamber, holding down the cost Farmers reminded to vaccinate calves WASHINGTON (AP) - The Agriculture Department says that farmers, particularly in the South, need to pay more attention to vaccinating calves against brucellosis. "The practice of routinely vaccinating heifer calves is especially desirable for herds in the relatively high-risk areas of the South," according to Frank J. Mulhern, head of the department's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. "But it's also desirable for the northern dairy herds that produce many of the replacement heifers for Florida and other southern states." Mulhern's recommendaton was included in a background paper this week on the brucel- losis problem. Also called Bang's Disease, brucellosis has been the target of federal and state eradication efforts for many years but still costs farmers an estimated $30 million annually. Eleven states currently account for more than 90 percent of the nation's cattle herds with brucellosis problems, Mulhern said. Those are Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri. Of 3.8 million calves vaccinated nationwide last year, »nly 500,000 or 14 percent were in the 11 states, he said. Yet, those produce about 20 million calves a year, 40 percent of the total U.S. calf crop. Russia backing off from grain buying WASHINGTON (AP) — The Soviet Union has virtually closed the door to buying more U.S. wheat and corn this year than officials here already have been saying it will purchase. For at least two months, the Agriculture Department has been counting on the Soviets to buy 15 million metric tons of grain for delivery in the 1977-78 year which will end next Sept. 30. The United States earlier this fall gave Moscow permission to buy up to 15 million tons without further discussions. Under a five-year agreement, the Soviet Union is committed to buy at least 6 million tons annually and can have up to 8 million tons if it chooses without further talks. After giving approval for up to 15 million tons, department officials have said repeatedly that they expect the Soviet Union will take the full amount, probably 10 million tons of corn and 5 million of wheat. After a meeting with Soviet officials, Assistant Agriculture Secretary Dale E. Hathaway said in Moscow this week that he was informed that Russia will buy "substantially more" than 8 million tons of grain, but not more than 15 million tons. During the agreement's first year, which ended Sept. 30, the Soviet Union bought about the minimum of 6 million tons of wheat and corn. So far for the 1977-78 year, sales to the Soviets of about 6.4 million tons have been reported to the department by private exporters. That includes about 4.1 million tons of corn and 2.3 million tons of wheat. Safety commission accused of falling WASHINGTON iAPl - The public spent $157 million over four years on a government safety agency that had only a token effect on reducing the number of dangerous products, a congressional study says. The General Accounting Office, a congressional investigating agency, on Thursday delivered a highly critical report on the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is supposed to "protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury associated with consumer products." The GAO said the commission took an average of 834 days to develop its first three standards under the Consumer Product Safety Act, compared to 330 days specified in the act. These three standards were for swimming pool slides, architectural glass and matchbooks. The GAO said the three prod- ucts nccoun; for loss than \ percent of the injuries that require treatment in hospital t rooms. "Also, up to Dec. 30. 1976, the commission was developing standards to protect consumers from the unreasonable risk of injury associated with three other products — television receivers, aluminum wire and power lawnmowers. None of these standards had been issued as of June 30, 1977, although they hsd boon under development for an average of 845 days." The commission, in a response printed with the GAO report, said the criticism close- Iz parallels several internal commission recommendations. The commission said the GAO report "largely disregards the operational revisions which have been initiated or completed by management." Vhr 1'i.AO s;\ui the commission has not devised a process for writing safety standards that allows outside groups to offer s!;in<l.irii>. "Tnf commission's hands-off policy resulted down on job in inadequate Ki'idanoo and direction to offerers," GAO said. Both industr\ and consumer groups have proposed safety standards for various products Tin' commission in its re- MVMW to (he GAO noted that th-w siiiiRpsting guidelines have asked for an extension of tune, delaying the effective date for the standard, in all cases etccpt one. The commission, which f operations in M.-n 107:1. spent $157 million us of 30. 1977. the GAO said. ll.S. backtracks on ice cream substitute WASHINGTON (AP) - An imported substitute won't be replacing natural protein In the 800 million gallons of ice cream produced in this country yearly after all, as the federal government backtracks under dairy industry pressure. A Food and Dnig Administration spokesman said Thursday it was reneging on a plan originally announced in May to allow ice cream makers to use sodium caseinate In place of non-fat dry milk. The FDA said then that it had decided the nutritional and taste qualities of ice cream wouldn't be hurt by the switch. The Ice cream industry agreed and noted ib costs would be cut about 5 cents a gallon by using the European import, already in the American kitchen In the form of nondairy coffee creamers, whipped toppings and Instant breakfast drinks. But the American dairy farmer balked. He argued that the change would cut his Income and add $300 million to the Agriculture Department's spending for dairy supports. In announcing the decision to keep sodium caseinate out of America's favorite dessert, at least temporarily, the FDA said it had determined the additive might lead to less nutritious tee cream. "We have decided to revoke it (the rules change) because U would be possible to make an ice cream that was leas nutritious than the current Ice cream," FDA spokesman Wayne Pines said. Sodium caseinate, made by reducing skthi milk to its dry protein residue, Is a protein similar to that in non-fat dried milk. It once was produced In the U.S., but the beginning of federal price controls In tw ended Its commercial value as dairymen switched to prodding dry milk — which wn.i co\ ered by the subsidy. The FDA's proposed 35?;{,:}-, was to have gone into effect June 13, but was delayed ftn more study because of the dairy Industry objections, Pines said a statement revoking the regulation Is being prr- pared by the FDA and will be published soon In the Federal Register. "The o v n n i ni| o t I i f r brings with it its lamp." Josoph Jmibort A metric ton is 2,205 pounds and is equal to 36.7 bushels of wheat or 39.4 bushels of corn. Another related development reported in Moscow at a meeting of the Supreme Soviet, was that this year's grain harvest turned out to be 195.5 million tons. Although sharply less than last year's record harvest of 223.8 million tons and about 8.3 percent below Moscow's initial goal of 213.3 million tons for 1977 production, the new figure is slightly more than had been estimated On Nov. 2, Moscow issued its first 1977 harvest estimate of 194 million tons, about 10 perd cent less than the 215 million U.S. experts had forecast There had been rumors in the private grain trade that the 194 million tons might be substantially more than the actual Soviet harvest and that Moscow would seek much more U.S. grain than had been indicated. But with this week's new estimate now slightly higher than 194 million tons and the indication Moscow will not seek more than 15 million tons of U.S. grain, those speculations appear incorrect. Thus, barring a dramatic change in the current outlook, the Soviet Union will not buy more than 15 million tons of U.S. grain tiiis year. This means that market prices already have been adjusted to those prospective purchases and probably will not react much further unless Russia pulls a surprise and decides to ask the United States for permission to exceed 15 million tons this year. ^_ DISCOUNT CINTE WHERE YOU'U fIND WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR.,.FOR LESS! HWY. 4 North-Hope, Ark. OPEN 9AM-9PM OPEN SUNDAYS 1PM-6PM SKIN BRACER Tennis Racket, Golf Club OLD SPICE AFTERSHAVE DECANTERS Ships wheel or Lighthouse PRICES GOOD THRU SAT DEC. 17 mmmm SPRAY SNOW 130Z.CAN —* *vjn.» HUN GUMBALL MACHINES MASTER CHEFl SPICE OF LIFE JUMBO GIFT WRAP 30" ROLL SET OF 10 PIECE HOWARD'S HAS ALL YOUR FAMILIES NEEDS AT LOW PRICES! ALL KING SPORTS TENNIS RACKET DONNIE& MARIE OSMOND DOLLS 96 PUNCH SET SERVICE FOR 12 88 LA% HOMELITEXL HOMEOWNERS ,2tV CHAIN SAW VISE 10" BAR & CHAIN LOCKING SWIVEL BASE ST. 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