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10A Northwest ArVansai TIMES, Sun., July 14, 1974 FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS According To Per Capita Income Census Bureau Booklet Ranks The States Â·: By RICHARD J. MALOY 'Â· TIMES Washington Bureau WASHINGTON -- Here is a roundup of news items gathered ^in the nation's capital by the staff of our Washington Bureau. INCOME BY STATE: If you are hunting tor a place where you can enjoy a good income, the Census Bureau has a handy new publication. The publication ranks states and localities by the amount of income earned by their residents, which in turn is a good guidepost to where high income jobs are located. The publication can also help steer folks away from locations around the nation where the average income is low. The rankings by income are based on data collected during the 1970 census, but no signifi cant changes have taken place since that time. The state with the highest per-capita income in the nation is Connecticut, where the figure is S3.885 per year. Other states in the top 10 per- capita income ranking include the District of Columbia Alaska, New Jersey, California New York, Nevada, Maryland Ilinois and Massachusetts. Ranked about in the middle, are such states as Minnesota, Wisconsin, Virginia, New Hampshire, Kansas and Iowa where per capita annual income ranges, from 13,000 to $2,900. Ranked at the very bottom is Mississippi, with an annual per-capita income of $1,325. Also amonrg the bottom 10 states are Tennessee, New Mexico, Kentucky, South Carolina, West Virginia, Louisiana, Alabama, South Dakota and Arkansas. Examining metropolitan areas, the Census Bureau said the Stamford, Conn, area ranks number one in the U.S. with per capita income of $6,319. Looking at counties,, the Census Bureau found that two counties in the Washington B.C. suburbs rank at the top; Arlington County, Va. and Montgomery County, Md. GASOLINE PRICES: The inflation-burdened consumer gol a break in a new ruling by the Federal Energy Office (FEO). ' FEO ordered the major of companies to sell the new unleaded 'gasoline at a price iust one cent more per gallon ban they charge for regular ;rade fuel. The oil companies wanted to charge the same price for unleaded gas as they now do for premium fuel, which costs about four cents more than regular. All new model cars coming on the market this fall must be run on unleaded gasoline because of their pollution control equipment. SLUSH FUND: Special interest groups have accumulated a political slush fund of $17.4 million to. contribute to congressional candidates this year. Reports on file here show that the groups, which represent both industry and labor, have already handed out $2.7 million of the money to candidates but still have $14.7 million to spend during the fall campaigns. Reports filed by the groups show tlxat organizations representing business and pro fessional people have $8 million in their political funds while organized labor groups have 55.4 million. Largest funds are maintainec by the American Medical Asso ciation with $1.8 million; an or ganizatlon representing the] dairy industry, $1.6 million, and he Marine Engineers Union, $910,000. Such special interest groups contribute to campaigns of con- Jressmcn, regardless of party, .vhorn they feel will be sympathetic to their cause if elected. During 1972, special interest groups reported contributing $9.7 million to political campaigns for federal office, far less than the war chest they lave accumulated to reward their political friends this year. Pending legislation' would prohibit such groups from contributing more, than $5,000 to House or Senate candidate, but it is unlikely the measure will become law in time to affect this year's campaign. VANISHING SACK: You can say goodby to the familiar can vas mail sacks which have been used to transport mail for many years. The U.S. Postal Service announced it is starting to phase out mail sacks in favor of cardboard boxes. They have tester the fiberboard containers a airports in 77 major cities anc during the coming year will use them on highway and rail mai ransportation routes, A Postal Service spokesman said the boxes are easier to move around than the bulky sacks, and the letters arrive at their destinations in better shape when they are shipped 'n boxes; Tests showed the Postal Service can use each cardboard rax for about 25 trips before it gets worn out. RUNAWAY FATHERS: HEW Secretary .Casper Weinberger has announced a new federal program to help local governments track down runaway fathers. He said the taxpayers must shell out about $1.5 billion annually in welfare payments to. families who have been deserted by the male head of the household. There are about 1.3 million runaway fathers, he added. HEW is going to give more money to state a n d local governments to cover the cost of tracking down runaway fathers and forcing them to support their families. The agency will also conduct training courses for local officials 'in methods of locating runaway fathers. C H A R T E R S ANY WHERE-ANY TIME Passengers and Cargo After Decades Of Being Polluted Tkam.es: The Cleanest River In Europe FAYETTEVILLE FLYING SERVICE Phone 442-6281 LONDON (AP) -- The aroma of the royal river was so ripe in Queen Victoria's day, the porters hung sheets dipped in chlorine from the tall windows of the Houses of Parliament, and pleasure boats operating from Westminster Pier went out of business. Now on sunny afternoons my noble lords and off-duty MPs sip their tea on a private lawn overlooking the Thames and hear iiow historic they are from loudspeakers on the sightseeing boats. In the rancid days of yore, this was hardly the spot for a spot of tea. When Henry VTs coffin was brought to Windsor Castle from the Tower of London, where he died in 1471, probably of murder, the attending monks on the funeral barge held their nostrils and "became queasy." Because of the reek of the river at ebb tide, James I threatened to move his court to Windsor, and Kueen Anne toyec with the idea of transferring Parliament to Oxford. Little more than a decade ago, the tidal reaches of the Thames were so polluted no fish, except eels, could survive and bait- died on the hook Birds deserted the banks and in the dry summer months, when it was normal for scientists t fail to detect any dissolved oxy gen in the water, the rive stank for weeks on end down stream of Greenwich. WIDLIFE RETURNS Now seals loll on the muc fats off Gravesend, dolphin flipper past the benign face o Â· Big Ben and, as a large aquar um in the lobby of County Ha ! attests, some 70 species of fis ; test the patience of small boy and old men dangling lines bo ; neath the stone arched bridge Â· that sheltered Izaak Walton ; Commercial fishing fleets ar working the estuary, and thou ; sands of ducks and wadin ' birds from Russia and Nort! Â· ern Europe, some not seen i Â·; 70 years, winter along th j Thames. ; The swans have come back t ; the East India docks, the o; sters to Whitstable and sfra i cats, by the dozen, dine on th '; sprats and herring washed u j with the tide at Darlford. i The royal river now boasts _ ; being the cleanest in Europ cleaner than the Rhine, th '. Danube or the Volga. Th rive i bas grown so healthy in recen ; years, yachtsmen complain o Â·' once again having to scrap ; barnacles, which couldn't lh ; there before. Water skiers an ; Sunday sailors have become ; navigation hazard for bus bartfn traffic. Â· Father Thames, in his ne ; role as Mister Clean, draws a Â· mirers from all over. A fe . months agn. Dratity Premie Takeo Miki of Japan was r ; crjwd bv Qitocn Elizabeth II Â· Buckingham Palace, pair! h resnecfs at 10 Downing Slree then set off to the land of h .- heart's rlesire: the scwag ; works at Mogden. HP wanted fmd out bow thn British d'd ', Several hundred school chilrlre Â· got t h f r o n h n a d n r him PLANTS POPULAR "Sewage plants are ponula Inese dav.s." explained T.. T . wood, assistant dirctor of 111 Â· Thames Wafer Aufhoritv. "Th ' river Is heallhv 'because 11 people wanfrl it that way. '. you want clean rivers, yo nave to ho willing to pav t them, and you have to impo severe standards of enforc ment." Over thp past 15 years, su cessive British governmpn have spent nearly a half hillio oollars modernizing sewap plants, building reservoirs ai installing a computer to mon tor the quality of the watÂ» Now no raw sewage enters t Thames anywhere along its 21 EXPERT WATCH REPAIR . \ i I i ( , / sWiTf s Â« North Rlr.olt St. lie length, despite the mil-1 ns of people living in commu- ties along its banks. The city London, which once ranked Public Polluter No. I, used contribute 550 million gallons sewage a day. Power plants and factories no nger use the river as a sewer, nee 1964, by voluntary agree- ent with the manufacturers nd retailers, only soft deter- ents have been available for le in England. Fines for oil lillage and dumping refuse in e Thames have been in- erased from $125 to $1,000. . TRASH COLLECTED . . Refuse barges, anchored ev- rywhere on the river like trash baskets in a park, collect- the 700 tons of driftwood and other debris that float by each year. Even houseboats in Chelsea Reach and power cruisers anchored off Putney Bridge are required to have chemical toilets. Twice a week on different tides, chemists from the water authority test and sample the water from a motor launch. 'You don't need a microscope to see the change that's come over the river," enthused Oapt. J. S. 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