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September 11, 1974

Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 5

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Preoccupied By Watergate Norftwest Arkansas TIMES, Wed., Sept. II, 1974 FAYIITTEVILLI, ARKANSAS Congressional Job Unfinished By RICHAItD J. MALOY TIMES Washington Bureau WASHINGTON-- Here is a roundup of news items gathered In the nation's capital by the staff of our Washington Bureau. UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Preoccupied by Watergate and Impeachment, Congress failed to do much -legislating during the first nine months of this year. As a result, a pile of unfinished business awaits t h e lawmakers when they return from, vacation this week. Time is short, since the congressmen want to adjourn by mid-October In order to campaign for re-election, and how much they will be able to accomplish is uncertain. The. most urgent piece of unfinished business waiting t h e Congress is- the '"Dig Defense Department appropriations bill The Hoitso . has okayed Pentagon spending of $83.4 billion during this, fiscal year, but the Senate has approved only $82.1 billion.. . . . . . . . . It will take a long series o conference committee meetings to forge a compromise defense spending measure. Campaign Finance Heform, given priority because of fund-raising scandals exposed during the Watergate probe, is another major piece of unfinished legislation awaitiing the Congress. Both Houses have approved tough new reform Mils, but differences must l)c ironed out in a conference committee. The major pending legislation in the social held is National Health Insurance, an item which President Ford has urged Congress to approve before quitting for the year. The House Ways and Means Committee has been unable to agree on a new bill, ant! unless a quick solution _is found it is unlikely that health insurance will win passage. Hung up in a Senate filibuster is a Consumer Protection Agency bill which has already been passed by the House. A new effort will be made to end the filibuster. Also on the agenda are a no- ault auto insurance bill, a strip mine regulatory measure and t foreign trade bill. While trying to reach agreement on all these measures, Congress will have the additional task of confirming ( . h e nomination of Nelson Rocke- 'cllcr to be vice President. House and Senate committees will hold long hearings on the nomination, then send il to their full membership for a vote. EDUCATION COST: The Tax Foundation, a private organization, has placed a $2(i,000 price tag on the cost of putting a child through the public school system. A youngster who enters itho first grade this month will have cost the taxpayers that amounl by the time he receives his high school diploma, the Foundation estimates. The Foundation based its osti mate on the fact .that the national average per-pupil edu cation cost this year is $1,28: and that these costs increase about eight per cent annually. The Department of Health Education and Welfare esti mates there will be 34.4 million tudcnts enrolled. in kindergar- en through grade 8 and 15.6 million pupils enrolled in high chools. The total cost of operating U. . elementary and secondary mblic schools Is estimated at i62 billion during this school car. NIXON LEGACY: Richard M. Nixon has resigned the presidency but has left a major egacy behind in the form of lundreds of appointments of in- lividuals to important federal positions. For example during his five and one half years in the White House, Nixon appointed more ederal judges than any of his predecessors. And Nixon appointees completely dominate the 12 big federal regulator^ agencies. Judges have lifetime appoint- Parent Revolt Is Expected Over Boston Integration Plan BOSTON (AP) -- Thousands of white . parents arc · expected to keep their children home on Thursday when Boston public schools open under a court-ordered integration plan which requires the busing of 18,200 pupils. Even the parents of pupils who are not scheduled to be bused say they will keep their children out of school in sympathy for those who are. Officials say some schools tually .empty. Fran Johnncne, be vir- one of the boycott leaders, predicts that about 401 per cent of Boston's 94,000; public school pupils will skip first-day classes. Other an- libusing spokesmen, such as City Councilor Thomas P. 0'Ncll, predict an even higher figure. The integration plan was ordered by U.S. District Court Judge W. Arthur Garrity. He said Ihe city's schools were segregated bptli through nous- Two Damage Suits Filed ng patterns and official mani- julation. Of the total number of nipils to be bused, 8,500 are vhile and 9,700 are black. Violent opposition to busing y many parents manifested it- iclf on Monday when Sen. Edvard M. Kennedy was booed nd splattered with a tomato vhen he attempted to speak to an angry crowd of some 8,000 ,o 10,000 demonstrators in front of Boston's federal building. The Home and School Association, similar to the Parent- Teacher Association, has led he drive to thwart the in- .egration plan. Its strategy is to irouse enough opposition to :orce officials to give up on integration. B o y c o t t organizers have asked parents to keep their children out of school for ai least two weeks. They say they will map furlher plans after that. Tile National Associalion for .he Advancement of Colored People has threatened legal ac- if there is widespread ab- Ihere is widespread absenteeism. CONWAY, Ark. (AP) -- Two suits seeking $1,253,000 in damages have been filed in Faulk ner County Circuit Court by two Faulkner County familie; a g a i n s t neighboring land owners; - an aerial spraying firm, a chemical company anc its owners and operators. The complaints charge that a h e r b i c i d e w a s carelessly sprayed on the plaintiffs' farms near Centerville. The suii charges that this violated Ar kansas laws and regulations governing the application o herbicides and caused property damage and personal injuries. The plaintiffs are Robert Ral ston and members of his family and -T; D. Johnson and mem bers of his family. Defendants are B. D. ; Myrtle Henry, who own lands next to the plaintiff's property Clyde Hall, Leand and Ger trude King, who operated Hill's Aero Spraying, Inc., Hercules Powder Co. on Pulaski County and its manager, A. L. Tries back. ments, cisions so will their judicial de- continue lo influ State Office Space Sought Sludy Indicates Lake Temperate Would Be High LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- A computer study of of simulated conditions on Little Flint Creek in Benton County shows that a lake Southwestern Electric Power Co. wants to build to cool its proposed coal fired power plant would he a marginal operation. Kenneth D. Riley, director of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission, has reported the study's findings to Charles T. Crow, director of the slate Planning Department. In a letter, Riley said the computer analysis indicated that discharges from the lake into Little Flint Creek would be at higher temperatures than the 32 degrees centigrade allowed by the stale Pollution Control and Ecology Department "for some months during the year." Riley also said "it appears that a source of makeup water will be needed to maintain an adequate volume...in the proposed lake. Without a source of makeup the lake may begin to display a significant drop in l e v e l d u r i n g a year." LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- The state Justice Building Commission plans to start looking for other space to house Ihc attorney general's office temporar- unless remodeling work has begun by Monday on the second floor of the Train Station. The attorney general's office must move from the south wing of the Justice Building because a contractor is waiting to remodel it. Construction has started on a rotunda courtroom for the state Supreme Court in front of the Justice Building. The Supreme Court also uses the south wing of the Justice Building, but it is to start meeting in the refurbished old Supreme Court room in the Capitol next month. A contract was signed in August between the commission and the Train Station to provide space for the attorney general's office, but no remodeling has begun. Agricultural Advisory Precipitation: showers and a s c a t t e r e d few thundershowers today, tonight and Thursday. Hainfall amounts generally less than one-half inch except in isolated area: where accumulations of rainfall rates of one to two inches pos sible, mostly over the western and northern sections. Drying Conditions: Relative humidities outside rain areas falling below 60 per cent bj mid-day, rising again above 60 per cent by early evening to a maximum near 90 per cent during nighttime. Dewpoints: Mid 60s north to near 70 south. Dew: Moderate to heavy outside rain areas, drying off by late morning. Sunshine: 30 to 50 per ceni possible through Thursday. Winds: Ten to 18 miles an occasional gusts ence the shape of the American legal system for many years. Regulatory agency members are named for fixed terms, and they will also continue on the job for many years. A total of 220 federal judges were appointed by Nixon and confirmed by Congress. He named four of tte nine Supreme Court justices, 45 of the 97 federal appeals court judges and 171 of the 400 federal district judges. In the regulatory agencies, Nixon named all present members of such agencies as the ' ' e d o r a l Communications Commission which regulates the radio . TV industry, the Civil Aeronautics Board w h i c h regu- ates airlines, the Federal 'ower Commission which regu- ates the utility industry, t h e National Labor Relations Board .vhich regulates matters in the abor -- management arena and the Securities and Exchange stock market. President Ford will have a chance to make his share of appointments in the coming months. New federal judgeship )ositions regularly become available because of retirements, and there are numerous existing vacancies on the regulatory agencies. Federal district judges make $40,000 annually while members of regulatory agencies make $38,000. CHRISTMAS STAMPS: It's only September, but the U. S. Postal Service this week announced the design for three s p e c i a l Christmas Stamps which will be issued later in the year. One stamp will feature an angel from "The Perussis AHarpiece", a large oil painting which hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Another shows a man and a w.oman on a horsedrawn sleigh moving through a" wintry landscape. It is taken from Currier and Ives print. The third Yuletide stamps shows the dove of peace w e a t h e r v a n e atop George Washington's Mount Vernon home. INCOME: The median income of U. S. households last year was $10,500, according a new Census Bureau report. Median household income rose 8.4 per cent above the 1972 figure of $9,700. After adjustment for inflation, the net gain in real purchasing power 2.1 per cent. hour higher. Slightly stronger Tiiurs day. 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