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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - June 20, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OFFICE Carbondato Murphysboro Htrrln 710 N Illinois 1113 Walnut 212 N 1Mb Vdunw ttNo HS15e Copy Uthern Dlinoisan SuecKsor to Free Press Htrrln Dally JoorrulMurphysbono 010175 LIBRARY LS BOX DECATUR Temperature 86 and climbing Heather Haake 5 daughter of Dean and Sue Haake of Carbendale is beating the heat at Herb Vogels swimming pool en Skyline drive The temperature was U degrees in Carbondale Thursday and is expected to climb into the 90s today although summer does not officially begin until Friday Photo by Jack Griggs Biggest gam of year Total personal HOTTER 3 states vie for coal funds income jumps Washington AP Americans personal income in May by billion for the largest increase so far this year the Commerce Department announced Thurs day The department said personal Income increased virtually across the board with the ex ception of farmers Their in come1 declined for the fifth straight month to a level of billion or 26 per cent below what it was in December The overall rise in personal Income was the fourth con secutive monthly increase It amounted to about a one per cent rise The total at a seasonally adjusted annual rate Stood at billion Wages and salaries increased by billion with about billion of that attributed to an increase in federal minimum wages and the workers covered by the law All major groups in the private wages and salaries category advanced with the biggest jump billion coming in the industries pro ducing basic commodities The total rise in the private category was billion The department said most in dustries in manufacturing also showed increases driving payrolls in that category up by billion The increases were due mainly to higher average hourly earnings and were most marked i n transportation equipment machinery elec trical equipment metals and food Chance of thunderstorms to night low in low or mid 70s Friday continued hot and hu med with high 92 to 97 Sat urday through Monday cooler with showers and thunder storms likely Saturday low in 70s high in uppers 80s or lower 90s Cooler Sunday and Monday with lows in 60s and highs in 80s INDEX Classifed 2529 Comics TV Bridge Crossword 31 Editorials 4 Family living 67 Records 29 Sports 911 Weather details map 29 Petersen raps Ervins action Washington AP Asst Atty Gen Henry E Petersen accused Sen Sam J Ervin Jr DNC today of trying to retry the Watergate case in the light of what is known now Petersens second day of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committeequickly developed into another clash with Ervin such as marked his opening appearance Wednes day Ervin asked why after the government prosecutors developed information that the breakin and bugging at Democratic headquarters was a political intelligence operation it could not be reasonably in ferred that President Nixons re election committee had the greatest motive for undertaking It why our suspicions ran there Petersen said But he told Ervin that this wasnt proof Ervin agreed that motive was not enough to establish proof out he reiterated that a reasonable nference could be drawn Petersen who heads the Justice Departments criminal division and had overall supervision of the original Watergate investigation said that at the time he didnt see the government had a case against anyone other than the seven originally indicted He said it is clear now that the prosecutors suspicions about the Committee to Reelect the President were correct He talc Ervin You are trying to retry the case Senator We tried to follow the evidence to a logical conclusion and I think we did a good job1 Petersen said The committee is holding hearingson Earl J Silberts nomination to be the US at torney here Silbert headed the original prosecuting team Petersen has endorsed his nomination Cattlemens loan bill advances Washington AP The Senate Agriculture Com mittee has approved a bill to provide in government guaranteed loans to help economicallypressed livestock feeders Meanwhile Agriculture Secretary Earl L Butz testified today before the house Agriculture Committee which is considering similar loan relief proposals The administration has op posed the bill but Butz in answering a question said My only plea is that you put suffi cient safeguards in it so that we dont perpetuate people in the business that ought not to be there The legislation approved Wednesday by the Seriate com mittee would provide federal guarantees of 90 per cent on the emergency loans The loans would be limited to million per person and would have to be repaid at prevailing interesl rates within seven years The bill provides thai livestock dairy poultry and egg producers would be eligible for the loans but none of the money could be used for expanding operations By Bud Farrar LindsaySchaub News Service Springfield Illinois will soon be competing with the political power of West Virginia and the financial resources of Kentucky for federal coal research projects ac cording to a General Electric Company lobbyist Charles Willsey chief Illinois lobbyist for GE was using that as a selling point for Gov Daniel Walkers million energy bond program as the legislature neared its final week of the current session The legislative proposals were in troduced jointly by Walker and House Speaker W Robert Blah RPark Forest late last week Willsey said he is racing against time to get the proposals approved before the legislature adjourns next week He said the federal Office of Coal Research plans to spend at least billion on Coal projects within the next five years and many of these projects will be decided within the next 60 days If the state is going to be a part of the program it will have to have enabling legislation and an agency for approving state grants by July I Willsey said W Virginia uses politics against Illinois Kentucky A spokesman for the Office of Coal Research in Washington DC said that future coal research programs are in definite now because Congress has yet to approve the agencys fiscal 1975 budget The spokesman said he could not confirm that OCR plans a billion fiveyear program People are juggling figures all the time he said He added however that if OCRs J975 budget of trillion is approved we will be going ahead with taking bids for advanced coal research and technology projects The OCR spokesman said one early project may be a demonstration project for using for electrical power genera tion Illinois sources said private industry consortium headed by a major national company is in House OKs allowing utility rate hikes Springfield AP Legislation to allow public utilities to pass on to customers the costs of then charitable contributions and club dues has been approved by the Illinois House The House voted 97 to 49 Wednesday to send Rep John Grotbergs bill to the Senate Grotberg RSt Charles said he introduced the measure in response to a recent state Supreme Court ruling against Illinois Bell Telephone Co The court ruled Bell should not be allowed to include million in dues charitable con tributions and lobbying expense as part of its operating costs when applying for rate in creases Grotberg agreed to delete from his original proposal a provision allowing utilities to pass lobbying costs on to customers He added consumers wold pay about five cents more a year on their utility bills if Il linois Bell were allowed to in clude the costs of contributions and dues On a 111 to 19 vote the House sent to the Senate a measure to prohibit the ICC from taking in to account financial ar rangements utilities may have with a subsidiary company when granting rate increases terested in locating such a pro1 ject in Illinois if the state will agree to provide some oi the funds They did not name the company Willsey said many proposed federal coal research projects will require local resources the state private companies or both for up to a third of the total cost State funds should be made available to add to private con sortiums of industry in specific proposals Willsey said Those state funds would be available if the WalkerBlah energy pro gram is approved Willsey gave several arguments for Illinois to ap prove state funds If the state doesnt provide funds private companies may take their bids on federal coal projects to Kentucky where million in state fund for energy projects has been approved Or he might be a lousy golfer All these burglars need for a new driving range will be an open field and a couple of drivers They picked up a sizable stock of range balls early to day from the driving range at the SloSmoke BarBQ on Illinois 13 east of Carbondale Jackson County Sheriff John Hoffman said a burglary re port at am shows the front door glass broken to gain entrance Owner Jim Brewner listed the loot as five boxes of range balls each containing 25 dozen balls and four or five baskets of loose balls Value of the balls was set at to Several federal projects require large financial risks With state financial participation we are not talking about just cash Willsey said We would be assuring that two years into a project we wont be shut down by some restriction such as an EPA Environmental Protection Agency restric tion Willsey also said that Sen Robert Byrd DWest Virginia the US Senate majority whip could be influential in getting federal coal research money sent to his home state especially if Illinois lacks the kind of energy Willsey is supporting In a GE position paper asking legislators to support the million WalkerBlair program Willsey said Illinois has received at least 12 specific proposals for Coal Conversion project that require state funds Willsey said many parts of Il linois would be unsuitable for a highBTU coal gasification plant the kind that could pro duce pipeline quality gas from coal because water supplies are inadequate I cant believe we can develop coal resources in Illlinois without a lot more water he said St LouisAAurphysboro portion has priority Illinois 73 to serve as freeway segment A new highway part of the new supplemental freeway connecting Harrisbarg and St Louis will one day be built between Murphysboro and Marion But at least for a while fourlane Illinois 13 will serve that purpose There isnt a ghost of a chance of the entire 100mile freeway to St Louis all being under construction at the same time There just is not that much money James Newton Highway District 9 engineer said Where there is existing fourlane pavement it will not have a high priority he said Newton commented on an article detailing progress on the supplemental freeway sys tem which appeared in Sun days Southern Illinoisan Allan Abbott supervisor of location studies for the Illi nois Dept of Transportation was quoted as saying of the freeway segment between Murphysboro and Marion that Illinois 13 will be adequate to handle traffic for the next several years Originally the state propos ed to build an entire new freeway linking Southern Illi nois with St Louis Last May however Gov Daniel Walker said there were not sufficient funds to complete the project Instead he said 127 5 and Illinois 13 would be up graded and widened But later he said the free way would be built when funds could be secured Asked about the article Newton said today I dont think he Abbott is saying theres not going to be a sup plemental freeway from Mur physboro to Marion ever Its just further down the road than between Murphysboro and East St Louis Abbott could not be reached for comment today Newton said his office is not working on that particu lar segment right now The Murphysboro to Marion seg ment of the freeway already has corridor approval the first major step toward construc tion I dont think anyone can argue with the premise that we need a new highway where there are just two lanes of pavement Newton said If the Murphysboro to Mar ion segment of the freeway will probably be built last when might Southern Illinois ans anticipate driving on it I wouldnt even want to hazard a guess Newton said On a route of that length 100 theres so many things that can come up on it When will design studies the next major step begin for the Murphysboro to Mar ion segment A lot depends on which way we go on the other design studies for other parts of the St Louis he said Personnel at the District office is currently being eval uated to determine whether design studies for other seg ments should be done by high way office workers or private firms he said We dont have sufficient personnel to carry on all de sign studies simultaneously Newton said The priorities will be the same as the con struction priorities He said hopefully no major traffic jams will be created in Carbondale by temporarily using Illinois 13 as part of the freeway Preliminary planning has begun on the west part of the eastwest couple which will make Illinois 13 oneway through Carbondale he said Hopefully we can coordin ate that work with the rail road depression he said The railroad project federally funded and administered by the city would allow Illinois 13 traffic to go over the rail road tracks running through downtown Carbondale without stopping for passing trains Hesaid a gasification plant producting 250 million cubic feet of gas a day would require 10 million gallons of water a day At that rate wed drain Rend Lake in three to four months Even Shelbyville reservoir wouldnt be large enough he said Willsey said part of the states coal development program should include water develop ment providing canals ducts reservoirs and dams to build up water resources for coal gasification Meanwhile the WalkerBlair energy proposals seemed to be generating little discussion in Springfield Neither Walker nor Blair has commented on the legislation since it was in troduced last week Willsey said the energy legislation was introduced late in the session because the sponsors had a lot of bases to cover before reaching agree ment He said negotiations were undertaken with coal mine operators labor organizations and the federal government before the legislation was in troduced Water resource development was also discussed he said Some doubt Rodino says Did Watergate coverup end New York Times News Service And Associated Press Washington The Chairman of the House Judiciary committee says President Nixons dismissal of Archibald Cox last fall and his continuing refusal to give White House evidence to Congress and the courts raises doubts about whether the Watergate coverup ever ended Rep Peter W Rodino Jr D NJ discussed the coverup issue with reporters during a recess in the second day of the impeachment panels closed hearings on the ouster of Cox last Oct 20 from the post of Watergate special pro secutor Rodino said it was a very pertinent question based an events leading up to and follow ing Coxs dismissal whether the coverup might still be continu ing Among the matters examined Wednesday by the Judiciary Committee were the belated White House disclosure a month after Nixon learned of it last year that two of the nine Watergate tape recordings Cox had subpoenaed did not exist and the erasure of an 18 minute segment of a potentially important Watergate recording The committee also was said to have obtained an affidavit in which Elliot L Richardson who resigned his post as attorney general rattier than carry out the Presidents order to fire Cox told of threats by the White House to get rid of Cox as tarry as July of last year The suggestion that the com mittee was considering a possi ble continuation of coverup ef forts was also implicit in the period of time involved in the chronological presentation of evidence to the committee A statement issued by Rodino said that the evidence bore on cer tain events between Oct 19 1973 one day before Cox was dismissed and June 101974 a i Ittle over a week ago The presentation also sum marized what the committee already knew that flie President had refused to honor Judiciary Committee requests and sub poenas for more than 150 recordings and was contesting a subpoena from Leon Jaworski Coxs successor for 64 Watergaterelated tapes Most Republicans generally discounted the significance of Uie evidence saying it did not vary from what had been published over a period of months Others on the panel I including a few Republicans voiced concerns similar to Rodinos President Nixons tax returns are coming before the House impeachment inquiry with in vestigators especially interested j in a deduction he i claimed for vice presidential papers given to the govern j ment The Judiciary Committee to day began trying to determine whether there was any fraud in the preparation of a deed for the gift which was hot signed and delivered until after a law authorizing such deductions had been repealed   

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