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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - July 12, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OFPICI 710 N Illinois 1113 Walnut 912 N Uth Murphyiboro Voluma 82No 16315e a Copy Two Coal project bill approved 010175 LIBRARY aft LS NEWSPAPERS BOX 789 lueauor teCrbondi DW Jeunil FRIDAY JULY U W4 By Bud Farrar LindsaySchaub News Service Springfield After months of behindthe scenes haggling over details the General Assembly approved and sent to Gov Daniel Walker a compromise million energy coal development bond pro gram The legislature appropriated million of the bond funds for spending by the Department of Business and Economic Development on coal projects in the next 12 months As it finally emerged the ad ministration of the program in cludes a voice for each of six key political figures in Spr ingfield In recent weeks ap proval of the energy program was held up by disputes over who would be in charge The principal figures in the dispute were Walker Lt Gov Neil Hartigan and Senate President William Harris R Pontiac All were included in the final product Rep Arthur Berman D Chicago commended the sponsors for arriving at a setup that utilizes all the talent that we have But Rep James Houlihan D Chicago said giving all key figures a role makes for a cumbersome and difficult way to manage an important pro gram With both houses acting within minutes after the elaborate compromise was delivered to Transport plan is big obstacle Story on page 20 discovery production transportation sale distribu tion conversion enduse and of Illinois waste disposal coal Walker aides say current plans are to invest the state funds in cooperative projects with the federal government and private industry for converting highsulfur Illinois coal to clean fuels The projects being discussed include coal gasifica tion coal liquefaction and ex perimental sulfur removal pro cesses Supporters have said the state investment will help Illinois compete with Kentucky and West Virginia for federal and private coal research pro jects Chester Kamin a Walker aide said one proposed research project is a million H coal pilot project that Standard Oil of Indiana and other firms have considered locating near the Wood River Amoco refinery That project would be used to vert coal into crude oil Walkers staff has also discussed the possibility of state involvement LJes hut fl6 Still UVoOlWmky l legislative leaders the Senate j jn a Commonwealth Edison Co approved the package 481 and coai gasification project near the House approved it 1501 The 1 pekjn and a coal liquefaction lone dissenting votes were Sen proposed by the Northern Roger Sommer RMorton and minois Gas Co Cal Hes greasy but hes mine seems to be the thoughts of llyearold Scott Driskell left desper ately holds onto the pig ho caught Thursday in the greas ed pig race at the Perry County Fair in Pinckneyville Four other youngsters who were not so fortunate flounder in the mud at the right The fair continues today through Saturday Photos by Fred lynch Rep Skinner R Elmhurst All were doing is handing over million to the coal companies and the utilities with no reason Sommer said Walker is expected to sign the legislation In a short statement released after votes Walker said the legislation will put Illlinois in the forefront of tliej national effort to attain energy selfsufficiency He said the program means Illinois can back its words with deeds in developing clean coal projects The legislation includes broad language allowing bond funds to be used for research develop ment and demonstration of improved methods of All these proposals are at the discussion stage Kamin noted Besides the million ap propriated for investment in coal research and development the state energy program Washington AP I Nixon sees impeachment vote eludes for operating a legislative energy commission and for the Department of Business and Economic Development to use in develop ing energy project pro posals The 8350000 appropriation to DEED for administering part of the program was added Thurs day afternoon to the departments regular ap propriation Earlier proposals for the energy program made no Richard M Nixon agrees with his lawyers assessment that the House Judiciary Committee will vote an impeachment resolution a White House spokesman said mention of the funds HUMID Another part of the package gives DEED quick take eminent domain powers that could be used to acquire land for coal research and development Partly cloudy and warm tonight with low in the low or mid 70s Saturday partly sunny and humid with high in the mid 90s Highs mostly the90s Sunday through Tues day with lows in the low or mid 70s and chance of rain Tuesday INDEX Classified Religion Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family Living Records Sports Weather details map projects The legislation creates an 1317 5 19 4 6 1718 1M2 18 Energy Advisory Council in the executive branch of state government and an Energy Resources Commission in the legislative branch The executive branch council would be chaired by Walker with Lt Gov Neil Hartigan as vicechairman with directors of seven cabinet departments as members The council would advise DBED on projects to be undertaken with state funds The executive branch recom mendations would go to the legislative commission com posed of 10 legislators and eight public members appointed by legislators today Deputy Press Gerald L Warren also agrees with and members reported that the main outline of his Senate testimony involving Nixon in the Watergate coverup remained intact In my opinion he was a Secretary damaging witness as far as the said Nixon James St mau ofe1 11 Clairs assessment that the full House will not approve articles of impeachment Warrens comments came after he repeated to reporters a St Clair comment that is unrealistic to believe the com mittee will not vote out some sort of a bill but that such a measure would not gain ap proval on the House floor Responding to questions Warren said St Clair had in formed Nixon of this assessment and that Nixon agrees with St Clair in talking to newsmen today said as he has in the past he expects the question of Nixons impeach ment to be settled on the House floor indicating he anticipates the committee will recommend articles of impeachment Clair challenged reports from the House Judiciary Com mittee that former White House counsel John Deans testimony has damaged Nixons impeach ment defense Dean testified for nine hours behind closed doors yesterday Industrial goods lift wholesale price index Washington AP Sharp increases in prices of Industrial goods offset further declines in agricultural prices last month lifting the Wholesale Price Index another fivetenths of one per cent the government reported today The wholesale price rise was the smallest in eight months marking the first time since November that prices had risen by less than a full percentage point In November prices rose six tenths of one per cent Wholesale prices dropped one tenth of a per cent in October The June increase of five tenths of one per cent both ad justed and unadjusted works out to an annual rate of six per cent still highly inflationary by historical standards Agricultural prices dropped in June for the fourth consecutive ago month plunging a seasonally The June increase the adjusted four per cent to a level 12 per cent below a year JO But as farm and food prices declined prices continued ac celerating for a broad range of industrial commodities These increases in wholesale industrial prices point to continued high prices ahead for consumers at the retail level The Labor Department said metals fuels chemicals machinery and equipment ac counted for about 80 per cent of the rise in the industrial com modities index which advanced a seasonally adjusted 22 per cent in June following a rise of 27 per cent in May Wholesale prices have risen at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 122 per cent during the last three months and were 145 per cent higher in June than in June 1974 governments Wholesale Price Index to 1557 meaning that it cost to buy the same volume of wholesale goods that purchased in 1967 Wholesale prices of consumer foods those ready for sale on supermarket shelves dropped 38 per cent The decline includ ed lower prices for meats white potatoes milk processed poultry and dairy products still 83 per cent above a year ago Other consumer goodsat the wholesale level rose 21 per cen in June lifting them 171 per cent higher than a year ago Industrial commodities con most sensitive inflation have President is concerned said Rep Robert McClory RI11 He leaves the impression the President is very much behind the different actions taken said McClory the secondrank ing Republican on the com mittee St Clair is trying to be rough n Dean but he isnt getting ay with it Rep Tom Railsback RI11 said during a Gross with flowers at the Plaza Marion has been caught with a little grass in its flow ers around the tower in Plaza Square But this grass brought on a little more than the usual embarrassment M a r i o ns grass turned out to be mari juana The marijuana was discov ered Tuesday growing in the flower bed by David Ham a former Creal Springs police man as he crossed the square Ham notified Marlon Police L B Hunter that grass was growing in the citys flowers Gardeners were in the pro cess of pulling weeds from the flowerr when Hunter ar rived at the flower garden to investigate The four or five sprouts of the suspected c marijuana had already been uprooted Hunter surmised that youths loitering around the plaza planting the grass Expects comrnffee to pass impeachment resolution hut full House to measure Hunts money demands ends with Nixon saying For Christs sake get is regarded by Nixon defenders as the most estimated million in blackmail that he had told Nixon Hunt and defendants demand for their silence other Watergate eventually would Dean who told Nixon he was Deans out of the money business and damaging evidence in the im peachment inquiry trsi Sh2d matter was left very much he did not regard Nixons break in the session It was a bad scene for St Clair agreed Rep John Con yersDMich St Clair wanted testimony mainly to Deans try to establish mat Nixon bad not ordered a payment to E Howard Hunt Jr one of the Watergate burglars on March 211973 The transcript of Deans con versation with Nixon on that day in which a discussion of hanging Nothing at was that meeting resolved not to ITUU reportedly offered it as proof that Dean felt Nixon had ordered the payment Hunt But members said Dean ex plained that his remark referred to the matter of paying the get it remark as an order to him But he left open in the minds of some members the question of whether it could have been intended for former White House chief of staff H R Haldeman who also was at the meeting Judiciary unit reveals backbone of its case sidered the barometer of surged at an annual rate of 35 per cent in the last three months and were 219 pr cent higher than a year earlier StarNews Washington The backbone of a possible impeachment case against President Nixon seven white House tape recordings his fitness to remain in fice With the release this week of ofNixon as an unindicted cocon spirator in the case committee transcripts of eight iTcaiuciH niAVii n j massive volumes of Watergate mogt of evidence has been made factual information public by the House Judiciary Committee The material Americas greatest political scandal reduced to 3891 pages of factual information and1 supporting documents paints the first life size portrait of Watergate the power abuses that spawned it and the administration that at tempted to conceal it The evidence however con tains no new bombshells no heretofore unrevealed facts to provide an uncontrovertible record of the Presidents role in the scandal and guide House members in their decision about contained within the seven volumes already public record The evidence was on the released for publication late last night did contain tiiese new elements Grand jury testimony about a payment allegedly as hush money to Watergate conspirator E Howard Hunt Jr The payment was one of the overt acts charged by the grand jury when it returned con spiracy indictments against six former administration officials in the Watergate coverup in vestigation The panel named Ehrlichman trial goes to jury Washington AP orator m we The jury in the plumbers trial Indirect evidence that the j began deliberating today after President discussed the substance of Watergate with former White House counsel John W Dean II on March 17 1973 four days before Nixon has said he first learned the full scope of the scandal A transcript of the Presidents recorded recollec being told by the judge that John D Ehrlichman need not have specifically approved a breakin to be found guilty of conspiracy US District Judge Gerhard A Gesell in his instructions gave the jury of six men and six women broad latitude within me evidence they heard during tions of his nowfamous March fays of testimony Ehrlichman and three others Dean 21 1973 meeting with during which there was a lengthy discussion about Hunts demand for money In the transcript Nixon notes that discussion about Hunt but does not report ruling out the payment as he subsequently has insisted he did during the meeting are accused of plotting a break in to obtain psychiatric records of Daniel EUsberg after his release of the Pentagon Papers The government contends this violated the civil rights of Ellsbergs doctor Lewis J Fielding of Beverly Hills Calif Convicfs demand plane to fly them out of country Seven hostages in Washington AP Two armed convicts deman ding a plane to fly them out of the country continued to hold seven hostages today in a base ment cellblock Of the tfS District Courthouse You can see by this Mexican standoff that no one really wants any injuries the Rev Joseph Dooley a Police Department chaplain told a reporter Hundreds of heavily armed officers played a waiting gamo The building was closed to the public but officers said judges law clerks secretaries and some other essential people were allowed in at side entrances watched by closedcircuit television cameras The convicts Robert Jones 24 and Frank Gorham 25 released one deputy marshal they had held as a hostage Gorham and Jones also known as Otis D Wilkerson were described by authorities as ringleaders in a 1972 escape at tempt at the District of Colum i bia jail At that time 50 inmates held 11 guards hostage for nearly 24 hours Both Gorham and Jones received additional sentences for their role in that disturbance Chief US Judge George Hart responsible for the fivestory building three blocks from the US Capitol made several cryptic remarks to newsmen which left unclear the status of any regulations Things look much brigh fer said at midmom 1 ing but less thanan hour later he remarked A little cloud passed through the sky In neither instance would he elaborate Only one of the convicts was armed when they seized four deputy US marshals two Justice Department employes and two attorneys about 2 pm Thursday They later acquired seven more guns from a cellblock locker There was no indication how they got the original gun   

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