Cedar Rapids Gazette, December 27, 1974, Page 7

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December 27, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 27, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa ______4 The Cedar Rapids Gazelle: Fit, Dec. 27. 1974 Top Story of 1974: Weather Impact on Iowa's Crops Cited By Dan Even Assocloled Press Writer Three-fold weather problems hit Iowa crops in 1974 and led to the smallest produc- tion in four years and the farmer's strange plight was voted the state's top story. Spring rains, summer near drought and an early frost sharply reduced Iowa's two stable crops corn and soybeans and led to a disastrous year for some farmers. The weather-related crop problems drew 15 of the 31 first-place votes in a survey of Associated Press Iowa members and easily out-polled the defeat of two longtime GOP congressmen and the removal of 3 percent state sales tax of food and prescription drugs as the state's top story. Following in the voting, in order, were: Landslide victory by Gov. Robert Ray in his bid for an unprecedented fourth term. Ankeny tornado kills two persons and causes an esimated million in damage. Democrats gain control of the Iowa legis- lature for the first time since 1965. Three Fryer brothers convicted of first- degree murder in the slayings of four Sioux Falls. S.D., youths in C.itchie Manitou state park. Financially-troubled National Fanners Organziation (NFO) investigated by the secu- rities and exchange commission. Annual rate of retail revolving charge ac- counts goes back to 18 percent from 9 as part of the new state consumer credit code. And tied for tenth were: Brutal killings of two Cedar Rapids teen- agers and subsequent arrest and conviction of their slayers. Fiscal year ends with Iowa enjoying a budget surplus of more than milion. Legislature authorizes a state depart- ment of transporatinn. Led the Field The ongoing crop troubles and resulting subpar yields collected 238 points in a graded Report: Problems at Mitchellville DES M01NES year-end report by the Polk county grand jury says the hospital building at the Iowa girls training school at Mitch- ellville appeared neglected and unsanitary when it was in- spected earlier this year. Thursday's report said grand jury members "found electric cords running on (lie floor in the halls and a gener- al appearance of neglect" in the hospital building. It didn't say on what date the grand jury inspected the school, but it called on the ad- ministration to "rectify this unsanitary facility." promptly. "In an institution of this nature, where we are attempt- ing lo aid and influence young persons, there is no room for the report said. The grand jury said it found 'all other buildings at the training school in good repair and maintenance. It also recommended the fa- cility put "more emphasis on an educational adopt a standardized dress code, hire "older personnel as house mothers" and sec that residents maintain (heir rooms better. In a section on parole, the grand jury said it lias been "forcibly called to our atten- tion, through actual cases, that crime does repeat" and recommended that courts re- frain from granting probation lii repeaters immediately after pronouncing sentence. It also urged that paroles not be granted unless enough (rained probation officers are available to provide adequate supervision of parolees. Rough Legislative Sledding Seen for Regent Fund Requests By Charles Roberts DES MOINES (AP) The stale board of regents' money request for their five institu- tions riurini? the coming hfpnnium apparently is in for rough sledding in the Iowa legisla- ture. The board wants the legislature lo ap- prove an approprialion of million for Ihe Iwo years. The lolal budget is S502 mil- lion lo pay capital and operating expenses at the University of Iowa, Iowa Stale university. University of Northern Iowa, Iowa braille and sighl-saving school and Iowa school for the deaf. Aboul million is expected to come from federal funding, and services, such as patient care at University Hospitals in Iowa City. "No. Too said Sen. W. R. Rabe- deaux, Wilton, when he responded lo an Asso- ciated Press questionnaire which asked, "The board of regenls has requested million for the next bicnnium. Would you support that level of funding for regents' in- Nineleen said Ihey would nol supporl the proposal and only five would vole in favor of the request. The proposal fared badly in the senate, loo, where 17 members said no. 111 were un- certain and none said without reservation thai (hey would supporl Ihe budget request. "It is not possible with the resources we have said Sen. Forrest Schwen- gels "The request is always inflated." com- mented Sen. Roger Shaft Prices Higher Unequivocal Most respondents were unequivocal in Iheir rejeclion or reserved judgmenl. A tolal of 22 house members wanl lo sludy The requcsl conies al a lime when infla- tion has blown prices for new buildings and services higher lhaii many planners would have Ihought possible a few years ago. Also, Ihe federal government has cut back mi Us share of the cost of Iowa higher educa- tion. Sen. Earl Willits (D-Des Moines) agreed "substanlia! increases are obviously need- but he said he probably would not sup- port the asking. Sen. Leonard Anderson of Sioux City also said no, adding, "They need lo take their proper share of the available money." "Rep. R. W. Welden of Iowa Falls said thai "based on pasl sessions, il (the request) probably is somewhat high." When asked about the request. Rep. Se- Two Escape Attempts Fail A.NAMOSA An 18-yrar- old resident of the men's re- formatory here was back in custody Friday after two es- cape attempts Thursday. Authorities said Daniel I. Smith was laken to an Iowa City hospital for treatment Thursday. About 1 p.m., he fled. However, about p.m., Sharon Harms, a reforinalory officer, was shopping with her husband in Cedar Rapids when she spoiled a man she believed was Smith. When confronted, authorities said. Smith confirmed his identity and agreed to return to the reformatory after calling his mother. As the car carrying Smith and Mrs. Harms was going through Spriugulle, lumber. Smith reportedly leaped out and fled. Mrs. Harms began pursuit, but wrenched an an- kle. Her husband. Louie, look up Ihe chase and apprehended Smilh. Smith was admitted lo the reformatory Oct. 2 under a ten- year sentence from Marshall- town on a robbery charge. bid, or probably would favor Tofte, Decorah, said, "I am nol 7 Crtizwi More Road Worker Job Losses Rapids System Telephone By Harrison but, he added, Ihey are (hem, but it would also Ten DES M01NES (IDPA) park figures." ously damage Ihe Cedar Rapids official of the Iowa projecting a million Position of many Roads Assn., predicls in road funds, Sloan fnrco a fcw Completely road conslruclion nol laken inflation into ac- "f business, Sloan ers in Iowa could be ployed if the doesn't beef up for building building has The estimate by Chel hit by inflation, costs executive vice-president of 42 percent this year. sa association, is based on a Sloan said, "Ihe mula perfected by the will provide the highway adminislration. Road conslruclion by the Iowa highway commission has been averaging million a year over the last five years. Bui Ihis will drop to of only million of road conslruclion at 1973 prices." Based on the sludy by the federal highway commission, Sloan said Ihe drop from IUUI million a year, according In Sloan, unless the legislature take some positive action. Sales Tax To begin wilh, ten percent of two-thirds of the state sales tax, about million a (which includes federal aid) to million, combined with the reduced purchasing power of today's dollar, could result in loss of jobs for Iowa workers directly and indirectly engaged is slaled lo go into the stale's general fund starling July 1 instead of the road use road works plus an additional workers on county and municipal road until 8 this number nf A reduction in motor put out of work, it cle fuel tax collections only be a hardship U counts for Ihe rest of Ihe about million. are running about three percent behind a year ago, but some exports are forecasting a drop of five to six percent, or greater Sloan said his fgurcs Best Carpet Buys Art At Carpetland National Motor Bank 7th Avenuo and 3rd Street in Marion rating of the state's top stories, far out-dist- ancing the defeat of veteran Republican Con- gressmen William Scherle and Wiley Mayne. The latter story was number one on three ballots and had 151 points. In all, 11 stories were tabbed as best of the year by the news- papers and radio and television stations vot- ing Iowa's farmers started the year with hopes of record corn and soybean crops, but a soggy five-day period in May caused some of the worst soil erosion in 25 years and near- ly one million of the state's 13.2 million acres of corn had to be replanted. A prolonged dry spell in July and early August, especially in southwest Iowa, added more woes and caused an estimated 30 per- cent crop loss in some areas. A killing frost, ending all soybean and corn growth, hit the stale earlier than usual lo complete the bleak weather year. The final U.S. agriculture department es- timate set Iowa's corn crop at 951.75 million bushels. If the prediction holds up, the crop will be nearly 300 million bushels below the record 1972 output and about 30 percent less than farmers had hoped to reap. The state's soybean crop, if the latest es- timate of 197.96 million bushels holds good, would be off more than 71) million bushels from the record production of last year. Backlash The Watergate backlash caught Maync and Scherle as Democrats took five of the state's congressional seats. Spirit Lake busi- ness man Berkley Bedell defeated Mayne and Scherle lost to Tom Harkin. Clark Asks Agency For Probe of CIA By Dorothy Williams WASHINGTON. D.C. Sen. Dick Clark (D-Iowa) Friday urged creation of a special senate-house committee to probe charges of domestic spying by the Central Intellig- ence Agency. "The American people arc not going to be satisfied with an investigation into the situa- tion by the same people who have been In charge of over- seeing the agency all Clark said. Clark was referring' to I hi1 membership of the senate and house subcommittees respon- sible for walchdogKing CIA operations. He said he did not rule out these senate and house mem- bers as appointees lo a special committee named for the in- quiry. It would be helpful lo draw on their knowledge of the agency and its work through the years. But, he said, the allegations of improper CIA activities in this, country call for a fresh approach by "the most distin- guished members" of the sen- ate and house to get the facts and lo restore the confidence of the people In the agency. "A lot of the problem is public Clark said. "If serious law violations were found, they could be re- ferred lo the department of .justice." Clark's proposal, in an in- lerview with The Gaxetle. came at the same time former defense secretary, Clark M. Clifford, also recommended u special congressional commit- tee look into the CIA mailer. Clifford helped drafl the legislation creating the agency. Mayne, who had been a solid supporter of former President Nixon through the Wat- crgale hearing, had served four terms, as had Scherle, who immediately perdlcted that Harkin "would be a one-term congressman." The Iowa legislature was faced with a pleasant task when it convened in .lanaury a surplus in the slate funds and lax relief was an immediate suggestion. It took the form of rebate of about milion so far this year by the lifting of the 3 percent sales taxes on unprepared food, pre- scription drugs and some other items. Popular Gov. Robert Ray had little trou- ble in winning re-election, but this time for a four-year term under a new amendment to the Iowa conslilulion. He defeated Democrat James Sehaben by more than votes. The night of June 16 proved one of terror for the persons of the DCS Moines sub- urb of Ankeny. A tornado cul a two-block swath through the city, killing two, injuring 15 and heavily damaging more than homes. Democrats rode the voters' post-Water- gate distrust of Republicans to sharp gains in the Iowa legislature. Democrats hold a 25-2-1 edge in the senate and a 59-39 margin in the house with a good chance of picking up the Ihree remaining Ihree scats in the special election Dee. 30 in Dubuque counly. Three Sioux Falls, S.D., brothers James, David and Allen Fryer were ar- rested only weeks after Ihe shotgun slayings of the four youths in Ihe northwest Iowa park in November, 1973, but it wasn't unlil this monlh that the final trial came. All were convicled of firsl-degree mur- der, allhough Ihe life senlence of one brolher has been appealed and James has yet to be senlenced. NFO Dealings Federal aulnorities started looking into the dealings of Ihe NFO when reports sur- faced thai one of ils grain Irusts was in trou- ble. After a hearing, a federal judge gave the organization additional time to put its finan- cial house in order. Besides the 12 stories thai rated a place in the year-end survey, 21 others received some votes. The major ones were: James Hall, former U. of Iowa football player, convicled of second-degree murder in slaying of University of Iowa coed. Series of stabbings at Iowa state peniten- tiary and subsequent investigation by legisla- tive committees, governor's office and a spe- cial study group. lowan Mary Louise Smith named Repub- lican national chairman. Cedar Rapids police department contro- versy leads all the way to Iowa supreme court. Special ordered In four precincts of Third district congressional primary by federal judge, who ruled thai Tama Indians were nol provided polling places. Convict Bobby Ferguson ask lor life In prison, but is paroled, only to land back in prison for parole violation. Orvllle Kelly, Burlington man dying of cancer, forms organization to help persons with terminal illnesses and their families. ALL CHRISTMAS CLEARANCE MR. 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