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   Jefferson City Post-Tribune (Newspaper) - January 14, 1969, Jefferson City, Missouri                                VOL 103 NO 145 Jtffam FINAL EDITION ISc JEFFERSON CITY MISSOURI TUESDAY AFTERNOON JANUARY 14 1967 Plan to abolish electors proposed By Ihe Associated Press A plan to abolish the electoral college system and elect the president by popular vote was offered in the Missouri Senate today Sen Maurice Scheehter D Creve Coeur asked the legisla ture to memorialize Congress to do away with the prssent sys tem that could allow a president to be elected without a popular majority Sen Raymond Howard DSt Louis proposed a constitutional change to lower the legal voting age in Missouri from 21 to 18 perennial measure that never has won its way through both houses Two other changes in Mis souris horse and buggy election laws were proposed by Sen Richard M Webster R Carthage One would provide uniform poll opening and closing times from 6 am to 7 pm instead of the present 6 am to sundown The other Webster said would allow pockets of voters who have been isolated by inter slate highways from their old polling places to be attached to an adjacent township for voting purposes A burst of other new bills in cluded ineasures to Set up a logical job classifica tion plan for merit system em ployes as proposed by two Lit tle Hoover commissions Permit the butter substitute to be identified with the word mar garine only instead of the oleo margarine label now required Set up a statewide food stamp plan under the division of wel fare at a cost of S2640000 year Relieve a receiver of unsoli cited merchandise of any obli gation to buy it Elminate the obsolete town ship government system in the few remaining counties which still use it Give the legislature a chance to make changes of any kind in the new motor vehicle safety in spection law A proposed constitutional change was introduced in th House that would allow govern ment employes on the state lev els to organize and bargain collectively Now they can organize but they cant bargain collectively The new plan was offered by Rep Howard Garrett DFestus Rep Russell Coward DSt Louis and others offered a bill that would require all public schools to offer courses in the role and contributions of Ameri can Negroes and other ethnic groups in the history of this country and this state Rep Omer Dames D0 Fallon introduced one to repeal immediately the embattled compulsory automobile inspec tion law A similar bill was the second introduced in the Sen ate last Thursday There were two suggestions for presidential preference pri maries one for the last Tuesday in June and the other for the first Tuesday in April School board rejects Centertown annexation The Jefferson City School Board Monday night decided against annexing the Centertown RIII School District in the near future I believe we ought to consoli date what we have before we take on anything new said Everett T Marten a member of the Jefferson City board Voters in the Jefferson City district recently approved an nexation of two neighboring dis tricts in Call away County Sum mitt CII and Tebbetts Superintendent Joe Nichols cautioned against the move It appears to me now is not the appropriate time to consider the annexation Nichols said Were not in a position lo ex tend ourselves The slale legislature also fig ured in the decision to wait Lawmakers appointed a school district reorganizalion commit tee which is now studying the problem of poorer school dis tricts Small school districts like ours are having a difficult time getting by on the money avail able and still give children the type of education they need said Harold Kaufmann presi dent of the Centertown RIII board Kaufmann said the Center town board decided to seek an nexation to the Jefferson City district because the community is closely aligned with Ihe Capit al City The Centertown district with an assessed valuation of 82059 601 in a 30squaremile area is bounded on the east by the Jef ferson City district on the west by the Moniteau County line by the Moreau River south and north by a line located about half way between Centertown and Marion The Centertown district has no high school After finishing the first eight grades students have three choices for the bal ance of their education Jeffer son City Russellville or Cali fornia Kaufmann said the Cen tertown district pays tuition for 60 high school students who are bused to Russellville 33 to Jef ferson City and nine or 10 to California Kaufmann said there were 211 students enrolled in eight grades at Centertown and said the dis trict wilh a tax rate of 275 per S100 valuation has no bonded indebtedness He said residenls of the district want to keep en rollment of the first six grades at Centertown if the districl is ever annexed We feel we are gelling to the point where something will have lo be done in the next few years Kaufmann said The Jefferson City Board ap proved election procedure basic ally the same as in past years The only changes were a tight ening of the method by which candidates can be nominated by petition a change to accommo date a twocounly eleclion and a procedure to handle vacancies on the board created by resigna tion The school board election this year will involve Cole and Calla way counties because of an nexation of Summit CII and Tebbetls Mass meetings for both parties will be held the same night but at separate locations There will be a combined mecling for Democrats from Cole and Calla counlics and a similar meeting for Republicans Parly chairmen from both counties must decide who will preside at their respective rneeling Candidales have to file with See SCHOOL page 8 Change in city fiscal year gaining support in counci A new fiscal year extending from November through Octo ber is gaining support from city fathers Larry Haake chairman of the Councils Finance Committees subcommittee stated today that his committee would recom mend Ihe new fiscal year be adlopled The rccommcndalion will be submitted to the Finance Com mittee at a meeting to be held at 7 pm Monday Several city officials and oth er councilmen have indicated that they favor the new plan and will try to implement it during the next few months Officials cite a number of reasons for wanting the change At the present the citys fiscal year extends from July through June One of the basic reasons for the proposed change is to give officials a more accurate predic tion of revenue Much of the citys revenue is based on property taxes They are levied on residents based upon a property assessment Property assessment is not com Wiretaps endorsed WASHINGTON John N Mitchell said today that if confirmed as attorney general he will make use of wiretapping and electronic surveillance in warring against crime Mitchell a New York lawyer who managed Presidentelect Nixons campaign testified be fore the Senate Judiciary Com mittee Tin Crime Control and Safe Streets Act passed by Congress Jast year authorizes wiretapping electronic eavesdropping by IMP to combat crime but the Johnson administralion has declined to make use of it Mitchell said he felt it should be used carefully and effective ly under the safeguards provid ed by Congress in order to coie with organized crime and major crimes In reply to other questions Mitchell testified that he pro poses to carry out the civil rights acts passed by Congress and to serve as a legal rather than a political adviser to Nix m pleted until late Spring This does net give budget officials sufficient time lo make an ac curate estimate of income Another prime factor is new councilmen When a new councilman assumes office in April he is immediately faced with a cily budget More often than nol the new councilman is not familiar with problems sur rounding a city budget Supporters of the proposed fiscal year say it will give councilmen a chance to get their feel wcl before jumping into one of Iheir most important tasks of approving the cily bud get Under Ihe present fiscal year it is difficult lo iron out any last minute delails in the month of June due lo vacations To get approval of any changes in Ihe budget a quorum of the city council musl be present Often this is not pos sible because couneilmen arc on their annual vacations Department heads would also like lo take vacalions during June but cannot because of pitiding budget decisions and possible changes A final reason given is that in October the citys funds are at a low ebb Thus a budget pre pared at this time would give officials a better overall finan cial picture orbit fl er MOSCOW fAP A Soviet cosmonaut was hurled into orbit today in continuation of tests of the roubleplagued S o y u z spaceship Unofficial reports circulated in Moscow that another cosmo naut would play a role in the mission possibly attempting the Soviet Unions first manned linkup A Moscow television an nouncer said Air Force LI Col Vladimir Shalalov riding So yux4 would carry out a com plex responsible mission Col Shalalov radioed from or bit that he was feeling fine Col Vladimir Bcregovoys test of Soyux3 last October was the first successful mission car ried out by the ship It flew si multaneously with the un manned Soyuz2 craft Soyuz 1 ended in disaster April 24 1967 when Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov crashed to earth and was killed During the next 18 months Western space observers closely followed a ser ies of unmanned launchings with Soyuz orbital dimensions These were believed to be reen try tests aimed at preventing recurrence of the Komarov tragedy Tass said Shatalov 41 was put into orbit by a powerful carrier rocket at am EST Four flaming exhaust jets could beseen on the television report of the launching Tass said Shatalov had suc cessfully operated the craft8 manual controls adjusting his position by making a fix on the sun See COSMONAUT page 8 Attacks atal to newsman and lawmaker D Kelly Scruton 64 Sedalia newspaperman and one of Gov Warren E Hearnes honorary colonels collapsed and died Monday night during the inaug ural ball Scruton was vice president of the Sedalia Democrat Company Dr Lawrence Giffcn coroner and also an honorary colonel said Scrulon died of a coronary attack He had a history of heart trouble A native of Sedalia Kelly grew up with the newspaper ed ited by his father the late Col George H Scruton Sr Kelly was sports editor for many years but had covered all desks at one time or another for the paper Kelly was active in Democrat ic party politics He had served as secretary of the Young Dem ocratic Clubs of Missouri chair man of the Sedalia City Demo cratic Committee secretary of the Peltis County committee and was a one time candidate for Congress in 1948 Scruton had ridden in the in augural parade Monday with Secy of State James C Kirkpa trick a longtime friend in the newspaper business Survivors include the widow the former Ruth Toohcy and his brother George Scruton Funeral arrangements are in complete State Rep Frank C DKansas City died early to day in St Marys Hospital here following an apparent heart at tack he suffered late Monday night He was 63 Friends of Mazzuca an llth tcrm legislator from District 1 in Jackson County said he was stricken at his hotel after re turning from the inaugural ball Mazxuca a widower is sur vived by n son Frank Jr of Kansas City Ho was first elected to the state house in 1018 Ho operated a real estate and insurance business in Kansas City Funeral services will be i am Friday at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Kansas City Lilbuni Davis Mncon County clerk who was taken 1o Memo rial Hospital in Jefferson City Monday aller suffering a heart nltiick was reported Unlay to foe in a stable condition nnd rest ing comfortably Dnvis WHS stricken while at tending inmigtiral festivities in capital city President expected to limit message to general terms WASHINGTON AP Presi dent Johnson is expected to out line his analysis of the State of the Union in broad terms to night and defer recommenda tions for specific legislation to his successor Closeassociates of the out going President say the only ex ception in his farewell address to a joint session of Congress and to the nation via television and radio will be to recommend that the 10 per cent income tax surcharge be extended By doing so he can include the billion annual revenue pro duced by the surcharge in his budget for fiscal 1970 and thus show a small surplus when he sends his last breakdown on government spending to Con gross Wednesday Johnson and Presidentelect Nixon have been maneuvering for two wetIts over the issue of extending the tax approved for one year by Congress as a check on an overheated econo my and due to expire June 30 The President reported to be lieve that the tax was still need ed to combit inflation tried to gel Nixon to join him in i public statement advocating extension Nixon who had criticized the tax surcharge during Ihe cam paign demurred But after it became known Monday lhat Johnson would re commend conlinuance of the surcharge wilh or without Nix ons endorsement he apparent ly sol privateassurances of sup port from the presidentelect Aides of Nixon said in New York thai he would make a statement immediately after Johnsons Slalc of the Union message and indicated he would endorse the Presidents decision There was no indica tion however that he would give the surcharge the whole hearted supixnl lhat Johnson wanted In his address tonight John son is expected o speak in broad general terms of a neces sity for revitalizing the nations cities as a means of atlacking the root of discontent that has led to racial rioting in many Rotunda jammed Dancers packed the State Capitol rotunda Mon day night for the Inaugural Ball final event on the 1969 inauguration day program Many ball goers also lined the Capitols double starcasc to watch the proceedings or to wait a chance to crowd onto the floor and join the dancers A second ball was held at the National Guard Armory NewsTribune photo Additional photos on page 12 Festive ball at Capitol armory climaxes inaugural day activity The time was exactly pm Buddy Kay raised his ba ton and fanfare filled the ro tunda of the Capitol Gov and Mrs Warren E Hearnes appeared at the top of the grand stairway amid cheers from the estimated 5000 guests who packed the Capitol or the Inaugural Ball Mrs Hearnes was radiant in her specially designed gown of turquoise blue velvet The gov ernor was handsome in his white tie and tails as he acknowledged his supporters Gov and Mrs Hearnes slowly descended the stairs as the other officials and their wives appear ed Lt Gov and MrsWilliam S Morris Secy of State and Mrs James C Kirkpatrick Treasurer and Mrs William Robinson Aud itor and Mrs Haskell Holman and Ally Gen and Mrs John C Danlorth all received hearty cheers from the audience Jerry Bryan the Governors press secretary announced each couple as they appeared Also appearing in the march were I wo of the Hcurnes daugh ters Lynnc 19 and Leigh Hi The couples posed for photog raphers and then began the promenade through the rotunda and wings of the Capitol to greet enthusiastic supporters When the official party had completed the six minute walk they went to a small platform in Ihe rotunda to grcel the honor ary colonels and their ladies The beat of the music contin ued as the honorary colonels 1031 strong began to parade before the crowd Persons on thr sidelines waved to friends in Ihe march Greetings won1 returned with waves and cheers SotBALI pajie 8 slum area and lo violent dem onstrations by inuny college and university What ohnson will say uboul status of tinwiir in Vietnam or the lack of progress al the 1ai is peace talks remained a closely guarded While House secret There vvus speculation that he would be able to forecast a schedule of withdraw of Ameri can troops from South Vietnam Bui Ihe rumors which origiual cd in Saigon were denied Mon day by Ihe Slate Department I know of no proposal by the Unil ed Slalcs Ic be announced Ihis week of phased withdrawal of American forces said Stales official spokesman Robert J McCloskey US Marines make major sea landing BATANGAN PENINS ULA Vietnam battalions of US Marines stormed ashore here in the biggest seaborne assault since the Korean War They were the first units of an 8200man allied force ord ered to smash a longtime enemy sanctuary spokes men announced today The Marines landed Monday 340 miles northeast of Saigon at the scene of Ihe first major Ameri can battle of theVietnam war in August 1065 Also a seaborne as sault the 1965 battle cost 56 Leathernecks dead and 150 wounded againsl 560 enemy killed U S spokesmen said the two batlalions were pushing inland today toward a U S Army bat talion and a South Vietnamese battalion The three groups hope to surround an area of about eight squrc milos believed to hold up to 800 North Vietnamese regulars and an unknown num ber of guerrillas The operation was not an nounced until today for security reasons Spokesman said the ad vancing troops so fiir have en countered only light sniper fire and they speculated it might be some lime before the cordon is closed tiglil enough lo force Ihe enemy lo fighl or surrender The Balangan Peninsula is only 11 miles from Ihe US Armys American Division headquarters al Clui Lai It has been a major enemy storage area and base camp since the war wilh the French and minor probes of its defenses have al most always resulted in fierce fighting This time the allies have come to stay and the areas 5000 to population will be put into the government pacifi cation program tiS spokes men sikl They ililetl nearly all piiiniMila residents i it lively or passively support the Vie Cong and pacificatiiin rl lorts nv expected lo be bloody and slow Military officials sairl Ihe cor don will HiI be unshed too qtiiekh The ana is honey comliil on liiiJicT ground with innnH sunn three liiy Sri VIKTNAiM S Education needs hike state costs By DON NORFLEET Increased state support for education in Missouri each year helps account for a tripling of slate spending in the past de cade Asmore nnd more of Mis souris youth reached school IRR after World War II the tax bill for support of education mounted In 10S9 Missouri was spend ing million on education Ton years later the figure sour ed to million Tho University of Missouri mid the school foundation pro gram which provides state aid lo elementary and high schools the two big recipients if greater elate upending for edu ce lion Editor note This is the sixth in a series of NewsTribune articles on money problems confronting the 75th Missouri General Assembly This year Gov Warren E Hearnes has recommended the suite spend almost as much for the University of MisMniri as was provided for the entire statewide education cftorl 10 years ago The Governors now budget for the fiscal yeir beginning July 1 totals million from general revenue for M U jusl under the total ednciition bill of in 15 Although I lea rues budget pro vides n whopping lfi2 per cent intTorise in spending for Ihis year totaling million it still is not enough to satisfy Lhc states largest university We need a lot more says Dr John C Weaver M U president They hired me to build n groiit university and Im only telling them what is needed This year Weaver risked the General Assembly for million for Ihe university not inducting another Stt million re quested for new buildings The university in December opened bids on a million auditorium for the campus in Columbia Similar demands for more ed ucational spending will Ioinc from public and parochial local schools This year Ihe Catholic clergy will pressing again lot shared tune lenislilinn to per mit parochial students to attend public schools purl lime The main thrust this year pareiitly will bito request minimum imiioii uraiil of Slilll for each school Indent Tho money would le paid directly lo the slniliMit or iiaivnl in order Sec KWICATION pacr 8 Warmer DM Cilv nnd Onlrul Missouri Al ii s 11 y cloudy through Wednesday A Illtln wiirnirr tonlKlil mid WmlncxdKy luw tonight in Hir ION Hind Urdnisdav In the CliiincB of light ruin or   

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