Brownwood Bulletin, May 9, 1975

Brownwood Bulletin

May 09, 1975

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Brownwood Bulletin (Newspaper) - May 9, 1975, Brownwood, Texas GOOD AFTERNOON Here is a summary of some of today’s leading news stories: VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — Angry Laotian students, protesting rising prices and foreign economic domination, attacked the U.S. Embassy today, throwing rocks and attempting to haul down the U.S. flag. ★ is it NEW YORK - The higher livestock prices that helped cause the latest boost in the Wholesale Price Index are likely to mean more expensive hot dogs, hamburgers and steaks for summer barbecues. Brownwood Bulletin Eighteen Page* Today Two Sections Brownwood, Texas Friday, May 9, 1975 Vol. 75, No. 175 Ten Cents Daily Sunday Twenty-five Cents STUDENT PRESSURE Five quit Laotian cabinet VIENTIANE, Laos (AP)-Five Laotian cabinet ministers closely identified with U.S. policies have resigned under mounting pressure from student groups and labor leaders, highly placed sources said today. The reported resignations mean Prime Minister Prince Souvanna Phouma will have to reshuffle his cabinet and seem certain to mean the Communist-line Pathet Lao, who hold six cabinet portfolios under the terms of the 1973 cease-fire agreement, will emerge in a vastly strengthened position. Word of the resignations came as Laotian students angered over rising prices threw rocks at the U.S. Embassy and tried to haul down the American Flag. A U.S. Marine grabbed the flag from two students before it hit the ground and police drove the students from the compound. The reported resignations include Defense Minister Sisouk Na Champassak and Finance Minister Ngon Sananikone, the sources said. There was no official confirmation. Ngon was reported to have left for Thailand on his way to Paris. Sisouk was believed to be in the Southern Mekong river town of Pakse. Others who reportedly resigned were Khamphay Abphay, minister of public health, Tianethone Chan-tharasy, deputy minister for foreign affairs and Houmphanh Sayasith, deputy minister for public works. Meanwhile, Saigon radio re ports said long distance buses and trains are beginning services in South Vietnam where for years flying was the only safe way to travel. Cambodia reported that it had begun a campaign to clean up “the stink and pungent smells left behind by the traitors,” and to open its chief seaport, Kompong Som. Associated Press correspondent Peter O’Loughlin reported from Vientiane that the demonstration by more than 3,000 stu- See CABINET on Page 2A Briscoe says he still likes school plan AUSTIN (AP) - Gov. Dolph Briscoe conferred about school finance today with House Speaker Bill Clayton and later said several times that he was “not discouraged” about the outlook for his weighted pupil approach. Clayton earlier had told reporters there just weren’t the votes to pass the governor’s plan. Briscoe would not admit that to reporters but in answer to a question as to why the weighted pupil concept had not caught on with the legislature, he answered, “Probably a lot of it is lack of complete understanding about it—what it is, how it would work.” “I am not discouraged about it at this point,” he said. When asked if he was doing anything to combat that “lack of understanding,” Briscoe said: “We have been working on that. We will continue working on that to give a better understanding of the concept of the program and how it will affect each district.” The weighted pupil approach would base school spending on the number of pupils in various kinds of programs in each district, recognizing that some programs cost more than others. Falling inventories good news for economists WASHINGTON (AP) - The Commerce Department reported today that inventories of the nation’s businesses fell by a record $1.9 billion in March, showing that the inventory liquidation necessary for an economic recovery was continuing. Administration economists say businesses must reduce their massive stockpiles of goods before production of new goods can begin. When new production begins, it will mean more goods. The declines in inventories in March occurred at all levels of the economy. They were down $685 million at the manufacturing level, $645 million at retail and $594 million at wholesale. However, the Commerce Department said sales declined even faster than inventories in March, which would be a disturbing development if the trend of lower sales continues in months ahead. Tfie administration has been counting on consumer purchasing of goods to help lead the nation’s economy out of its current recession. Sales declined 2.5 per cent at the manufacturing level, 1.9 per cent at retail and 3.3 per cent at wholesale. As a result of the decline in sales, the so-called stock-to-sales ratio stood at 1.69 in March, up from 1.66 in February and 1.46 a year earlier. The ratio means that businesses had stockpiles of goods sufficient to meet 1.69 months of sales at the current level of demand. The March decline in inventories exceeded the previous record fall of $983 million set in February. The decline in inventories for the first three months of 1975, which totaled $2.9 billion, was a quarterly record, exceeding the previous three-month high of $1.5 billion in the second quarter of 1958. Senate okays primary plan MUSIC MAKERS — Polishing off final details for the spring concert of the Howard Payne University symphony band are, from left, Rusty Baldwin, Jack Waldrop and Keith Davis. The concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday in (he Brownwood High auditorium. BUT HOW MUCH? Aid drawing solid support WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is demonstrating solid support for emergency aid to Indochina refugees but not for the full $507 million requested by President Ford. There were some indications that aid might not be approved so quickly as Ford wants, despite these actions in Congress on Thursday : —The House Judiciary Committee voted 30 to 4 to approve an unlimited authorization bill for the refugees. —The House foreign operations appropriations subcom mittee, which sets the dollar amounts to be spent, approved $405 million in aid, a cut from Ford’s $507 million request. —The Senate voted 91 to I to welcome the refugees. -By voice vote, the Senate approved use of leftover Vietnam military aid money for the refugees. However, Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield called for “time for thought and deliberation.” Ford had hoped for action by next week but only House action is now expected by that time. The Senate cannot act until it receives the measure from the House, where all money bills must originate. Ford’s request for $507 million for up to 150,000 refugees was cut by the appropriations subcommittee with the idea of prorating it to the about 114,000 refugees that have actually been counted so far. Subcommittee members contended some of the figures in Ford’s estimate were clearly overstated but said the fact is that Congress has no idea how much the refugee programs will Top students take awards at B'wood Junior High Top students for 1974-75 in all three grades and the American Legion citizenship awards headlined traditional honors assembly recognitions at Brownwood Junior High School this morning. Receiving the citizenship awards were Gary Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Boyd G. Miller, and Cindi Bennett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Bennett. Top students scholastically in the 9th grade include Miller; Pat Sparks, son of Mrs. Jean Sparks; Michael Hitchcock, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Hitchcock; Gayla Sherman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Sherman; Karin Berry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Greg Berry; and Carla Isenhower, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Isenhower. Miller, Sparks, Berry and Isenhower were also recognized for having been an honor student all three years in Brownwood Junior High. Highest ranking students in the school are Sherman, 97 946; Berry, 97.399; and Isenhower, 96.320. Honored as the top-ranking 8th grade students were Greg Pittman, son of Dr. and Mrs. George Pittman; James Bullion, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Bullion; John Harkey, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Harkey; Helen Belvin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Belvin; Linda Taylor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman French; and Denise Perrin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Perrin. Recognized as the top 7th grade students were Greg Marwitz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alton Marwitz; Jay Isham, son of Mr. and Mrs. N. D. Isham; James Hallum, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Hallum; Karen Wesson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wesson; Kim Ambrester, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Ambrester; and Usa McBee, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll McBee. Awards also went to students for other accomplishments in academic and extra-curricular activities for the year. finally cost and that they likely will climb above $507 million. Judiciary Committee approval of the unlimited authorization clears the way for House action next Tuesday or Wednesday. The authorization bill contains no money figure and the Appropriations Committee plans to put the separate $405-million appropriation bill to a vote quickly. The House must pass the authorizing bill before it can take up the appropriations bill. The only “no” vote in the Senate action was cast by Sen. William L. Scott, R-Va. Sen. Mark O. Hatfield, D-Ore., said his bill to permit use of military aid for the refugees would provide at least $17 million and possibly as much as $147 million. The Senate approved it by voice vote. Off the floor, 27 senators signed a letter saying it would be a tragedy if a few vocal opponents were able to prevent congressional action “necessary to find homes, jobs and a fresh start for those whose lives have been shattered by the fall of South Vietnam.” But there was also opposition. Saying he wants no “hired right-wing political killers,” in America, Sen. James Abourezk, D-S.D., introduced a bill slashing aid to $127 million and prohibiting the Pentagon or the CIA from hiring any Vietnamese who participated in the controversial Phoenix program, which was designed by the CIA to eliminate Viet Cong cadres. BROWNWOOD AREA -Clear to partly cloudy and a little cooler tonight and Saturday. Low tonight in the 60s, high Saturday in the 80s. Maximum temperature here Thursday 91, overnight low 55. Sunset today 8:23, sunrise Saturday 6:41. AUSTIN (AP) — Senators finally approved the “Bentsen” presidential primary bill today while House members had a heated floor fight over taxes. The Senate voted 19-7 to approve a conference committee report on the presidential primary bill. Rep. Tom Schieffer, D-Fort Worth, said he would seek a final decision in the House “if I have the votes.” House action stalled for close to an hour when Rep. Joe Pen-tony, D-Houston, suddenly moved to instruct the House Revenue and Taxation Com-mitee to report out a bill increasing oil and gas production taxes. Estimates of revenue from the bill varied but Pentony said it would produce enough money to beef up spending on public schools while enabling school districts to reduce property taxes. Rep. Joe Wyatt, D-Blooming-ton, committee chairman, and Rep. Ron Waters, D-Houston, sponsor of the bill, appeared close to blows after Waters walked away from the microphone and declined to discuss a conversation the two apparently had held earlier about the bill. With Gov. Dolph Briscoe declaring he would veto any new taxes, Wyatt said his policy was against holding any hearing on a tax bill unless requested by an eight-member majority of his committee. “If the bill is enacted, there are going to be several thousand HP chime-out slated Saturday Traditional “chime-out” ceremonies for graduating Howard Payne University seniors will begin Saturday at 6 p.m. in front of Old Main on Center Avenue. Parents and friends of the graduating seniors will witness the transferring of symbolic responsibility to the junior class. Dr. Roger L. Brooks, HPU president will be on hand along with outgoing student body president Larry Sparks and incoming president Jim Thomas. A president’s reception for students and guests will be held on the lawn of Old Main immediately following the ceremony. gas wells in this state shut down because that would be the effect of raising the severance tax by IO per cent (from 7.5 per cent),” said Fred Agnich, R-Dallas. There were groans, boos and shouts of “No!” “Listen to me, I know the oil business,” Agnich declared. Pentony said existing state revenue was some $150 million short of “doing what is right for the teachers and what is right for the school districts.” “If we raise $530 million for education, we can correspondingly reduce the amount of money put into education by local entities, and all that money is property tax,” he said. The motion failed, 50-85. The presidential primary bill has been a major issue since early in the session. The bill would “self-destruct” after the 1976 primary in which Sen. Lloyd Bentsen will seek to control the Texas delegation to the Democratic presidential nominating convention. Bentsen is an announced candidate for the White House. Still pending is a Senate-passed bill raising the ceiling on jobless benefits to $70, but Thursday’s vote might have killed it as well. NO WALLFLOWERS — No wallflowers, only artists painting the play wall at Bunin Park. The development of the park is a project of the parks department of the City of Brownwood and the art education class of Howard Payne University under direction of Mrs. Charlie Trigg. Students are doing the art work from original creations. Artists from left to right working on the whimsical caterpillar are Lennell Powell, Mrs. Trigg, and Ernestina DeLa Cruz.    (Bulletin Photo) ;