Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 26, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
4 The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Mon., Aug. 26, 1974
Unparalleled YearIowa Report Cites Education, Low Jobless Rate
DES MOINES (AP) - Iowa had an unparalleled year of economic growth, a report presented to Gov. Robert Ray shows.
Entitled “The Quality of Life in Iowa: An Economic and Social Report to the Governor for 1973”, the annual report is aimed at assessing the economic and social conditions of the state and present those findings to the governor.
The report, released Monday, covers such areas as the level of criminal activity, the health status of Iowans, the quality of education and the status of minorities in Iowa.
Iowa had the fourth lowest
unemployment rate in the nation in 1973 — 2.9 percent, compared with 4 9 percent for the U. S. — this year’s report shows.
Personal income increased by 14.1 percent to $14 billion, compared with a 10.4 percent gain for the nation. Personal income from manufacturing was up 12.6 percent.
In agriculture, the report says although slowed by adverse weather conditions during the spring planting season, Iowa farmers continued to produce at record and near-record levels in 1973.
Torn production reached its second highest level in history, exceeding the billion-bushel mark for the third year in succession.
Production totaled 1.024 billion bushels, down two percent from the 1972 total of
I.230 billion. Acreage planted in corn was up five percent to
II.1 million acres, but late planting reduced the yield per acre from 116 in 1972 to IDS bushels in 1973, the report says
Soybean production reached a record level, rising to 268.6 million bushels from the 216 million produced in 1971. That represents a gain of 24 percent. the report says.
Soybean yield per acre fell from 36 to 34 bushels, the report says, but because of the 19 million increased in acreage total production, exceeded the year earlier total
The value of production of total crops totaled $4 6 billion in 1973 placing Iowa number one in the nation in value of crops productions. California and Illinois came in second and third, respectively.
The report says the railroad industry continued to face problems in 1973, but says there were strong signs solutions may be found iii the near future. It says the department of transportation should lead to better rail service in 1974
In education, the report shows a downward trend in enrollment in the state’s public and non public school districts in 1973 for the fifth consecutive year
There was a total of 711,845 students enrolled in the state's school districts in 1973, compared with 722,455 students in 1972.
The decline was attributed to the declining birth rate and the aging Iowa population
No sudden reversal in such figures is expected, the report says, and projected enrollments are expected to decline
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The report says, however, that a study prepared by the Midwest Research Institute ranks Iowa’s educational system as the best in the United States, putting it ahead of other states with excellent systems such as California, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming
Data from the 1970 census, the most recent source of information available on minorities, shows Iowa’s minority population was 41,614 or 15 percent of the total state population of 2.824.376
Blacks made up 78 percent of that group with a population totaling 32,586
In the metropolitan areas where blacks are concentrated, their family income falls considerably below the average for white families, the report says.
Family income closest to the white average rn 19711 was in Cedar Rapids where the income was $10,9(81 for whites and $7,632 for blacks - and the lowest was in Sioux City where the incomes were $9,326 and $5,891 respectively.
The report attributes such differences to household composition, occupation, education and discrimination
There is a need to alleviate poverty for minority group
Mezvinsky: No Prosecution
KANSAS CITY (AP) - A member of the house judiciary committee said Sunday congress will never vote on prosecution of former President Richard M. Nixon or on possible immunity for the former Chief Executive.
Rep. Ed Mezvinsky (D-Iowa), who cast the 20th and deciding vote for impeachment of Nixon in the house judiciary committee hearings made the comment when he appeared with Rep. Jerry
Litton (D-Mo.) on the monthly “Dialogue with Litton” program.
The two freshmen members of congress spoke to more than 700 persons at the TWA building near Kansas City International airport.
“Congress simply does not have the power to delve into prosecution,” Mezvinsky said. “The judiciary committee was hearing evidence on impeach
ment because of obstruction of justice, abuse of power and other subversions of the Constitution.
“The fact that Nixon may have been in violation of federal law and have possibly committed a felony is something that congress has nothing to do with now.”
Mezvinsky said he has no doubts the Nixon case will be handled by a grand jury. “The grand jury will have to deal not with a violation of the
Iowa Crime Lab Earning
By Harrison Weber
DES MOINES (IDPA) -The Iowa criminalistics laboratory in Des Moines, which is operated by the state bureau of criminal investigation, is coming into its own.
Although the crime lab has been in operation for only three years, it is earning a reputation among law enforcement people of being very professional in helping to solve crimes.
Perhaps the classic example is the case of the “missing fingertips”.
“It s a very remarkable case,” said Michael L Reh-
Air Search for Missing Pilot
DES MOINES - The in-formation officer for the Iowa wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) says 25 Iowans are involved in the three-state search for a Galesburg, III., pilot missing since late Wednesday.
CAP spokesman Gene Kellogg said Sunday 35 flights totalling 60 flying hours and three ground searches in Iowa have been conducted for L. B I.undry, 67, a pilot with more than 30,000 hours of flying time to his credit.
Lundry was last heard from about five miles from the Lacrosse, Wis., airport during heavy fog conditions.
Searches also are being conducted by CAP members in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Motorist Treated Following Crash
W INTI I ROP—Leland C. Roepke, 22, rural Winthrop, was treated at a hospital and released after his 1974 car went out of control and slammed into a bridge a mile west of here Sunday night.
Authorities said the westbound car landed in a creek after the crash. Roepke’s car was demolished. He was not charged
berg, crime lab administrator. It involves a person who had been stabbed to death.
“Apparently a fight occurred prior to the stabbing and in the course of the fight the suspect’s hands were cut and little pieces of fingertips were cut off and left at the scene,” Rehberg said.
An investigator found the small particles of skin and a suspect was arrested after the lab was able to “fracture match” the pieces of skin back to his fingers, Rehberg explained
“It was just like a picture puzzle.”
Although this case is a little grotesque, it demonstrates the variety of techniques employed by the lab in helping local and state law enforcement officers solve crimes.
Each year that the lab has been in operation it has experienced a sizable increase in its work load In the first six months of this year it handled approximately 72,(HH) examinations, compart'd to 50,IMH) for the same period last year.
Analyzing drugs requires the full-time attention of three staff people. Last month they handled 425 drug cases which required the analysis of approximately I,IMH) items.
Since the Federal Drug Enforcement administration stopped accepting cases three months ago from local law' enforcement agencies in Iowa, the crime lab has been practically overwhelmed with requests for assistance in testing drug samples.
This change. Rehberg said, primarily involved law enforcement agencies in the Dubuque, Clinton and Davenport areas who were using the federal facilities for testing drugs.
“We used to get 75 to 80 percent of the requests; now ail the drug cases in Iowa come here,” Rehberg said.
The lab’s document section is one of its busiest. Last month it processed 85 cases. This was just too much of a work load for one man, and
another staff member is being added to this section, Rehberg revealed.
The bulk of the work in the document section centers on examining samples of handwriting for check forgeries. But the personnel is also called on for judgments about documents and their authenticity, typewriter identification comparisons and a myriad of other assignments.
The state bureau of criminal investigation has two marked vehicles it uses as an extension of the criminalistics laboratory. These cars are sent to the scene of the crime to help sift out clues, Rehberg said.
“Sometimes law enforcement people want the public to know lab technicians are on the scene; it’s one of the most highly visible arms of law enforcement.
“With the emphasis courts are placing on physical evidence, the lab is becoming increasingly important,” he said.
C ase Load
Rehberg was the chief chemist with the Wisconsin state crime lab at Madison before he came to Iowa to head up the newly-created crime laboratory in 1971.
At first, the lab was receiving KH) to 150 cases a month This month Rehberg expects it will handle over 7(H) cases. The staff has grown from eight to 18 during that period
The crime lab administrator believes a major reason for the increase in the number of cases submitted is that law enforcement personnel are better trained today. “They realize what the lab can do,” Rehberg said
Another reason, he said, is an increase in the amount of drug usage in the state.
During the three years he has been in Iowa, Rehberg said he has seen an increase in the number of violent deaths in the state.
(’(institution but a violation of the Jaw,” he said
The Iowa congressman said he is sure congress will not grant immunity to Nixon should he be convicted of Watergate crimes. “I don’t think congress has this power,” he said
However, Mezvinsky predicted Nixon probably would be granted some type of pardon from the grand jury if convicted.
“Let’s be reasonable,” he said. “Prisons are not really built for rehabilitation of inmates or of past Presidents.”
Litton said the American public now is asking for leniency.
“How much mercy is given to him is something we’ll all have to wait and see,” Litton said. “I think as a whole the house would like to show some mercy.”
Director District Elections Slated
DECORAH - Throe can-didates have announced their candidacy for election in director district 2 for the Area Education Agency board of education and two candidates have filed for director district 3.
Director district 2 candidates are Lloyd Meier, Clermont; Linus Rothmeyer, Calmar, and Kenneth Schultz, Postville.
Filing for district 3 are Carroll Sunde, Decorah; and Bill W ithers, Waukon
District 3 school members will meet Monday in the Senior high building, Waukon, at 8 p m. to elect one of the three candidates. Included in this district are Allamakee, Decorah, Eastern Allamakee and Mar-Mac.
District 2 members will meet Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the administration building at Calmar. Community school districts included in the director district are Howard-Win-neshiek, North Winneshiek, Postville, South Winneshiek and Valley.
Central City Students Register for Classes
CENTRAL CITY - School registration will continue Tuesday in the school gymnasium.
Families with last names beginning A M register Monday and N-Z Tuesday.
School begins Wednesday at 8 30 a rn.
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Seven Die In Highway Accidents
By the Associated Press
Seven people dic'd in weekend Iowa traffic accidents, and a solider from Iowa died in an auto crash in Germany.
Authorities identified the Iowan as Pfc Daniel Berry, Bettendorf, who was killed Saturday. No further details were available.
Marvin L. McCormack,- 19, Risk Rapids, died Saturday when the car he was driving rolled over in a field after failing to negotiate a curve on highway 9 a mile south of Larchwood in Lyon county.
Charles Ellery, 23. Bronson, was struck by six vehicles while walking along interstate 29 near Sergeant Bluff, authorities said.
Investigators said only a car driven by Dorothy Gainous, Omaha, and one other vehicle stopped at the scene after striking the pedestrian.
Ellis Hatfield. 32. Des Moines, died Sunday of injuries suffered in an Aug. 15 crash in Des Moines and Floyd Wiederin, 43. I>ake City, died Sunday of injuries suffered last Wednesday in a collision near Carroll
Officers said Fred Erskin. Des Moines, was killed Saturday night when his motorcycle and a car driven by Claude Isabelle, Luther, collided on highway 17 near Luther.
Keith Mueller, 19. Osage, and Bruce Madden, 12, Phoenix, were killed in separate one-car accidents Friday.
Mueller was killed when his car ran off a Mitchell county road about two miles southeast of Osage. The ear in which the W’adden boy was riding ran off a Johnson county road near Swisher, authorities said
Larson Calls for Stiff Gun Laws
DES MOINES (AP)- State Public Safety Commissioner Charles Larson has called for stiffer sentences to make gun crimes more difficult to implement in the wake of a double slaying at the downtown Holiday Inn here last week.
He said he thinks proposals which would impose severe punishments for such crimes would be helpful. A possibility might be a five-or ten-year sentence without any parole, he suggested.
Larson added Iowa is more liberal than some states — such as Michigan. Illinois and New York — in allowing gun purchases. He said many persons come to Iowa across the border from Illinois to buy guns for criminal activities.
The commissioner also said a three-day cooling period rn the purchase of guns might be useful, particularly in curtailing crimes of passion A delay in the completion of
Suspend Sentence on Drunk Driving Charge
INDEPENDENCE - John David Gilson, 27, was given a 180-day suspended jail sentence after he pled guilty to an July 18 drunk driving charge.
The court also ordered him to enroll in a drinking driver’s course with the Northeast council on Alcoholism and his license was revoked.
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Larson, did however, take note that such legislation might disgruntle a sportsman, who saw a gun he liked for hunting purposes, for example, and wanted to buy it that same day.
members in the metropolitan areas, the report says, but adds determining if their needs are being adequately funded and administered is difficult.
The report says the Iowa department of social services does not tabulate the recipients of state aid under its programs by race and says the Iowa civil rights commission has a limited amount of statistical data to assess the effectiveness of minority programs.
The report recommends regulations be modified to allow public agencies to classify protected classes, as such, to better serve their needs.
BLUE GRASS (AP)- U.S. Postal Service authorities have joined local law officers in the investigation of four post office burglaries during the last week in Eastern Iowa.
The latest break-in occurred Saturday at the Scott county town of Blue Grass, where a money order machine was stolen.
There were break-ins reported earlier at the Clinton county communities of Welkin, Low Moor and Zw ingle.
Mar-Mac Institutes “Floating” Schedule
MCGREGOR - Mar-Mac high school Principal Michael J. Loury has instituted a new daily schedule for this year’s students which he feels is unique to the district.
Called the “floating eight-period schedule”, it replaces the traditional seven-period day.
In addition to the seven class periods, one will be added each day which is not permanent, but “floats”
The ann. Loury said, is to allow the school to offer, and students to take, eight subjects without adding to the school day's length or the number of faculty members.
On each day. one of the eight classes for which a student is registered will not meet, so the student attends seven classes each day, but over the cycle period may participate in eight courses.
Loury admits the “floating eight-period schedule” seems confusing However, he feels the students and faculty will
quickly adapt to its operation.
"The main reason we are adopting this new schedule,” Loury said, “is to make more courses available to students. Generally the easiest way to do that would be to add faculty members or lengthen the school day
Our budget does not allow us to increase the number of teachers, and I’m sure neither students nor teachers would be too excited about a longer school day Thus, the new schedule is a desirable alternative.”
Other advantages cited by Loury are the increased number of class offerings open to students each semester and the number of double sections offered of courses with high student demand.
“Since students are now able to select from more courses, it should also lead to smaller class sizes, in which the students should benefit by receiving more personalized and individualized attention.” said Courv.
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