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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 11, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Mew Texas Briefly October PftgeSA Nation Senate raises debt ceiling WASHINGTON AP the Senate has agreed to raise the national debt above after including an amendment to gradually stop the overspending thats been adding billion a year to the govern ments ocean of red But the which has run out of borrowing power and used up its cash remains on the edge of The debt ceiling increase wont take effect until the House and Senate can settle their differences over the deficitreduction The Senate spent most of Thursday revising details of the deficit cutting plan of Phil Warren R and Ernest which was first approved The House scheduled a legislative session today to receive the Senate but no decision was The GrammRudmanHollings amendment sets targets to gradually shrink the deficits until fiscal when the budget would be The measure would force the president to impose spending cutbacks if Congress and the president failed to meet the targets with spending cuts or new or Aspirin can lower heart attack risk WASHINGTON AP An aspirin a day could lower the risk of a fatal heart attack by 20 percent to 50 percent for some heart the government and it estimates the regimen could save to lives a Margaret the secretary of health and human ser said Thursday the aspirin treatment now has the approval of the Food and Drug based on the results of scien tific studies involving more than She told a news conference the aspirin studies showed a 20 per cent lower death rate from second heart attacks among people who already have suffered and a 50 percent lower death rate among men suffering from unstable angina or worsening chest AIDS victim asks killion INDIANAPOLIS AP A man who claims he contracted AIDS from contaminated blood plasma used to treat hemophilia has filed a million lawsuit against the company he says supplied the Mark of contracted acquired immune deficiency syndrome in July as doctors prepared him for a knee according to the suit filed Thursday in Marion Superior The lawsuit says the blood plasma was distributed through Cutter Biological a company owned by Miles Laboratories of and contained HTLV3 an organism believed to cause Students challenge Fair prices DALLAS AP The Texas Star ferris wheel isnt the only thing reaching new heights at the Texas State some Dallas schoolchildren Dallas 13yearold Elizabeth ar med with 169 letters from other youngsters confronted city officials with complaints that state fair prices are too high for Texas For she it costs to purchase one dart at most Whatever happened to for three darts Please consider some ways to lower State Fair she While Miss Valdez took the letters to City she was referred to fair although Mayor Starke Taylor said he wanted to look into the State Fair general manager Wayne Gallagher said he agreed that prices are but said he is powerless to do anything about He said fair officials in the past had strongly suggested ceiling prices for the but a vendor filed a federal lawsuit alleging price Hobby names 3 to drug task force AUSTIN AP Bill Hobby on Thursday announced three appointments to the task force on alcoholics and drug dependent The task force members are Chilo El and Gonzalo and Hugh DFort These gentlemen have an understanding of the complexities involved with licensing and commitment The task force has the sensitive responsibility of recommending changes in these Hobby said in a White announces million in grants AUSTIN AP Mark White on Thursday announced the awarding of 158 grants totaling million for local governments to use on public facilities and housing projects that benefit people of low or moderate The 158 projects were selected from 495 and White said open competition of this type ensures that the funds are used White also announced grants totaling million in the first annual competition for revitalization funds for low and moderate income SWB rate request unwarranted says expert AUSTIN AP Local telephone users should not be charged more because Southwestern Bell Telephone is afraid big business users will build or lease their own telecommunications according to Francis a Boston telecommunications appeared Thursday for the Office of the Public Counsel whish is opposing Southwestern Bells request for million in higher The OPC says current revenues should be decreased by Southwestern Bell has argued that lower charges should be given long distance such as to encourage big business users not to build or lease their own telephone Blast burns three workers ARLINGTON AP Authorities say a natural gas explosion injured three construction one after a crane operator accidentally cut a gas Fire officials said Ruben of sustained burns on his face and body and was in serious condition at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Another 33yearold Vicente Zuniga of Euless was in good condition at Methodist Hospital today with burns on his back and And 19yearold Eduardo Pedraza of Coppell suffered facial burns and was treated and released from Arlington Cora munity Firefighter Juan Cribbs said that the blast occurred about when a backnoe cut into the 4inch He said the three Injured workers were trying to replace 9 water Flames shot 30 feet into the air and burned a telephone pole before firefighters extinguished it at The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration was iDvestigatuig the officials Wholesale prices drop slightly WASHINGTON AP Wholesale driven down sharply by lowef automobile fell percent in the Labor Department said It was the third decline In the last four months and means wholesale prices have declined at an annual rate of percent so far this Wholesale prices had declined percent in Analysts are projecting that the governments Producer Price Index could show the smallest rise in and indeed the current pace for the first nine months would be the first yearly decline since the percent decrease in Wholesale prices increased percent in Retail inflation is running at an annual rate of percent so far this the lowest in nearly two The September Index showed food costs declining percent following a percent decline in Energy costs edged down percent in September after two months of more sizeable But most of the September drop in the overall index was due to a percent decrease for passenger cars and a 2 percent decline for light trucks both a reflection of the industrys traditional endofmodel year sales coupled with lowinterest The percent decline in Sep tember was the sharpest onemonth drop since the percent decline in January and caught most analysts by surprise even though they foresee no surge in wholesale prices for the remainder of the Changes that show up in the producer price measure are a good barometer of how energy and other commodity prices will move at the retail the Con sumer Price due out later this checks a broader range of items and generally does not follow the PPIs tendency to bounce around sharply from month to The Labor Department offered these specifics on September wholesale price Reduced prices for pork and fresh fruits and vegetables ac counted for most of the food price Beef and veal and fish prices also moved down but eggs and coffee and chicken cost Gasoline prices fell percent in September and barely offset rises for both natural gas and heating oil to account for the overall slight decline in the fuel Heating oil prices jumped percent in Sep tember after declines the two previous and natural gas inched up also coming on the heels of two declining Those figures are not seasonally Before seasonal adjustment auto prices plunged percent last month and light truck prices fell Capital equipment fell percent after seasonal following a percent rise in Auto costs accounted for much of Patient crawling with maggots SAN ANTONIO AP An elderly woman who died at a Gulf Coast nursing facility in 1978 had a bedsore infested with maggots before her a witness testified in the murder trial of the company that owned the Sherel a nurses aide at the Autumn Hills nursing home in Texas was one of two nurses testifying Thursday that they saw maggots on Registered nurse Jurline Boone testified she saw such an infestation on a patients foot a few weeks The testimony came in the murder byneglect trial of Autumn Hills Convalescent Centers and five of its current or former They are accused in the death of Elnora an 87 yearold woman who died 47 days after entering the Autumn Hills nursing They were just crawling just I just wanted to Johnson testified about her ex perience with the maggots on Alien arrests surge instate WASHINGTON AP The number of illegal aliens arrested along the Texas border rose 19 percent with the number of non Mexicans apprehended growing by 13 the Immigration and Naturalization Service INS Commissioner Alan Nelson said Thursday the arrests for the fiscal year ending 30 reflects better enforcement aided by the addition of 519 new officers to the Border Patrol last Another 280 will be hired this Arrests of illegal aliens along the nations southern border totaled 11 percent over but only one out of two or three aliens was Nelson economic conditions remain the major reason for illegal he Weve got the job Ninetyseven percent of the im migration continues to come from the INS The highest number of those arrested were in the McAllen and San Diego officials An increase in violence along the border paralleled the alien Were seeing an increase in both crime against illegal aliens by illgal aliens and vandalism and crime in border said Roger assistant com missioner of the Border Also increasing is the number of family groups roughly women and children were arrested this up 14 percent from last The Border Patrold couldnt say how effective cooperation bith local police has been on Boone said she worked at the nursing home for two weeks in September 1978 before Breed entered the She said she quit because the nursing home was a mess and because she found maggots on a patients One day while she was Boone I smelled a different smell that didnt smell like the urine smell I was used to I followed my nose to her Her slipper fell off and there were maggots in her Boone said her first day on the job another nurse told her I was going to be sorry I The nurse said she found the nursing home severely grossly understaffed and the workers lacking in There wasnt the supplies I thought should be there to give basic she Boone said she reported her ob servations to nursing director Cassandra a defendant in the She told me she realized this and would very much like to do something about She told me she didnt have the The nurse said the aides were not washing their hands to prevent cross contamination and they werent turning patients often enough to avoid The nurse also testified some of the aides shirked their duties and one could not read or Earlier testimony indicated the aides were responsible for bathing turning the bedfast feeding them and changing Now you can afford a 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