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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 1, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas New Texas January taxes top 1986 stories DALLAS AP dominated by Bill Clements dramatic comeback win over Mark White in a bitter cam was voted the top state story of 1986 by Texas Associated Press newspaper editors and Whites defeat after his 1982 sur prise ouster of Texas first Republican governor since Reconstruction may have ended a successful public career that began in the Another Supreme Court Justice Raul ap pointed to the bench by became the first Hispanic ever to win election to a statewide office in Tied to the falling political for tunes of White were the issues that ranked next highest among the states top Voted second was the Texas Legislatures tax increase and spending cuts to stave off a pro jected billion budget The tax hike was pushed by In third place was news from the oil as prices plum throwing thousands out of shutting companies down across the state and leading to the states painful budget The economy was blamed by some for Whites failure to get re as was his push for teacher competency a development that was voted Thousands of the states teachers took exams to prove they could master the basics although more than 95 percent they launched an ag gressive campaign against Ranking fifth among AP member voters was the continued fallout from another education Whites controversial no noplay which requires students to pass all their classes before being allowed to par ticipate in sports or other extra curricular Finishing sixth was Texas con nection to the explosion of the space shuttle which took the lives of all seven crew Although the Challenger story went beyond the the reper cussions surrounding the in vestigation into the 28 disaster had many Texas largely because of Houstons Johnson Space Rounding out the top 10 were the states yearlong Sesquicentenntal voted seventh the prison crowding eighth voter approval of interstate bank ing with plans for a November 1987 vote on parimutuel ninth and the selection of the Texas Panhandle as one of three finalists for a nuclear dump More than events were staged across the state to mark Texas 150th birthday and state officials estimate 40 million people vacationed in the state in The states prisons were overflowing with promp ting the early release of many and creating one of many campaign issues for who now plans to meet with a federal judge over the The approval of interstate bank ing already has rocked the states financial community with the re cent merger plans of Houstons Texas Commerce Bancshares and Chemical New York follow ed by a proposed instate merger of two Dallas More mergers are being predicted by industry In addition to the banking ac the Legislature also granted voters the right to decide on pari mutuel betting for horse and dog That vote will come next The selection of Deaf Smith County in the Panhandle as a site for storing highlevel radioactive waste prompted an outcry from the farming The matter temporarily has been put on but opponents are using the time to rally their Other stories drawing substan tial votes were the manhunt last summer for jail escapee and con victed rapist Jerry Animal McFadden in East the resignation of Southern Methodist University President Donald Shields amid the fallout of a foot ball recruiting and the red tide that threatened the Texas Gulf crippling tourism and the seafood Law would change malpractice review AUSTIN AP The State Board of Medical Examiners authority to Investigate doctors suspected of wrongdoing would be switched to the attorney generals office under legislation proposed by Hector Uribe said he was prompted to In troduce the bill Tuesday by recent accounts of doctors who continue to practice medicine in Texas despite violations of state medical I dont think its a record as can be proud said vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Human I think they can do bet The bill proposed by the Brownsville Democart would allow the Texas State Board of Medical Ex aminers to retain authority to impose but it would rely on evidence uncovered by the attorney generals The bill also provides for a hot line to answer consumers questions about discipline imposed on to be paid for by the medical Most consumers can pick up a copy of Consumer Reports and make an informed decision about the kind and quality of toaster or blender they said vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Human its almost impossible for them to get any information to determine the in tegrity or competence of the physi cian that they hire to perform life threatening Uribe said he is concerned that an attorney hired by a board consisting primarily of physicians might feel his first obligation Is to the board and not to the individual patient who has a Valter Brindley ex ecutive director of the medical declined comment on the bill until he receives a Attorney General Jim Mattox was on a hunting trip Tuesday and was unavailable for The proposed hot line would pro vide information only about discipline made public by the medical Until nearly 90 percent of the discipline imposed by the board during informal ad ministrative sanction hearings was kept Only major such as license revocation or suspen was imposed in open board The board in December voted to make public all future discipline im posed in administrative sanction informal discipline imposed before 10 will remain secret and will not be available to consumers using a hot Brindley said it would not be fair to make public any past discipline im posed privately because the doctors were told when they were disciplined that the action would remain con But Uribe Im very much in favor of past disciplinary action be ing made Maybe what we need is another rules Medicare 0 People in millions Cost in billions of dollars PageSA 2Sn29 3Q 31 31 32 33 34 34 35 1980 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 Projections Chicago Tribune Graphic Source Health Care Financing Administration Doctors in Medicare lawsuit American Airlines hadallfemalec r ew FORT WORTH AP An all female crew manned an American Airlines night from Washington to DallasFort Worth this a first for a major officials said Our entire including the flight was made up en tirely of said Beverley captain of Flight 412 which landed in DallasFort Worth Interna tional American spokesman John Hotard said it is the first time a major com mercial airline has had an allfemale although at least one regional airline has done He said the crew members arrang ed the allfemale lineup themselves with no prompting from the com Copilot Terry Clairidge and flight engineer Tracy Prior ac companied Bass in the It was inevitable a flight like this would and I was glad to be a part of Prior It is standard practice among airline pilots and crews to trade flights to accommodate their Hotard of received her captains stripes six weeks becoming the only woman with a ma jor airline with that he LUBBOCK AP Thanks to a judges doctors across the country will get more time to decide whether to participate in District Judge Halbert Woodward granted the doctors plea to postpone a deadline for deciding whether to sign participation agreements locking them into a fee structure determined by the govern Woodward granted a 10day tem porary restraining order and scheduled a hearing 9 to hear more evidence from the American Medical Association and other plain tiffs against the Secretary of Health and Human The order also prevents HHS from pursuing sanctions against physi cians who do not sign up and charge fees the government may find ques Tuesdays hearing stemmed from a suit filed Christmas Eve by the the Texas Medical Associa the LubbockCrosbyGarza County Medical seven Lub bock doctors and three of their pa They are suing HHS Secretary The plaintiffs say doctors should not be be required to make a decision when they are not likely to receive in formation concerning the fees they can charge until The suit is challenging as un constitutional and unfair a section of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation signed by President Reagan on and an amendment to the Social Security They claim that a twotiered system of medical care will result if the provisions are Doctors who participate in Medicare will not be allowed to charge those patients more than the government tells them the suit On the other the suit Medicare recipients cant use their own money to buy more ex pensive doctors or Medicare recipients who go to nonparticipating doctors are reimbursed only 96 percent of what is paid to patients of parf ticipating That is the suit because it denies patients the right to choose their own doctor and receive equal The doctors also are complaining about the method Bowen has chosen to calculate how much reimburse ment they or their Medicare patients will Beginning nonparticipating doctors may not charge a Medicare patient more than what is termed the maximum allowable actual or without possible Congress has ordered insurance companies to inform doctors of their MAACs by the first of the but the doctors have been told they will not receive the figures until about March SENIOR CITIZEN DISCOUNT Call our Circulation Department for dally home delivery 6259144 Its the little edge that keeps you going when everyone else has called it At MBank New we can see that spirit in the faces of our Feel it in the handshakes of our As we look ahead to wed like to recognize that kind of spirit and take it with us into the new Happy New Year from MBank New Thats the Thats The Momentum MBankNew Braunfels A Momentum Bank On the Plaza Motor Bank at 153 Lancia and at Main Member MCorp WnCI ana FDIC
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