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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 13, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas Federal budget based on assumptions WASHINGTON AP The Bush administration will base its next budget on an optimistic economic forecast showing moderate lower inflation and unemployment holding administration sources See Page 3A Environmentalists criticize plastic WASHINGTON AP The label dcgradable is surfacing on plastic products from trash bags to but environmentalists call it a marketing ploy that should be See Page 9 A SV Canyon boys only local winners Tuesday night was not a good one for four of the six local high school baksetball Only which pummclcd Smithson which squeaked past were triumphant in their nondistrict See Page 10A New Braunfels JU 23 707 Landa New Texas 78130 USPS Zeituns 3S 377880 5126259144 T Jnesday December 1989 25 Cents Two 26 Pages Judge makes ruling for city Federal Judge Emilio Garza ruled this morning in favor of the City of New Braunfels and former City Man ager Joe Michie in a lawsuit filed by a former city The judge in a directed verdict ruled that the evidence did not support allegations of conspiracy and viola tion of civil rights brought by former Public Works Department Manager Fred Ryden filed a lawsuit in West ern District court in San Antonio against the Michie and Mayor ProTern Raymond Chapa alleging the three conspired against Ryden to have him removed from his post in Rydens attouney James Kosub said he and Ryden will likely appeal the ruling after looking over the paperwork in 30 The citys attorney Ronald Schmidt We are obviously happy the judge ruled in our He took it as a matter of law and the claims were not good enough to go to the Attorneys for both sides had requested a directed ruling from the federal judge following yesterdays testimony that almost brought the suit to a Former KGNB Radio News Direc tor Don Ferguson refused to testify Tuesday in the citing First ammendment and was threatened with a contempt of court This Rydens attorney asked that Ferguson be dropped as a witness because he was not prepared for a First Amendment court Ferguson said he would not discuss any information or sources having to do with the investigation he was con ducting on the Public Works Depart ment for KGNB when he served as news I will only testify to what was broadcast over the and if you want the tapes of that you are wel come to I will not testify to any thing having to do with the informa tion in my notes or remarks made on the That is and pro tected by the First Ferguson Ryden alleged that Ferguson was a coconspirator with Chapa and Michie in having Ryden removed from his post in After Ferguson refused to answer any questions concerning what hp was investigating Rydens attouney made a motion to have Ferguson held in contempt of It is relevent that he Ferguson Garza Because he is part of an alleged It is important to see if Chapa and Michie See Page 2A Election proponents claim District to aid local volunteers its cold This mornings low temperature in the 20s provided a frosty morning for youngsters on their way to Fourthgrader Andrea Deimel makes her way across the street this morning after her mom dropped her off at The weather will warm up this afternoon but will turn cold again Friday morning when an arctic front moves through the Photo by Desmond Bostick Voters in parts of County Commis sioner Prccints 1 and 4 will decide Saturday if an emergency services district will be The emergency services district election includes only one area of the That area includes parts of Precincts 1 and 4 as indicated on the The EMS district will provide for equal funding from residents with in the district instead of or fundraising It guarantees all residents within that district will be protected by the Comal County Commissioner Neil Craigmilc said while all volunteer fire and ambulance services within the county receive funding from county that fundjng docs not cover all of the costs Incurred by those volun teer organ To cover the difference between what the county funds and what is needed to operate those volunteer the organisations must rely on fundraising events and County Judge Fred Clark clarified the proposal We anticipate See Page 2A Clements signs workers comp reform AUSTIN AP After 11 months of often acrimonious the Tex as Legislature adopted a workers compensation reform plan that back ers said was needed to resolve a billion per year problem that short changed workers and soaked busines ses with high insurance Bill Clements signed it into law saying that the black eye on our business environment had been But opponents of the business supported measure passed Tuesday say the bill ambushes workers seeking benefits for onthejob injuries and both sides agree it will have no imme diate impact on premiums that have increased 149 percent over the last four Both sides also agree the legislative battle was the most intense ever fought at the Capitol and set prece dents in pressure It will leave some scars that will not quickly I am cursed with a long said Carl DPort who sponsored a bill supported by organized labor and trial lawyers who represent injured Business interests and trial lawyers poured more than million into legi slative campaign funds in the two For a look at the major provisions of the workers compensation reform plan as well as a chronology of the 11month see Page years before the 1988 An ethics controversy erupted before one key Senate vote last summer when East Texas chicken magnate Bo Pil grim passed around checks to several senators after discussing his rising insurance costs with But the political threats of retribu tion in the closing days before an agreement was reached made Bo Pil grim look like Chicken John Never in 16 years have I encoun tered a move difficult said Bill who has presided over the Senate longer than anyone and has announced he will not seek There have been too many harsh words in this debate too many charges and counter Hobby became the target of the opposition for siding with House leaders and writing a bill that will restrict juries in disputed comp claims and tie benefits for permanent injuries to a specific The socalled Hobby plan was defeated in the Senate three times by a 1714 Angered by the Senate Speaker Gib Lewis last week adjourned the House for the But amid increased lobbying pres three senators agreed to switch their votes in return for seven amend ments they said would make the bill stronger for injured See Page 2A Today will be sunny and cool with the high reaching 52 degrees but tonight will be another hard freeze with ihc temperature drop ping to 28 Thursday will be a little warmer with the high of 56 degrees and a low of 35 But an arctic front is expected laic Thursday which will drop the temperatures back to 41 for the high and in the 20s for the low on I UJONPER IF THIS 15 HOW THE THREE WISE MEN 60T THEIR Gheer Fund seeks community support Christmas will be here soon and the eighth annual New Braunfels lleraldZeituns Cheer Fund is shifting into high The funds goal is to raise to fill baskets with Christ mas dinner for 200 area families selected by the Community Ser vice The administrative costs are by the newspaper and volun teers including members of the New Braunfels Fire Fighters Asso ciation an4 Lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Pepartment as well as paper staff members provide the to package and deliver the Christmas baskets each Each year since the news paper has sponsored he drive to ft Christmas dinner to the fortunate in the area who noj otherwise enjoy a holi rqeaii that first the drive spent to provide baskets to 60 The drive has grown and now provides baskets to 200 families in the This a goal of has been set to buy the goodies to fill those AH of the taxdeductible buttons are used to purchase the items contained on the Cheer Fund shopping The adminN stratiye and distribution costs are the fferaldZeiiung and community In jh contributions have exceeded the goal and provided a beginning balance to start the drive each fhis a balance of kicked off the annual The Heraldfritting will publish the names of contributors to the Cheer Fund each Donations are tax deductible and may be made at the newspaper office at 707 For more information or to arrange for pickup of dona call Carol Ann Avery at The fund total today is with donations from Robert and Ruth Hubert and Elaine Comal Bowl and Jane and Maeon La Trade gap shrinks to fiveyear low WASHINGTON AP The defi cit in the broadest measure of trade shrank to billion in the JulySeptember giving the country its lowest trade imbalance since early the government reported The Commerce Department said the current account deficit dropped a dramatic 29 percent from a second quarter deficit of billion as the category covering income on investments aboard surged The current also known as the balance of is the most important trade statistic because it measures not only trade in merchan dise but trade in The latter category includes the income Ameri cans earn on their overseas invest ments and the income foreigners earn on their investments in the United For the third the services category registered a surplus of reflecting a decline in the val ue of the dollar during the A weaker dollar means that the profits companies earn in foreign cur rencies arc worth more when they arc translated back into A rising dollar during the April June quarter was blamed for depress ing investment earnings in the second when the country registered a billion deficit in the services That was the first services deficit in 30 Private cau tioned that the big swing of the ser vices category back into surplus was likely to be only Many analysts forecast that the services category will be in deficit throughout the reflecting the fact that the United States is now the worlds largest debtor Simply that means that foreig ners now own more in assets than Americans own Americas net debtor position stood at billion at the end of last year and is expected to worsen by an addi tional billion this See Page 2A 12 shopping days to Christmas Inside CLASSIFIED 1113B COMICS 1QB CROSSWORD 6B DEAR ABBY 9B EDUCATION 8B ENTERTAINMENT 98 HOROSCOPE 10B KALEIDOSCOPE 11 1 B OPINIONS 4B SPORTS 1012A TV LISTINGS 10B WEATHER 2A Iheres still time to make sure you have plenty of goodies for the holiday Anyone wish ing to purchse German cookies baked by Comal County Aggie Moms should contact Wallie Haas at Proceeds from the sale will be used toward See Page 2A
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