Wednesday, April 19, 1995

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 19, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas State and National News Wednesday April A Texas s emissions testing AUSTIN The ate has scrapped a revised vehicle emissionstesting program and instead approved a twoyear mora torium on tailpipe tests Were getting nowhere Lt Gov Bob Bullock said Tuesday before the 283 vote on the bill by Sen John Whitmire DHouston The measure now goes to the House which is writing its own revised emissionstesting program A final proposal is expected to be worked out in a HouseSenate con ference committee Emissions testing required by the federal Clean Air Act in areas with high levels of pollutants was sched uled to begin earlier this year inDal lasFort Worth HpustonGalveston BeaufflantPott Arthur and El Paso However the Legislature delayed the program until May 2 following complaints that the tests were too costly and inconvenient The Envi ronmental Protection Agency ordered lawmakers to develop a new pro gram or face the loss of federal high way funds Whitmires bill called for a decen tralized testing program that would have allowed repair shops to con duct inspections and emissions tests at the same time The new program was to begin June 1 But senators rejected that propos al and arriended the bill to delay test ing until Jan Todays vote sends a strong mes sage t6 the EPA that we do have options other than the Senate plan that 1 brought to the floor today and that would be do what the other states are doing which is Whit mire said Whitmire said 16 of 27 states that must meet the cleanair standards have stopped their testing programs or delayed them until the EPA clari fies its testing rules Supporters of a delay hope the EPA will loosen emissions require ments or that Congress will rewrite the Clean Air Act But opponents said a delay would not help reduce pollution and could prompt the EPA to make good on its threat to withhold federal high way construction funds Houston Post closes HOUSTON AP The nations fourthlargest city is now a onenews paper town The Houston Post which began in 1880 shut Tuesday blaming a con tinuing sharp rise in the price of newsprint for its doom Hearst owner of the Posts larger rival the Houston Chronicle then purchased the Posts assets in what federal authorities said was a mil lion transaction The deal ended 94 years of compe tition between the two newspapers and made Houston the nations largest city with only one daily metropolitan paper We fully recognize that the loss of The Houston Post which has fallen victim to the inexorable economic forces that have caused more than 98 percent of Americas markets to be served by only one newspaper increas es the responsibility that the Chronicle has to the Houston Frank A Bennack president and chief executive officer of Hearst said We intend to do our very best to continue the strong tradition of com munity service which this great citys newspapers have always William Dean Singleton president and chief executive officer of Consol idated Newspapers parent com pany of The Post said while the deci sion was not easy it was simple The newsprint hits were just too he said You know as a news paperman its sad As a businessman it was the right thing to Newsprint prices which can make up 20 percent or more of a newspa pers costs are now at their highes level since 1988 and are expected to b up roughly 40 percent for the year Singleton said The Post was taking A 69 percent hit adding 18 million to iti annual newsprint bill an expense tha would have wiped out an operating profit the newspaper achieved in each of the last seven years since he chased it I feel very good about how wj operated the he said I feel very good about the management team and the job they did Clinton challenges Congress to give him a welfare reform bill by July 4 WASHINGTON AP Playing to televisions equivalent of a near empty house President Clinton earnest ly argued his case for reelection and disputed the notion that hes irrelevant in the Republicandominated political debate The Constitution gives me rele vance the power of our ideas gives me relevance the record we have built up over the last two years and the things were trying to do to implement it give me Clinton said forcefully at a news conference Tues day night when asked about the major TV networks lack Of interest in the East Room event I am willing to work with Republi cans The question is are they willing to work with said Clinton who has been eclipsed by the burst of activ ity from the OOPled Congress in its first 100 days To the disappointment of the White House CBS was the only one of the Big Three networks to carry his primetime news conference live CNN and CSPAN did too ABC and NBC showed hit sitcoms instead on grounds that Clintons East Room appearance Wouldnt be particularly newsworthy The president in fact did not break major new ground in what was just the fourth primetime news conference of his 27month presidency He chal lenged Republicans to put a welfare reform bill on his desk by July 4 and said he was sympathetic to Americans frustration about the tax system but didnt good proposals to change it The flat tax espoused mostly by Republicans would give unfair tax breaks to Americans with incomes above and raise taxes for people making less than that Clinton said We cant explode the deficit and we cant be he said adding that The studies are not promising on the proposals that are out there Clinton has proposed a welfare reform measure that would require people to return to work within two years to keep receiving benefits and which would provide Vouchers for job retraining He criticized a GOPspon sored bill as too weak and too tough on It would deny cash wel fare benefits to teenage mothers Uncharacteristically Clinton kept his answers short allowing room for more questions than usual He grinned broadly when a corre spondent invited him to finish the sen tence beginning I believe I should be reelected president in 1996 because i With no hesitation Clinton replied I believe I should be reelected because I have done what 1 have said 1 would do because we have got good results because the policies that 1 now advocate will address the outstanding problems of the Two days after Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole said he might not allow a vote on Dr Henry Fosters nomination as surgeon general Clinton said he will go to the mat to win confirmation I think he Foster knows that it will be difficult I think that he has been warned On a foreign policy dispute with Russia and China Clinton argued that it is not in best interests of either coun try to sell nuclear technology to Iran suspected of trying to acquire nuclear weapons I intend to continue to be quite aggressive on said Clinton who will hold a Moscow summit next month with Boris Yeltsin On othsr subjects Clinton former Defense Secretary Robert McNamaras newly published memoirs should not be used to open old wounds over the Vietnam War Three decades after the fact McNa mara wrote that involvement in Vietnam was terribly I believe our policy was incorrect I believe the book supports that con said Clinton who had demon strated against the war as a student and successfully evaded the draft that it wasnt the proper time to launch a reevaluation of the morality of dropping atomic bombs on Japan to end World War II or to apologize to Japan President Truman did the right he said the United States supports a strong dollar but that in the present climate the governments ability to affect currency in the short run may be Despite the greenbacks plunge against German and Japanese currencies Clinton called the economy fundamentally sound were not on the edge of a breakthrough in peace talks between Syria and Israel but said that does not mean theres he was granting Mon tana and Missouri waivers from feder al rules to give them more flexibility in adopting welfare programs of their own That brings to 27 the number of states with such waivers Happy 150th New Braunfels 133 Landa Street THOUSANDS OF BOOKS CUp And Save Daring Tent ft Sidewalk Sale April 22nd 23rd Only I BOOK I WAREHOUSE TAKE AN ADDITIONAL 10 Off YOUR TOTAL PURCHASE OF OR MORE WITH THIS COUPON Coupon Valid Only On A New trap could wipe out pesky medfly WASHINGTON AP Govern ment researchers have developed a new trap as part of the effort to keep the notorious Mediterranean fruit fly from becoming established in North Amer ica The Agriculture Department is seek ing a patent for the trap Researchers say it will be less expensive easier to handle and more effective than traps currently being used for the particu larly destructive pest One advantage is that the new traps can target female Medflies before they mate and in fruit The current traps lure the flies with a liquid protein bait that must be mixed with water and set in a glass container It uses a chemical scent to attract Med flies lots of other flies that arent being targeted making sorting a tedious task said Nancy Epsky a research entomologist at USDAs Agri cultural Research Service facility in Gainesville Fla The new trap is more specific to its target and uses a dry synthetic chem ical lure in a plastic cylinder banded in green orange or yellow combining scent with color to attract the flies she said Unlike conventional traps that require weekly service the new traps lure lasts for six weeks The new traps also are expected to cost less than the to each for a conventional trap Epsky said The lures are an additional expense but the new ones are also expected to cost less than the conventional ones United States the traps are used mainly for detecting Medfly pop ulations The fly which hits a large variety of fruits and vegetables and is one of the most damaging of pests globally is found in Central and South America the Mediterranean area and Africa In the United States the fly was found in California as recently as last year and in Florida in the early 1980s There are no established populations in the country and researchers and grow ers want to keep it that way Epsky said Beyond detection and monitoring however the new trap also shows promise as a control tool since it can lure females before they mate and lay their eggs she said In field trials in Guatemala up to 65 percent of the females caught in the trap had not yet mated compared with 22 percent in the conventional proteinbait traps according to ARS research Were trying to get in there before she lays eggs and stop the cycle right Epsky said The Mark of a Proi Sporting Goods Factory Outlet GIANT Tent Sidewalk Sale Hats Clothing Batting Gloves Team Footballs AND MUCH MUCH MORE All 25 to 50 OFF Already Low Prices Sat Sun April 22 23rd 6201626 Texas Briefs Committee Endorses Judicial Selection Bill With Partisan Vote AUSTIN AP rWith a vote along party lines a Senate committee has endorsed a plan that proposes to change the way judges are selected in Texas The bill which would require a con stitutional amendment now goes to the full Senate for consideration If the bill by Sen Rodney Ellis D Houston passes the Legislature with a twothirds vote Texas voters will decide whether to adopt the new elec tion system Four Democrats on the Senate Jurisprudence Committee voted for the bill Tuesday evening enough for approval despite the no votes of the panels three Republicans The bill would institute nonpartisan elections for state district judges and gubernatorial appointment of appeals court judges Judges would remain on the bench through a system of uncon tested retention elections during which Texans would vote yes or no to keep a judge Commission Closer To Conservatorship AUSTIN AP The troubled Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse is headed for state con servatorship with Gov George W Bush agreeing that such a takeover is needed The sixmember Legislative Audit Committee consisting of Lt Gov Bob Bullock Texas House Speaker Pete Laney and two lawmakers from both chambers voted unanimously Tuesday that gross fiscal mismanage ment was rampant at the commission The committee recommended that the governor appoint a threemember panel to take over for the current board Bush agreed without wasting any time I concur with members of the Leg islative Audit Committee mis management has existed at this agency It is now our job to find out what went wrong in the past and ensure that man agement changes are made so this can not happen in the Bush said He added that he will work quickly to find three people who are above reproach to take control of the com mission I DONT KNOW WHAT I WANT TO DO BUT I KNOW THAT TM NOT DOING IT SOUND FAMILIAR WE CAN HELP HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS STUDENT ADULTS THINKING OF A CAREER CHANGE JNirmni FM 2104084033 Area Residents bring this Ad in with valid Texas Drivers License for 10 off nonsale items Watch for Truffles11 the bear with free chocolate coins NB Factory Stores THE SAVINGS ARE SESQUISENSATIONAL At New Braunfels Factory Stores Tent 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