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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 2, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Friday June HeraidZeitung 3 r Labor leader lauds legislature AUSTIN AP Texas workers were winners in the justended leg islative session and will benefit from several major bills adopted by law makers the president of the Texas AFLC1O says We had our best year for several Joe Gunn said Thursday in an interview during the groups 35th statewide convention Prior to the legislative session the organization selected 11 issues it planned to target either for passage or defeat The final scorecard All but three issues ended in victory or at least partial victory for labor Gunn said One of the biggest wins was a mea sure added to the welfare reform bill to consolidate 30 different work force development programs into a new agency The new agency will be charged with training workers to meet busi ness demands for highly skilled labor and helping people on public assis tance make the transition into the job market It will be composed of three mem bers appointed by the governor one representing labor one representing employers and one representing the public Thats extremely important to us We came out with what we intended said Gunn who added that the proposal initially would have placed the program in the hands of one guber natorial appointee The legislation is awaiting the sig nature of Gov George W Bush Another measure that will benefit workers is the new telecommunica tions law Gunn said Signed by Bush last week the law is aimed at bringing competition to local telephone service The measure also includes several infrastructure com mitments by telephone companies which Gunn said would create an esti mated jobs Our major legislation Gunn said Among the defeats for labor were proposals to cap hiring of state employ ees and their salaries and reform the states civil justice system Gunn said the civil justice revisions will keep injured Texans from collecting ade quate damage awards Bush signs inmate release law AUSTIN AP Gov George W Bush says Texans will be safer under a new law to prevent the auto matic early release of prisoners with a violent history The measure signed into law Thursday by Bush also will give the State Board of Pardons and Paroles power to veto the early release of convicts in the socalled mandatory supervision program That program has required some prisoners to be released automatical ly after the goodconduct time they earned when added to their time served equaled their sentence Under the new law inmates with a previous conviction for a violent offense wont be eligible for the pro gram Bush said Other inmates release under the program could be denied if they arc considered a public danger The measure will apply only to people serving sentences for crimes committed on or after Sept 1 1996 The starting date was determined for fiscal reasons Bush spokeswoman Karen Hughes said The Legislature acted in the best interests of the people of Texas when it acted to protect the public safety within the confines of available dol Bush said During the 1994 campaign Bush said the mandatory early release of prisoners should be ended He didnt get everything he want ed but this is a major Ms Hughes said Bush said he wanted to ensure that the parole board and not some auto matic mathematical formula would determine when and if prisoners could be safely released This new law gives the parole board the authority to deny release for any prisoner it believes might endan ger the lawabiding citizens of he said Bush signed the bill which was sponsored by Rep Peggy Hamric RHouston and Sen Buster Brown RLakc Jackson in Hous ton at a ceremony attended by crime victim representatives Among them was a woman whose family had been attacked by a man released on mandatory supervision said Ms Hughes Texas Briefs Aquifer Alternative Presented To Buntons Court MIDLAND Texas AP A Edwards Aquifer water conservation proposal newly submitted to a federal judge would provide no benefits in the event of a drought this summer an official says A panel of five lawyers submitted to Senior District Judge Lucius Bunton III on Thursday a plan for conserving Edwards Aquifer water in drought conditions The plan covers emergency drought conditions that might arise during the summer before new state aquifer legislation takes effect Aug 28 Theres just no provision for this said Raymond Suire law clerk to Bunton So any prob lem that arises is still within the purview of the The proposal is an alternative to a management plan devised by courtappointed special master Joe Moore Jr that met with criticism from all sides in a longrunning San Antonio regional water dispute Opinions Vary On Pilots Decision To Eject Before Crash WICHITA FALLS Texas AP Sidewalk spec tators at the scene of a fatal plane crash offered mixed opinions on the pilots decision to eject and save their own lives A T38 training jet from Sheppard Air Force Base careened Wednesday into an apartment complex killing an elderly couple after the two pilots para chuted out About 20 people at the Amber Falls Crossing apartments were hurt Its either get out of the plane or go down with said a man named Bull at the Salvation Army van Id have done the same thing An Air Force accident investigation team arrived Thursday to interview the pilots and inspect the met al debris scattered over several blocks The investi gation was expected to take several months Officials at Sheppard Air Force Base said the twinengine plane was on a training flight when it apparently developed mechanical trouble minutes after takeoff Trials To Proceed Against Dow Chemical In Houston HOUSTON AP Dow Chemical Co says it will appeal a Texas appeals court ruling that will force the comany to appear in court this summer for a series of breast implant suits The 14th Court of Appeals in Houston rejected a request from Dow Chemical coowner of breast implant maker Dow Corning which sought to remain out of court during implant suits Dow Chemical spokesman Dan Fellner said the company will be taking the matter to the Texas Supreme Court We dont believe it was appropriate for us to have to defend in court the product of another com Fellner said But we will be prepared to represent our case if there are trials and remain con fident that we will ultimately prevail Dow Chemical never designed tested manufac tured or distributed breast he added Red Dot Special Kmart to Close 72 More Discount Stores DETROIT AP Kmart decision to close 72 underperforming stores the third wave of massive closures since last year should combine with other improvements to help boost the troubled retailer earnings analysts say The list of stores to be closed includes 13 in Texas They are located at Bay City Brownsville Corpus Christi Dallas Eulcss Fort Worth Houston Lake Jackson Lewisville Spring Stafford Tcxarkana and Webster I expect stronger earnings gains in the second half of the said Ron Petrie of Roncy Co Their sales performance has been pretty good this Kmart reported samestore sales through May up 5 percent this year over last The retail chains sales and profits have lagged in recent years partly because its aging stores have been unable to compete with its rivals newer branch es Kmart also has had major inventory problems Kmart reported a million loss in this years first quarter its ninth consecutive quarter of lackluster earnings amid tough competition from WalMart Stores the Target chain of DaytonHudson Corp and others New Fort Worth Customer Service Center to Create Jobs FORT WORTH Texas AP United Parcel Service has announced plans to open a new cus tomer service center in Fort Worth that will employ about people by the end of 1996 UPS said Thursday it is consolidating its customer service operations nationwide condensing 65 tele marketing offices nationwide into eight to 12 larger calling centers over the next 18 months The Fort Worth facility will be one of three in the first wave of consolidations for UPS The other two are planned for Virginia and North Carolina Starting in September the Atlantabased cargo company said it will begin hiring about 120 tele marketers a month for the Fort Worth operation The center will handle incoming calls package tracking requests and questions concerning shipping rates and package pickup sites Nail Sets Fiberglass Gel Bonding 6200615 Hill Country Roofing We offer the best competitive price on new construction reroof and home repairs We guarantee a job well done Toll Free in Selected Areas Tmw OUW RftU Rift ItOO Situtdiy Night 3rd Orair t Thi HwfUri Nntf BIM June 4th June 6th i MIIIIM BlrtMif Bud June 7th Will Uwll BlfU June 8th Aiylin Jtrtit Spikm Advanced Tickets On Sale Radney Foster June 10 For Information Call 6061281 II The O 4CJES Patio Cantina New Hours Now Live Music til 2 Friday Saturday Friday June 2 TEXAS EDGE Saturday June 3 WIMBERLEY VOLUNTEER RRE ANTS Sunday June 4 TIM MfTCHEM TILL KAROKE HIGH VOLTAGE Beer Specials Ml Day On Sunday Thursday June 8 REVIVAL BROTHERS Happy Hour 49 Thurs Sat A All day Sunday Music 8 midnight Fri Sat 9 River Rd tAt 620RAFT Clinton urges westerners to disagree without being disagreeable BILLINGS Mont AP From a schoolgirl frightened for her fathers safety to a woman uneasy about pro militia colleagues anxious Western ers confided their concerns about grow ing antigovernment sentiment to Pres ident Clinton in a very public forum The president used his first TV town hall in more than a year to exhort them to fight back suggesting You ought to stand up and double your fist and stick it in the sky and shout em Clintons hourlong conversation Thursday night with the people of Billings produced little in the way of confrontation and plenty of opportuni ties for him to hone a message that Americans need to leam to disagree in less hostile terms The answer is not to join the militia and opt he said The answer is to opt in and be a vigorous voice of cit izen Montanas strong militia movement made the state a fitting setting for Clin ton to decry increasingly vocal critics of government even as he admitted there was a need to rein in regulatory excess es One woman told Clinton that three of her eight coworkers were leaning toward the militia mentality because of dissatisfaction with government Another lamented the incendiary rhetoric of the National Rifle Associ ation and other groups critical of Wash ington A young girl said that since the Oklahoma City bombing she had been worried about the safety of her father who works for the Bureau of Land Management What can you do to protect my dad 12yearold Crystal Frisby asked Clinton in a calm clear voice Clinton acknowledged that we do have to change the way the govern ment works but said it was time to shout down those who condemn and threaten federal workers He said critics of government too often are listening to people who tell them just what they want to 1 would urge them to open their ears and eyes to different points of Clinton also took a swipe at uniden tified public officials who he said are quick to criticize the culture of vio lence promoted by the media and in rap lyrics yet are stone cold silent when these others folks are making vio lence seem like its The president said he had resolved to temper his own language from past days when he spoke disparagingly of federal workers as We all have to realize that we have to change the way we talk and the way we think about he said We dont have to quit disagreeing We dont have to quit arguing But this whole climate is Ronald Moser a retired farmer light ened the mood somewhat by joking to Clinton that on his way to the studio We saw more sheep on the road than we have actual revolutionaries with guns and wild ideas in the mountains And I think those sheep exhibited better None of Clintons questioners advo cated the militia movement although several questioned government poli cies on specific issues Participants were selected by the TV station KTVQ from 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