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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 22, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 150 No 35 18 pages in Z sections December 22 2000 FRIDAY Serving Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Texas TwoStep Bush steps down Perry steps forward to become governor States newest leader vows to include all Texans Inside Complete text of President elect George W Bushs resig nation Bush taps New Jersey gov ernor to lead Environmental Protection More photos from Thursday afternoons inauguration in A look at the man who will lead Texas for at least two K JESSIE Texas 47th governor Rick Perry waits for a long round of applause to end before addressing the crowd attending Thursdays ceremony in the Capitol Emotional Bush bids fond farewell K JESSIE Governor Rick Perry exits the Senate Chamber to greet well wishers in the Capitol rotunda Thursday afternoon in Austin BY JIM VERTUNO Associated Press Writer AUSTIN AP With an emo tional farewell to his home state Presidentelect Bush resigned as Texas governor Thursday to pre pare for his move to the White House He said his six years in office were a higher honor than I could ever Known as a uniter for his work ing relationships with leading Democrats in Austin the Repub lican Bush won a sharply contest ed battle for the presidency with Vice President Al Gore Im proud of the good we have done together in Texas and Im looking forward to the good we will do together in Bush said Friends and fellow politicians packed the Texas Senate chamber to hear Bushs fiveminute address The speech was televised nation See BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer With a picture of Texas founding father looming above him and the presidentelect of the United States behind him Lt Gov Rick Perry took over as governor of Texas Perry became the 47th governor of Texas Thursday afternoon when Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Phillips led him through the oath of office The 50yearold Perry will serve the remainder of Presidentelect George W Bushs term which expires in January 2003 I am truly humbled today because my predecessor set the bar extremely Perry said to the crowd of legislators government staff and well wishers A visibly emotional Bush sat qui etly with his wife Laura as he lis tened to Perry outline his vision for Texas Ending each thought with We can do more and we must do Perry said he wanted to improve liv ing conditions along the border traf fic congestion and highspeed rail The border of Texas is not a backyard but the front door to our state and our Perry said to thunderous applause But he spent the most time talking about his ideas on improving educa tion We must never we must never forget that the single most significant way to expand free dom and opportunity for future gen erations of Texans is to educate Perry said Perry wants to focus on improving math and science and said technolo gy could be the bridge that linked Texans to the same opportunities Higher learning has been the doorway to all the opportunities of my adult life including the high honor bestowed upon me Perry said Community colleges should be able to train people for more jobs in technology such as Web design wafer production and computer pro gramming he said I would like to see greater schol arship opportunities made available to he said As Presidentelect Bush had done eight days before Perry carefully chose his words and the speakers at his event to illustrate the inclusive K JESSIE An emotional George watches during Thursday after noons ceremony government he plans to lead He sprinkled Spanish into his speech which was peppered with words such as unite and includi and phrases like every Even the invocation and benedic tion speakers seemed to highlight this idea the Rev James Mayfield of the Tarrytown United Methodist Church said the invocation and Rabbi Kerry Baker of the Congregation Kol Halev read the Benediction I pledge to Texans a govern ment that reflects the talents of our diverse people and that seeks the high road over the expedient Perry said Early in his speech Perry sounded more like he was campaigning for Bush than he was accepting the office of governor Presidentelect Bush you have governed with civility and compas Perry said You have led by uniting and including The Bush tradition established over the last six years is to do right regardless of party regardless of Sen Rodney Ellis the highest ranking Democrat in the Texas Legislature introduced the governor in yet another show of how Texas bipartisan politics works Today we are all very proud Democrats and Ellis said Three former governors attended the ceremony including Preston Smith Mark White and Dolph Briscoe INSIDE Abby Classifieds Comics 10A Crossword 5A Forurn 8A 4A Movies 5A Obituaries 3A Sports 13B Today 2A Stocks 5A Kay Code One injured in traintruck collision BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A Union Pacific freight train slammed into a dump truck Thurs day afternoon dragging it more than 200 yards and seriously injuring its driver A University Hospital official in San Antonio said Jose Romero 23 was in serious but stable condition Thursday night The official did not say where Romero lived Romero was injured in the 1 accident that occurred just yards down the tracks from a similar acci dent two years ago in which a truck driver was killed Thursdays acci dent took place at the Cemex plant on Wald Road southwest of New Braunfels Officials at the scene said Romero suffered obvious broken bones and a crushed hand as well as at least one deep cut He was twisted up pretty one Cemex employee said at the scene He kept trying to get up but the firemen wouldnt let New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief Don Zercher did not identify either operator involved in the collision or discuss injuries Texas Department of Public Safe ty Cpl Rick Alvarez said his agency did not investigate railroad acci dents on private property Thatll be an internal investiga tion for Union he said at the scene Alvarez also said the Federal Rail road Commission investigated acci dents involving trains Thursday night a Union Pacific official at the New Braunfels office said the local manager of train ations was at the scene which was closed to reporters by officials who said it was on private property A Cemex employee said he was not sure how the accident occurred See Jose Romero the 23yearold driver of this dump truck suffered major injuries in a 1 collision with a Union Pacific freight train Thursday
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