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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 9, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY July 14 pages in 2 sections NG 203 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Senate likely to draw redistricting map of its own SPECIAL SESSION OntrwWetJ Texas Legislative Council moves to the 4A BY KELLEY SHANNON Associated Press Writer AUSTIN Democrats and some Republicans in the Texas Senate arent satisfied with a congressional redis tricting map the House mean ing changes to the plan are David Dewhurst said Before debate on the redistricting issue can begin in the the bill must receive a twothirds Only 11 of 12 Democrats in the Senate would need to vote against the bill to prevent it from ting to the If the bill does make it to the floor for it can be amended there or changed in conference Whatever comes from the Senate it is unlikely to resemble the congres sional redistricting map approved Tues day by the There are some concerns by mem bers of the Senate on the House map that came over last So were going to have to go to work on that map if were going to see a redistricting plan come out of the Dewhurst the Republican presiding offi cer of the said he asked to be involved in the drafting of the GOPbacked House but he wasnt He said he wasnt We had no insight into their Were going to bend over backwards to keep them informed of our Dewhurst He expects Senate pro posals to be completed later this with a Senate vote possible next The Republicancontrolled House rolled over Democrats objections and gave final approval 8362 early Tues day to a redrawing of districts that could send as many as 21 Texas Republicans to Democrats now hold a 17 15 edge in the Among the senators who dont like the House map is Bill RMount who said it would eliminate effective representation for his 1 cannot vote for the House Ratliff It obliterates Northeast That is the part of the state that I Texarkana would be represented by some body in east Dallas Ratliff said if he agrees to support a reworked map and votes to bring it up for he needs assurances it would remain intact and not come back from a HouseSenate conference committee looking like the current House See Pummeled with precipitation Heavy rain snarls leaves some without but does little for local crops BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer An uncommonly dry spring that decimated local crops seems almost a distant In its place are soggy thoughts of recurring rain and predictions of more showers Tuesdays tropical showers caused no serious just numerous minor automobile accidents and a few localized power But at least one teenager experienced an uncom fortable 60 minutes stuck in an In the Bexar County part of fire officials Bulyerde UnttedJtothodust where a short ride in an elevator turned info a long wait for a 13yearold Church secretary Karen Hughes said the boy was The electricity came and he got Hughes New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Mabe said his crews worked a number of acci dents on the interstate and around the People are just sliding into each Most were lowspeed with no he Comal County Road Supervisor Shannon Wagner said there had been no reports of flooding late Tues day See DAVID Above A couple traveling north on Interstate 35 comforts one another after being involved in a multivehicle accident near Engle Road over pass New Braunfels Police and Comal County Sheriffs Deputies reported several weatherrelated accidents throughout the Left Traffic backs up on Interstate 35 due to a multivehicle acci National Weather Service officials expect more tropical showers Below Cars splash through one of many large puddles around New INSIDE Classifieds Forum Sports Nurse develops plan to fight bioterrorism locally BYSEANBOWUN Staff Writer A veil of secrecy surrounds Israel Lopezs As bioterrorism planner for Comal Lope is charged with developing plans awl coordinating responses to health like That much he can tell What be cant divulge is where people who need smallpox vaccination would of a wide spread outbreak of the dis ease Since November Lopez has established 12 bioterrorwm response clinjca one in each of Comal Countys 12 census The clinics were estab lished after the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta recommended counties pre pare an emergency plan to deal with a widespread smallpox Texas Department of Health policy requires the location of clinics remain so that clinics do not become Lopez The task clinics would face in the case of a smallpox out break would be monumental efae Nurse Israel Lopez bioterrorism planner lor Comal County NBU electric rates could fall BY DYLAN Staff Writer City utility customers can expect electric bills to fall dur ing the next four New Braunfels Utilities plans to use 5percent annu al hikes in water and waste water fees to decrease elec tricity according to NBU Chief Financial Officer Donna NBU Board of Trustees heard a presenta tion of the 2004 bud get and its financial operating plan through The board will act on the budget later this Rate increases for water and wastewater will help those divisions become self Profits from the electric division historically have subsidized water and wastewater NBU Communications Manager Gretchen Reuwer See Study might help city reduce flooding BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer A drainage study aimed at reducing flooding in New Braunfels targets 17 potential projects costing City council members will use the studys findings to identify street improvement projects at a workshop next City Manager Chuck Pinto The projects were ranked based on emergency affected population future development and The findings also could be used to establish a drainage impact fee for City staff identified 42 recurring drainage problem including low water crossings and areas along the north and south tributaries of the Guadalupe River that run parallel to Interstate The study outlines seven sites along tributaries and creeks that could reduce minor flooding V undeveloped acres in the south tributary watershed near Pahlmeyer Lane in South New Braunfels   

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