New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, March 27, 2007

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

March 27, 2007

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 27, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas Jf W MARCH 27 2007 HERALD n Newspaper of the Year ZEITUNG TEASER Soccer Three area teams in action today in high school soccer Page 5 Canyon Lake levels returning to normal By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Mondays rain is expected to bring Canyon Lake above conservation level for the first time since August GuadalupeBlanco River Authority engineers expect the lake elevation to reach at least 909 feet above mean sea level by today or said GBRA spokeswoman LaMar riol Tim lake manager for the Army Corps of Engi said plenty of rain fell along the Guadalupe upstream of Canyon Lake on predicting how much the rain would See Page 6 NEWS Progress Longtime hardliners agree to jointly govern in Northern Page 10 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 154 116 I DEARABBY 9 14 1 sections CLASSIFIEDS 11 CLICK 5O0 I i COMICS a CROSSWORD i FORUM 4 OBITUARIES SPORTS 5 TV GRIDS 8 j possible rain High Low 81 63 Details 1B AARP taxaide laptops stolen records not were stored separately By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Thieves made off with a senior tax services computers Saturday but taxpayer information is Teresa area coordinator for AARP Tax said seven Compaq laptops were stolen from the First Protestant Church Outreach Center at 303 Castell taxpayers personal infor mation collected by the tax service is stored only on a separate server com A volunteer takes the server home every Ogg Thats the only place we save personal Ogg said a church staff member came to unlock the building Sunday morn ing for a Bible and found the door was forced open and the computers The laptops were all locked up in a big case and hidden away from she It must have been someone who knew about them I dont think it was any of the volunteers but maybe someone like a family heard that they were kept New Braunfels Police Sean Gab bard said Monday that investigators dont have any He confirmed that the computers were believed stolen sometime between 4 Saturday and 7 Someone had forced a door open by breaking the Gabbard The See Page 2 Soggy evening Landa Street fills up rapidly with several inches of water as heavy rains pelted New Braunfels and Comal County Monday DAVID INGRAM Herald Zeitung From staff reports According to the National Weather Ser vice parts of the Hill including Kerr and Gillespie received between 2 and 4 inches of rain Much of the rain in that area flows into the upper Guadalupe River and the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone Drier Wednesday to be followed by storms return northwest of San National Weather Service forecaster Joe Baskin said rain will move out of the area but is expected to return lat er this Today and Wednesday are expected to be sunny with highs in the Baskin said thunderstorms will return Friday and Saturday with a 50 percent chance of storms Thursday night and The weather pattern weve had over the last couple of days will happen all over again on Friday and Baskin Senate bill requires teacher background checks By Liz Austin Peterson Associated Press Writer AUSTIN All public school teach ers would have to submit their finger prints for a national criminal back ground check under a bill approved Monday by the Texas teachers aides and other noncertified public school employees hired after 1 would also have to submit fingerprints for a national check under the as would the employees of contractors working on school And school districts would be barred from hiring anyone convicted of a sex offense or other serious crime against children or letting them work on school Nothing is more important than our childrens safety and said Florence the bills The measure approved Monday is a companion to Jessicas a bill that would allow the state to pursue the death penalty against sex offenders who repeatedly prey on That bill is named after Jessica for the approximately current a Florida girl who was teachers whose records havent already abducted and killed by a convicted been Shapiro New child molester who had teachers and other employ briefly worked as a masons We V6 got make ees will have to pay about assistant during a building sure OUF children for the project at her David who is pushing both pro said the bill approved Monday will help protect Texas children against people like John Jessicas Weve got to make sure our children are he Texas began requiring national crim inal background checks for all teach ing candidates in but that law did not apply to teachers who were already Since those checks almost 200 candidates have been found to have serious offenses on their including sexual misconduct and crimes against If the House approves the proposal and the governor signs it into the state will pay for the background checks our David He supports legislation designed to submit public school teachers to criminal background The bill also directs the Texas Department of Public Safety to create an electron ic clearinghouse to provide criminal history record information to school dis tricts and state agencies so wont have to be duplicated when employ ees switch Teachers groups generally support ed the proposal but said it could use some additional safeguards to protect teachers who were charged with or con victed of minor Were a little concerned that its going to be a broad dragnet when were trying to catch people who are really bad and dont belong in the teaching profession at said Lonnie direc tor of governmental relations for the Texas Classroom Teachers Council awards contract to clean rivers By Suzanne Ashe Staff Writer New Braunfels residents have been bristling over the amount of litter left behind by The New Braunfels City Council took action Monday to tackle the litter voting unanimously to hire New Braunfels contractor Texas Pristine Rivers to pick up litter along the Comal and Guadalupe rivers inside the city The contractor will empty trash cans four times a week and on It also is required to scrub the steps of Last Tubers Garden Bridge stairs and stairs at Hinman Island Park with metal brushes and pressure wash Last Tubers Exit once a River Manager Nathan Pence said these tasks have been performed The entire stretch of both rivers will be cleaned four times a he That includes three feet under water and up the banks and any floating District 4 Councilman Pat See Page 6 Public access to information under scrutiny Journalists oppose closing concealed handgun public record charging Texas Government By Kelley Shannon Associated Press Writer AUSTIN AP Who can obtain concealed handgun license information and how much citizens must pay for public records were in the spot light Monday as Texas legislators and oth ers weighed in on two open government A renewed attempt to block the publics access to concealed handgun permit records has emerged this leg islative session in a bill by Patrick a Dripping Springs Similar legislation failed in previous The bill is important because the steps that law abiding Texans take to pro tect themselves and their families should be issues of private Rose Since the states concealed gun law was enacted in the public has had access to information from the Texas Department of Public Safety about whether someone has a license to car ry a concealed The requester must furnish the name of the person in ques tion the requester cannot simply ask for the list of names of all Some have argued that access to the information could allow criminals to find out whether a person carries a concealed But Rose said he knows of no exam ples when that has hap Ken executive vice See Page 6 MORE IN IT FOR YOO ;

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