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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 24, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas W V APRIL HERALD ZEITUNG SPORTS GOLF NB girls lead Region IV golf tourney Cougarettes in Page 6 STATE VOTIR ID Texans will require two forms of ID to vote under House Page 3 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 12 1 section CLICK DEAR ABBY t CLASSIFIEDS 10 Tstorms High Low 79 63 COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES SPORTS TV GRIDS Sex assault trial ends with hung jury From staff reports After two days of a jury of 10 men and 2 women could not agree on whether Anthony Wayne Martin raped his teenaged stepdaughter four years The jury came back at about Monday to tell 274th District Judge Gary Steel they could not reach a The jurors had met all day Friday and again Monday to I Jurors unable to reach unanimous verdict Martin faces retrial on May 29 consider the charge of sexual assault of a child against Martin before reaching an Defense attorney Kimbel L Brown said he considered the hung jury a Were very positive that out client is still he Brown said the defense team was trying to gather information on what the jury was hung on he We wont know unless they call The alleged victim and her moth er declined comment to the Herald Zeitung on the outcome of the trial but appeared to be visibly Comal County District Attorney Dib Waldrip said under Texas law a hung jury means the original indict ment is reinstated and a new trial date must be Steel dismissed the 12member jury ending the He scheduled the retrial for May New Braunfels police arrested on June after police investigated his then16year old stepdaughters claim that Martin raped He posted a bond the following Testimony in the trial began last Tuesday during which the alleged now took the stand to describe the sexual She told the jury her mother was out of town on a business trip and she was talk ing to Martin late at night about her See Page 3 RAIN DOESNT DAMPEN EARTH DAY FUN Photos by Miranda Laine The HeraldZeitung The first New Braunfels Earth Day festival drew hundreds of visitors to the Comal County fairgrounds Sunday despite rain that fell on the area throughout the The event was organized by local chapter of Roots an intergenera tional environmental organization with affiliates all over the It started by the Jane Goodall Foundation in Above Students from I led by music teacher and Robin perform an animated song about nature for a crowd at the Earth Day Festival Sunday at Comal County I cento is a private school on River Road in New Braunfels for chil dren Left Allison HofcbmbeT arid Kathryn turn rain bucfdles into an adventure Sundaytduring the Earth Day Festival at Comal County Above Comal County Recycling Manager Dennis Koepp shows the different byproducts of recycled materials including aluminum cans and cardboard on display Sunday during the Earth Day Festival at Comal County Mill ready in three weeks City Engineer Short leaving May 7 By Suzanne Ashe HeraldZeitung Mill Street residents soon will be rid of construction vehicles on their newly reha bilitated Mill Street will be complet ed in three New Braunfels City Engineer Mike jShorUold the city council at Monday nights Short gave the Mill Street report ahead of the news from City Manager Mike Morrison that the city engineers last day working for the municipality will be May Short is talcing a job in the private In June the city hired contractor San Antonio to undertake a multi street construction Short said in January that the contractor had until July 2007 to complete the Short gave his final report to the council Monday on the second quarter capital improvement is contracted to build million projects including a portion of Vera mendi The contractor currently is working on Canyon and Stonewall Short Other ongoing projects include Stonewall Street from Peach Avenue to Mesquite Avenue Stonewall Street from Mesquite Avenue to Santa Clara Avenue Mill Street from Hickory Avenue from Santa Clara Avenue See Page 3 Perrys HPV vaccine mandate overturned Stage set for showdown on Iraq Bush promises to veto troop withdrawal plan By David Espo AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON A historic veto showdown Democratic lead ers agreed Monday on legislation that requires the first combat troops to be withdrawn from Iraq by 1 with a goal of a complete pullout six months No more will Congress turn a blind eye to the Bush administrations incom petence and Senate Major ity Leader Harry Reid said in a speech in which he accused the president of living in a state of denial about events in Iraq more than four years after the confident of enough votes to sustain his was unambiguous in his I will strongly reject an artificial timetable for withdrawal Washington politicians trying to tell those who wear the uniform how to do their he told reporters in the Oval Office as he met with his top Iraq David Taken the days events marked the quickening of a confronta tion that has been building since Democrats took control of Congress in January and promised to change policy in a war has claimed the lives of more than Congressional negotiators for the House and Senate met in late afternoon and ratified the details of the Republicans voiced but made no attempt to delay or even seek See Page 2 The Associated Press AUSTIN The Texas Sen ate approved a bill Monday that would bar state health officials from following Rick Perrys order requiring schoolgirls to be vaccinated against a cancercausing sex ually transmitted The bill was over w h e 1 m i n g 1 y approved by the Texas House last If the House accepts the changes made by the the bill could be on the governors desk later this Perry has not said At the Capitol whether he will sign the veto it or let it become law without his If the governor vetoes the law makers could override it with a twothirds vote of both the House and Both chambers approved the bill by well over that Perry made national head lines in February when he issued an executive order directing state health officials to require the HPV vaccine for girls starting sixth grade as of September Merck the only HPV vaccine on the mar protects girls and women against strains of the vims that cause most cases of cervical cancer and genital Perrys order outraged law makers from both parties and much of his social conservative who questioned the vaccines safety and efficacy and said the mandate intrudes too far into families Wrongful Passing the leg convictionsislation sets a precedent that we as a Legislature have a voice and we get to decide what vaccines are mandated in the state of Texas and which vac cines are Glenn Hegar The bill approved by the House would permanently prohibit the state from adding the HPV vaccine to the list of shots required for school The Senates ver sion of the ban would expire in Health care costs FIND IT IN OUR MORE IN IT FOR YOU Patton Properties Search
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